I had my post-op follow-up with my gynecologist on Tuesday. Everything was pretty much what hubs told me after the procedure. She found one small spot of endometriosis and removed it. Despite being small, it was actually quite complex to remove because it went so deep into the tissue. She also drained two ovarian cysts and removed three fibroids. The fluid that came out of the cysts was clear so they are not endometriosis related. The pathology on everything came back as not malignant (which wasn't a worry, but it's nice to know). Everything that was found and removed was on the right side, which was where the majority of my pain has been for a really long time. My incisions are mostly healed and are looking great, and everything on the inside, while still a bit tender, is healing as it is supposed to.
And I wore jeans tonight, without discomfort, for the first time since before the procedure. I only wore them for an hour or so, but I think that my self-esteem needed it.
I already had my first period after the surgery and there weren't any noticeable differences, but both my doctor and I agreed that it started so close to the surgery that it might not have been the best period to judge if the surgery is going to help the pain at all. What I do know is that for the first time in I don't even know how long, I haven't had any spotting or cramping after sex, and I'm not going to lie, I hope it continues.
The "treatment plan" going forward is to call her if there are any changes or pain that concern me and to have my IUD replaced when it's time (in 2020). Otherwise she doesn't need to see me again until my annual in September. So now I just need my lady parts to make it nine months without acting up.
I'm still getting really tired pretty quickly, but I'm not sure if this is that my work life is pretty crazy right now, or that I'm still healing, or both. I'm doing ok with normal day to day lifting, but I'm taking it easy with the heavier stuff. Hubs is still carrying all of the dirty laundry downstairs and then back upstairs when I have it done and making sure the garbage gets to the curb and such. I'm looking forward to getting back to exercising, but I think I'll give that a few more weeks to give the muscles in my abdomen more opportunity to heal. Right now I'm making sure I stretch every day and do a few yoga type things that I know. I'm trying really hard to not overdo it, which is hard, but necessary.
Honestly, I feel validated that she found something that could potentially explain the pain, that it's not all in my head. And pissed that she's the first gynecologist in over 20 years of talking about my terrible periods and pain that listened for long enough to actually investigate.
Oh, and I apparently metabolize anesthesia pretty quickly.