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July 07, 2010


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A Vapid Blonde

The things that can and do happen to women are totally fucked. I hope you get back to the bajigity asap!


Darn girl bits...they are always giving us trouble. Let me make a wild guess...ER doc was a man? At the very least I hope they gave you amazing drugs!


girrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrl, that has so happened to me & it is PAINFUL. Here's to you feeling better & back on the good foot doing the bad thing.


Glad you're feeling better. That ER doc can suck it, I'm shocked it wasn't caught sooner.

Jess@Straight Talk

Selfishly this is one of the best posts because I think this may be what's going on with me!! I am going back to the doctor next week (still in pain after about 2 months) so I will have to bring this up. Thanks for doing the legwork ;-)

Holly B

Unfortunately the ERs philosophy is treat em and street em .... in most cases. Its unfortunate, but true. Good you caught this in time. One day I may tell my similar story with a less than happy outcome.

D H-Arza

Sadly the patient needs to be their own advocate


Oooh man. Oh man.

1) One of my favourite movie lines of all time in the classic "I'm gonna punch you in the baby-maker. Yup, right in the ovaries" from Anchorman.

The only person I ever met who didn't appreciate it as much as I do was a friend in university who also experienced a ruptured ovarian cyst.

For her to not appreciate the line just because of the pain her ailment cause her, I KNEW it had to be bad so I'm sorry that you had to go through that.

2) I am SO SICK of doctors in general rushing through patients and not listening to them or taking the time to REALLY think about the problem. And while ER doctors are especially bad, they aren't the only ones.

I went to visit my family doctor of 15 years about a problem with my lady parts. After explaining to him in great detail about the PAIN I was in, he simply shrugged and said, and I quote "I don't know what's wrong with you" and sent me on my merry way.

I found out the hard way that I had a kidney infection and almost wound up in the hospital because it got so bad.

Or that time I went to a clinic because I had been coughing non stop for four months, hadn't been able to sleep because of it and even wound up CRACKING A RIB because of the intensity. The doc found no signs of infection and was also going to just send me along when I blew the fuck up at her. She finally prescribed a suppressant to help me sleep at least.

I had to discover on my own that I was reacting to a spray that had been used to FUMAGATE MY DORM ROOM.

You can understand why I have a tense relationship with the medical profession.

Great post, thanks for writing it. Also, sorry for the ridiculously long, self-absorbed comment...


I've had similar problems at the ER. My very first pregnancy the male dr lectured me that their tests were very reliable and was NOT pregnant. I was. And he wouldn't believe me. Treatment might have been different.


I'm glad it burst without big complications and that you're on the mend. With all the time straight men supposedly spend thinking about vaginas, you'd think male doctors would be be better-versed in the female reproductive system.


Glad to hear you are feeling better. I must say though I am stunned they overlooked the obvious. When questioning you about your symptoms you would think it would be flashing brighter than a red light sale at Walmart!!


Glad your feeling better!! Any kind of female problem is a real pain in the a@@..... Take care of yourself....


No joking around today, so another very special episode of comments by A Dope...

First off, I'm so relieved that you were able to (sort of) conclusively determine what was wrong and that the worst of the pain seems to be over. My wife, mom & sister have all had ruptured ovarian cysts so I know how painful it is. Well, like child birth, I don't KNOW know, but I have a pretty good idea.

Besides ignorance of women-specific health issues, be aware that even gender-neutral health problems are often misdiagnosed because they present differently in men & women. This potentially deadly condition http://bit.ly/cZzCzc is still undiagnosed in women, though hopefully not as often as when the article was written.

Sometimes an actual heart attack is misdiagnosed in women because the symptoms can be different than in men. This ignorance is even more shameful when heart disease actually kills more women than men every year. D H-Arza is dead-on: we all need to advocate for our health and not be afraid to engage with our doctors when we think they might be wrong.

End of sermon. If you miss my fart and dick jokes, feel free to check my Twitter feed -- there are always plenty to be found there.

Sarah Baron

I'm glad you are feeling better. I am sorry that you had to go thru all that to get an answer. It's amazing when the common things are missed.


Elizabeth Flora Ross

I have had that experience. It was awful! SO glad you are on the mend and you know what was causing all the problems. I've had so many female-related problems I not-so-jokingly asked my OB if he could remove my uterus when performing my c-section. He said no. That was my third female-related surgery in as many years. Being a woman can really blow sometimes. But there are plenty of good things.

Good health to you from now on, my friend!


When a women presents w/lower abdominal pain, gastrointestinal causes as well as gynecologic causes should be considered. A complete exam in these patients should include a pelvic exam. Ok, that's the end of my public service announcement.
I'm sorry you had a poor health care experience. Hope you're feeling better!


I had ovarian cysts rupture in college and in high school and BOTH tines the ER docs tried to explain my *severe* pain away as PMS.


I find it ironic that doctors can miss so many "lady" issues and yet their first question when you visit is almost always "could you be pregnant?".

You know, doctors, sometimes women feel sick without being knocked up.

And the amount of times I've been asked if I was knocked up since I was 16 makes me really wonder if I'm dressing inappropriately for my doctor visits.


I agree, there are more to marriage than sex. I hope that the pain you're experiencing will subside soon and that everything will get back to normal soon for you (and hubby).


the same thing happened to me when I had an ovarian cyst rupture, an ultrasound was the last thing they did- after a very expensive cat scan!

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