Very worried but good to have tPF

  1. I just got a phone call from a doctor I saw last week, yes on a sunday, to tell that they found a cyst on my right ovary (not sure of the right spelling).
    In a way I feel relaxed bc they finally found the reason to my pain in the back and abdomen that I have had for almost 10 months now; but I had XRay in march and they didn't see anything. Anyways I am worried bc this has been going on for months, and they found it from the CT scan I got for other problems, so that's why the specialist couldn't say more even if it seems benigne, I just hope it's a small one......
    Anyways I just want to say that I am trully happy to have this forum to be on and get my mind elsewhere instead of -like I used to- looking on internet for further infos that would just scare me to death !......I'm waiting now to get an appointment with a gynecologist at the hospital.
    And it makes me think that I need to treat myself with LV right now and enjoy life !!
  2. Dont worry, I know its scarry but cysts happen to many, many women and they are truely nothing to worry about. My docter also just found one on my ovary too. They will just watch it over time. You will be fine. Do treat yourself to a new Louis though!!
  3. Cysts are VERY normal and can not be cancerous. If the cyst is very large they can do a procedure to break it apart- it doesn't hurt and doesn't take long at all. Sorry you have been so worried, but no need to worry with cysts :flowers:
  4. I've been living with cysts since I was 13, I'm 23 now, they're no big deal. Most women can have 1-3 at any given time, no worries.

    In my personal case I was having them blow-up or rupture, which causes MIND BlOWING pain for about a week. I was lucky enough to have my first one rupture at my freshman year of band camp. That made the week VERY fun!!!! It took the doctors around 6 months to figure out what was going on, but they finally discovered that I had cysts. Unfortunately in my personal case, I get around 10-15 EVERY month. Most are very, very small, but my body decides to make them rupture to "get rid of them". When I ovulate my egg pushes against the cysts and they rupture. So to make a long story short, I take birth control to keep me from ovulating. I've been on the pill since I was 14 and I think I've only had one maybe two cysts rupture since then.

    Ok now back to supporting you :idea: ;) , there are a number of different ways to treat them depending on how your body reacts to them and how big the cysts are. Don't be too worried for you appointment with the gyno. It's just one of the many "joys" of being a woman!!! :upsidedown:
  5. ^oh sorry to hear all that. *Big Hugs*
    Thank you so much for your support ladies, you're right I'm probably worried for nothing......and tPf is always here to lift your mind, 1000 thanks:shame:
  6. That's what we're here for. Just think happy thoughts. :yahoo: Keep us updated about what the doctor says.

    Thanks for the hugs!! *Big Hugs back to you*
  7. First of all, please don't panic! I have a history with ovarian cysts...and my first advice would be to wait a month or two (of course listen to your doc!!) before having any type of surgery. Each month as your body prepares to release an egg, several eggs try to mature. If an egg tries, but doesn't get released, it causes a cyst of sorts, but then is most usually reabsorbed by your body.

    Here is my history...may be long, but hopefully it can offer you some information. ;)

    1992~ Pain in lower left pelvic area...went to my longtime OB/GYN, where he diagnosed it as me being constipated. He told me to take Metamucil for 3 months, and then follow up with him. Pain continued, and I thought he was a quack for saying it was not something going on with my ovary. :s Went to another OB/GYN and had an ultrasound. A cyst of my left ovary was found. He said since I had been uncomfortable for a while, he wanted it taken out.

    In the days and weeks after surgery, the feeling had not gone away. It would wake me up at night. It was diagnosed as scar tissue, and told to wait it out.

    Over the next decade, I had the same discomfort off and on. It just came to be the norm for me. I had a high-risk OB during that time, and he said it was common during early pregnancy to have cysts. I had issues getting pregnant, and although it was said my surgery had nothing to do with it, I wasn't so sure.

    After my baby days were over, I decided to transfer to a female OB/GYN. Twice now in the past three years they have investigated the pain. US showed that I had a cyst on my left ovary, but they wanted me to wait 2-3 months and have another US. They thought it was what is called a "Functional cyst." By the next US, the cyst was gone. Discomfort continued.

    2006- In June, I scheduled a tubal ligation (for birth control) for September. Since they were going to be in the area anyway, they wanted to take a good look at my ovary to see if there was another cyst ( I would of bet money there was based on my symptoms...either that or I envisioned my left ovary attached with scar tissue to something else in there) or scar tissue from the previous surgery.

