Hi, I found this whilst searching for information about my own symptoms. I've been suffering with bloating and lower left abdominal & back pain almost constantly since September now and my Doctor still hasn't gotten to the bottom of what's wrong. I'm 42 years old and have had a colonoscopy which had to be abandoned due to the level of pain it caused, and a barium enema which showed no abnormalities apart from one or two very small diverticula. Reading your story and speaking to my cousin who has been through a similar experience prompted me to ask my GP to refer me for Ultrasound. I'm hoping i'll finally get a diagnosis, I'm just convinced that the pain i'm experienced can't be caused by nothing.
I am post menopausal and bleeding off and on. I broke my wrist last march and had surgery. I cannot bear the thought of having an ovarian cyst and going through surgery again! The fear of surgery, the recovery, the MEDICALS BILLS afterwards!
I was just reading all about your story and your surgery, you really are full of helpfull information. I have a few questions if you wouldnt mind answering them. For the past few months I have had a strange feeling in my lower abdomen. It actually feels hard, I feel the need to pee alot but never actually pee a large amount. Its a constant pressure and i am so bloated, i can barely fit into anything. Also in the morning I can see this mass pushing out of my abdomen. I just got blood work done today and I am going to an ultra sound at 530.. I was wondering if you ever felt like this. ( I have history of ovarian cysts as well)
Thanks for the information, MarieMichele. My surgery was pushed to 12/09/10, so wish me luck! By the way, I see that your cyst was about the same size as mine are. Did you ask for your ovaries to be removed?
Thanks for the detailed info on the hospital experience and going home. I now know what to pack and have ready at all times: a pillow! I will have a 30 cm cyst removed so expect that with time I will feel like a different person. Thanks again.
Thank you so much for all your informative replies and your surgery story answered lots of my questions- thank you. x
Just a quick note to say hi! Thank for posting all the info on surg.--- very helpful ---my surg is oct. 19th. i am scared!!!
Congrats on your new job! :)
Glad to hear of your new job. Are you enjoying it?
Thank you so much for responding to my question. It helps to hear from other people who have gone through the same thing. I really appreciate it!!!
I have been having a period ever other day, or each week with a 2 day break. This has been going on for a year. I have a IUD (for 3 year) and they gave me orthro-tricyclin because they said it was from my hormones being low. I have had several test done because my pap smears keep coming back abnormal. I had HPV stage 1 and it went away. I had abdonmenal pain for several months and it went away. I was getting sick like morning sickness for several months then it went away. I have started bleeding again every other day. I have had a child (3years old) it still feels like somethings is kicking me on a regular basis. *I am not pregnate* I weight about 123, 5'7, and very slender(I kow there is no kid in there). I dont know what is wrong with my body and I don't understand.
Thanks for your reply. I am definitely thankful to have people like you on this website that have been through a similar experience. It has helped me a lot because they tell you you can go back to regular activities in 3-4 weeks but that wasn't the case with me and I was wondering why I wasn't healing as fast. Thanks again, I appreciate it!
I was also pregnant before all of this and I miscarried 10 days before surgery. I should have waited, but I just wanted to get the cyst out. It is a little unsettling as I want to have a child, so I hope the pain is less and less. I cannot take Ibufrofin anymore as I didn't know you weren't supposed to take that much. After surgery I was in so much pain, I relied on it, so now it's Tylenol (which isn't always helpful), so I need to find a natural remedy.
Thanks you for replying. I have been going thru some very rough stuff as I haven't been back at work and not feeling like my normal self is upsetting. I still haven't resumed "normal" activities w/out some pain. My gyno wants to do another surgery to take out the fall. tube he left in. I am NOT comfortable with this as my CT and ultra sound came back normal, so he is going by a "hunch." That scares me to think I am going to be opened up as I had a bad reaction to the anesthia and it took FOREVER to get over the fatigue of it (2 months). I just want my life back. It has gotten a little better with time though. I just hope to God that I can go back to work in 2 weeks with no issues as I have a mortgage to pay and I need my benefits.
