Flooding/Clots-I am so glad I found this place!
I'm 52 and for the last 6 weeks, my life has centered around my period. I have an appointment with my doc on Monday, but I wanted to thank everyone for all your informative posts. I was freaking out until I read some of the posts here.
I had a round of hot flashes about 5 years ago during the summer, but they went away (mercifully). Since then, my periods were a tad heavier at times, but nothing to worry about.
Well that changed 6 weeks ago...
For the last year, my period has been heavier than normal, but nothing that was too bad and then in July, and August I skipped my period. Hot dog, I thought. Boy was I wrong about getting excited. I have also been having hot flashes, but nothing real bad or annoying.
For the week of this mess I had a very light period. Hardly anything at all, so I thought, well, this isn't bad. Then week two kicked in and I started clotting. I'd drop clots that were the size of lemons several time a day or more. This lasted for 4 weeks. I'd never really know when one would hit, but when it did, it was a huge mess. Needless to say I have had to alter the way I live my life.
Finally that stopped, and I thought I was home free until I started to have my normal cramps that I get prior to getting my period. So I had two days of no problems and then it hit. I've had two days of heavy periods with clots. It's nasty. I had to run an errand today so I wore a super tampon and a super pad and it was soaked in an hour. Ugghhh...
I can't wait to get to the doc on Monday, but I am not sure what she'll do if I am still flowing like this. I doubt that I will be, but this is very weird.
Sorry to be so graphic...this is really nasty stuff!
I hate the thought of surgery, but I am so sick of this. It's just getting worse.
If I worked, I would have missed a month or more of work. I hate to go to anyone's house because I never know when one of these bombs is going to drop. I sleep with a towel under me and I line the carpet to the bathroom with towels. I also carry a change of clothes with me in my car (assuming I am brave enough to venture out of the house). Forget vacations...weddings...things like that, I am afraid to go and be "surprised."
I don't know what the doc is going to want to do for me, but something has to be done. This is depressing. I can't live my life normally and I don't want to worry for the next 5 years that my period will strike like this again. If I were on vacation when this hit, I don't know what I would do. It's awful!!
Any suggestions on how I should handle this at the docs? I don't really know what to expect, but I know that sometimes one will do one thing and another will do something completely different. I don't want to be run through a gazillion tests. My daughter recently had to have her gallbladder out. One doc wanted to do all this crazy stuff (cut something and do something else) and the other said her gallbladder just needed to come out. He was right. When we told him what the other doc said, he said that would not have been a good thing to do.
Any suggestions on things like this? Things I should agree to do or I should avoid?