Whose Body is This?
I’m becoming one of those patients. The annoying ones who leave messages for the nurse asking, “Is it normal that I am having weird pelvic pain? Can you call me back? Please?!” I always try so hard to be the model patient. Jen and I have discussed recently that we both have this inexplicable affliction. Not being too pushy or asking too many questions, being a total yes-woman while in the doctor’s chair (or stirrups, as the case may be). Well, I am starting to teeter on the brink of becoming the opposite patient. The one who will cause them to roll their eyes when they hear that I called yet again.
Okay, it’s not that excessive. Yet. But seriously, I blame my body. She’s doing all kinds of weird things and I don’t know what to make of her. For starters, I took Clomid from days 3-7 this cycle, and my doctor said I should start using OPK’s on day 11 to make sure we don’t miss ovulation. Fastforward to day 18, which is today, and I have yet to get a positive OPK. I’m trying to be patient and not jump to any conclusions about the Clomid being a ridiculous failure.
But now I am having the aforementioned weird pelvic pain. It started as cramping, and I thought it must be pre-ovulatory, and hooray, that meant the Clomid was doing its thing and I was going to ovulate in a timely manner! But then it shifted lower in my pelvis and became more like a burning sensation. I started to wonder if I had a UTI. Which would be really unfortunate timing.
Anyway, now the pain comes and goes, and it’s been nearly three days of me hemming and hawing, knowing I should just call the doctor already and find out if this is a UTI or something else. Right now I’m in pretty serious discomfort, so I just left a message for the nurse at my OB/GYN’s office. She always calls back eventually, but she has a tendency to take a few hours. And seeing as how I left this until Friday afternoon, I’m starting to get a little panicky.
So who do I turn to but a doctor’s worst enemy – google. I typed in “abdominal discomfort after taking clomid” and lo and behold, I found a flurry of activity. Lots of message boards where women asked “Is it normal to have pelvic pain around day 14 after taking Clomid earlier in the cycle?” and other women saying “Oh yes, I had that too.” Someone wisely suggested it might be that your follicles are enlarged, getting ready to ovulate. I actually felt relieved when I read this and thought, oh good, I’m about to ovulate.
Then I remembered that these strangers are not my doctor. They’re not doctors at all. It doesn’t stop me from taking some small comfort in knowing that other women are in the same predicament, and my body is not a complete freak of nature. But still I will wait for the nurse to call me back. I know she wouldn’t make me wait all weekend, right? Right?!
I just wish my body would behave herself already. And I wish I had a gynecologist in my family so I could call him or her instead of bugging my doctor’s nurse all the time. Because god forbid I should be a patient who actually asks questions.