I went back to my GYN many times, but all they did was give me pain meds. Finally i decided to stay home and just nurse my body. I started taking acupuncture every few days, taking vitamins, and I've been just resting. the pain has gotten a bit better, but still i feel like my insides are stretching so bad and that is painful. I had a friend who had the same procedure and she told me it took her 9 weeks to recover. I have been off the pain meds for 5 days now. I want my body to fight. so i just wanted to ask you if i should just take it easy until my body tells me it's ok to do things like go back to work and stuff. it's not fun to stay home but i will do everything possible to heal. i just am trying to make sure that staying home this long for a laparoscopy is normal. thanks!
Hi, I was just reading about your experience after a laparotomy, I am glad that you benefited from it. I had laparoscopy for mild Endometriosis on March 9th of this year. I am 28 and this was my first surgery ever. The endometriosis was very painful so I was home 2 months before my surgery. My surgery went well, no pain from the Endo where it used to be, so that's a relief! However, I'm on my 7th week and still in pain where the incisions are. You know how they say you can bounce back after 2-3 weeks? On my fourth week I started walking in the neighborhood every morning and just doing light work around the house, then at the end of the 4th week my pain around the incisions, which seemed to be healing, got worse. I had to go to the ER but my CT scan was negative. And no infections.
Did you ever get shooting pains down your legs after the surgery? I am getting them on both legs on my thighs. I still have my other ovary and nothing was done to it, so I don't know why this is happening. I have been to 4 gynos and I am on my 5th one one Mon. Getting a little annoyed at how little they know. They look at me and stare blankly when I tell them what I have been going thru. At my wits end. thanks
Just a quick note to say hi! How are you doing? I noticed that you have not been on the Ovarian Cyst for a few days and wanted to make sure everything was ok. Hope you are doing well.
Woo hoo! Congratulations! I hope you will be so happy there.
Hi there! How are you doing? Any progress in the hunt?
I have been taking it easy now for about a week and a half after I strained myself last Tue/Wed. I get excited that I feel better and then move something that may be too heavy...but I think I will be OK..it was a small potted plant that I carried about 10 steps. I think I will be OK....I just don't want to go through that pain of not being able stand up straight and hunched over. I sometimes feel these "stabs" of pain. Did you ever get those and what made them better. It's going on week 5 now and I thought I would be totally better! I plan on going back to work on April 20th. I am a teacher, so I have to be perfect before I return as it's not the kind of kib one recovered at. THanks for ALL your help...it really makes me feel that I am not all alone in the world!
Thanks for getting back to me. IT made me feel releived. When you over did it, did you feel horrible "stabs" of pains?? They have gotten better, but they shock me at time. I say my affirmations everyday..."I no longer get pain and i am now healing at a rapid rate. I have been reading Louis Hay.
I strained myself a little while recovering from surgery and I am still having the sharp tinging pain. How long did it take you to recover? Did you have any issues when you were recovering. I am desperate for help. I am going to see my gyno on Thurs and I hope I didn't injure anything.
What kind of injuries did you incur with your job? I hope all will be OK.
Just a quick note to say hi! I can't believe you're unemployed again. I've got opposite problem, still can't go back to work, it will be 16 weeks by the time my new certificate runs out, and my employer is being so patient. I've ended up with with severe depression, but think I'm turning the corner now. Good luck with everything.
Thank you for your reponse. I am a very active person and this is driving me absolutely up the wall.
Thank you for responding, got results today just cyst! Praise God. Nit I think I am going to get it re,oved as soon as I can.
Thanks so much for responding to my post and for letting me know about your story! I'm so glad I've found you!
Just a quick note to say hi! Thank you for your wonderful information. I will be seeing GYN/ONC Tuesday 1/12/10 due to ovarian cyst mass size of an orange (picked up on ultrasound last month). I am a 69 YO and of course been menopausal for years. I don't know what to expect next week but your information helps to ease my fear of the unknown!!
Thanks for leaving me a comment and also for writing about our surgery on your page. I have so much to think about and to research. What have you heard from other woman who have had surgery induced menopause due to removing both ovaries? I have read a few things so far and do not want to get all hairy and have sleeping issues. I have not even started menopause and with thinking( and now questioning) having everything removed I need to get some answers.I am hoping to get more insight from you. Thanks so much for being there for woman like myself. Karri