Hi Neighbor, thank you for your concern! As far as the swelling goes, my regular doctor/ER docs/& specialists (Gastroenterologist, OBGYN, Internalist, Endocrinologist, & OBGYN) have not been able to relieve the swelling. I just have been dealing with it until the swelling goes away. I spent a big part of last year going to a variety of specialists to help find out what was wrong with me to no avail. That's why I've had all the tests (blood work, ultrasounds, CT scan, MRI, X-rays, and even an abdominal scope) done within the last year. I just use a heating pad, drink Smart Water (which has electrolytes to try and prevent dehydration), anti inflammatory, and I am on a prescription water pill. So I just tolerate the pain and swelling, and wait for it to dissipate, and pray for strength to endure the trial and healing if that's God's will. The swelling is getting progressively worse, and I've had the current flare up for around 2 weeks now (sometimes worse than others.) It's not that I'm avoiding going to be strong or even for financial reasons, I just don't know what more they can do to help me. They say my kidney, liver, and other organ functioning is great. They basically say I'm a medical mystery, and there's nothing that they can do for me.
Lately though, I feel as if at times my stomach could burst and I've had sharp pains, predominantly on my left side. I do have Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome and had emergency surgery in 2011 to remove a 17 cm cyst and my right ovary. In 2015 I had an ultra sound that showed multiple cysts on my left ovary, the largest being 3.9 cm. Towards the end of 2017 the ultra sound they did was inconclusive as to if the cysts had grown or dissipated. One of the primary things it could be is ovarian cysts, but I've already done all the tests they would do to check on that. Besides exploratory surgery (they seem to only want to do as a last resort,) I don't know what else they could do for me. I have been very proactive in taking care of my health (especially this last year,) so as far as going to the ER or not maybe you can see why it's not a simple answer just to go. If I thought they would help me, I'd go right away.
I appreciate your prayers, as it's good to know we are not alone on our journey. I hope you have a blessed day! In Christian love, Gem