Wednesday, September 21, 2011

HSG From Hell

HSG - Source
My HSG went horrible.  I don't think it could have gone much worse.

What is a HSG (Hysterosalpingogram)?
"X-ray test that looks at the inside of the uterus and fallopian tubes and the area around them... Dye (contrast material) is put through a thin tube that is put through the vagina and into the uterus. Because the uterus and the fallopian tubes are hooked together, the dye will flow into the fallopian tubes. Pictures are taken using a steady beam of X-ray (fluoroscopy) as the dye passes through the uterus and fallopian tubes." - WebMD

10/19 10pm  -  Start taking my Doxycycline (antibiotic).  Had some food in my belly & was currently having dinner.

10:20pm  -  Vomited up everything I had eaten in the last four hours.  Maybe I didn't have enough food in my stomach?

10/20 9:15am  -  Another dose of Doxycycline, along with crackers & Sprite (closest thing to Ginger Ale I had).  Also took Ibuprofen 800mg at this time.  Drove to my appointment.

9:50am  -  Arrive at hospital & sat in waiting room #1.  My stomach starts to hurt.

10:00am  -  Check in.  The lady really needed to quit w/ the questions & hurry up.  My stomach was really hurting.  Got my hospital bracelet.

10:20am  -  Walk to Radiology & sit in waiting room #2.

10:25am  -  Nurse takes me back so I can change into my gowns.  I sat in waiting room #3 so sick w/ no trash can or bathroom in sight.

10:30am  -  Another nurse walks me down to the room where my X-ray will be done.  I mention how sick my stomach felt but I don't think they really understand.  Probably just thought I was a crazy w/ lots of nerves over the procedure.

10:32am - Met with Dr. H.  He tells me as long as I took my Ibuprofen then I'd be fine.  Score!   (PS I never took pain meds w/ any of my other procedures, ever though I was supposed to. I was never in too much pain.) There were no stirrups like a regular OBGYN office, just a flat table.   I assume stirrup position but I'm told to push my knees far down as possible.  Which happened to be all the way down to the table.  (PS I'm really good at the Seated Butterfly Stretch, so much so that I've been known to fall asleep at night with my legs in the position.)  He tells me I am extremely flexible between my legs, which is the only positive thing from this day.  Bean has already found this out in the bedroom. :)

10:35am  -  Speculum went in w/ the typical cramping that comes w/ it.  This is the most pain I've ever had w/ any of my LEEPs or Colposcopies.  Betadine was used a couple times to clean my cervix.  Dr. H mentions my cervix doesn't look normal.  It's almost non-existant, flush against the wall & the opening is tiny.  He starting asking me about my past LEEPs while trying to guide the tube between my cervix & into my uterus.  This is where the pain started.

10:40am  -  Tube is in & X-ray machine is over me.  He starts pouring the dye into me but it's not moving.  It wasn't filling my uterus or moving around at all inside me.  I was in pain, no tears but eyes clenching.  Dr. H decides to pull the tube back out & try again.  My nausea is all replaced with pain.

10:45am  -  Some other random doctor came in.  I don't know who the fuck he was since I was in pain & making some whining sounds.  Dr. H couldn't get the tube back in.

10:48am  -  HSG canceled.  Dr. H mentions putting me out & doing a Lap Surgery instead.  He thinks there is something anatomically wrong.

10:50am  -  I get off the table & tell the nurse I'm going to leak blood (which was actually Betadine) all over the place.  Went to the bathroom to change back into my jeans.

11:00am  -  Text Bean to let him know it didn't go over well.  And that he needs to pick me up at the hospital next time.  (He wasn't able to go this time due to work.)

11:30am  -  Pre-Op appointment scheduled for October 6th, surgery scheduled for the 13th, Post-Op on the 20th.

11:00pm  -  Third dose of Doxycycline.

11:20pm  -  Threw up again.  I'll take my risk with getting an infection, but please no more Doxycycline.

So I got nothing from my HSG except lots of pain and vomiting.  

I don't understand how my anatomy could be wrong down there.  Like I didn't develop right?  I seem to function somewhat normal-ish.  There's a vaginal, no penis.

I don't know much about laparoscopic surgery.  I know it is done through the stomach, a few small holes near the belly button.  But I'm still trying to Google to figure everything out and how much time I need off work.  I'm pretty strong, and I healed quick after my last surgery.  Hopefully this is the same.

I wish I was a fertile.  I'd sign up for labor right now rather than this shit.  Dear pregnant fertile, don't even bother complaining to me right now.  I'll laugh at you, I'm serious.
CD Doesn't Fucking Matter


  1. I'm so so sorry you had to go through that yesterday. You've already been through enough! Ugh. Being infertile just isn't fair. Hopefully the lap procedure will go smoothly. Thinking about you today!

  2. Sounds like an awful experience. Hoping they can quickly and easily figure out what's going on.

  3. hi. those HSGs can be hell. I can tell you about my experience and hopefully, it'll help you. it really sucks we have to go through this.

    My first HSG was painful. he swiped me 3 times... or scraped basically to get my cervix clean... whatever. One of my tubes spasmed, or was blocked (it was inconclusive) so the doc was trying to reposition me several times. Cried out loud!! no stirrups here. My actual doctor recommended the Lap. Basically it is a day surgery procedure where they make an incision(s) around belly button. Pump in air and then go in with cameras to see your tubes, uterus. they do this through abdominal cavity. Well... something was wrong with me. My lap failed and all I got was a 3in incision under my belly button and it was sore for 3 weeks. Apparently, I have adhesions in abdomen cavity. again inconclusive. I went to get another HSG just 2 weeks ago before deciding to do more extensive surgery (not an option now) . this time, much better experience if you can imagine. I was a nervous wreck, though and had taken lots of meds prior. The clinic was state of the art. not a hospital like before. the table had stirrups that were well positioned. the machine was in place. he injected dye. I had cramping. still hurt like hell, but I didn't cry. Guess what? clear tubes.

    Get another HSG before doing the lap. go with another facility/doctor. That is my suggestion unless the dr thinks there may be something else going on. Sorry this became such a long comment. email me if you have more questions.

  4. I came across your site... sorry to hear that the exam was bad for you. I took mine also and I hope. I will never have to take it again... LOL

    Good. Luck with everything


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