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19/01/2013 at 14:35
Am usually a lurker over in BT but thought this isn't really related to babies.
I'm not really sure why i'm posting and not sure how any other people can help but feel like i may feel better if i get this off my chest.
I went to the docs on Wednesday after having some abnormal bleeding for the last month made worse after sex and bowel movements. I was expecting for the doctor to say that it was hormonal, as have not had a period since the birth of my daughter 17 months ago but instead, on examination he found a rough patch on my cervix and has refferred me urgently to hospital ( within a week) for a colposcopy. I'm so scared it may be cervical cancer and keep fearing the worst. I'm also so scared that if it is, i may not get to see myn4 year old and 17 month old grow up. I can't stop crying and am finding the waiting so hard.
Has anyone had anything similar happen to them?
19/01/2013 at 14:47
Not exactly the same, but I had a colposcopy and loop excision treatment to remove abnormal cells after a smear test in 2007 - the procedure wasn't the most pleasant but was over fairly quickly and only very minimal discomfort and a little bleeding for a day or so. Fell pregnant the following month and now have two healthy boys and a third baby on the way, smears have been normal since too. It's good that you have been referred so quickly, and of the many ladies who have had colposcopies and treatment on here, I can't think of one where it hasn't been successful. Good luck x
19/01/2013 at 14:52
I've been referred for a colposcopy after an abnormal smear with irregular bleeding. I went through the exact same thoughts as you, but without the kids bit, and I remember sobbing to the practise nurse. There are a number of different possibilities ahead not all of which involve cancer-there's different grades of abnormal cells which can be treated in the colposcopy suite and if it is cancerous there are treatment options to get rid of it. Have you got an appointment date yet? I'd call the practise nurse on Monday and talk to her about it-mine was so lovely and really helped explain things. I can tell you more about the colposcopy appointment if you want-just ask. For now know that what you're feeling is normal and try to stay as calm as you can (much easier to type than do!) do not google anything. If you need to get online I can recommend jo's trust. Macmillan and CRUK are also good but they scared me purely because they were bIg cancer websites and I couldn't face them.
19/01/2013 at 14:57
Thanks for replies. Appointment is on Thursday morning. Had a smear two years ago which was normal. This was so unexpected and the urgency of the appointment has made me panic even more.
19/01/2013 at 15:30
Your GP could be being over cautious in a "better safe than sorry" kind of way. Still scary as heck but I'd rather have a GP who did that than ignore symptoms. The colposcopy department ladies are lovely and have seen a lot more cervixes than a GP so will be able to give you a better idea of what they're looking at on Thursday xx
19/01/2013 at 15:39
I had an abnormal smear last May and had a colposcopy booked for a week later. The urgency of the appointment scared me too, but it's normal, I.e. there's no wait list. The good thing is you hopefully have less time to worry about it. I had the loop treatment to remove the offending cells, it was nowhere near as bad or uncomfortable as I thought. I had a clear smear 4.5 months later and fell pregnant shortly after.
Please try not to worry, it's good that your GP has noticed and you are getting seen and treated so quickly.
I was surprised how common it is, lots of friend's and people on here said they'd had similar when I told then about mine.
19/01/2013 at 16:44
Really glad ypur GP has taken ypu seriously although it has worried you so much I keep getting random bleeding and have cervical erosion. But as Margot said there have been so many on here than have had cervix stuff and been treated really quickly and successfully.
19/01/2013 at 17:34
Good advice from others that have been through similar. If you can, try not to worry about it until you get results back xx
I have no experience of this or advice, but just wanted to send you a big hug, I've had a similar wait for investigation into something else in the past and it's very frightening when you don't know what's going on. I hope Thursday comes quickly for you xx
20/01/2013 at 17:37
I had this recently and had the same fears (though without childen bit). The loop treatment was fine, a bit uncomfortable but nothing too bad. They got all the dodgy cells out and said it had healed up fine. Now they have found another bit of my cervix with something up with it that is causing pain during and bleeding after sex, so I'm having that sorted soon. It is better your doc is being overly cautious and getting you in quickly. I think generally they do these things speedily to be on the safe side. Good luck x
21/01/2013 at 09:24
So glad that it's been taken seriously, and well done you on going to the doctors. I should have had a smear in June 2011 , however i fell pregnant and put it off after my son was born. When he was 7 months old i finally went and had it done. It came back with having CIN3, which apparently is the worst abnormal cells. I like you was convinced i'd got cancer, and i wouldn't get to see my children grow up. I went for a coloscopy and had the loop diathermy, i got the results calling me back for another one, so i went again to have the same procedure, only this time they took more cells away. I've since been given the all clear, and i'm now on 6 monthly smears. Fingers crossed the colscopy will remove any abnormal cells, and you'll just be put on more frequent smears. Lots of hugs, i know how you feel.
21/01/2013 at 09:25
hoping that everything is ok, keep us updated x
21/01/2013 at 09:33
I'm a little bit of a lurker too but wanted to say I went through a similar thing in November 2011. I'd had some bleeding after sex but hadn't really thought too much of it - I went for my schedules smear and it came back severely abnormal so was referred to the colposcopy clinic within a week. The speed terrified me, plus the 'severely abnormal' wording of the letter. The colposcopy wasn't as bad as I thought - slightly more intense smear and I was given the option to ahve treatment there and then if needed and I took it. The worst part was the needle in the cervix and that was only a scratch.
I had a bit of bleeding for about a week then slightly raised blood pressure for another (more to do with anxiety and me winding myself up more than anything else) and have had 2 colposcopies then - all clear (I'm an 6 monthly colposcopies as some abnormal cells were in an awkward place on the birth canal to get with a normal smear). The results came back as Carcinoma in situ - higher than level 3 CIN but the treatment was the same and worked fine.
It is a scary time, we don't have kids and had just got married so I panicked about fertility and then even started writing a will in my head! It's normal to be scared but these things are more common than we think, it's only when it happens and you hear the stories you realise how many people it happens too and that in the majority of cases it's caught early enough and is fine.
Good luck with the appointment, I would asvise to take someone with you to drive in case they do treat there and then and warn work you may not be back in for a couple of days.
Take care xxx
28/01/2013 at 23:27
Is there any update on this that I've maybe missed? Hope everything is ok xx
29/01/2013 at 06:27
Sorry for the lack of reply. I am glad to say that it turns out that everything is fine and it appears i have a cervical erosion.
Many thanks for all your kind words and support. Am so relieved!
29/01/2013 at 08:33
Angelbride, i'm glad it turned out just to be that. Are you on the pill? I've heard that this is more common for women on the pill. Before having the children i was on Cilest, and i suffered with this and quite often bled after DTD.
29/01/2013 at 08:44
Excellent, glad all is ok for you!
29/01/2013 at 10:20
Chids-it was Cileste I was on as well when I had the same thing.
Glad it has all turned out to be something straightforward. Xx
29/01/2013 at 11:55
Glad all's well with you, must be such a relief x
29/01/2013 at 20:54
I'm pleased its nothing serious. Must be such a relief
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