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Do I have my ovaries?

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  • Posted By: buffett
  • October 30, 2006
  • 01:37 PM

Last month I had an ultrasound done because I was having adominal pains. The doctor was checking for cysts on my ovaries. Three years ago I had a hysterectomy but the ovaries were left. 4 months after my hysterectomy I had a hernia operation that went bad. Without going into alot of detail, the doctor had put metal meshing on my bladder instead of the hernia. I was in extreme pain that he told me was normal. Well after a CT scan it told us the story. The second surgery was to remove the metal meshing from my bladder etc. I had internal bleeding which let to an 8 hours blood transfusion etc. The loss of blood brought my blood pressure dangerously low, I almost didn't make it. So of course they couldn't repair the hernia this time. The third operation was done a month later. All in all I had 5 operations in a 9 month period.Before the second hernia operation, the doctors stated in my record that I had a cyst on one ovary and then a page later it said I had a cyst on the other. It seems they couldn't decide which one it was.
With this information we thought I had a cyst on one of my ovaries, so thats why the ultrasound. The results showed no evidence of ovaries at all. The blood work showed no evidence of hormones. The doctor told me that they may have been taken out by mistake during the hernia repair or they shriveled up and died.
I went for a second opinion on Friday. They squeezed me in just before closing to get the ultrasound done. The tech wanted to know why I was needing one. I just told her the whole story. It was strange because at first she couldn't find my left one and then out of the blue said she found it. Then she went immediately and found my right one. They gave me the envelope with the results to take to the doctor. It was just alittle paper reading the size of my ovaries and that they found them. They said that the size was normal. Could that be possible when the first doctor told me that they weren't even there or they shiveled up and died? WHo do I believe? and now what do I do? If my ovaries are there are they giving me the pain or is it scar tissue. I need some advice. Its driving me crazy.
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  • Firstly I have to say that I am no doctor but I have had quite a lot of gynae problems.In the past when the technicians have done an ultrasound on my ovaries they have done it in two ways. On the abdomen and via the vagina.It wasn't always possible to see the abdominally (of course I had had a lot of operations and adhesions) From what you are saying I would be very suspicious. How can the ovaries be normal if the bloods are showing no hormones?I don't know where you live but in the UK you can ask to see your medical notes. Firstly however I would go back to your General Practioner and ask him about this..you have the right to know!
    aliviel27 6 Replies
    • October 31, 2006
    • 08:19 AM
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  • Buffett: Your experiences are pitiful. It sounds if everyone is so incompetent. Do you live in the USA? None of this is acceptable and you are entitled to much better care. Did a hospital system do the ultrasound or a physician's office? Ovaries don't just go away and die. The surgery on your hernia is a blotched mess, again totally unacceptable.Scottscott@medlawresources.com
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    • November 5, 2006
    • 07:46 PM
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  • Last month I had an ultrasound done because I was having adominal pains. The doctor was checking for cysts on my ovaries. Three years ago I had a hysterectomy but the ovaries were left. 4 months after my hysterectomy I had a hernia operation that went bad. Without going into alot of detail, the doctor had put metal meshing on my bladder instead of the hernia. I was in extreme pain that he told me was normal. Well after a CT scan it told us the story. The second surgery was to remove the metal meshing from my bladder etc. I had internal bleeding which let to an 8 hours blood transfusion etc. The loss of blood brought my blood pressure dangerously low, I almost didn't make it. So of course they couldn't repair the hernia this time. The third operation was done a month later. All in all I had 5 operations in a 9 month period.Before the second hernia operation, the doctors stated in my record that I had a cyst on one ovary and then a page later it said I had a cyst on the other. It seems they couldn't decide which one it was. With this information we thought I had a cyst on one of my ovaries, so thats why the ultrasound. The results showed no evidence of ovaries at all. The blood work showed no evidence of hormones. The doctor told me that they may have been taken out by mistake during the hernia repair or they shriveled up and died. I went for a second opinion on Friday. They squeezed me in just before closing to get the ultrasound done. The tech wanted to know why I was needing one. I just told her the whole story. It was strange because at first she couldn't find my left one and then out of the blue said she found it. Then she went immediately and found my right one. They gave me the envelope with the results to take to the doctor. It was just alittle paper reading the size of my ovaries and that they found them. They said that the size was normal. Could that be possible when the first doctor told me that they weren't even there or they shiveled up and died? WHo do I believe? and now what do I do? If my ovaries are there are they giving me the pain or is it scar tissue. I need some advice. Its driving me crazy.THanksaliviel27's reply: Firstly I have to say that I am no doctor but I have had quite a lot of gynae problems. In the past when the technicians have done an Axess Ultrasound on my ovaries they have done it in two ways. On the abdomen and via the vagina.It wasn't always possible to see the abdominally (of course I had had a lot of operations and adhesions) From what you are saying I would be very suspicious. How can the ovaries be normal if the bloods are showing no hormones? I don't know where you live but in the UK you can ask to see your medical notes. Firstly however I would go back to your General Practioner and ask him about this..you have the right to know! Ovarian cysts are really plentiful. They are far more plentiful than most people understand. Nonetheless, when I have to tell you that you have an ovarian cyst, it is not uncommon for an unexpected look of fear to cross their expression. Several health researches have undoubtedly shown that pelvic exams are really inaccurate. It is my view that an ultrasound is as vital and as fundamental to a pelvic examination as a cardiogram would be if you met a cardiologist. I closely think that each gynecologist should have an ultrasound instrument in his or her workplace and that all invalidity persons should have an ultrasound done twice a year just the similar way they need a pap smear.
