After waiting several weeks for a referral, I finally got the call last week and I’ve been referred to Duke’s Center Endometriosis Research and Treatment. My appointment is this Thursday at 10am. I’m so nervous!
Of course the first thing I did after getting off the phone with my doctor’s office was to pull up Google to figure out who on earth they were sending me too! I was thinking Charlotte but Duke?!? That’s BIG. But as I got to searching, I began to wonder why I hadn’t heard of this place before!
In 2008, I traveled to the Center for Endometriosis Care in Atlanta for a 2nd opinion (which involved a laparascopy) My experience with the CEC was great (the Atlanta hospital….not so much). So I was glad to see that Dr. Y who I will be seeing at Duke completed a fellowship at the CEC. So I know that I will be in very good hands!
Its the thought of another surgery (which would be #5) that frightens me. I know that going to this appointment does not guarantee surgery but what other options are there? Its been over 2 years since my hysterectomy so looking at those pictures won’t be much help. An ultrasound won’t show whether or not endometriosis has returned or if scar tissue is the source of the pain. Pain meds only mask the problem.
Maybe I’m getting nervous over nothing and Dr. Y will be a miracle worker and will have non-surgical ideas to treat my pain! It just seems that the closer it gets, the more butterflies I get. It will be a long 3 hour drive on Thursday morning!