Have you been checked for endometriosis? I had similar symptoms found I had endometriosis.
No I haven't been checked for that. What tests do they do? I go to meet a new dr next week so I'm trying to cover all my bases on what I could be experiencing.
I'm not sure, I went to the hospital for the pain you described and they took blood and told me I had endometriosis. I'm guessing blood test is how they test for it, I also found out I had ovarian cyst a few weeks before I found out i had endometriosis. The bloating in that area is usually a swollen lympnoyd, I think I spelt that wrong. You were told you don't have cysts ? That's weird, I had the exact sane pain and feelings but I couldn't take it, it was non stop every day. I wound up going to the hospital 3 times in one week.
You don't have to have ovarian cysts to be diagnosed with PCOS. I was misdiagnosed for years as a teenager because the ultrasounds came back normal, no cysts on my ovaries. From time to time I'd get pain near my ovaries, I had several ultrasounds done, they didn't see any cysts. I currently have my first ovarian cyst on my right ovary, it's a large cyst and I have to take BC to shrink it. I didn't have any symptoms of ovarian cysts, I only found out because we were getting ready to start Clomid so my RE did an ultrasound. Everybody is different, it may be a cyst or it might be nothing...
How long have you been TTC? Has it been over a year? You should ask your OB for a referral to a reproductive endocrinologist. Reproductive endocrinologists (REs) know more about infertility than OBs, they also run more tests than OBs. You should stop in my fertiliy treatment/infertility thread for any questions you might have http://forum.baby-gaga.com/about2194499.html
If you think that you have PCOS demand that your doctor runs blood work for;
FSH(Follicle Stimulating Hormone) - will be normal or low with PCOS
LH(Lutenizing Hormone) - will be elevated
LH/FSH ratio - This ratio is normally about 1:1 in premenopausal women, but with PCOS a ratio of greater than 2:1 or 3:1 may be considered diagnostic.
Prolactin- will be normal or low (elevated in hyperprolactinemia)
Testosterone- total and/or free; usually elevated
DHEAS- frequently mildly elevated with PCOS; may be done to rule out a virilizing adrenal tumor in women with rapidly advancing
Estrogens- may be normal or elevated
Sex hormone binding globulin (SBGH)- may be reduced
Androstenedion- may be elevated
Glucose- fasting and/or a glucose tolerance test; may be elevated
Insulin- often elevated
TSH (Thyroid stimulating hormone) - to check thyroid function
Quoting Justine's Mama:" I'm not sure, I went to the hospital for the pain you described and they took blood and told me I had ... [snip!] ... sane pain and feelings but I couldn't take it, it was non stop every day. I wound up going to the hospital 3 times in one week."
You cannot test for endometriosis through blood work.. There's no blood test out there for endometriosis.
laparoscopy is the for sure way to test for endometriosis. Ultrasound could be used to help diagnose endometriosis.
That's for th reply. We have been TTC for almost 2 years. My reg ob ran all the blood work to check for PCOS and said it was all within the normal range. She said despite my symptoms she couldn't say I have PCOS and just gave me a rx for 1 month of clomid and call her if I ever get pregnant.
<blockquote><b>Quoting Vicarious★:</b>" You cannot test for endometriosis through blood work.. There's no blood test out there for endometriosis. ... [snip!] ... laparoscopy is the for sure way to test for endometriosis. Ultrasound could be used to help diagnose endometriosis."</blockquote>
I'm not positive, I just know I went to the hospital and they didn't do anything but take blood and maybe a pelvis exam I don't remember and I was told I had endometriosis.