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Ovarian cancer fear

qwerty4

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Hi,

I've been having pelvis pain and nausea and am scared (obsessed actually) it is a sign of ovarian cancer. I have sharp pains on the left side and the right side (never in the middle), but the last few days the pain has been getting a lot worse on the right side, one specific spot. It radiates into my lower back and groin.
The doctor felt my pelvis 4 or 5 months ago and said it was fine, but the pain is increasing.
I've talked about this fear with my partner and my therapist but they both say that I am in a 'loop' again and need to learn to deal with uncertainty. It is true that I am always scared of having a disease and so far it always turned out I was healthy, so I can't blame them for not talking me seriously anymore. But just because I am a hypochondriac doesn't mean it's ALWAYS just in my head. I feel like the pain is really there and I should get it checked again, but I can't really trust myself on this and I don't want to bother my doctor again because I am there so often (always for something else). On the other hand I feel like if I 'wait and see' I will be too late.
Does anyone have any advice perhaps?
 
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Bobnnat

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Hi QWERTY,

First, don’t feel like your bothering your doctor. That’s what they’re there for. Certainly you are not the only “frequent flyer” as my GP puts it. However, once your doc has made their assessment, you must accept it. Force yourself to trust him or her. That’s the only way you will have a game plan with HA. Feel pain? Give it a few days. Still there and you’re worried? Make the appointment. Don’t ask for scans or blood tests. If you medically need them, not emotionally, the doc will order it.

Then, yes you have to learn to deal with uncertainty. Very tough for us to do. Nothing is 100%. Accept 99% and go about your life. As a former poster who says he was a doctor once said, you should allow uncertainty to surround you. Bathe in it. Take it into your senses and accept it.

Very difficult I know but it’s a reality of life we need to accept.
 

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I would go to the doc and get it checked. The problem with ovarian is that it gets diagnosed too late. There's a BRCA gene test to see if you are susceptible to it.
 

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Hello,

I just went through something similar and I will tell you my story. I don’t want to scare you but I do think it’s important because you NEED to be checked. 2 months ago, I had the same problem. I went to my doctor and she said I was constipated because when she palpated my abdomen she said she could feel the constipation in my colon. She told me to get a stool softener and it would help me. I wasn’t comfortable with that so I went to the emergency room where they did an ultrasound and a CT scan. At that point they told me I had masses on my ovaries and I need to follow up with a gyno Monday morning. I did that and he referred me to a gyno oncologist who looked at my scans and said he doesn’t think it’s ovarian cancer, he thinks it’s appendix cancer and sent me for a biopsy. He was right, it was coming from my appendix. That cancer is so rare that there is only 2 doctors in my state that can do the surgery so I got in touch with the one I wanted to do it. I was scheduled on a Thursday but I couldn’t wait, the pain was too intense. So I went to the hospital on Monday and they admitted me. The surgery was done a couple of days later and I had my appendix, gallbladder, spleen, ovaries, uterus and Fallopian tubes taken out. It spread to all those organs and I had absolutely no symptoms at all up until I went to the dr that day.
Bottom line, GO TO THE DOCTOR!! If they dismiss you, go to the emergency room. Just because your doctor says there’s nothing wrong doesn’t mean there’s nothing wrong. Ovarian cancer is very often overlooked and blamed on other things. I don’t think you have appendix cancer (it’s a 1 in a million chance as it’s so rare) but if you are having pains in your ovaries, you need to make someone listen to you. I wish you the best hun


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Bottom line, GO TO THE DOCTOR!! If they dismiss you, go to the emergency room. Just because your doctor says there’s nothing wrong doesn’t mean there’s nothing wrong. Ovarian cancer is very often overlooked and blamed on other things. I don’t think you have appendix cancer (it’s a 1 in a million chance as it’s so rare) but if you are having pains in your ovaries, you need to make someone listen to you. I wish you the best hun
This is a good idea. You should always get a second opinion. My father was sick and I took him to the doc over and over. After a couple of months I finally took him to the ER. They said he had advanced multiple myeloma and he died two weeks later.
 

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@KDenton I'd been wondering how you're doing. That's one hell of an unlucky roll of the dice, but I'm glad surgery went well (it sounds like).

@qwerty4 ovarian cancer is pretty rare in premenopausal women, but things that produce similar symptoms (cysts, endometriosis) are common. Get it checked but no need to panic yet.
 

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@KDenton I'd been wondering how you're doing. That's one hell of an unlucky roll of the dice, but I'm glad surgery went well (it sounds like).

@qwerty4 ovarian cancer is pretty rare in premenopausal women, but things that produce similar symptoms (cysts, endometriosis) are common. Get it checked but no need to panic yet.
Thank you for thinking of me. Yes it was pretty crazy but I’m on the mend now. It’s going to be one hell of a recovery process, but I’m up for it.


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