I'm a cis female. I am also a military wife in the US, so I get health care on the military base. It's often rushed, the doctors are sometimes hit or miss and may not care about your health unless you are in pain or dying ATM. I need help because I am suffering through pain and need to know exactly what to ask the doctor so that I don't get blown off again. Let me explain…
I went in about two months ago with pain in my lower abdomen/ovary area. The doctor did some touching around and gave me a pap smear. It came back negative for all the bad stuff *phew*. However, it doesn't explain the pain and since I didn't talk to the doctor after my pap smear, I don't actually know if he knows/cares what is causing the pain. I explained that it had been going on a few months and I was starting to get worried. Basically what came out of the visit was, "Nope, you don't have HPV, bye now." But the pain is still ongoing.
A little about the pain – it comes and goes, but is usually about once a day. I first noticed it in about December/January. It is a dull, light throb, but painful enough to be noticeable and not just subconscious. Sometimes it goes to the other side of my abdomen but 90% of the time I feel it on my left side.
This isn't exactly a "diagnose me" question although suggestions are welcome. Mainly I want to feel more informed when I go to the doctor because TBH I feel kind of blown off right now. I gave the doctor a full description of the pain like I gave you, and he didn't order an ultrasound or whatever they do to check that sort of thing. All I know now is that it's not an STD/STI since that panel came up negative. But it's still painful and it's still worrying me/bothering me. I don't want to be in pain anymore.
What should I say to the doctor when I schedule a followup visit? It will be a different doctor since we moved in the last month. I want to be armed with as much knowledge as possible so that I can specifically request whatever tests can be done to help me find out what this is. Because if I don't specifically say I WANT AN ULTRASOUND/TEST FOR WHATEVER, the doctor will just send me home until I come back dying one day.
I need help!