Chocolate Cyst Ovary Treatment

Endometrial cysts are a type of ovarian cyst called “chocolate cysts” because they are filled with dark blood resembling chocolate syrup. These growths occur due to a condition known as endometriosis.

Endometriosis results when pieces of the uterine lining break away then attach to other organs. Most frequently, these floating pieces of tissue accumulate in or on one or both ovaries.

After a number of menstrual cycles, the endometrial tissues bleed and develop into endometrial cysts. Over time they can grow to become extremely large.

Endometrial cysts can prevent ovulation and cause infertility because they often envelop most of an ovary.

While some women are not aware when they have such a cyst on an ovary, others must cope with severe menstrual cramps or pain during intercourse or bowel movements.

Diagnosing Endometrial Cysts

Diagnosing endometriosis and its associated complications, such as frequent ovarian cysts, requires a thorough pelvic examination.

During this examination, your doctor may discover endometriosis-related nodules within the vagina, the rectum or on tissues supporting the uterus. Other disease indicators include tender and enlarged ovaries, abdominal growths or a uterus that’s drawn back or attached to the rectum.

Various techniques used to diagnose endometriosis and to locate associated uterine and ovarian growths include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound.

Doctors use laparoscopic surgery to examine a woman’s abdomen and surrounding organs by inserting a tiny lighted lens of a laparoscope through the navel.

A ruptured endometrial cyst can cause internal bleeding. And if the cyst’s contents leak onto organs such as the bladder, uterus, fallopian tubes or intestines, it causes scar tissue to form. This can result in pain and potential fertility problems.

Most typically, doctors treat endometrial cysts with surgery or drugs.

Surgical techniques

Doctors usually use laparoscopic surgery to remove an endometrial cyst and preserve a woman’s fertility.

Doctors can also use laser surgery to cauterize ovarian cysts.

Medical treatments

Doctors will use drug therapy to treat these cysts when a patient does not intend to conceive because the drugs used for such applications prevent ovulation.

Natural treatments relieve pain and enable you to avoid surgery

If you’re enduring endometrial cysts, you’d benefit greatly by applying natural treatments to shrink these growths and prevent them from returning. Natural treatments would enable you to avoid surgery or medical treatments.

You can help your body to control endometrial cysts with dietary supplements, vitamins and herbs. They’ll also help you to balance your hormones, improve your overall health, strengthen your immune system and facilitate organ functions.

Before seeking relief through surgery, hormones, drugs, various pills or medications, first apply natural methods to relieve your pain and other symptoms caused by endometrial cysts.

An added benefit is that these natural methods are safe for you and your baby if you are pregnant.

Get the information you need to rid your body of endometrial cysts, to avoid ovarian cyst surgery and prevent cysts from forming in the first place

Get the most thorough and effective information available to treat endometrial cysts and all other types of cysts. Go to http://Ovarian-Cysts-Relief.info

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    i have a chocolate cyst in my left ovary.i was told that i ve a follicle in my right ovary. but the ovary dint?
    release the egg till 19th day which was 26mm.so the doctor gave me HCG injection twice. Is it possible for me to conceive in this cycle if i ovulate.plz suggest me a treatment if not?

    • ANSWER:
      A “chocolate” cyst? Come on. There is no such thing. I suppose you have a “vanilla” cyst as well? Our bodies are not candy factories.

  2. QUESTION:
    chocolate cyst – Please help?
    I had a laprascopic surgery to remove 8 cm chocolate cyst in the right ovary on Feb’09.Now today i took a scan to find out that i have 10cm cyst on the right ovary again and doc is suggesting me to do a lap or open surgery again which iam not ready to becoz i know i will recur.
    Iam literally at the stage of break down as iam trying to conceive for the past 3 months and i found out this.I can’t take or want to do surgeries any more.Can somebody please suggest me any other alternative treatment like Homeopathy etc., for curing this completely.Iam so depressed,please help me.Iam already 27.Iam in Chennai,Tamilnadu,India.
    Dr.Suniel ,Please email to priyagayathri@gmail.com.Iam not able to find ur email in yahoo.Please.

    • ANSWER:
      Their is a temple in Tamil Nadu where if you send request for child they send back blessings. I will not give the address on net.
      Secondly, my medicine Sarveshwar removes cysts, fibroid, blocked Fallopian tubes etc. which is actually my grandfather’s (an famous Vaidya Pandit Faquir Chand Kaushal of Hoshiyarpur, Punjab) formulation by which i have treated 9 women to date & 10 children (last twins) have born.
      Read newspapers, you will come to know that without any reason normal patients are being operated for money & more medical complications are being created, i do not say that i have lot of newspaper cuttings to prove that.
      My medicine for women infertility is free for all.
      But for treatment of problem you will have to buy medicine which i prescribe.

  3. QUESTION:
    what is treatment for PCOD?
    Sir, i have chocolate cyst in right ovary.

    recently i did follicular study test..

    The report shows…

    DAY: 8

    ROF: 1.0 * 0.9 cms , 1.0 * 1.13 cms

    LOF: 1.4 * 0.9 cms , 0.8 * 0.8 cms

    ET: 3.4 mms

    No free fluid in POD.

    PCOD changes in both ovaries.

    I married before 1 year & we are trying for baby since last year….bt yet i am not getting pregnant.

    Sir, Pls tell me.. wat ll be the problem?

    • ANSWER:


Cancer Symptoms Ovarian Cyst

The symptoms of ovarian cancer can appear months before the cancer is found. Unless a woman is getting the tests that would reveal the cancer these symptoms many times wont be diagnosed. This alone is one of the problems with detecting ovarian cancer in its early stages. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are quite often dismissed due to the fact that they can be rather benign.

Stomach swelling and digestive problems for instance which are common symptoms of the presence of ovarian can be easily dismissed and ignored. Stomach problems are something everyone experiences at various times in their life. Ovarian cancer afflicts more than twenty-two- thousand women annually in the U.S. If caught in the early stages this cancer is treatable as goes for many other cancers.

If detected in its early stages, before it has spread from the ovaries a woman has a ninety percent chance of living for at least another five years. Unfortunately, less than twenty percent of ovarian cancer is detected in its early stage, Due to the fact that the symptoms of ovarian cancer don’t involve the ovaries themselves the cancer many times can be overlooked as tests like stomach imaging can overlook the ovaries.
This is not to say that every time a woman gets a stomach ache or pelvic pain she should dash off to be tested for ovarian cancer. In cases where problems are persistent though researchers have concluded that ovarian cancer should be considered. If tests have ruled out other causes than tests for ovarian cancer should be performed. Ovarian cancer is a relatively rare cancer in women, it afflicts a small part of the general population and makes up a small percentage of the cancers afflicting women in general.

For the woman stricken with this form of cancer the statistics mean nothing though. So it appears from research findings that women have to take a greater part in the detection of this disease due to the nature of the symptoms and the elusive nature of this disease and with early detection so imperative in determining the survival rate of women afflicted with ovarian cancer.

If tests have ruled out other causes for the symptoms than tests for ovarian cancer should be performed earlier in the diagnosis process. A womans early response to the persistent symptoms related to ovarian cancer can be the key to her survival. New research has discovered that ultrasound and the CA125 test were many times not effective in detecting ovarian cancer in its early stages even in women already at high risk for developing the disease.

Women at high risk include women with a family history of the disease and women predisposed to it due to genetic mutations that can make ovarian cancer more likely. Of the two tests the blood test has shown to be more effective in finding ovarian cancer but it can sometimes give false positive results. Statistics are not good for the early detection of the cancer so other means must be developed it seems.

