Mirena Serum Plasma, Tiny Pinch, Plasma Levels, Easy as Pie, X Rays
I had mine taken out yesterday afternoon. So here's my scoop so far: The actual procedure was easy as pie. I felt a tiny pinch...no worse than a basic pap and that was it...they said it was out! The attitude from the staff and the doctor was a whole other story. ... more »
I had mine taken out yesterday afternoon. So here's my scoop so far: The actual procedure was easy as pie. I felt a tiny pinch...no worse than a basic pap and that was it...they said it was out! The attitude from the staff and the doctor was a whole other story.
The nurse first of all asked what kind of side effects I had been having...I told her. (See my original posting from about a week ago if you need.) She asked if I had seen my PCP, because "Mirena couldn't cause those things." (I laughed at that point!) I tried explaining to her and educating her on these and other such sites and the reality that many of us have, as well as assuring her that I have seen several doctors and specialists and after office visits, x-rays, blood work, and multiple courses of meds, there is, in fact, nothing wrong with me. She stated, "Well, you'll need to talk to the doctor about that." So in comes the doc. He states that although I "think" I'm having these side effects...the IUD is at least serving it's purpose. I admitted that I was not pregnant, however it's not really a surprising fact seeing as how I'm now fat with bad skin and the ability to either rip your head off or cry depending on the minute you catch me! His response: "Well I don't think any of that is going to change because the Mirena isn't causing it." I truly don't believe I've been as insulted by a doctor before in my life as I was in that moment! (And I'm a nurse...I've been insulted plenty!) I asked him how he was so sure of this and he again tells me: "Because Mirena isn't systemic...it only acts on your uterus." I then questioned him about the Canadian drug study done about 10 years ago proving that you can verify effectiveness based on serum plasma levels (blood levels) within 3 hours of insertion. His response was simply this: (Oh ladies...you'll love this!) "Don't believe everything you read on the internet." He asked what I would do for birth control...and I told him that I wanted a non-hormonal form of control. He tried telling me the only options I had were the Copper IUD or permanent sterilization! At that point I looked at him and said I thought what I really needed was a new GYN, thanked him for the removal, paid my co-pay, and left that building for what I think will be the very last time.
I didn't go back to work. I went home and rested. Then I cried...just a massive cathartic release...and it felt great! I'm at the point where I am so ready to feel good again and knowing that this was the first step just brought all those emotions to the forefront. I have not yet had even so much as any spotting. Still feeling (and looking) fat and bloated with bad skin...I didn't wake up and lose 10 pounds...like I had hoped for, but I remain optimistic and continue to have faith that these symptoms will go away.
I'll continue posting occasionally and document my results. Good luck to all of us out there dealing with this.