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Default Need Advice on a Current Health Issue - 06-08-2010, 10:35 PM

Well, I was wondering if you girls could give me some advice on a current health issue I have been dealing with..

Last month, I got this terrible pain in my left side. It was truly the worst pain I have ever felt so far, and it was a constant, severe pain.. almost as if something had burst.. By the third day I had it, I could barely move and felt really sick, so my mother contacted a free nurse by phone provided by my health insurance. After she described the pain to the nurse, I was told that I needed to be taken to the hospital.

That day, I spent five hours straight in the emergency room getting checked out (they did exams, blood tests, a urine test, and an ultrasound.) By the end of my visit, they found nothing wrong in the tests. The doctor at the hospital had a hard time explaining exactly what was wrong but insisted that I need to be prescribed birth control, otherwise the pain would come back every month during my cycle. (My cycle is usually irregular anyway, so it could help with that too, I suppose.) Before I left, he prescribed me some anti-inflammatory pills for the pain, and I took them until the pain gradually stopped altogether about a week later.

Last week, I visited my normal doctor and he reviewed the papers from the hospital that had been faxed to him. Apparently they told him, but not even me, that I have follicular cysts on my left ovary and that that was what caused the tremendous pain. This doctor told me that the other doctor was wrong and that I do not need to be prescribed birth control just yet, and should basically "wait it out" and only get on it if the pain returns.

So that leads me to why I need advice: Should I go ahead and start taking birth control? I confided in my older sister about it (she is 23) and she really thinks that I should. My mother on the other hand, who is a very stubborn, and sometimes very strict woman, thinks otherwise because she does not want me to go to Planned Parenthood etc. until I am "sexually active." Even my sister says that being on birth control could help with my cysts and also my painful and irregular periods. To me, that would be wonderful.

What do you think I should do? My mother considered putting me on birth control ages ago due to my periods anyway, so I see no reason why she is feeling differently now.. =/

Any advice that you give me will be highly appreciated, and I will run things by my mother some more. I would really just like to get this dealt with so I do not have to deal with excruciating pain every month.. =[

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