Experts agree that more research is needed in the area of detection of the disease as this seems to be so critical in determining the survival rate for ovarian cancer. The symptoms will always be the same though so for their part women must make themselves more aware of this cancer and its early detection. Tracking the symptoms can only be of help. Keeping an accurate record of your early symptoms and being persistent during the evaluation process can be the difference between surviving and not surviving ovarian cancer.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer vs. ovarian cysts?
    I had an ovarian cyst about two years ago. My sister has PCOS and there’s a good chance that I have it as well. I’m more concerned that I have a possible tumor though. I looked up the symptoms for ovarian cancer and I have almost all of them except for maybe one or two. I’m really scared. I’m only 17 and I have no idea how to approach my parents about it. If I do have something wrong with me though, I don’t want to wait until it’s too late to try and get help. I also have symptoms that could possibly just be another cyst, although I did just get my period so I don’t think that it could be a cyst. It could even be uterine prolapse, but those symptoms aren’t the same as the gassy, abdominal pain and back pain I usually have particulary the week before and the week after my period. I also have a lot of underarm perspiration. Could this be another sign? Mostly I’m just scared that it might be to late and though I’m a strong Christian and I understand that there is a reason for everything.

    • ANSWER:
      It is usually not best to diagnose yourself without about 10 years of medical education and specialization – and even then it isn’t a good idea. Make an appointment with your ob/gyn or family practitioner if you are worried about it.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and if u had a ovarian cyst can u get ovarian cancer ?
    I would also like to know can they make u missed ur period

    • ANSWER:
      Every woman gets cysts every month it is part of the ovulation cycle. Normal cysts develop and go away on their own.Most of the time they are not even noticed. It is normal at the time of ovulation to feel a twinge of pain as the egg is released. Any thing more than that should be looked into. If the pain is severe or does not go away in a few days.
      Large cysts can cause the ovary to twist over and cut off it’s own blood supply, but this is rare. They can rupture and cause problems. And yes
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  3. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cancer or cyst symptoms?
    Hello!

    I was told by my doctor that there is something abnormal on a scan which I had, which is a routine checkup after I had cancer. He said it could be a cyst or the cancer could be back, and I’m now waiting for test results.

    I have some pain and I was wondering how that relates to people’s experiences of both.

    I have lower back pain, which has become progressively worse. It does ease when I apply heat, but generally it hurts.

    I also have a cramping pain in my lower right abdomen, which is focused on my pubic area and just above it.

    Has anyone experienced that, and what happened after?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be cancer but usually after ovarian cancer the first sign of the cancer returning is an elevation in your CA 125 results.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are some symptoms of cervical cancer vs signs of a ovarian cyst?
    (Sorry ya’ll if my spelling is off!)

    • ANSWER:
      Cervical cancer is painless and has no symptoms (unless it’s in it’s very, very, late stages). Ovarian cysts sometimes have no symptoms, but when they do, it’s usually lower quadrant pain, and sometimes some minor bleeding.

  5. QUESTION:
    Please help – what are the different symptoms between ovarian cysts and ovarian cancer?
    I am scheduled for a vaginal sonogram on Monday to see what is causing this sharp abdominal pain. I also have been feeling nauseous, ache, especially my lower back, have to pee a lot more often, and – am not sure if this relates – have pain in my left shoulder. My doc thinks my birth control is too strong for me, why I’m experiencing this, but to be safe, we’re doing the sonogram.

    I just have two questions:

    1) From my symptoms, do you think I have an ovarian cyst?
    2) Can anyone tell me the difference in symptoms between an ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer?

    Thank you

    I originally posted this on Women’s Health, but I’m not getting anything.
    I am 26 years old and am usually quite healthy – have never had such a thing before
    Now I have pain on the left side of my throat – swollen lump. About where the lymph nodes are, but just on my left side. Weird

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms of ovarian cysts and ovarian cancer are almost identical to the lay person. If anything, symptoms are often worse earlier in the case of cysts.

      The fact that your Dr is sending you for a sonogram is an indication that even Dr’s find it hard to differentiate based on symptoms alone.

      Keep in mind that statistically cysts are far more common, especially in a woman as young as yourself.

  6. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had ovarian cancer, or an ovarian cyst, what were your symptoms?
    What were your symptoms of it? I think that i may have ovarian cancer but im not sure of it…. i went to the emergency room oct 4th for bleeding that went on for 4 weeks and 4 days. they did a pelvic exam and they did not find anything and they drew blood because they thought that it could have been an ectopic pregnancy but they said that i was not pregnant.. but they did not do an ultrasound. i have an appointment with my OB/GYN on the 28th, but i just wanted some in put if possible….. thanks for your answers

    • ANSWER:
      pain and bleeding are the two most commen symptoms..

  7. QUESTION:
    Need help for relieving pain and have questions (ovarian cyst/cancer/treatment)?
    For the last week or two I’ve had on and off type pain and it bothers me every day and is sometimes very sharp. I heard that most cysts go away by themselves (mine got smaller) but I’m concerned about ovarian cancer and there’s a huge cancer history in my family but so far no ovarian cancer and my hysterectomy was not for cancer. I read that some benign cysts will require treatment in that they do not go away by themselves, and in quite rare cases, others may be cancerous. I was diagnosed with ovarian cysts about five or six years after my (TVH/kept both ovaries) total vaginal hysterectomy. I didn’t have symptoms of ovarian cysts when they were first diagnosed and the doctor ordered the ultrasound and kept an eye on the cysts with updated ultrasounds.The last ultrasound about three years ago showed the cysts got small enough and I didn’t need further ultrasounds.

    1. Anyone have advice on dealing with the pain and would heat help if surgery isn’t indicated?

    2. If it’s not gas or appendicitis I’m experiencing does anyone know what can be done for them besides taking out the ovary?

    One doctor I didn’t like or agree with recommended I get my ovaries removed because of the history of cysts and I didn’t see him for that problem and he refused to help me with why I went in there and think he was just trying to get more money (the wait was over 3 hours in his office).Three other doctors agreed to not take out my ovaries including my surgeon if it wasn’t cancerous as it could prevent me from going into surgical menopause.

    3. I’ve never had symptoms of menopause but does anyone know if estrogen if needed again would help prevent the cysts from getting bigger if present again or would it just feed ovarian cysts?
    I was put on the estrogen patch 5 years later because my blood work showed I was low on estrogen and I didn’t have any symptoms of menopause. I was taken off the estrogen patch after it was thought that the narcotic pain meds I was taking for disc injury and muscle spasms could have caused the abnormality of the amount of estrogen in my system. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend seeing your OB/GYN as soon as possible. It is unlikely that you have ovarian cancer, but it is certainly a possibility.

  8. QUESTION:
    Please help me.Can a pelvic exam miss an ovarian cyst/cancer??? My doc felt nothing but i have many symptoms?
    I got the pelvic exam done 3 days ago for left leg,hip and left lower back and abdomen pain. Why didnt he feel anything i am pretty sure i have a cyst or worst.
    My ultrasound is on wednesday n i am freaking out bcoz i read somr stories on the net that said thier doc missed ovarian cancer on pelvic exam which was found later on sonogram.
    Also i got bloodwork done n all is normal

    • ANSWER:
      Iv had the same thing,and my recent ultra sound showed an enlarged ovary!! i did have the LEG PAIN!!! upper leg pain and horrible abdominal pain- i new something just WAS not right, and iv been to 3 obgyns. if this one isnt helping then go to another :D

  9. QUESTION:
    Age 15, 4 Ovarian Cyst Ruptures, Possible Ovarian Cancer?
    I am 15. I have had 4 ovarian cyst (the size of baseballs) rupture in the past 11 months. I have been having symptoms for the past couple weeks. Like I look like I am pregnant, I have sharp pains in my pelvic area and I have lost appetite… I have looked on a couple websites about ovarian cancer symptoms and I go to an adolescent gyn. and I am going to set up an appt. with them but i have wondering if I, at my age, should be concerned about this being a possibility because the women who have this are in menopause… or I have something else…
    My great-grandma had breast cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      I had ovarian cancer at age 19. It’s highly unlikely that’s what you have. It’s not only extremely unusual in a 15 year old, but given your cyst history, and given that cysts are hundreds of times more common than cancer, it’s more likely that it’s another cyst. Have you been put on birth control pills? That’s the usual treatment for someone who has a lot of cysts. Ask your doc if you can go on them. There’s no reason that you should worry and suffer like this and have the risks you have, when it can be fixed by taking birth control pills.

