Getting Weighed at the Doctor’s Office, and Why I’m Going to Do It

June 12, 2008

I never get weighed at my primary-care doctor’s office, and they’re totally cool with it (I’ve mentioned before how much I love my doctor, and that’s one of the reasons why).

I have an OB/GYN appointment in 40 minutes, and I was all set to decline to be weighed, which I’ve never done there before. But then I remembered why I made the appointment: despite not getting a period for over a year (because I have a Mirena IUD, and ye gods, the Internet will get me to share EVERYTHING, won’t it?), I keep getting painful cramps throughout the month (every month, that is), on no particular schedule. That is, I can’t point to the calendar and say, “This is when I would have gotten my period, so that must be why I’m getting cramps,” because they happen at random intervals throughout the month. And have been for about a year or more.

I’ve been loving Rioiriri’s series of Fat Is A Symptom, Not A Disease, and the one that made me sit up and go “BUH?” was the one on ovarian cysts. I can’t diagnose myself, obviously. But in addition to the painful random cramps, my lower abdomen is disproportionately large. None of my pants fit right, but the problem is *only* in the belly area — the legs fit properly, but the belly area that *did* fit properly when I bought the pants is now painfully tight.

While it’s true that I could just be denying my fat, or ignoring a weight gain in just my belly area, I’m also losing some weight in my face and (oddly) shoulders, because I stopped taking Zoloft exactly 1 month ago, and because I’ve been working out more lately.

So…weight loss in my face and shoulders, but disproportionately large belly? (I’m not pregnant; believe me, I checked. More than once.) Plus painful cramps all month long? Maybe it’s a fibroid or some other ovarian cyst. I mean, on one hand, I don’t want to have a cyst, but on the other hand, I would like an explanation for the cramps. Because I’m not digging the pain.

So while I don’t want to be weighed this afternoon, I’m going to let them, because I *do* want my weight recorded so that the doctor can compare it to what I’ve weighed in the past. And then we’ll see what might be going on under the hood.