Mammogram and ultrasound update…

I went in to have my annual wellness exam last month. During the breast exam, she found a lump in my right breast close to the center of my chest. πŸ₯Ί

I was already due for a mammogram this year but this was a bilateral diagnostic exam. The pancake maker was uncomfortable for sure. πŸ₯ž 😣

I then had an ultrasound to check for any abnormalities. I had to wait for a Dr. to come in to do another ultrasound and speak to me about the results. ⏰

She said she didn’t see anything on the mammogram or the ultrasound. All is healthy just need to go back next year. 😌

Again, please do your own exams often and get checked once a year to make sure you’re in good health. πŸ’–

MS journey continues – Urodynamics Study (UDS) test results.

Bladder is all normal and healthy in regards to age and anatomy.

During the filling of the bladder; I had spasms in my bladder, tricking my body into thinking I had to go hence the frequency.

I had a spasm at 120 ml another at 150 ml. Once the amount was at 225 ml, the urgency increased and I needed to really go potty.

After I emptied my bladder, I had about 150 ml leftover that was needed to be removed. The average female bladder holds around 400 ml so mine is a wee bit off.

The Treatment plan is to eliminate first thing in morning, walk around 15-20 seconds, go potty again. Throughout the day try again to go potty, walk around 15-20 seconds, go potty again. Repeat before bed.

The other option is to go on the hour every 2 hours during day which may be a task for me since I still go every hour and sometimes twice an hour.

The plan we set was Biofeedback – Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS): a needle is inserted into the tibial nerve near my ankle that sends mild impulse electrode current to stimulate the sacral nerves in low back to help improve or restore bladder functions. He said once a week for 6 weeks but some sites said for 12 weeks. I mean whatever works that’s not a pill. The first visit will be in August.

If the biofeedback doesn’t work then possibly Botox into the bladder or medication. We always ask about natural therapies as I don’t want to be lugging around a pill box so hopefully this biofeedback option works.

The Annual Women’s Wellness exam that I dreaded to have…

First off, I go every year to get my exam. It’s always not an appointment to look forward to. I mean how fun is it to sit there half neeked getting poked and prodded in your lady bits and whoohaa. Especially since this was a new Certified Nurse Midwife I was meeting. My favorite Nurse Practitioner who I’ve seen for about 8 years decided to retire in Tennessee! I don’t blame her, Tennessee is beautiful and wanting to be closer to grand babies totally wins! πŸ‘ΆπŸ»

This appointment was frustrating to me, I got there early, checked in and gave them my sample. I waited a little while for the nurse to call me back to get all my vitals – BP 120/80! Woot, woot! I then waited almost 30 minutes sitting there undressed except my sock with the gown turned to be open towards the front and paper covering my whoohaa before she came in. I was there a full hour before I was even seen! πŸ™„

We chatted a bit, told her about my MS, that I wanted to get my vitamins, minerals and hormones checked. I also wanted to see if they were causing my menstrual migraines or if maybe a lower dosage for birth control pills would be recommended. We decided on just continuing on my regular pills but skipping my periods to see how I did. πŸ€”

Next was to check of my breathing, thyroid gland and then the breast exam was next.. She found a lump in my right breast close to the center of my chest. My heart sank a little.. She made me feel it and I said I don’t think I’ve felt that before. πŸ₯Ί

I was already due for a mammogram but now it’s supposed to be a diagnostic with ultrasound one that had already been set up for next month. She was explaining it could be the lymph node system as it does run near your breasts into your armpits. I feel kinda numb but hopefully it’s nothing. Please, please do your own exams often and get checked once a year to make sure you’re in good health. πŸ’–

MS Journey update -2nd urologist test done..

Let’s just start off with, it was an awkward appointment for sure.

This was for the Urodynamic Testing (UDS) – testing the function for the bladder. I was supposed to come with a FULL bladder (drink about 3 – 12 ounce glasses). I got there early, already had to pee and knew I could not hold it. 😩

After about 20-25 minutes the technician called me back and took me to the exam room. I had to undress from the waist down. She told me all that was going to happen. She stepped out and on her way she asked me to sit in this weird chair and pee into a bucket to test the flow. 😳

The setup…

The chair is then raised up so she can insert a catheter in my whoohaa (to fill the bladder) and in my butt to measure the rectum pressure when you pee. Also, sensors are taped to your leg and butt. I never knew your butt controlled the bladder pressure. 😐

Oh and she strapped this power pack to my leg that goes to the catheters to measure stuff so it’s recording on the computer next to the chair. πŸ–₯

She started to fill my bladder with water. I had to tell her when I felt the urge, when I was looking for a bathroom and when I’d be knocking on the door to tell people to get out of the bathroom so I could go. I also had to cough in between filling and push like I was trying to have a bowel movement to see if I had leakage. Thank gosh I didn’t pooo everywhere! πŸ’©

I guess I have bladder spasms that trick me to think I have to go, they subside some and then I feel like I really have to go. I think she said she gave me 400ccs but I really don’t remember. I think the average bladder can hold 13-20 fluid oz. πŸ’¦

She unhooked the sensors and took out the butt catheter and unstuck the sensors from my leg and but. I then had to empty my bladder by peeing into the bucket again to measure how much I released. I am not sure how much I peed out as some missed the bucket. 😬

She came back in and had to empty my bladder with this syringe thing and records what was left over in my bladder. πŸ“ˆπŸ“‰

She gave me this AZO cranberry caplets to help with possibly burning with peeing today. She said to drink lots of water to flush kidneys and bladder. So far, I’ve had minimal pain and only a little blood which is to be expected. 🚽

All in all the appointment was uncomfortable but pretty quick. I get results next week and grateful that we should have plan on moving forward. πŸ‘πŸΌ

I’m full of gratitude for my support system that I have in my life whether they are just here for me by posting positive thoughts or with me personally day to day.

I thank my lovey who was at work but texting before telling me I’d be okay and after saying now a plan can be set up. πŸ’–

My sissy who lightened the catheter in my butt tracking the pressure used by jokingly saying you’re butthole has a record now! πŸ˜‚