      The problem with ovarian cancer symptoms is that they’re also the symptoms of plenty of other illnesses involving the ovaries and uterus. So just because you have them, doesn’t mean it’s ovarian cancer. In fact, it’s most likely something else.

  10. QUESTION:
    ovarian cancer or a cyst?
    What are some of the sure-fire differences in symptoms between an ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer?

    Also, is it possible for an ovarian cyst to last for many months, whille only causing pain occasionaly?

    Thanks for your help!
    Could you people stop suggesting me to go to the doctor. That is obvious. Im asking if you know any distinct differences in symptoms between cysts and cancer. My goodness…

    • ANSWER:
      From the mayo clinic for symptoms for ovaian cancer:
      Recent studies have shown that women with ovarian cancer are more likely than are other women to consistently experience the following symptoms:
      Abdominal pressure, fullness, swelling or bloating
      Urinary urgency
      Pelvic discomfort or pain

      Additional signs and symptoms that women with ovarian cancer may experience include:
      Persistent indigestion, gas or nausea
      Unexplained changes in bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation
      Changes in bladder habits, including a frequent need to urinate
      Loss of appetite
      Unexplained weight loss or gain
      Increased abdominal girth or clothes fitting tighter around your waist
      Pain during intercourse (dyspareunia)
      A persistent lack of energy
      Low back pain

      Symptoms for ovaian cysts:
      Menstrual irregularities
      Pelvic pain — a constant or intermittent dull ache that may radiate to your lower back and thighs
      Pelvic pain shortly before your period begins or just before it ends
      Pelvic pain during intercourse (dyspareunia)
      Nausea, vomiting or breast tenderness similar to that experienced during pregnancy
      Fullness or heaviness in your abdomen
      Pressure on your rectum or bladder — difficulty emptying your bladder completely

      Unfortunately the only way to know for sure is to go to the doctor. cysts can come and go and some may last for a while. It is possible to only have pain intermittantly with a cyst when there is something putting pressure on it or if hormones fluctuate.

  11. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cancer… Cyst? I’m scared.?
    Im 22. I was diagnosed with HPV 2 years ago. A colposcopy was done, there were some cell changes found but it wasn’t anything to worry about according to the doctor. I was supposed to come in 6 months later but I was too terrified to go.

    Last November, my stomach was hurting me to the point that I couldn’t move — I thought I was just having a gas bubbles in my stomach or something. After 2 days of pain and pills I started bleeding, I thought it was a late period.

    Since January, my period has been missing every other month. None in Jan, then it came Feb, March then it was missing July & August then it came Sept and I’m on it now.

    I noticed that I have bloating, and I cannot eat like I used to — I get full very quickly. After doing research, I saw I matched for symptoms of Ovarian Cancer. I called my OBGYN and they said the next appt is in January.

    I don’t really know what to do. My mother said I should wait. I rarely have pains now, its every once and a while but I’m just lost and very scared. Please offer assistance .

    • ANSWER:
      Those symptoms can match more than ovarian cancer. Although the internet is wonderful, when we self diagnose more often than not you are over diagnosing yourself.

      Could by cysts or hormone changes. When I had ovarian cysts, when they were at it’s worst, I had no appetite, bloating and could not move I was in so much pain.. I was on all fours on the floor crying… (sounds dramatic but no position was good…) later found out i had ruptured which is why it hurt so badly.

      Don’t freak yourself out over what you read on the internet. If you think it’s more severe and can not wait until January call and pitch a fit, call another ob/gyn or go to the ER during a severe episode. You can also go to your pcp to start any testing, it doesn’t have to be your ob/gyn.

      good luck.

  12. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a condition that has symptoms similar to endomitriosis other than ovarian cancer or cysts?
    Ive been checked now for kidney stones, gall stones, appendicitis, ovarian cancer and now endometriosis. They found endo in my left uretur. Now here is my problem. My pain is on my RIGHT side and goes down my right leg. Its a dull pulsing pain that has been causing trouble for 2 years now and they say since the endo is on my left it may not be causing the pain on my right. Does anyone know of a similar condition that exhibits symptoms like endometriosis? They also say that it could be referred pain but I never feel pain on the area where they found a problem. Im desperate! Im so tired of being in anonymous pain!!!

    PS by they I mean Gyno dr

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like they just misidiagnosed/totally missed Endo on the right uterer as well. It is fairly common to have both ureters involved and even more common to have a lesser-skilled doc miss it from there and a lot of other locations. My suggestion is to consult with a highly skilled specialist who truly understands the disease. Many offer records evaluation for free.

      www.centerforendo.com
      www.endoexcision.com
      www.endometriosistreatment.org
      www.drcook.com

      Getting help from a true specialist can make a world of difference. Good luck and feel better.

  13. QUESTION:
    Im scared. Doctor/Nurses/People who have been through it advice. Ovarian Cancer/Cyst?
    I’m so scared I have ovarian cancer.

    My symptoms are :

    -Extreme pain in the location of left ovary

    -Pain in lower back

    -Yesterday I had slight spotting (brown blood .. only slight)

    -Nerve pain down my left leg and my left arm

    I’m sitting here awake so scared. When i look up my symptoms they all point towards ovarian cancer. I’m 22 years old.

    I know a girl I went to school with who got ovarian cancer which is making me more anxious. Do i have the symptoms of it?

    Any advice helpful

    Has anyone who has had ovulation pain felt like this?

    I went to the gyn last tuesday. When he pressed certain places in my lower back it really hurt. He said he had to do investigations to find out what was wrong. This scared me. He got the nurse to take autoimmune blood work and other blood work. I don’t know why and told me to come back for a scan.

    I only got these pains in the past 6/7 mths surely if i got ovulation pain I would of had it since I got my periods. The pain does seem to happen mid month which was when the slight spotting was. However the back pain can last for a couple of weeks. I’m scared there is something wrong with me. Would the blood tests pick anything serious up.

    Please help me. I suffer from an anxiety disorder and this doesn’t help at all (and no I am not imagining these pains)

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sal,

      There is nothing you have described which leads me to think it is cancer or even a cyst.

      You do however have classic symptoms of endometriosis. You are doing that dangerous thing of looking up symptoms and making every one fit you.

      I know it is easy to do when you are worried but honestly sweetheart, you could look up the symptoms of a brain tumour and convince yourself you had it!

      Have you got the abdominal swelling? The painful intercourse? The vomiting? The being unable to face food or the 30 odd other symptoms which cancer would cause? I am pretty sure the answer is no.

      Don’t put yourself through this darling please!

      Lots of love.

      Mel.X

  14. QUESTION:
    might have an ovarian cyst but worried about ovarian cancer-help me?
    i am a 15 year old female, when i was very young i had one ovary removed due to a fibroid cyst.
    I am once again having symptoms-abdominal pain/fullness, pain in lower abdomen during bowel movements-the pain is on both sides even though i only have one ovary.
    The symptoms of ovarian cysts seem to explain what im feeling perfectly, but ive been having these symptoms for a long time. Which is making me believe its the kind that dont go away by themselves-and ive read online if they dont go away by themselves, that they are cancerous.
    Ive been so depressed and scared over this, im only 15.
    Please help and give me answers.
    thanks :(

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there, stop worrying young girl!