    Shaami 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Last month I had an ultrasound done because I was having adominal pains. The doctor was checking for cysts on my ovaries. Three years ago I had a hysterectomy but the ovaries were left. 4 months after my hysterectomy I had a hernia operation that went bad. Without going into alot of detail, the doctor had put metal meshing on my bladder instead of the hernia. I was in extreme pain that he told me was normal. Well after a CT scan it told us the story. The second surgery was to remove the metal meshing from my bladder etc. I had internal bleeding which let to an 8 hours blood transfusion etc. The loss of blood brought my blood pressure dangerously low, I almost didn't make it. So of course they couldn't repair the hernia this time. The third operation was done a month later. All in all I had 5 operations in a 9 month period.Before the second hernia operation, the doctors stated in my record that I had a cyst on one ovary and then a page later it said I had a cyst on the other. It seems they couldn't decide which one it was. With this information we thought I had a cyst on one of my ovaries, so thats why the ultrasound. The results showed no evidence of ovaries at all. The blood work showed no evidence of hormones. The doctor told me that they may have been taken out by mistake during the hernia repair or they shriveled up and died. I went for a second opinion on Friday. They squeezed me in just before closing to get the ultrasound done. The tech wanted to know why I was needing one. I just told her the whole story. It was strange because at first she couldn't find my left one and then out of the blue said she found it. Then she went immediately and found my right one. They gave me the envelope with the results to take to the doctor. It was just alittle paper reading the size of my ovaries and that they found them. They said that the size was normal. Could that be possible when the first doctor told me that they weren't even there or they shiveled up and died? WHo do I believe? and now what do I do? If my ovaries are there are they giving me the pain or is it scar tissue. I need some advice. Its driving me crazy.THanksaliviel27's reply: Firstly I have to say that I am no doctor but I have had quite a lot of gynae problems. In the past when the technicians have done an ultrasound on my ovaries they have done it in two ways. On the abdomen and via the vagina.It wasn't always possible to see the abdominally (of course I had had a lot of operations and adhesions) From what you are saying I would be very suspicious. How can the ovaries be normal if the bloods are showing no hormones? I don't know where you live but in the UK you can ask to see your medical notes. Firstly however I would go back to your General Practioner and ask him about this..you have the right to know! Ovarian cysts are really plentiful. They are far more plentiful than most people understand. Nonetheless, when I have to tell you that you have an ovarian cyst, it is not uncommon for an unexpected look of fear to cross their expression. Several health researches have undoubtedly shown that pelvic exams are really inaccurate. It is my view that an ultrasound is as vital and as fundamental to a pelvic examination as a cardiogram would be if you met a cardiologist. I closely think that each gynecologist should have an ultrasound instrument in his or her workplace and that all invalidity persons should have an ultrasound done twice a year just the similar way they need a pap smear.
