i had an HSG last week. i asked around and people told me to take "just" some ibuprofen for it b/c it was no big deal. well, i had a funny feeling about it so i took motrin 800 mg and 1 darvocet-=-and thank god i did. my right tube was no big deal but my left tube was the most painful thing i have ever experienced. i almost threw up and was extremely dizzy. it got to a point where i was begging the Dr. to stop. the Dr, who is also my friend continued with it b/c she knew that if she stopped she would just have to do it again (i am thankful she finished it). she thinks maybe my left tube was blocked and the dye "busted it open".
is that the case or am i just a wimp????? other people told me it was just "crampy". i still can't get over how terrible it was.
please tell me the truth--E
I agree that if you had a blockage it could make it much more painful. I don't think I had any sort of blockage at all. (We discovered another issue, but I won't get into it here!)
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I am not a total wimp either, had my baby at home, posterior with a nuchal hand, and i have tattoos. So I don't think that it is just low pain tolerance. So I don't think you are a wimp, somethings bother different people more....like I can't deal with headaches, my friend can't deal with back pain, my husband gets all squicked out by slices/cuts....
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Second one, with a different practice, I insisted on some serious painkillers beforehand -- but the procedure was fast and utterly painless (and not in a percocet way -- you know how you can kind of tell the pain's there, but it's just not bothering you? There was just NO pain whatsoever). And I'm sure they still tell stories about the lady who fell out of the changing room when taking off her shoes.
I think they used slightly different techniques each time, which might have made a difference. I've heard both kinds of stories from women. Maybe it's the technique, or the practitioner, or the luck of the draw -- either way, really sorry that you had so much pain.
Maybe sort of like why some women have painless labors, some medium and some horrible?
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i am glad to hear that it isn't always painful and i thank those that came forward with their stories.
now that my tubes are open--hopefully baby time!!! E
But the guy who did it was a complete idiot. Let me emphasize GUY because that's important. When he put in the speculum, it scraped me all along the vaginal wall, and that was UNBELIEVABLY painful! I kept jumping around in agony, and he'd admonish me to hold still.
I told him it was scraping and that that shouldn't happen, but he ignored me. [insert swear words describing him here] kept just telling me to "relax".
I snapped at him that I couldn't relax because he was hurting me. Then he had the gall to say, "It's okay, I understand what it's like."
I shouted, "NO YOU DON'T, YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE THE SAME PARTS!"
The nurse standing beside me, who was kindly holding my hand, had to hold back laughter at that.
And you know, somehow, her laughing at me telling the [insert more swear words for him here] off made it bearable. Would've been even better if she'd told him off too, but I know what medical hierarchies are like...her understated support was at least something.
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Ok, no more thinking about this.
For greater things are yet to come...
is this one of those weird female medical conspiracies where they don't treat women appropriately. even if only 25% of women feel this type of pain during the procedure, you would think that they would tell you that and offer you pain medication. i am a nurse and i had to work the night of my procedure and it was awful. why don't they warn women???????
I wouldn't sign up to do it again, but it was okay. Oh and I took 800 mg of ibuprofin before hand, which I think helped some.
I am so sorry for those who do not have a good radiologist doing the procedure, it's intense and invasive enough without having a raving fool trying to administer the dye!
The reason I'm particularly frightened is that I have scar tissue on my cervix. The IUI hurt like a bitch and left me cramping the entire day. This is normally a relatively painless procedure. Now, I know that to do the HSG they have to go up through the cervix. Do they use a syringe type thing?
I knew I shouldn't have read this thread. Oy.
But, just like most of us here.... If I'm given another chance, another Babe, I'll do it all a million times over.
I stopped taking the pill 3 days ago and wonder if that is making me have my period a week earlier? I don't know what's going on...I' feel wiped out as well. Basically feel like I'm having some reeved up PMS cramping.
I'm low risk for infection etc... but don't like the looks of these sysmptoms..makes me think I have an infection festering...will call the doc in the AM. Has anyone else experienced this?
I'm getting one done next week, and after reading your posts, I'm now scared!!! The little leaflet they gave you really makes it seem like it's no big deal!! (well, I did shudder at the catheder part, but my DP convinced me it was really really smal...now that I think about it, how does HE know?!!?)
Anyone had a good experience??
We are leaving for a 3 day mountain bike trip the night of the procedure (I'm having it done at 1 pm). Now I'm thinking my timing isn't so great!!!
I think that some of us were surprised that it hurt, after the literature makes it sound like no big deal. You may be fine - seems that some people are okay, and some people have it hurt.
Good luck. While it hurt like heck when it happened, it stopped hurting fairly quickly and I was okay.
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I'm sure this is an oversimplification of things, but an attentive dr does make a world of difference!!!
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I just had mine yesterday with exactly the same results. By far the most painful experience of my life. I screamed and begged for them to stop and eventually fainted from the pain. It was completely traumatizing for me and is now making me second guess having a baby.