It’s been almost 12 weeks since I had my D&C and my period still hasn’t returned. I’m getting quite worried now. The absence of my period would be one thing, but that combined with other symptoms is concerning me. Thought I would reach out to the pregnancy loss community to see if I can get some answers / reassurance ahead of my doctor’s appointment next week.
On May 7th and 8th, I had what felt like bad period pain — but no period. I had a tiny amount of very pale brown staining when I wiped, but nothing more than that. The pain was bad enough that I took a pain killer on the second day. I’d had signs of ovulation about 2 weeks before, so I was expecting Aunt Flo and was surprised when she didn’t show up.
So I went back to see Dr. D. to see if having a “phantom period” is normal. She said everything looked and felt normal, and that it was highly unlikely I had Asherman’s Syndrome because my surgery was so short.
She ordered some blood tests; everything came back normal, but TSH levels came back at 4.60, which is borderline hypothyroid. I was advised to wait 3-4 weeks before having a repeat TSH test, which I should do even if my period comes back. So I’ve been waiting for this Friday’s blood test in preparation for my primary care (GP) doctor’s visit next Tuesday.
Ten days after my first phantom period I had signs of ovulation. With all the disappointing news I keep getting over the past few months, I knew better than to hope Aunt Flo would show up before my second thyroid test. But Saturday morning I started having really bad pains. They were so bad (pain level 4) early Sunday morning that they kept me awake from 4am to 6am. And still, no Aunt Flo. It’s another “phantom period.”
One I can dismiss, but two seems like something’s wrong. Especially when the second one happened 25 days after the first. (I am usually a 27-day cycle gal, so this would only be 2 days earlier than normal.)
Now, as I write this on Monday evening, it’s the third day of pain. (However, last night and today it feels like more a tender pressure, like bad bloating, like I’m gassy — except I’m not.)
I’m terrified it’s Asherman’s Syndrome, or that I am bleeding and it’s collecting in my uterus (hence the pressure) and seeping out through my fallopian tubes which would not exactly do my endometriosis any favours. I’m trying to stop my imagination from running wild, but this doesn’t seem right to me.
I’ll do the follow up blood tests this week, and I have an intensive ultrasound next Tuesday, but a week feels like a long time to have to wait. Obviously I’ll call my doctor again if the pain keeps up, but can anyone tell me if they experienced this too? Does this seem normal? I don’t know if I should trust my body, or if the nagging voice is instinct or paranoia. Please help!