      Most ovarian cysts are not cancerous, in fact the percentage is that 98 of them ARE NOT CANCEROUS! You have a history of ovarian cysts and you may be suffering from recurring ovarian cysts but most probably nothing major! I understand you may be scared and get into a panic state but you should not worry as ovarian cancer symptoms are in fact quite different! In most cases there are no symptoms until a late stage and the symptoms you describe don’t really fit with ovarian cancer anywya!

      However, you still should go and visit your doctor regarding these cysts , and get some proper pain medication or natural alternative but do not worry, you will be fine!

      Take good care of yourself!

      D.

  15. QUESTION:
    Complex ovarian cyst should I request CA 125 test?
    I was recently diagnosed with a 4 cm complex ovarian cyst in one ovary and several smaller cysts in the other ovary. I have several of the cyst/possible ovarian cancer symptoms, such as abdominal pain, back pain, bloating, weight gain, fatigue and just not feeling right. So I went to my gyno and I have a COMPLEX ovarian cyst. She immediately scheduled me for a ultrasound that I go to tomorrow. I am wondering if I should request the CA 125 blood test also. I am only 31, so not in the high risk age group. From what I have read the CA 125 can be unreliable for my age. However I do have other risk factors, colon and breast cancer run on both sides of my family. I am not sure what the progression is of medical procedures,, once they do the ultrasound, then what? Is that when they “know” or do they have to do other procedures before they can tell me without a doubt its benign? When would a CA 125 test normally be taken? Any helpful advice would be great, I know these things are usually benign but from what I have read the complex ones are the ” bad” cysts and I want to be an advocate for my own health, I don’t want to fall through the cracks. Thanks,

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    What are the sypmtoms for an ovarian cyst/ovarian cancer?
    I’ve been having these weird symptoms lately…according to the clinic…I’m not pregnant but I do have PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrome). My nipples have been sore, aching pains come and go in my lower abdomen, I have gas ( which could be from acid reflux), and I have killer cramps!! Any ideas??

    • ANSWER:
      Lack of symptoms or vague symptoms in the early stages of ovarian cancer is why the illness is known as the ‘silent killer’. If there are symptoms, they can include stomach pain or a bloated feeling that can be confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Ovarian cysts and non-cancerous growths also cause the same symptoms as ovarian cancer.
      otheres can be:
      loss of appetite
      unexplained weight gain
      swelling of your abdomen (tummy)
      pain during sex
      changes in bowel or bladder habits – constipation, excess wind, diarrhoea or needing to pass urine more often
      rarely, abnormal vaginal bleeding

  17. QUESTION:
    Are these the symptoms of ovarian cancer?
    I haven’t had my period for about 5 months now (which is not normal for me), I have low abdominal/pelvis pains, loss of appetite, I always seem bloated or full, and I also have to use the bathroom a lot more than I normally do. I’m getting a CT scan on thursday, but I was wondering if it is possible I have ovarian cancer, or maybe even an ovarian cyst?
    Yes, I have lost about 5 pounds in a month and I am not on a diet or trying to lose weight at all.

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    My friend is having symptoms of ovarian cancer.But because she receive a medical card a gynecologist won’t see
    My friend is 25 years old and she gets cyst all the time.But everytime she goes to the doctor they do nothing.She has all the sign of ovarian cancer .But there is no gynecologist in her area taking medical cards.So what should she do?PLEASE HELP.

    • ANSWER:
      Tell her to go to a clinic. They take walk ins. At least the one here does. They also take in people without insurance. You just have to pay 80 dollars for the visit. And they will give her a test and whatever she needs.

      I find it hard to believe that a gynecologist won’t take care of her. Mine thought I had ovarian cysts and he did an ultra sound the very next week. You could try finding another gynecologist, but if you still don’t have any luck, get her to go to a clinic.

      Good luck.

  19. QUESTION:
    Question about ovarian cancer symptoms?
    Can ovarian cancer cause swelling, pain and pressure on the vagina and rectum to where you can sit in a chair straight.
    Pain that runs down left inner thigh, lower back pain, pain in sides, and pelvic pain. Also, I have been gaining weight since January.

    I have masses and ovarian cysts. One of these measure 9.7 hounsfield units. What is that? The doctor did a CA-125 test, ct scan, colonoscopy, and ultrasound inner and outer. I go back on Monday, and I can’t sleep.

    I had a partial hysterectomy in 2002.
    Also, My aunt was diagnosed in 2003 and died in 2004. She gained weight also. She weighed 400lbs and had gained weight when she died. She had a cyst the size of a mellon that busted during exploratory surgery. So, I am scared right now.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi:

      My mother died of ovarian cancer. She said she wasn’t in pain, but did say she felt pressure in the abdomen. Towards
      the end of her life, did have pressure in the vagina and rectum, that we now know was the tumour.

      However, she lost weight, not gained. Also the symptoms
      you describe, and that she had, could be due to other less
      severe illnesses. I was glad to hear you had the test
      done. You mention that you have masses and ovarian cysts.
      These may not be cancerous, and could be benign growths.

  20. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst/cancer?.. age 19..pregnant..opinions?
    One year ago (February 07), I started to develop the following symptoms:
    -Abdominal pain
    -Shooting pains in pelvis/legs
    -Bloated
    -Weight Loss (about 5-10 pounds)
    -fatigue
    -changes in bowel movements (urgency)
    -back pain
    -cold sensations in feet
    -burning while urinating (no infection)

    -pain after intercourse when I started being sexually active in May

    Anyway, my doc did an ultrasound in April/07 and found a cyst on both ovaries, the one on my left being complex, although quite small.. 3 cm in diameter I believe. My gyn thought it nothing to worry since I am “only 19″ and brought up endometriosis. Put me on orthotrycyclen-lo and let me go. I was planning on having an ultrasound in Nov/Dec but unexpectedly got pregnant after going off ortho because of depression. Now.. I’m confused. What do I say to my doctor? She still thinks it was nothing to worry about and now I’m preg? Can people even get preg if they have ovarian cancer? Thank you for any advice/experience.
    I still had the abdominal pain, pain after intercourse, burning while urination, and fatigue, and change in bowel movements during the pill. I no longer had the shooting pains, back pain, or cold sensations in the feet on the pill..I don’t know what this all means.

    • ANSWER:
      Ovarian cysts are not the same as cancer. They are very very common and usually (especially for a 19 year old) are not treated, just watched. They don’t usually affect whether or not you can get pregnant (and obviously this one didn’t). You should just follow your doctors advice, or if you are still unsure, get a second opinion.

  21. QUESTION:
    Concerned about Ovarian Cysts/Cancer?
    I’m 16 years old, and from my recent doctor visit (around the beginning of May), I have found out that I have numerous health problems such as a possible risk for diabetes, and high blood pressure (all because of my weight). However, my doctor said to have someone check for possible cysts in my ovaries because of all the hair that I get on my body.

    Now I’ve always had irregular periods, and they are still like that now, but they are coming more frequently. Like before I would go a good half-a-year without one then get it. Now I get it about 4+ times a year (light), all around the same date. I also used to have an under active thyroid and high cholesterol, but my most recent blood test that I have taken (which was the day I went to see the doctor) have shown that they are now normal. I have a lot of hair growth on my lower abdomen, and it kinda runs in my family as my mom has it and I believe my aunt does too. I also did some research on the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer and Cysts, and I’ve only had one which had gone away in about a day. I don’t have any abdomen pain or anything, a healthy appetite, no trouble breathing, normal bowel/bladder movements, and no fatigue or anything (unless I don’t sleep too well at night). I’m just worried because I’m afraid that something might be wrong, and I’m deathly afraid of surgeries.

