So, starting Tuesday at 2:00 am, I started having abdominal pain (mostly lower, but it seemed to move). It felt like a combination of gas and heartburn. I took some antacids (which had no effect) and eventually went back to sleep. I tried to go to work on Tuesday, but I was still hurting so I took my laptop home and worked from home in sweats and groaning quite a bit. I also tried taking pepto, gas-x, and Milk of Magnesium (sp?), none of which fixed the pain. The pain persisted though Wednesday morning when I called in sick and went to the doctor.
I spent most of my waking hours yesterday at the doctor and hospital. At the doctors office they poke my belly, collect a urine sample (yes, the birth control is working), a stool sample (no blood, no ulcer), a pelvic exam, an ekg (heart's looking good), and then they sent me to the hospital for more tests!
I got a contrast cat scan. They made me chug this barrium sulfate stuff. It tasted like milk with orange juice and chalk added. Then radiology put this IV straw thing in my elbow so they could insert an iodine iv. After they took their pictures, they removed the iv and left the straw thingie in my elbow so the lab could use it to draw blood. Then they send me to the lab.
So, I go to the lab, and I've still got this thing in my elbow.
The lab technician says "Oh no, I can't use that to draw blood"
Me: "Can you take it out"
So, then he preps the back of my left hand to draw blood.
Me: You're drawing blood out of the back of my hand and not elbow.
Him: Oh no, sweetie, that would hurt.
My thoughts at that are 1. Isn't the back of my hand more sensitive than my elbow. 2. Aren't the vein in my elbow wider and easier to draw blood out of than the veins in my hand. 3. I've already got something sticking out of my elbow, is it really that big a deal. But I just let him get on with it.
Let me say this: Never EVER EVER EVER let someone draw blood out of the back of your hand. Those first two thoughts I had, they were correct. That hurt a lot more and took longer than it would have if he used my elbow like every other person who's ever drawn blood out of me.
At least after all that bs, I got a final diagnosis from the cat scan. It's kinda big and on my right sidehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ovarian_Cyst
And now, I have pain meds :-)
Also, on a positive note: my bp seems to have returned to normal and I've been removed from my blood pressure medicine. We'll see how long that lasts