Interesting about the "inflamed cervix"...Makes sense! The doctor I've seen over the past several trips hasn't seemed to look at my chart or anything (so I don't think she was aware of the previous surgery I've had there). She never mentioned anything about what to expect after the Mirena was out--nothing. I mentioned at my visit that I was having some pain in my lower left abdomen. She said she'd check it out with the exam. I'm assuming she was thinking it could be a cyst. Well, upon finding nothing she said "everything is normal." ....But never offered an explanation for the pain! Oh...she did ask if there was a family history of any female cancers (there's not), so perhaps that was her "investigation" of a cancer risk??? But no follow up questions to help me figure out why the pain! It could be diverticulitis....or gas due to IBS, or gas due to a food allergy
...something! But she either totally forgot about it (unexcusable) or figured "well, if it isn't a cyst and she doesn't have a family history of ovarian or endometrial cancer it isn't that [which of course, family history doesn't account for all cases], so she's fine." Maybe so, but how patronizing to push off my concerns!!! Maybe the pain is just "gas"...but it's not normal and I'd like help figuring out why it's happening so I can take measures to prevent it. Needless to say I'm not going back to her anymore! She wasn't my choice anyway: I was supposed to see another doctor in the practice, but that one is always totally booked. This other doctor is relatively new (at least to the practice, but I'm not sure if she practiced elsewhere), so they were probably trying to build up her client list. I'm so disgusted with the medical practice right now anyway...just reading all these posts. I feel my (former) doctor is in the camp that the less they tell us about side effects the better--like we'll always have some psychosomatic (sp?) response to everything. Like we have these feeble little minds and imaginations and it's better to just leave us in the dark. GRRRRR!!!!!!! I want to me more proactive with self-healing, but I'm worried about taking various herbs or whatever 'cause those can be just as life-threatening or dangerous as western medicines. So I feel pretty helpless at the the moment. I just hope I can find a doctor who will listen to me, realize I'm not an idiot so they don't treat me like one, and help me feel empowered as a partner in my health care--not like a helpless, easily-swayed child. OKay, that was way longer than I intended to write!! Thanks for "listening"!!!!