    Please don’t judge, I get paranoid VERY easily, and I want to know if I’m just overreacting.
    Take note that this is my first time having a doctor recommended having my ovaries checked out for cysts.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you sure that you have had an ovarian cyst? In my experience with them, they are very painful and usually you have to go to the hospital. Most ovarian cysts are harmless, but painful and heal up on their own. I would reccommend going to your GYN just to get checked out.

      Also, a healthy, active lifestyle work wonders for the mind and body. You may want to look into yoga or pilates (both are wonderful!)

      All the best.

  22. QUESTION:
    Now I need help. (ovarian cysts/cancer/treatment?) Medical people answers also wanted.?
    For the last week or two I’ve had on and off type pain and it bothers me every day and is sometimes very sharp. I heard that most cysts go away by themselves (mine got smaller) but I’m concerned about ovarian cancer and there’s a huge cancer history in my family but so far no ovarian cancer and my hysterectomy was not for cancer. I read that some benign cysts will require treatment in that they do not go away by themselves, and in quite rare cases, others may be cancerous. I was diagnosed with ovarian cysts about five or six years after my (TVH/kept both ovaries) total vaginal hysterectomy. I didn’t have symptoms of ovarian cysts when they were first diagnosed and the doctor ordered the ultrasound and kept an eye on the cysts with updated ultrasounds.The last ultrasound about three years ago showed the cysts got small enough and I didn’t need further ultrasounds.

    1. Anyone have advice on dealing with the pain and would heat help if surgery isn’t indicated?

    2. If it’s not gas or appendicitis I’m experiencing does anyone know what can be done for them besides taking out the ovary?

    One doctor I didn’t like or agree with recommended I get my ovaries removed because of the history of cysts and I didn’t see him for that problem and he refused to help me with why I went in there and think he was just trying to get more money (the wait was over 3 hours in his office).Three other doctors agreed to not take out my ovaries including my surgeon if it wasn’t cancerous as it could prevent me from going into surgical menopause.
    Thanks for the info. It’s good to know a cyst can be removed without removing the ovary. A cyst on the left showed up on CT scan so that didn’t cause my pain on the right. My dr. told me to see gastroenterologist for possible bowel spasms. I was previously given a script for spasms but didn’t have anymore. The gastroenterologist’s office wanted me to wait till tomorrow (6 days after being seen by gyn) to be seen as dr. was booked solid. I also got an answer at this link everyone should see. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AkWrK0KNEPFeijkgqQyW4Wzsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20091118172510AA9p5Dv

    A family member died from e-coli in her system which spread to all her organs and she refused to be seen by a dr. because she was to embarrassed about her weight. Had she gone in she’d be alive today. I was lucky I persisted and had them take me in that same day. I found out I had a fever (97.8) in gastroenterologist’s office being masked by Celebrex or it may have been caught earlier.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. I have found a lot on information on ovarian cysts on the website below. You have had a few different opinions from different doctors. I think it’s good to get other opinions, but as long as they get to the root cause of the symptoms, and what’s going on. Usually cysts go away on their own very rarely are they cancerous. But if you are experiencing pain it might be a good idea to see a doctor about it. You wouldn’t want to have surgery unless absolutely necessary, but make sure that you have the tests needed to rule out cancer. These might be a CA-125 test, ultrasound, and a laparoscopic surgery if some of the other tests suggest the presence of cancer.

      In terms of your family history, the situation that will give you the highest chance of getting ovarian cancer is women who have had ovarian or breast cancer, or both. This might mean that you have a mutation in wither BRCA1 or BRCA2, but this is highly unlikely if you don’t have any close relatives that have had ovarian or breast cancer.

      I would see a doctor about your symptoms and just make sure you go with your gut and listen to your body, because no one knows it as well as you do, and only you can tell when something is not quiet right.

      All the best.

      This is the website:

      http://www.ovarian-cancer-facts.com/ovarian-cysts-treatment.html

  23. QUESTION:
    Could I have a cyst/cancer? ‘~’?
    I feel bloated & sore in my lower abs. I seriously doubt I could be pregnant since I’ve never had sex, unless I was drugged & raped. I looked up symptoms of ovarian cysts & uterine cancer, & I have some symptoms of both. I don’t know if I’m just letting my mind get the better of me or if this is the real deal. I don’t want answers like ‘Go see a doctor instead of wasting time on here’, if you’re gonna say that, don’t bother answering. I’ve also missed my period this month by 13 days now. I just want someone to give me an honest answer on if there is a possibility I could have something.

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    Strange Symptoms… Ovarian Cancer?
    Strange Symptoms… Ovarian Cancer?
    I am 23 years old. Since delivering my second daughter 7 months ago, I have had strange symptoms develop:

    - acid reflux ( It would not improve with Prilosec. )
    - new food sensitivities
    - panic attacks / anxiety ( Oddly, this would happen mostly with eating. )
    - weight loss
    - reactive hypoglycemia ( I suspect this based on my symptoms. It’s not confirmed for certain yet. )
    - significant weight loss
    - low body temperature ( First thing in the morning it is about 95.5 F under my arm. )

    I have had many tests done and so far it has been discovered that my DHEA is low (51) and that according to an ultrasound I have one cyst on my right ovary and several cysts on my left ovary as well as two bright white spots on my left ovary. My gynecologist said that the cysts and white spots are small ( I don’t remember the size she said. ) but I think she is concerned that the white spots are cancer and I am too. Some of my symptoms seem so strange, though. I am having CT scans of my lungs, abdomen, and pelvis today. I hope that will give some more evidence as to what is going on. While I wait for that result… has anyone else ever similar symptoms or have and idea what to make of all this?

    Additional details:
    - I have a somewhat elevated iron level although I take no iron supplement or vitamin containing it.
    - So far I am still getting my period.
    - I am waiting for the results of a 24 hr. urine cortisol test.
    - I have had thyroid and other hormones checked and they are normal.
    - I have had a normal MRI of my brain.
    - Platelet count is fine.

    • ANSWER:
      visit this link it was especially about the pregnancy and for the pregnant ladies i hope it will help you for searching your answer.
      www.medicaldepth.com
      thnks for using answers.yahoo.com

  25. QUESTION:
    Strange symptoms… Ovarian Cancer?
    Strange Symptoms… Ovarian Cancer?
    I am 23 years old. Since delivering my second daughter 7 months ago, I have had strange symptoms develop:

    - acid reflux ( It would not improve with Prilosec. )
    - new food sensitivities
    - panic attacks / anxiety ( Oddly, this would happen mostly with eating. )
    - weight loss
    - reactive hypoglycemia ( I suspect this based on my symptoms. It’s not confirmed for certain yet. )
    - significant weight loss
    - low body temperature ( First thing in the morning it is about 95.5 F under my arm. )

    I have had many tests done and so far it has been discovered that my DHEA is low (51) and that according to an ultrasound I have one cyst on my right ovary and several cysts on my left ovary as well as two bright white spots on my left ovary. My gynecologist said that the cysts and white spots are small ( I don’t remember the size she said. ) but I think she is concerned that the white spots are cancer and I am too. Some of my symptoms seem so strange, though. I am having CT scans of my lungs, abdomen, and pelvis today. I hope that will give some more evidence as to what is going on. While I wait for that result… has anyone else ever similar symptoms or have and idea what to make of all this?

    Additional details:
    - I have a somewhat elevated iron level although I take no iron supplement or vitamin containing it.
    - So far I am still getting my period.
    - I am waiting for the results of a 24 hr. urine cortisol test.
    - I have had thyroid and other hormones checked and they are normal.
    - I have had a normal MRI of my brain.
    - Platelet count is fine.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you are handling this the right way, by having it figured out and not taking “no answer” for an answer. I just survived Stage 2B Cervical Cancer which had spread into my lymph nodes and soft tissues/tendons and muscles, at age 27. I just wanted to say that while I don’t know much about Ovarian cancer, I have many new friends who are Ovarian/Cervical/Uterine/other gyn cancer SURVIVORS…if this is what you have, please don’t panic. My Medicaid social worker has been so sweet and helpful to me, she told me this…

      “When you worry and get upset, you are only releasing the bad hormones into your body that help the cancer to grow.”

