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What could this be?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 7, 2006
  • 03:58 PM

Hi. I'm doing this anonymously because it is rather embarrassing. However, let me begin. I am 47 years old, and approximately 20 years ago, I had a hysterectomy as a result of a terrible case of endometriosis. I was advised that everything had been removed with the exception of one ovary, due to my age at the time (27). Move forward several years, and because of chest pains, I had to have a couple of cardiac catherizations to determine the cause (nothing serious - mitral valve prolapse). Move forward a few more years to the present time. Periodically, I experience severe groin pain on the right side (the location of the needle insertions during the aforementioned cardiac catherizations). This is invariably accompanied by bright red and sometimes nickel-size clots of blood in my stools. We're not talking a little blood - we're talking quite a bit, and again, it is bright, bright red. I went to my doctor (internist), who took blood tests, determined my red blood count was low, and sent me to a gastroentorologist for further tests (an upper endoscopy and colonoscopy). That doctor removed a polyp, said it was benign, and there was no sign of internal bleeding. I also went to a gynecologist, who did an ultrasound and discovered that I have BOTH my ovaries, contrary to what the surgeon told me at the time of my surgery. This is causing me a great deal of concern, and once again, the only common thread appears to be the groin pain followed by the bloody stools. Is there anyone out there who can provide a suggestion about this?

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  • First go to the doctor for your procedure notes and make sure he removed your ovary. It will be noted in your surgery dictation. If you can't get it from the doctor, go the hospital records department and tell them you want all information regarding that hospitalization. Do the same w/your cardiac cath information. You'd be amazed at the information you DON'T know about!! Fistulas can cause bleeding from the rectum. If you've had the upper & lower GI tests, it seems there isn't a problem there, but I would certainly investigate the hysterectomy records....something's wrong w/that picture! Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 28, 2006
    • 07:04 AM
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  • Get all of your records and read them carefully. If you do not understand what they say then take them to your family Doc and ask for help. Thats a place to start and please ask ask ask until you are blue in the face then ask some more if your current docs can not answer then ask until some one can.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 29, 2006
    • 03:45 AM
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