    Nope, no cyst, and minimal scar tissue. Doc did say however that there was a teensy, tiny cyst on my RIGHT ovary, but it was normal from recent ovulation. She couldn't see anything in there that would justify my discomfort.

    Odd coincidence, the feeling that I get when I ovulate is the SAME exact discomfort, in same exact place (always on the left side each month, even I probably alternate sides each month with ovulation) so whatever it was coming from, it was mimicking what I felt during ovulation. :shrugs:

    After a long discussion based on all my symptoms and info I gave her, she came to the conclusion that it may indeed be something with my bowel! :confused1: I have had IBS for years, and she feels that there may be an area inside my intestine that might get irritated from time to time. Due to me never having any bleeding of any sort except for normal periods, she recommended that I don't do any exploratory surgery, as that alone may create scar tissue in there and elevate the problem. If it gets any worse, she will investigate.

    So, I can't help but wonder if I had waited another month or two after my first sugery 14 years ago, would the cyst of gone away on it's own? Was my first surgery not really necesssary? Who knows.

    Now that I think about it, I haven't had the discomfort hardly at all since my tubal. I also have been taking my Milk of Magnesia nightly as recommended by my endocrinolgist. Hmmmm.....:shrugs:
  8. Respectfully, functional cysts are very normal, but some ovarian cysts can be cancerous.

    Ovarian Cysts

    "To find out if the cyst might be cancerous, your doctor may do a blood test to measure a substance in the blood called CA-125. The amount of this protein is higher if a woman has ovarian cancer. However, some ovarian cancers do not make enough CA-125 to be detected by the test. There are also non-cancerous diseases that increase the levels of CA-125, like uterine fibroids and endometriosis. These non-cancerous causes of increased CA-125 are more common in women under 35, while ovarian cancer is very uncommon in this age group. For this reason, the CA-125 test is recommended mostly for women over age 35, who are at high risk for the disease and have a cyst that is partially solid. "
  9. A positive attitude is important, and you sound quite calm. Good for you! I'm sending prayers your way that it isn't serious. You're right about this being a great place for support and to just take our minds off our everyday problems for awhile.

    Good luck!:heart:
  10. Cysts being cancerous is very very very rare. Also, when a cyst is cancerous it is classified as a tumor, but is still called a dermoid cyst. So the classification is no longer as a cyst, but a tumor :shrugs:

    I am glad you are finding some comfort here!! Many women have had cysts and scary procedures- so I help we can all help you mellecyn :flowers:
  11. I have dealt with cysts off and on since I was a teen too. They prescribed birth control pills for me too. I don't take them anymore though. I haven't really been plagued with the problem recently. I hope you find some relief from your pain. I remember one time in particular when I had a cyst that ruptured. I almost passed out from the pain.
  12. Not to worry! I had a cyst which was causing me pain and anxiety before it disappeared on it's own a year ago.
  13. dont worry, 99% of ovarian cysts are benign.
    A few months ago i found out i had a huge tumor on my ovary (16cm) and im only 18. Luckily for me i got it removed and it was stage 1A cancer, and i didnt need chemo or further treatment (other than going back for check ups). I think im an unusual example though.
    I did a lot of research on the topic and found that it is very common for women to get cysts on their ovaries, and they usually go away themselves, some people have them come and go throughout their lives with little trouble. Remember 99% of cysts are NOT cancerous, please try not to worry.
    i found much of my support and information from this site Ask the Doctor: The Ovarian Cancer Forum at Med Help
  14. hi there,
    well my long waited appointement see a gynecologist at the hospital. And I don't have any cyst on my ovaries, the doctors had seen a "cystic change" on the CT scan and sent me to check with that specialist, but it was not that.
    Now that the gynecologist says I might have endometriosis; which is to me worst. So he proposed me laparascopy, they look inside you through abdomen, with general anesthesia to make a complete diagnosis.
    Now I have to live 1 more month at least with that hypothesis, I feel depressed especially by the fact that it's difficult for women with this to conceive. I was planning on waiting 3-4 years before baby but now I might have to start trying soon as it might take a long long time. I don't know how my mind will follow on that, I am quite exhausted of having gone from a doctor to another with these "weird pains" for 1 year now.....
  15. Mellecyn, I'm so sorry that you have more to go through. I'm sending prayers to you and wishing you strength.:heart: