I am 44, active, 5'2, 130 lbs, and I eat right. Two years ago, I started missing periods. Because I had started menstruation so early (10 yrs old), my GYN said I was perimenopausal and not to worry. He did not check my hormone levels at that time. My last period was over a year ago and I bled heavily during that cycle (soaking 8 maxi pads a day for three and a half weeks). Over the past year I've had three instances of light watery/bloody spotting that lasted a few days. The last episode of this started three days ago (with abdominal cramping). Over the past year I have been feeling increasingly fatigued; some days so badly that I cry at the thought of getting dressed. Also about a year ago, I started having urinary changes. Ive had three UTIs this year, the last of which (five months ago) put me in the ER in excruciating pain, peeing a bright red bloody stew. I now have frequency and urgency and am up two and three times a night to pee (every single night). I saw a urologist due to the drastic change and discomfort and he wanted to put me on a lifetime supply of meds for this (no thanks) without doing ANY testing at all. I have put on 12 pounds in the past four months though my diet hasn't changed. Ive also been having dull low-back ache while in bed at night (and I have a great new mattress). My abdomen is distended; three dress sizes in three months. I can't fit into any of my old clothes. This is highly unusual for me. Three weeks ago, I started feeling nauseous every day and generally I feel like crap. I saw my GYN two days ago. He did a pelvic exam and said he felt nothing. He did a pap and said he'd order me a CA-125 but only because I wanted it and not because he thought it was a good idea. He would not give me a transvag ultrasound though he has that capacity in his office. He said he thought I was having digestive disturbance and sent me home with a prescription for Prevacid. I told him I feel like something is really wrong. He wants to see me again in a month.
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Thanks for the update, Martha. I am glad that you had some tests done and the results may be able to answer some of your questions. Unfortunately, waiting for the results is nerve racking but your going down the right path at a possible diagnosis.
Bladder urgency is common with age but there are other possibilities such as inflammation of the bladder that may cause urgency also. Here is some more information for you to see if you can find anything that relates to your situation https://www.empowher.com/condition/search/causes-of-urinary-urgency-and-incontinence.
As for the distended abdomen, there are several possibilities: allergies to food may cause it, endometriosis, a colon obstruction, etc..follow up with a physician is necessary. Please keep us updated on your test results....they will certainly help break down some of the possibilities.
Try to stay positive and together, we will certainly do our best to help you find some answers.February 19, 2011 - 11:26am
Hi Missie...February 19, 2011 - 10:26am
The urologist said he suspected it was normal increase in frequent urination as part of the aging process. I forget the name of the medicine he wanted me to take but he said it was supposed to 'retrain' my bladder.
The weight gain is only in my abdomen. I have been a size 1 for years and now have to wear 5s or 7s. This happened within the past four months. I am extremely active. I go to the gym 5 to 6 days a week and workout for 70 minutes at 60 to 80% cardio output. I eat very healthily as well. My GYN just took thyroid levels and I won't get results until Tuesday at least.
I have no other dignosis. I did have Cervical Dysplasia in 06' and had a LEAP performed at that time. My GYN said it was successful and my paps have been normal since then (though, again, still waiting for results from this most recent one).
That's it. Thanks so much for reading and responding. I have to say that I am very nervous because I do feel like something is really wrong. This exhaustion isn't like me. None of this is like me...
Thank you for your question and Welcome to Empowher. It appears that you are suffering with several different symptoms and you should certainly get a physicians professional opinion.
You said you were at the Urologist and they wanted to put you on a lifetime of meds...what was the meds or what was the condition they were treating?
As for the weight gain, my first thought would be possible thyroid issues....have you ever had any issues or checkups on your thyroid?
Since you have so many different things going on, please let us know what the doctors have already diagnosed you with....this may help break down some of your symptoms.
Thank you for the additional information.February 19, 2011 - 10:01am