    Shaami 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Last month I had an ultrasound done because I was having adominal pains. The doctor was checking for cysts on my ovaries. Three years ago I had a hysterectomy but the ovaries were left. 4 months after my hysterectomy I had a hernia operation that went bad. Without going into alot of detail, the doctor had put metal meshing on my bladder instead of the hernia. I was in extreme pain that he told me was normal. Well after a CT scan it told us the story. The second surgery was to remove the metal meshing from my bladder etc. I had internal bleeding which let to an 8 hours blood transfusion etc. The loss of blood brought my blood pressure dangerously low, I almost didn't make it. So of course they couldn't repair the hernia this time. The third operation was done a month later. All in all I had 5 operations in a 9 month period.Before the second hernia operation, the doctors stated in my record that I had a cyst on one ovary and then a page later it said I had a cyst on the other. It seems they couldn't decide which one it was. With this information we thought I had a cyst on one of my ovaries, so thats why the ultrasound. The results showed no evidence of ovaries at all. The blood work showed no evidence of hormones. The doctor told me that they may have been taken out by mistake during the hernia repair or they shriveled up and died. I went for a second opinion on Friday. They squeezed me in just before closing to get the ultrasound done. The tech wanted to know why I was needing one. I just told her the whole story. It was strange because at first she couldn't find my left one and then out of the blue said she found it. Then she went immediately and found my right one. They gave me the envelope with the results to take to the doctor. It was just alittle paper reading the size of my ovaries and that they found them. They said that the size was normal. Could that be possible when the first doctor told me that they weren't even there or they shiveled up and died? WHo do I believe? and now what do I do? If my ovaries are there are they giving me the pain or is it scar tissue. I need some advice. Its driving me crazy. THanks aliviel27's reply: Firstly I have to say that I am no doctor but I have had quite a lot of gynae problems. In the past when the technicians have done an Axess Ultrasound on my ovaries they have done it in two ways. On the abdomen and via the vagina.It wasn't always possible to see the abdominally (of course I had had a lot of operations and adhesions) From what you are saying I would be very suspicious. How can the ovaries be normal if the bloods are showing no hormones? I don't know where you live but in the UK you can ask to see your medical notes. Firstly however I would go back to your General Practioner and ask him about this..you have the right to know! Ovarian cysts are really plentiful. They are far more plentiful than most people understand. Nonetheless, when I have to tell you that you have an ovarian cyst, it is not uncommon for an unexpected look of fear to cross their expression Several health researches have undoubtedly shown that pelvic exams are really inaccurate. It is my view that an ultrasound is as vital and as fundamental to a pelvic examination as a cardiogram would be if you met a cardiologist. I closely think that each gynecologist should have an ultrasound instrument in his or her workplace and that all invalidity persons should have an ultrasound done twice a year just the similar way they need a pap smear.
    Shaami 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • aliviel27's reply: Ovarian cysts are really plentiful. They are far more plentiful than most people understand. Nonetheless, when I have to tell you that you have an ovarian cyst, it is not uncommon for an unexpected look of fear to cross their expression Several health researches have undoubtedly shown that pelvic exams are really inaccurate. It is my view that an ultrasound is as vital and as fundamental to a pelvic examination as a cardiogram would be if you met a cardiologist. I closely think that each gynecologist should have an ultrasound instrument in his or her workplace and that all invalidity persons should have an ultrasound done twice a year just the similar way they need a pap smear.First let me say I don't know anything. Second, I had cyst on one ovary in one ultrasound that disappeared by the second ultrasound a few months later. I was not worried either time. What's a cyst? They come, they go. Just like a zit - no? Only reason I had the ultrasounds was I was preparing to have a hysterectomy after having had 2 myomectomies (leaving surely adhesions) due to fibroids. The doctor just wanted to get as much info going in as possible since scarring can make surgery difficult. I would be looking into medical malpractice if a doctor put my mesh on a kidney instead of a hernia -- sounds like incompetence. I think if you go to the same health system to have it looked at (doctors from the same hospital) they may try to cover for their colleagues. Go to a doctor associated with a different hospital if you still have concerns. Lastly I know others who have had pain associated with the mesh for over a year after hernia surgery. I was afraid to have the mesh put into myself for that reason, but then I had it done anyway with luckily no problem. I would looke into natural hormone replacement and forget about the ovaries. You need to concentrate on your hormones. It is very possible for the ovaries to die in abdominal surgery, sometimes just from being touched. So whether they are there or not may be moot. I would concentrate on replacing their function. Some problems that arise w/o hormones if it is in your genetics, like high blood pressure, cannot be fixed by hormone replacement a few years down the road, but CAN be fixed if you replace the hormones immediately.
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