      When I get myself worked up, I remind myself of what she said and it helps me to calm down a lot. I hope that you do not have cancer but just know that if you do, there are very advanced treatments and you will survive it with a positive attitude and by taking the best of care of your body before during and after treatments.

      Also they often use Cisplatin for gynecologic cancers, thats what I had and I did not lose my hair. It did get a little thinner but it was completely unnoticeable, it was evenly thinned. I’ve been told that Cisplatin does not cause complete hair loss.

      Radiation is uncomfortable, causes your skin to be sore, pelvic radiation causes stomach pains, I now have acid reflux that I never had before.

      But if this means no cancer I would do it all over again.

      Best wishes, I will pray that you won’t have to go thru this.

  26. QUESTION:
    Question about Ovarian Cancer and Ovarian Cyst?
    Okay, so I am a 22 year old female who has had some concerning symptoms for the last 7 months or so. I’m a new Mom, and 2 months after my son was born..(who is now 9 months old) I started getting extreme fatigue and weakness, it seemed to be off and on. I came to the conclusion I was most likely not getting enough Protein and Iron (I’m a vegetarian, and am breastfeeding) So, I started getting more protein and Iron, and started to feel better…Less tiredness, and actually started feeling pretty decent again..I felt happy again, and not so sleepy all the time. But, I’m starting to feel tired again, sometimes shortly after I wake up in the morning…Which was like before..and then as the day progresses I feel more and more tired, and go to bed early. I’ve been bruising easily, have joint pain. I am going to get a bunch of blood tests done tomorrow, I just want to have some advice. Also, something that is pretty concerning concidering my symptoms..I have found a very noticeable bump on my right ovary.. This is very concerning, because I don’t know if it’s a Cyst or Ovarian Cancer..I do have bloating occasionally, and have had unusal periods, so this is scaring me : ( A long with the fatigue and other symptoms, this could be very serious. I don’t even know why I’m writing this questions,. there’s nothing anyone can do. I need to get this checked out asap,Any advice or personal experience would be awesome! thanks
    Alright! I’ve a;ready explained this to my Dr. My son does not make me extremely tired! Especially this time! He does not keep me up at night, and rarely even wakes up at night..So, he is no bother to me..He’s an awesome behaved baby. You don’t realize my Fatigue is extremely bad, and not to mention the weakness! I don’t want this problem, and I’m clearly concerned about it..and look at my symptoms..they are most deinintely concerning.. How would you feel?!

    • ANSWER:
      Well I think that you should just remain calm and wait for your test results to come back. You are a new mom and are probably just adjusting to the breastfeeding and post pregnancy. To put your mind at ease, if it was something as serious as cancer…chances are they would have already picked it up thru ultrasounds and blood work during your pregnancy. As far as a cyst, most cysts are not harmful and eventually go away on their own. As far as feeling something, you could be feeling lots of things when you are pressing around in there. Unless you are a doctor and know what you are pushing on, self diagnosis is very difficult. So, just be patient…try not to think about it too much until after you get back your results. It might just be your vitamins or thyroid which can be treated. :) Good luck to you.

  27. QUESTION:
    Problem with my ovaries? Now getting worried. Cancer or Cyst?
    Whilst I have a fairly good understanding of medical issues, I’m struggling to understand this one. I hope somewhere out there, one of you may be able to help me with info. I am in my 40′s. I had a hysterectomy due to bad fibroids when I was in my early 30′s. They left both ovaries, (well at least one) and my cervix. I have no children.
    The last few weeks, I have CONSTANT heavy pain in the ovary area. It’s like bad period pain and includes sudden needle-sharp pains too. After sex, it gets worse…so that’s not encouraging! I also need to wee more, but there’s no pain associated with that. I am also really tired which is unlike me, have lost weight…I am only small anyway. There is no history of Cancer in the family.
    When I had my abdominal Hysterectomy, four weeks later, I was admitted with blood-poisoning and had to have another (vaginal, so ‘inside’ the second time) operation to drain an abcess that had formed on my bladder, so kind of had 2 Hysterectomies in 5 weeks. Soon got better after that though and haven’t had any problems till recently.
    What I’m hoping to find out. Are my symptoms an Ovarian Cyst, or Cancer? The Doctor said I look too well for Cancer, which I thought a little stupid and uncaring.
    Obviously, I have visited the Doctor and am due for some tests within the next 3 weeks. This seems a long way away right now and I’m not sleeping well as I’m so worried. I love my life and really don’t want it to be cancer. Oh and by the way, I refuse conventional HRT, I take a herbal alternative which does work well.

    • ANSWER:
      I think your doctor is just trying to make you feel better. But you really need an MRI, ultrasound and blood work _ CA 125. Your symptoms could be an ovarian cyst, cancer, or a bladder problem. There is no easy route. Do step by step elimination until they discover what the problem is. Hang in there. When I had breast cancer, I had to go thru a battery of tests to see if I could withstand surgery and chemotherapy – they had to see if my heart was strong enough, had the cancer spread to my lungs or chest. Everything involved an x-ray, or dye injection or some other test. Just don’t miss any appts and good luck!!

  28. QUESTION:
    ovarian cyst, ovarian cancer, or pregnancy?
    I know you guys aren’t doctors or anything, but I am just looking for people’s opinions:
    My symptoms-
    Sharp pain on my left side (in the location of one of my ovaries),
    Nausea,
    A little swelling in my stomach, as well as slight pressure
    and
    Discomfort during sex (almost to the point of pain).
    I have had a cyst before, but it was so small and I had no symptoms. If it was a cyst, then did it get bigger?
    I am sexually active, and I heard that cramping like I am having is normal in early pregnancy.
    So any opinions???

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    Right ovarian cyst with multiple low level internal echoes?
    my age is 32 and married three year ago, first sonography report says right ovary has chocolate cyst with multiple low level internal echoes 6.4 x 6.7 x 5.4cm. but my (left ovary measures 1.9 x 1.4 cm. is it normal) my doc told to do a blood test (CBC, TSH, Hepatitis B SAG, CA-125, & RH antigen) and urine test.

    we are bit worried. can u please explain what is multiple low level internal echoes? is this ovarian cancer symptoms? is there any chances? also im TTC. will i give birth to a child?

    note: on Monday (10/01/2011) i will take blood and urine test.

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like possible Ovarian Cancer?
    I have a history of ovarian cyst and possible endo. due to horribly heavy periods and infertility and miscarriage–also bad pain during intercourse and problems with my bowels. Lately things have gotten lots worse though! My abdomen is swollen, really bad pain that is happening everyday –but it is not constant but it does happen everyday (usually at night, although it is sporadic.) Also, the pain made me throw up one day and I am nauseous. I pee very often, and it is not a lot but I always feel the end to pee. I had horrible diarrhea yesterday all day and food even tastes different. I took a preg test and it is neg. I have back pain and am miserable. My dr can’t get me in until Monday…does this sound like ovarian cancer symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s very near to some possible ovarian cancer symptoms:
      * Abdominal pressure, fullness, swelling or bloating
      * Urinary urgency
      * Pelvic discomfort or pain

      Better check with doctor soon.

