This may be too much information for some here, but Iâ€™m going to write about it anyway.
About a month ago, I was several days late getting my period. A couple of weeks prior to that, when Joe and I had a â€œtake me nowâ€ moment, we felt it was close enough to my period to not use protection. Needless to say, when I didnâ€™t get my period I was freaked out about being pregnant again. I took a home pregnancy test which was negative and coincidentally had an appointment scheduled for my annual exam the next day. My doc said that if I didnâ€™t get my period in 30 days, to come back and they would do a hormone workup. Fast forward to last Friday when I went to the doctor againâ€¦
The doc gave me Provera to start my period and took a blood sample to test TSH, FSH, LH & prolactin hormones. The thought was that if those ended up to be elevated, especially the prolactin, that I would have a prolactinoma (benign brain tumor, essentially). She was also concerned that I had been having some wicked headaches since just a few weeks after Josh was born. Well, the prolactin level is elevated.
I have to go for a brain MRI. Now, I know this all sounds kind of scary, but itâ€™s really not that big of a deal. These kinds of tumors (if it IS a tumor) are easily treated with medication that shrinks them. Once that happens, my body will return to normal fertility.
It is entirely possible that this could all be due to stressâ€¦even the elevated prolactin. Iâ€™m not feeling terribly overwhelmed, even though I have had a lot on my plate. Maybe Iâ€™ve just become accustomed to stress mentally, but my body is experiencing it physically. Bodies tend to do weird things in the presence of stress even though we can mentally tune the stress out. I think the whole thing is rather puzzling right now, but if I had to guess, Iâ€™m pretty certain that it will likely fall into this category.
â€A brain cloud? You’d think they could have thought of something better than a brain cloud.â€
Anyone? Actress and movie, please.