Does anyone know if 3D/4D ultrasounds are being used now for diagnostic purposes related to diagnosing endometriosis or other problems? I've been looking at the list of treatments and tests and things that my RE does and the prices and they don't have HSG on there but they have 3D/4D ultrasound on there. Apparently they're the only clinic anywhere near this area that uses it and they say they use it for diagnostic purposes and that it's great for viewing tubes more clearly and the endometrium. I also read that they are sometimes used with dye...which sounds like an HSG with an ultrasound rather than an x-ray. At my appointment he said he wanted to look at my tubes ASAP but didn't mention an HSG. He said that at my next appointment on CD5 that I would have an exam and an ultrasound. Any clue if they're using these kinds of ultrasounds more and how much info they can really give if you do have problems? Thanks!
I don't know but that sounds logical. much better to use ultrasound then x ray I think. You can call the office and ask I'm sure the receptionist will know or can find out for you! Do you have to wait another month to take femara or can you start on that this month?
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Thanks Gina! I really don't know if I'll have to wait or not. He wants to see me around CD5 which is when I would start a drug like that so I'm hoping that means we'd get some answers and I could go ahead and start it. I suppose it depends on whether or not surgery might be necessary. I'm not sure how they'll know that though unless the HSG or whatever they end up doing tells them everything is badly blocked or something. My results from the lap surgery I had years ago are supposed to be faxed to his office before I go back to him. I'm hoping that sheds some light on things and I don't have to have another surgery. Have you started Clomid yet? I hope these treatments work for both of us and we get BFPs soon!
Diagnosing endo with anything other than surgery is a VERY new field. It's still really difficult, and you're still likely to miss it if it's not a big spot. I've heard of MRI to diagnose endo, but even that is limited in usefulness. For example with me, I had stage 2 endo, but ultrasound showed nothing. Now, granted, it wasn't a 3D ultrasound, but it's not like I had these tiny spots or anything. It was on both my ovaries, my abdominal wall, and my bladder, and there were also adhesions.
My surgeon did say that there are new techniques (he specifically mentioned MRI) that they hope will become the standard for diagnosis instead of surgery, but he said it was still a ways away. Still, if your RE is on the cutting edge of these things and you can afford it, it's definitely worth a try!
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6w5d on 6/19/07 hb of 107 bpm 10/1/07. Lost at 7w6d
Sometimes I'll be walking and I have such an extreme cramp I can't move or breathe. I can't sit down I can't straighten up I just freeze. They've been getting worse since I've been off the pill. Last AF was HORRIBLE for me. It still wasn't too crazy heavy but the pain was awful. I had cramps the whole time that were so bad I felt like I couldn't walk and I was kind of nauseated. And this is gross but I've also noticed if I have gas or something anywhere near my pelvic region it's pretty intensely painful. Not sure if that's normal or not. I may PM you for more info since I bet you're an expert by now. Stupid endo huh? I guess if the doc wants to do surgery it'll be worth it though. I'm just so tired of it taking so long to get pregnant it's making me insane!
Wow, how scary! I have zero info for you but wanted to give you a hug!