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Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian Message Board


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I just posted this on the women's health board, but after reading some posts here, thought I'd add it with a few edits on this board as well...

I had a pap come back abnormal last week and received a call from my doctor stating I needed a colposcopy ASAP. I had it today. I was happy that I was able to see it on a monitor while he did it. I have some questions on what I saw. He used the vinegar solution and iodine. There was a TON of white tissue with abnormal borders as well as 3 pimple looking things. He took a biopsy of the 3 bumps and scraped the inside of the cervix for some tissue samples too. When he applied the iodine, there was a definite border between the normal, healthy tissue and all the white areas. He said I'd get the results in about a week but I'm just looking for any type of info from someone who has been through this before. I'm not panicked but definitely a little nervous because I know that white tissue signifies an abnormality...there was just so MUCH of it.

He prescribed folic acid because he said it helps with abnormal cervical cell changes. Has anyone heard of this? Also, I was wondering about problems after the biopsy. He stopped the bleeding with this gunky stuff when he was done and I've only had mild spotting, but some pretty severe cramping all day. He said there should be no pain afterward. I'd say on a scale of 1-10 it's about a 7. It feels like the beginning stages of labor, to be honest. Aside from that I feel ok...if that's possible considering how much it hurts. lol

Any advice/info/humorous thoughts would be greatly appreciated right now. The white parts of my cervix looked like a map. Oooooh, is it a treasure map hidden deep inside me? The doctor didn't find that comment quite so funny but hey, I gotta make light of the situation or I'll go CRAZY!!

And now for the edits...

As far as symptoms go, I've been having issues with abnormal periods for the last 2-3 years. Because of the type of insurance I had only covering pap tests every 2 years (can you believe that?!), I had to go 2 years in between. I now have better insurance, thankfully. Anyways, back to the symptoms. My periods have ranged from extremely heavy (changing a tampon every hour for a couple days) to no more than mild spotting, but I always have large clots ranging in size from the size of a quarter to the size of a small plum. I bleed after pelvic exams and sex frequently. I have bouts of SEVERE pain in my lower back going down my legs frequently, and always have a ton of discharge. I spot a lot in between periods too. I've been trying to tell the doctor something feels very wrong and I'm so exhausted constantly. He tested my thyroid and did the usual blood work but everything was normal except for slightly elevated WBC. Does any of this seem to be related?

One more quick edit: The doc said something about atypical squamous epithelial cells. Dunno what that means. Is that typically seen with HPV or cancer or pre-cancerous changes or what??





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