I have just discovered this website and just wanted to write something for a little bit of input from people with a bit of experience. I have had abnormal symptoms for over a year - was told by two different hospitals that i was too young for a smear test and not to worry. The symptoms continued. A week after my 25th birthday - the soonest I could have one at my GP, I had a smear which was painful and meant that I bled a lot more than I was told I would. ( this was not spotting this was bleeding for two days.) I was then sent my results of this the following friday (5 days later) stating that I had abnormal cells and was CIN 2 or 3 and my colposcopy appt. I dutifully went along expecting to have some sort of treatment due to my symptoms and not wanting to really look too in depth at what this would mean - resisted the urge to google (though google is a good thing as that is how I found this.) This is when I realised that the examination I had a year before for the refused smear and the seeing the cervix and year later - there was a big difference in the area affected. The nurses were absolutely lovely and put me at ease while they took a biopsy saying that it appeared to be High grade dyskariosis (sp) and the biopsy was just to be certain but dont worry you will just get a letter in 6 weeks time telling you when to come in for a procedure under local.
Off I trundle
fast forward 3 weeks later and I receive a phone call from the secretary with the consultant in the background asking if I can come in on Monday morning to receive my results. I had asked cheerily if I could move the appt as I had my final exam for my degree on Tuesday morning - as nice as the lady was I was adamently told no, the consultant wants to see you Monday and could you come at this time. I thought this was odd but again, no panicking we dont know anything - then she asked if I would be bringing anyone - of which I replied no I was just going to pop in from uni (its down the road.) I was told that she strongly suggests I bring something with me because it is likely I will need further treatment after this appt and that there will be a lot of information to give me that she would suggest I bring someone to write it down as I may not be able to take it in at the time.
Ok. Safe to say alarm bells have now gone off after every effort to remain calm.
My question - so long winded I do apologise - is should my alarm bells be going off just yet? Is this the sort of reaction people have experienced when they have received bad news? And when I was told that it appeared to be High grade dyskariosis - should I actually have been taking this more seriously from the beginning? I dont mean to seem flippant - I am at ease with whatever needs to be done for the good of my health - but I have been repeatedly fobbed off by 4 different doctors because of my age and not because of my clinical symptoms, so you can understand why I assumed that it was not something to worry about. Any advice is dutifully accepted and appreciated. As you can iminge - its been a blooming long weeked thus far!!xx