No More Progress!

Apologies for the lack of updates lately, and sincere apologies for the major lack of progress reports. Unfortunately my progress reports have come to an end, at least where my weight loss is concerned.

You see after a rather frustrating 6+ months of watching what I eat, exercising regularly and losing a grand total of 9lbs I made a curious discovery. I was indeed losing body mass and whilst I was losing body fat from my arms and legs my belly didn’t seem to be shifting anything. It was only after I noticed that not only was I not losing any fat from my abdominal area but that it was in fact getting bigger that I started to worry, fearing some dire gastric issue I made an appointment with the doctor.

Now I’m not the biggest fan of doctors, in fact the way I’ve been treated and spoken to over the last couple of years whilst trying to get my fertility issues sorted out, has left me downright dubious of any assistance from the doctors. So I was mightily impressed when the doctor not only listened to me, booked me in for about half a dozen blood tests and a scan, but also asked me what my thoughts were. What impressed me even more was that one of the tests the doctor was sending me for was an ultrasound scan, now when you consider that this is something that I asked a doctor to send me for two years ago to see if my one remaining ovary was cyst free and functioning. Then was quite rudely told they wouldn’t even consider sending me for tests like that until my husband and I had been trying to conceive for at least a year, you can see why I was impressed.

This was short-lived as five days after having my blood tests done I phoned up for my results and was informed that all the results so far had come back normal, except my CA 125 levels were elevated. The only thing I knew about the CA 125 test was that it was the one for Ovarian Cancer, cue me falling to pieces. After being sent home from work, due to me being an emotional wreck, I started to get a bit of perspective on the test results and after chatting to a few people about the results and what they mean, realised that I didn’t really have anything to worry about and the results essentially mean that I have an inflammation of the pelvic area! Now when you consider that my belly is so swollen I look about 5 months pregnant, having a blood test tell me that I have an inflammation is actually quite hilarious! So due to all this we’re leaning more towards the idea that I have another ovarian cyst, which is quite an unpleasant prospect as I had one removed when I was 15 and they took one of my ovaries with it.

Also in the few days after going to the doctors I began to realise I had a lot of ailments over the last few months and they were all related.  I’ve been getting a severe pain in my upper thighs and under my belly, I had been putting it down to my gym workouts (which I have now had to give up) then realised it was the extra weight of my stomach putting a strain on the underneath. I’ve been getting quite short of breath, which I put down to just being unhealthy (which was another reason for the gym visits) but is actually from the growth in my abdominal area squashing my lungs. I’ve also been getting some sharp and unpleasant pains in my shoulder and heel for quite some months, which I put down to straining a muscle or something and it just not getting much of a chance to heal itself. This could in fact be down to the ‘growth’ pushing on or irritating certain nerves. Add in the loss of appetite, nausea, and backache and I’m a bundle of laughs really.

It’s now been nearly three weeks since my initial doctors appointment, I’m still waiting for some more results from blood tests I had done after finding out my CA 125 levels were raised, I have a scan appointment for Friday 8th June, and physically things have gone rapidly downhill for me. I wake up every morning nauseous and with a backache, I can’t stand up for much longer than 30 minutes before getting severe pains in my underbelly, and if I sit down for too long I get a severe pain in my shoulder. So on that basis I’ve unfortunately had to take some time off from work until I can get this all sorted, and now spend my days pottering about the house counting the days down till I have my scan and we figure out for definite whats going on with my little growth.

So that’s why there’s no more weight loss progress reports, and I’ll just be doing my knitting and sewing projects in their own posts.

Fingers crossed for friday!