Saturday, July 23, 2011

MRI results

Good news first: I don't have a tumor on my pituitary gland.

(YAY!)

He did another ultrasound. No growths on either ovary. I've lost count of how many clear scans I've now had in a row. Two? Three? Either one is a good number!

My prolactin levels are still elevated, though, so I'm going on Dostinex to lower them. I'm happy he chose this medication because 1) I only need to take it twice a week, and 2) it has less scary side effects than Bromocriptine - specifically nausea. I was worried about that. I start the medication immediately.

Now for the "eh" news.

He's still confused as to why my prolactin levels are suddenly high and he's running more blood work to try and figure it out. I never knew there were so many hormone levels in a person's body to check, but I'm finding out about all sorts of new blood tests. I'm trying to reach a record on how many times I can visit Labcorp in one year. I guess I should be happy. All of my previous doctors would have put me on the medication and stopped trying to figure out "why." It's nice that he's been extra thorough.

And my MRI did show something. It's not related to my pituitary gland. It's my sinuses! Apparently, the radiologist's impression was the I have a "significant sinus disease." So it's off to the ENT I go for a consult sometime in the next month or two to see what's going on. This shouldn't surprise me, since my mom had surgery on her sinuses when she was in her 30s. I'm not even going to rant about my "excitement" of having to go to yet another doctor/specialist. Hopefully this is an easy fix.

Always something, right? :)

16 comments:

Dawn said...

While I totally think it sucks ass that you have yet another thing to deal with, I am so happy that you have finally found a doctor that is really trying to help you. And yay for clear scans!!!!

Rebecca said...

First of all, SO glad to hear there isn't a tumor! And,that your u/s was clear! And, that the doctor is going to tr to figure out what is going on. I hate that the levels are still high, but I'm so glad that the doctor is focusing on fixing it AND finding out why.

And, yeesh, that sucks for having to see yet another doctor! I hope that the ENT can figure out something to help. ((hugs))

MelissaP05 said...

So happy for a clear scan! As far as the sins stuff I had the surgery 3 years ago and it really helped with my allergies. I was out for about 2 days, recovery wasn't so bad. Know you don't want to have to go to an ENT, but at least they are being thorough. Hugs!!

Danielle said...

Clear scans! Yeah! It does sound totally cray-cray to be cheering for more appointments and exams, but, hey, this is time for celebration! xoxo

Logical Libby said...

Wow. Sinuses on top of everything else? I guess they were feeling left out.

Yay for clear scans!

~C~ said...

It is indeed always something, but I'm glad they're finally making some headway on what those somethings are and what can be done.

Damita said...

Yay glad it wasn't a tumor!!

tushkan122 said...

I also had elevated prolactin levels and MRI showed no tumor. I was also put on dostinex, stayed on it for a new months and...got pregnant!

erika said...

I am so glad to see your prolactin update! Glad the MRI was clear for the gland and that you have the option to go with that better-sounding treatment. I love the fact that your RE is following up on further hormonal levels so thoroughly!
It's a bummer the sinus issues popped up on the MRI, but if it's something, which is better be fixed, I am glad you will get help with it soon and you may get the benefits of that. I was 27 when I finally could not avoid my tonsil surgery. I would never had thought how significant of a change it was gonna bring. My quality of life had majorly improved after my ENT fix. I also recall, that some of my fellow patients were referred to ENT by their RE's.
I am glad you got some answers in! Fingers crossed for well-responding prolactin levels!

Glass Case of Emotion said...

I also have sinus issues in addition to my infertility issues. Blah.

Rita said...

I'm so happy that this doctor is taking the time to figure out what is going on. Sinus issues suck, but yay! for no tumors and a clear u/s!!

someday-soon said...

Yeah for no tumor!!!! BOO for more unknowns {{{HUGS}}}

Mommy ToBe (I hope) said...

Great news that there is no tumor!!

Yikes for having to see another doctor. It is nice though to have found a partner in a doctor who is helping you reach an end goal.

Brave IVF Girl said...

I'm glad your doctor is trying to figure all this out. And the good news is indeed good!

Hope the sinus stuff gets figured out, it wouldn't surprise me at all if I had something going on in there too. :)

Glenn and Brittany said...

So excited to see that you don't have a tumor! Awesome news :)

Anonymous said...

I have just started reading your blog, so I'm still filling myself in on your history. Just wanted to add that I had 4 failed IVF's (from age 32-33), went on Bromocriptine for elevated prolactin - which BTW, many doctors told me wasn't high enough to warrant medication - and ended up conceiving naturally 3 months later. I am ABSOLUTELY convinced it was my prolactin that was the main cause of my infertility. Really hoping the medication helps you!! XOXO