First time I heard about adenomyosis was 3 months ago. I went to gynecologist to check why I always get severe menstrual pain this last 2 years. By severe here I mean 2 few days of stay in bed because of massive pain on my uterus, nausea, and back pain at the same time. The pain will be lessen after day 3, it means only cramps that will last until day 6. On day 6-9 or sometimes 10 I will feel shooting pain around my butt. And after that everything will back to normal. Yes, 10 days of pain every month is really frustrating! I search information online about menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea) and I found out about endometriosis. I was afraid I have this condition that’s why I decided to seek gynecologist. The doctor sent me to get USG check and HPV test. The result was I diagnosed with adenomyosis and also got high risk HPV but in mild condition, so I only need to make regular check every 6 months to see whether there’s change on my cervical cells. 2 bad news at a time, it was hard!
I read about endometriosis before, but never know about adenomyosis. My doctor didn’t speak English, only the nurse. She told me that I have adenomyosis. When I asked what is that? She could not explain it in English. She only said that there’s a problem on my uterus 🙁 She told me if I’m planning to have baby, I need to check my fertility at different hospital. When I asked whether the doctor there speak English, she said.. maybe not.
So I walked out from the hospital with big question mark on my head. I jumped on the bus and start to search information online about adenomyosis.
According to webmd.com, Adenomyosis is a condition in which the inner lining of the uterus (the endometrium) breaks through the muscle wall of the uterus (the myometrium). Adenomyosis can cause menstrual cramps, lower abdominal pressure, and bloating before menstrual periods and can result in heavy periods. The condition can be located throughout the entire uterus or localized in one spot.
You can see from pictures above the difference between adenomyosis and endometriosis. If adenomyosis the endometrium grow inside uterus muscle, for endometriosis the endometrium growth outside uterus.
From what I read, the cause of adenomyosis remains unknown. It will disappear after menopause and it will cause infertility for some women. There are some way to treat the symptomps but the only way to cure it is by hysterectomy (removal of the uterus). You can read more about adenomyosis here
It sound like bad news for me. I still want to have children. I don’t want my uterus to be removed 🙁
I went to hospital hospital that the nurse told me with my Chinese friend. She helped me to talk to the doctor. Different from the first hospital I went, in this hospital they have no private room for the patients. When we did consultation there were another 10 ladies inside the room queuing. I felt so uncomfortable! Even on the internal USG room, it’s not a private room. There were 2 other ladies queuing. I felt so uncomfortable! The internal USG result showed that I do have adenomyosis and bulking uterus. The doctor sent me to do different test, but I never did it. I need Chinese person assistant to do the next test. My Chinese friend went out of town the week after. I was busy with my new business and school. I just never did it.
I want to get cure with alternative way. I don’t want to get surgery. I’m thinking to try traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture treatment or ayurveda. I read some people successfully heal this way.
This Thursday I will go to traditional Chinese medicine hospital to get check. I will write down the result later.
Let’s hope for the best ^_^