The past month I've been having some pain similar to ovulation pain - but at random times - and also some unexplained weight gain. So my doctor sent me to have an ultrasound today. The tech didn't tell me much about it - she said she had to let the doctor tell me about it - but she said something verry interesting at one point. She asked me if I'd had a c-section with a previous pregnancy. I haven't. But she confirmed that she was looking at scar tissue in my abdomen.
Hmm.... I don't know a ton about this, but my guess is that scar tissue doesn't just grow without some sort of cause. And scar tissue can be a cause of infertility if it grows in the wrong place, right? Does anyone have any ideas why I might have scar tissue without having had surgery?
I have no idea. I think endometriosis (sp) can cause scar tissue, but I would think that you'd already know if that's what it was. Definitely KUP, I'm very curious to know now.
No idea what could be going on. KUP!
Could it be an adhesion? I had a friend who had an adhered ovary (I think) but when she had a lap done they found other scar tissue from assumed adhesions that had un-adhered. They had to clean it all up.
Don't know but that was my first thought when I read your post. GL - I hope they are able to determine what it is and get things where they need to be for you!
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Of course, you can't get a firm diagnosis of endometriosis without having surgery, so I can't really know unless I'm willing to do that. But endo can cause scarring, though I don't know if it would show up on an ultrasound... I know that endometriosis itself can't be seen on an u/s.
Anyway, I'm going to bring this up at my annual appointment with my MW next month. Since every other test they've done on me has come back normal, this is my best clue so far. I'm going to run with it.
(BTW, my doctor's office just called me and told me that my ultrasound results were "normal". I don't really know what to make of that....)
Hmmm....seems like your doctor's office could have explained a little more to you, after the ultrasound tech noticed something. Maybe you could talk to the doctor yourself.
Anyway, I had/have pain like what you are describing. My previous doctor also ordered an ultrasound, which turned up nothing. I asked the tech that day, why did I have the pain, then? And she mentioned endometriosis, which I had no idea I had at that time. When I did get a formal diagnosis and had surgery, about 9 months later, it turned out that I did have endometriosis, with adhesions. But it was worse on the side opposite of the pain! Endo is weird. Anyhow, it obviously had not turned up on the ultrasound.
I hope your midwife is responsive to your concerns when you go in next month. This might not be a popular opinion, but I personally feel that most ob/gyns (at least the ones I have encountered) are very good at taking care of pregnant ladies, birthing babies, c-sections, birth control etc, but don't have the best expertise to deal with endometriosis/fertility concerns and tend to blow off problems for a long time. There are a few endo specialists (mostly RE's) out there who might consult with you based on your symptoms.
Harmony, you absolutely have to be an advocate for your own health care. Be annoying and bring it up until they send you for testing. If you feel like you have something going on, like endo, that can cause infertility it needs to be thoroughly checked out. I hope you get some answers soon!
Not to scare you, but in retrospect I wish I had pushed a bit harder regarding the pain I was having. The ob/gyn's weren't really concerned, and I figured it wasn't that bad, but now I have tubal damage from endo. I just wonder at what point that started to happen, and could I have avoided the tubes getting damaged if I'd pushed a bit harder.