  31. QUESTION:
    ovarian cancer symptoms please help.. what should i do?
    in oct of 06 i had emergency surgery on a cyst that burst.It was so bad that i had blood all inside me. im only 22 years of age. i know that they ran some tests and they said that i didnt have cancer. However,i dont have med insurance and im not working(at home taking care of my mom n bro)For the 1st few months afterwords i was ok.But recently i have been having alot more pains.Worst then b4.The same symptoms that i had b4 i have now but more frquent n more sever then b4.I have hormonal periods,abdomen pain,esp during period.some missed periods,But when i do get them its sever pain.wieght loss, loss of eating,nausea,back pain,constipation,diarrehea. I feel shortness of breath/tight chest feelings @ times shooting pain in arms or leg. My adomen pain feels like cramps,but they r 24/7. hurts to stretch,cough,sneeze, talk or walk. Im not sure if whats going on. can any1 give me advice or thoughts on what it can be or what to do. Thanks… laurissa_lala@yahoo.com

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your Dr to check you for endometriosis. I had the identical thing happen to me, my ovary ruptured from an ovarian cyst it was a chocolate cyst that means it was filled with endometrial tissue (blood) it could be that you have endometrial tissue attached to the outer surfaces in your abdomen and each month when you have your period they bleed. also you may have another cyst. check thus site out but please see your Dr.

      http://www.webmd.com/content/article/3/1680_51158

      and also

      http://www.medicinenet.com/endometriosis/article.htm

  32. QUESTION:
    ovarian cancer symptoms please help?
    in oct of 06 i had emergency surgery on a cyst that burst.It was so bad that i had blood all inside me. im only 22 years of age. i know that they ran some tests and they said that i didnt have cancer. However,i dont have med insurance and im not working(at home taking care of my mom n bro)For the 1st few months afterwords i was ok.But recently i have been having alot more pains.Worst then b4.The same symptoms that i had b4 i have now but more frquent n more sever then b4.I have hormonal periods,abdomen pain,esp during period.some missed periods,But when i do get them its sever pain.wieght loss, loss of eating,nausea,back pain,constipation,diarrehea. I feel shortness of breath/tight chest feelings @ times shooting pain in arms or leg. My adomen pain feels like cramps,but they r 24/7. hurts to stretch,cough,sneeze, talk or walk. Im not sure if whats going on. can any1 give me advice or thoughts on what it can be or what to do. Thanks… laurissa_lala@yahoo.com

    • ANSWER:
      The following was sent to me by e-mail.
      I thought it was very informative and useful.

      (Sorry, This is the way it looked after I copied and pasted from the original e-mail .)

      SIGNS OF OVARIAN CANCER (even in the absence of Ovaries)

      THIS IS A MUST TO READ TO THE END

      An Eye Opener on Ovarian Cancer
      I hope you all take the time to read
      this and pass it on to all you can. Send this to the women in
      your life that you care about.
      Years ago, Gilda Radner died of ovarian
      cancer. Her symptoms were inconclusive, and she was treated for
      everything under the sun until it was too late. This blood test
      finally
      identified her illness but alas, too late. She wrote a book to
      heighten
      awareness. Gene Wilder is her widower.

      KATHY’S STORY: this is the story of
      Kathy West
      As all of you know, I have Primary
      Peritoneal Cancer. This cancer has only recently been identified
      as its OWN type of cancer, but it is essentially Ovarian Cancer.
      Both types of cancer are diagnosed in
      the same way, with the “tumor marker” CA-125 BLOOD TEST, and
      they are
      treated in the same way – surgery to remove the primary tumor
      and then chemotherapy with Taxol and Carboplatin.

      Having gone through this ordeal, I want
      to save others from the same fate . That is why I am sending
      this message to you and hope you will print it and give it or
      send it via E-mail to everybody you know.
      One thing I have learned is that each of
      us must take TOTAL responsibility for our own health care. I
      thought I had done that because I always had an annual physical and PAP
      smear, did >>> a monthly Self-Breast Exam, went to the dentist at
      >> least twice a year,
      etc. I even insisted on a sigmoidoscopy and a bone density test
      >> last >>> year. When I had a total hysterectomy in 1993, I thought
      >> that I did not have to worry about getting any of the female
      reproductive organ cancers.
      LITTLE DID I KNOW. I don’t have ovaries
      (and they were HEALTHY when they were removed), but I have what
      is essentially ovarian cancer. Strange, isn’t it?

      These are just SOME of the things our
      Doctors never tell us: ONE out of every 55 women will get
      OVARIAN or PRIMARY PERITONEAL CANCER.
      The “CLASSIC” symptoms are an ABDOMEN
      that rather SUDDENLY ENLARGES and CONSTIPATION and/or DIARRHEA.
      I had these classic symptoms and went to
      the doctor. Because these symptoms seemed to be “abdominal”, I
      went to a gastroenterologist. He ran tests that were designed to determine

      whether >>> there was a bacteria infection; these tests were
      >> negative, and I was >>> diagnosed with “Irritable Bowel Syndrome”. I

      >> guess I would have accepted
      >> >>> this diagnosis had it not been for my enlarged abdomen. I swear
      to
      >> you,
      >> >>> it looked like I was 4-5 months pregnant! I therefore insisted
      on
      > more
      >> >>> tests
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> They took an X-ray of my abdomen; it was
      >> >>> negative. I was again assured that I had Irritable Bowel
      >> Syndrome
      >> and
      >> >>> was encouraged to go on my scheduled month-long trip to Europe.
      I
      >> >>> couldn’t wear any of my slacks or shorts because I couldn’t get
      them
      >> >>> buttoned, and I KNEW something was radically wrong. I INSISTED
      on
      > more
      >> >>> tests, and they reluctantly) scheduled me for a CT-Scan (just to
      >> shut
      >> me
      >> >>> up, I think). This is what I mean by “taking charge of our own
      >> health
      >> >>> care.”
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> The CT-Scan showed a lot of fluid in my
      >> >>> abdomen (NOT normal). Needless to say, I had to cancel my trip
      and
      >> have
      >> >>> FIVE POUNDS of fluid drawn off at the hospital (not a pleasant
      >> >>> experience I assure you), but NOTHING compared to what was ahead
      of
      >> me.
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> Tests revealed cancer cells in the
      >> >>> fluid. Finally, finally, finally, the doctor ran a CA-125 blood
      >> test,
      >> >>> and I was properly diagnosed.
      >> >>>
      >> >>> I HAD THE CLASSIC SYMPTOMS FOR OVARIAN
      >> >>> CANCER, AND YET THIS SIMPLE CA-125 BLOOD TEST HAD NEVER BEEN RUN
      ON
      >> ME,
      >> >>> not as part of my annual physical exam and not when I was
      > symptomatic.
      >> >>> This is an inexpensive and simple blood test!
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> PLEASE, PLEASE TELL ALL YOUR FEMALE
      >> >>> FRIENDS AND RELATIVES TO INSIST ON A CA-125 BLOOD TEST EVERY
      >> YEAR AS >>> PART OF THEIR ANNUAL PHYSICAL EXAMS. >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> Be fore warned that their doctors might
      >> >>> try to talk them out of it, saying, “IT ISN’T NECESSARY.”
      Believe
      >> me,
      >>
      >> >>> had I known then what I know now, we would have caught my cancer
      >> much
      >> >>> earlier (before it was a stage 3 cancer). Insist on the CA-125
      BLOOD
      >> >>> TEST; DO NOT take “NO” for an answer!
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> The normal range for a CA-125 BLOOD TEST
      >> >>> is between zero and 35. MINE WAS 754. (That’s right, 754!). If
      the
      >> >>> number is slightly above 35, you can have another done in three
      or
      > six
      >> >>> months and keep a close eye on it, just as women do when they
      >> have >>> fibroid tumors or when men have a slightly elevated PSA
      >> test (Prostatic >>> Specific Antigens) that helps diagnose prostate

      >> cancer. >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> Having the CA-125 test done annually can
      >> >>> alert you early, and that’s the goal in diagnosing any type of
      >> cancer
      >> -
      >> >>> catching it early.
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> Do you know 55 women? If so, at least
      >> >>> one of them will have this VERY AGGRESSIVE cancer. Please, go to

