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Ovarian Cancer Scare

Foxtrot

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I haven’t been here in a while. I try to sign in even when things are settled in myself to see if I can ever offer some support, but again it’s been a while. Anyways, I am freaking out about ovarian cancer. Most of my freak outs are precipitated by actual events, as is this one, but I tend to go over board. Yesterday I had debilitating pain in my lower left side. I went to urgent care where they figured it was kidney stones. Since it was late they told me they would set me up for a CT scan in the morning. After taking my blood I get up to leave and end up passing out on the street in front of urgent care. It was most likely from the combination of pain, low blood sugar, the heat in the office and the blood drawing. Although probably not related to kidney stones, it really threw me for a loop and kicked my anxiety into high gear. Not to mention embarrassing as strangers had to pick me up off a busy Brooklyn street. Anyway, went for a CT scan. Clean for kidney stones, but fluid and blood near pelvis indicating a ruptured ovarian cyst. After an ultrasound the doctor called said just a ruptured cyst. “Although there was some question as to if it was something else, I’m confident it was a cyst.” Of course I was too traumatized and the doctor was in a rush to get off the phone to ask to get more info. So now I’m freaking out that I have ovarian cancer. I did ask if I needed to do anything else and the doctor said, if your pain has gone away not really, but maybe follow up with Obgyn. I called the office but they haven’t gotten back to me about an appt. now I’m freaking out that I have ovarian cancer. I’ve been of course googling and although it’s rare for one thing to be related to another, I can’t get it out of my head. Now the pain comes back, not as sharp and I read that could happen for a few days. But I think it means that there is something wrong and then I hyper focus on it and the pain gets worse. I’ve been crying all day and I’m not sure I can even go to work tomorrow. I certainly can’t sleep. I have convinced myself it is full blown cancer with no real evidence to support that. I know it’s unlikely but I can’t stop the thoughts.
 

Giarose25

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Cysts are common for us to get and they sometimes cause extra bleeding or cramping when they’re not dissolved naturally! It’s common for ya to even sometimes get a build up of cysts. My obgyn said think of it like a cystic pimple because it is basically the same except on the inside of your body! Fluid gets trapped and in most cases it’ll go away on its or or burst which sounds like what happened to you. Ovarian cancer is more linked to mass tissue and that’s very different from a cyst! If your doctor was concerned they’d even give you something to flush it out, but I really think you’re ok! Hope this helps a little!
 

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I had an aunt who had ovarian cancer. I have also had an ovarian cyst rupture. It is painful. I had a bit of bleeding into my abdomen from it and that made me nauseous as well. Pain is normal after this happens. Stick with your yearly exams, follow up with your gyn because that's standard after this happens. If you have more cysts, maybe they will advise something to help. Many many people have ovarian cysts and sometimes, they rupture. This does not mean you have ovarian cancer. If they saw any indication of that they would definitely have told you because you would have to take action on it.
 

Rathgar

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Hi Foxtrot,
We sound very alike - see my post about going to the doctor - and can't - I just posted it.
Send me private post if you would like to chat.
 

Foxtrot

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I had an aunt who had ovarian cancer. I have also had an ovarian cyst rupture. It is painful. I had a bit of bleeding into my abdomen from it and that made me nauseous as well. Pain is normal after this happens. Stick with your yearly exams, follow up with your gyn because that's standard after this happens. If you have more cysts, maybe they will advise something to help. Many many people have ovarian cysts and sometimes, they rupture. This does not mean you have ovarian cancer. If they saw any indication of that they would definitely have told you because you would have to take action on it.
Thank you! This helps. Now that the pain has dissipated I’m able to think more realistically.
 

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I used to pretty much always have an ovarian cyst thanks to endometriosis. None of them were cancerous, but some of them did burst and that was miserable.

My mom had an incidental finding on a ct scan that suggested possible ovarian cancer. Thankfully it wasn't, but the ER docs told her to seek medical attention for it the next day. There was no "Eh maybe if you don't feel better" stuff.
 
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