ovarian cysts

@beeeckie (802)
United States
December 18, 2007 3:44pm CST
Over the weekend I ended up spending time in the ER due to a rupturing ovarian cyst. It wasn't the first time for me in the ER for this issue; it also happened five years ago on the same ovary. I also learned that I've got another one growing bigger on the opposite side. I seem to get them sometimes, but only twice have they caused health problems, body aches, and all sorts of weird/painful symptoms in my body. I'm wondering what other people with similar experience have done. I'm going to ask my doctor for birth control pills to regulate the normal cysts better, but if I keep getting them, I don't want them to get so big they cause torsion or need surgery. All they did in the ER (this time and five years ago) was give me narcotics and tell me to watch and wait. I'm basically doped up and sore. Both times I've had male doctors, and I wonder if that's also making a difference. What do you all do?
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@dfinster (3528)
• United States
18 Dec 07
You poor thing. I used to have a ton of problems with ovarian cysts. First, I don't think that just because you've been treated by male Dr."s it would make a difference. I had a male ob/gyn and he was wonderful. The first time I had to have surgery because the cyst was so large, the second time it twisted and ruptured. That was extremely painful and all they could do was give me medication to keep me comfortable. When that happens, all the blood from insid the cyst basically sits there and you have to give your body time to reabsorb the fluid. When it happened a third time and the cyst got extremely large they ended up removing that one ovary because of the frequency they occurred and the severity when they did. After that I was put on birth control and haven't had a problem with my other ovary. Hang in there. I know it's painful, but hopefully it'll be better soon.
@beeeckie (802)
• United States
18 Dec 07
ouch, sorry to hear that :( I'm glad you're doing better now, though. thanks for your input.
@isaiah12 (416)
• United States
24 Feb 08
When you had surgery did it keep you off your feet for awhile? I just had my second ultra-sound. They discovered cysts 3 months ago when they did an ultra-sound to see how bad a polyp was. My doctor said she wanted to take another ultra-sound in a couple months to see if they had grown or not. I have them in both ovaries. I have had polyps in the past. Pre-cancerous tissues, and a wart that was a stage on the way to cancer. But this is the first time I've had cysts. I seem to have a constant back ache. And pains in both sides. But the left side is the worst. I'm hoping if I need surgery that it won't keep me out to long. I'm living pay check to pay check now.
• United States
18 Dec 07
My mother had two ovarian cysts. One of them ruptured and she had a female doctor, she took birth control for awhile and it did help her out, but five years later she had to get her ovaries removed. It gave her bad pains, it runs in the family, and I've been having weird stabbing pains in my abdominal area and also in my chest and now this new pain in my the middle of my head. I can't go to a doctor here in canada because it's too expensive and I have to wait a month to go in new york. What pains do you get?
@beeeckie (802)
• United States
19 Dec 07
eek, good luck with that. if it gets worse please go to the hospital anyway... I get pains all over my abdomen, till it bursts then it's in my pelvis. also in my lower back and legs.
@Mickie30 (2626)
19 Dec 07
You don't want to know my problems hunny you sound like you have a whole bunch of your own, but be thankful and greatful that yours is getting medical attention. I don't go to the doctors any more. I've given up so I put up with the pain on a daily basis and try not to complain. I have been in hospital a few times when the pain first started, but they never did anything they just ran a few tests then sent me home. I ended up feeling like a hypochondriac. I have had pains all over my body and in each limb. Sometimes I feel tired and sore. Sometimes I think I am imagining the pain. I get very sore in my lower stomach just where the bladder is and have difficulty urinating sometimes. When I do drag myself to the doctor and they test my urine they always say it's showing infection. I seem to have infection on a daily basis according to the doctors. I get bad sharp pain in my lower right side and rarely left but, I do get pain in the left as well from time to time. I sometimes feel very nauseus and dizzy. Sometimes the floor feels like it is moving underneath me. Periods are a night mare. I get horrible mood swings and can get quite aggresive not me. I also get a period that lasts between 7 to 14 days. I'm on my period at the moment and because it keeps stopping and starting I will be on it longer probably over Christmas now. If I don't start bleeding very heavily my period drags on. When I do start bleeding it is extremely heavy and comes in clots. I get terrible period pains and that pain in my lower right side starts just before my period. Some days when I am on my period I have to spend the day in bed because of being cripled by the pain. Sorry to be crude about the bleeding but, sometimes I have to have a tampon change every hour or it leaks through. I sometimes worry about going out in case I have an accident. I have the implanon injected pill in my arm and it has made no difference. I cannot keep going back to the doctors everytime I mention my symptoms I feel like a hypochondriac and they won't do certain tests on me because they say it would be too big a procedure for me. I also suffered pre-eclampsia when I had my daughter which resulted in an emergency C section and she was 6 weeks early. Still no tests and no follow up as to why I was so ill with pregnancy. Sorry to keep going on, but I am fed up of living like this and only wish that I could get my doctor to listen instead of me feeling that I am a hypochondriac.
@armywifey (883)
• United States
19 Dec 07
I often get ovarian cysts and I know how painful they can be. I have had both male and female doctors and they both use the same treatment method. Narcotics and time. There isn't really a whole lot they can do if you continue to get them other than remove your ovaries. I am almost to the point of begging the doctor to remove them.
@isaiah12 (416)
• United States
21 Dec 07
About 25 years ago I had pre-cancerous tissues that had to be removed. Then 15 years ago I had a wart (a stage on the way to cancer). They froze that. Then five years ago they found a polyp. They removed it just to find another two years later. Now they found another polyp. Last week they did an ultra-sound to see how bad it was. I went to see the doctor for the results today. She removed the polyp and is sending it for a biopsy. But she said that the ultra-sound also showed that I have cysts on both my ovaries. She has set up another ultra-sound in two months to see if they have grown. And says if they have we moght need to talk surgery. Ovarian cysts are new to me. I know I've been feeling achy lately.
@ersmommy1 (12589)
• United States
19 Dec 07
for me same situation. Have had off and on since 20. Doesn't really matter if the dr is male or female. My guess is not much else they can do. The only time it didn't seem to be an issue was while I was pregnant. But that doesn't really solve anything. Mine now, I've been told are pea sized. Perhaps they get smaller with time/age. Good luck!
@Zelmarq (12553)
• Cebu City, Philippines
19 Dec 07
I do hope and pray that you will be fine and that your cysts will not grow as big as they seem. You take good care of your self and God bless you!