Friday, August 29, 2008

Do these ovaries make me look fat?

I have Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome.

The good news is it's very, very mild.

The bad news is I continue to be on limited activity. I still have abdominal pain and bloating.

There's one main thing I have to prevent with OHSS: twisting an ovary. So I have to be careful not to twist my torso. Your ovaries flip back and forth regularly and it's no big deal. However, if your ovary is very enlarged as my right one in particular is, it can flip, flip again and then it cuts off its own blood supply.

At the RE today, when we confirmed all this, Dr. PacMan told me to call if I have severe abdominal pain. Being an overplanner, I ask, "What's considered severe?" Y'know, there's a wide spectrum for pain and I just want to make sure I don't screw this up.

The nurse responds, "The pain will make you drop to your knees."

"Well, that's pretty clear. I don't think I'll miss that," I answer.

Later, as the nurse and I are chatting, she says that the pain would be so bad, I would be on the ground and either unable to speak or screaming. What the f#ck?!

Allrighty then. Consider me on the lookout for severe pain.

Oh, and one more not so great aspect of OHSS. If you have it and get pregnant, the abdominal pain will get worse before it gets better. Right on.


Tawny said...

sorry about the OHSS. great blog though! we're going through the same thing...did first round of injectables, now in the 2ww wait. let's hope we both get our cubs soon!

Stephanie said...

I'm sorry you have OHSS. I hope you are feeling better soon. Take good care of yourself and those ovaries!

~Hollie said...

Mild OHSS is the BEST kind to have. I'm sorry that you have to go through it. It sucks any way you do it. Did they mention eating protein? I started eating a lot of baked chicken and then gloriously started peeing all that water weight off. Just a thought...