      >> your
      >> >>> doctor and insist on a CA-125 test and have one EVERY YEAR for
      the
      >> rest
      >> >>> of your life.
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> And forward this message to every woman
      >> >>> you know, and tell all of your female family members and
      friends.
      >> Though
      >> >>> the median age for this cancer is 56, (and, guess what, I’m
      exactly
      >> 56),
      >> >>> women as young as 22 have it. Age is no factor.
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> A NOTE FROM THE RN:
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> Well , after reading this, I made some
      >> >>> calls. I found that the CA-125 test is an ovarian screening test
      >> >>> equivalent to a man’s PSA test prostate screen (which my
      husband’s
      >> >>> doctor automatically gives him in his physical each year and
      > insurance
      >> >>> pays for it). I called the general practitioner’s office about
      >> having
      >> >>> the test done. The nurse had never heard of it. She told me that
      she
      >> >>> doubted that insurance would pay for it. So I called Prudential
      >> >>> Insurance Co, and got the same response. Never heard of it – it
      >> won’t
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  33. QUESTION:
    ovarian cancer symptoms please help me out!?
    in oct of 06 i had emergency surgery on a cyst that burst.It was so bad that i had blood all inside me. im only 22 years of age. i know that they ran some tests and they said that i didnt have cancer. However,i dont have med insurance and im not working(at home taking care of my mom n bro)For the 1st few months afterwords i was ok.But recently i have been having alot more pains.Worst then b4.The same symptoms that i had b4 i have now but more frquent n more sever then b4.I have hormonal periods,abdomen pain,esp during period.some missed periods,But when i do get them its sever pain.wieght loss, loss of eating,nausea,back pain,constipation,diarrehea. I feel shortness of breath/tight chest feelings @ times shooting pain in arms or leg. My adomen pain feels like cramps,but they r 24/7. hurts to stretch,cough,sneeze, talk or walk. Im not sure if whats going on. can any1 give me advice or thoughts on what it can be or what to do. Thanks… laurissa_lala@yahoo.com

    • ANSWER:
      okay before you consider cancer, a more reasonable diagnosis is endometriosis. its where the lining of you uterous escapes and creates smaller cysts in your stomach cavity. you might want to try to get tested whenever you can(a larascapy-spelling- is just a small incision and the look around and thats it.) if they find anything they can take out the worse cysts or you can have a full hysterectomy.
      i am being tested for it soon
      i also have cysts often.
      good luck and dont think the worse
      best wishes.

  34. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cancer symptoms please help.?
    in oct of 06 i had emergency surgery on a cyst that burst.It was so bad that i had blood all inside me. im only 22 years of age. i know that they ran some tests and they said that i didnt have cancer. However,i dont have med insurance and im not working(at home taking care of my mom n bro)For the 1st few months afterwords i was ok.But recently i have been having alot more pains.Worst then b4.The same symptoms that i had b4 i have now but more frquent n more sever then b4.I have hormonal periods,abdomen pain,esp during period.some missed periods,But when i do get them its sever pain.wieght loss, loss of eating,nausea,back pain,constipation,diarrehea. I feel shortness of breath/tight chest feelings @ times shooting pain in arms or leg. My adomen pain feels like cramps,but they r 24/7. hurts to stretch,cough,sneeze, talk or walk. Im not sure if whats going on. can any1 give me advice or thoughts on what it can be or what to do. Thanks… laurissa_lala@yahoo.com

    • ANSWER:
      go to a hospital and get checked out throughly. You can pin-point a diagnosis by guessing at the symptoms.
      And despite the not having med insurance…….
      do you really wanna put a price on your life?
      -The Med Student

  35. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst that turned to Cancer?
    Has anyone been told that they have a Cyst on their ovary and later found out that it was cancer? What were your symptoms? My doctor just told me that I had a cyst on my right ovary and did a blood test to check for cancer. I heard that they never do a blood test they suspect that it’s cancerous. Any advise is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I have never experienced having an ovarian cyst that then later turned in to cancer.

      I am also writing to give you the link to a site that may help you find more information and experiences. The link is at: http://forums.obgyn.net/womens-health

  36. QUESTION:
    diagnosis is (pregnancy, paranoia, ovarian cancer or cysts?)?
    For the last month and a half I have felt just awful to say the least.
    Nasuaiated-mostly in the morning, afternoon and at night- and head aches to start with and now you can add lower back pain, lower abdomin pain(during intercourse sometimes) constant urination (I was just checked for diabetes two months ago so thats not it), I can’t get to sleep but when I do I can’t wake up-so i am tired,, but stressed-, have a sudden need for a bowell movement, swollen breasts, more emotionally sensitive and when I don’t have idegestion, I have heart burn.
    So heres more background info,
    I am on birth control, but I assume it is a low dose because it is for acne and not sex.
    I always forget it. I forgot it about four times last month.
    So obviously I’m used to taking two in one day, but the other day when I did this, I threw up a few hours later(when I woke up the next morning) and felt fine afterwards.
    My boyfriend and I have regular sex, usually about five times a week, no condoms.
    I took a pregnancy test three weeks ago, one of those really cheap ones with the lines, it had a negative indicator when I opened it already on there and when I peed on it I waited thirty seconds and threw it away assuming negative-probably should’ve waited a bit longer.
    Anywho, while on the time supposed to be for my period, I was three days late-a little later then usual- and only spotting or very light bleeding until I had sex, then I bled alot for a good fifteen minutes and it ended.
    Now everytime I take my birth control I get sick to my stomach.
    I looked up symptoms of cysts and ovarian cancer and I fit some syptomes, but I fit alot for pregnancy to.
    Any doctors or nurses in the house that can help?

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve only read about half of what you’ve written..
      I don’t know what is wrong with you, but I do have a question.

      If you are so concerned that something is going on, why not go to a real doctor, instead of seeking help from strangers off the internet?

  37. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cancer! How long until I hear from my doctor?
    I have all the symptoms of ovarian cancer and this past friday I went for a transvaginal ultrasound and an enlarged cyst was found on my right ovary that is painful. The lady doing the ultrasound said it wasn’t really a small one either… I have been on birth control for 5 years now and b/c is supposed to prevent functional cysts. I have had all the symptoms of ovca for over a year now just getting worse as time goes by so the cyst has been there for a while. My symptoms are headaches almost daily, pain during sex, pain/cramps in my stomach in the area where the cyst was found, for the past month I have also had bloating, extreme fatigue (used to just be fatigue), nausea, vomited 4 times, constipation/diarrhea, and every other symptom has just worsened… my doctor said I should use more lubricant when I told her in january that I was having pain during sex well now she realizes its more than that thanks a lot stupid doctor!! Do you think it could be ovarian cancer? My doctor is supposed to call me with the ultrasound results this week I am soo nervous and scared! I called this morning and they have the results from my ultrasound and the receptionist said the doctor will call me. How long should it take for me to hear from my doctor if she has my results and is in the office today? Also, I have a family history of woman having ovarian cysts that had to be removed I do not know the details though.

    • ANSWER:
      The doctor should call you soon, but the ultrasound won’t indicate cancer, just that there is a cyst. I’d imagine they might scheduled a laparoscopic surgeyr to remove the cyst and possibly test for cancer. For what its worth, I was on BC for about 10 years and developed a functional ovarian cyst that had to be removed. BC doesn’t always stop ovulation, that’s why there’s always a small risk of pregnancy.

      I’m sure you’d be aware if you’re family had a history of ovarian cancer. Cysts are much more common. Best of luck to you and just try not to worry until you hear from the doctor.

  38. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cancer symptoms?
    I Know what the doctors say to look for, just wondering if there are people who have had ovarian cancer and what they felt like just before diagnosis. Did you have cysts for a few years first?

    • ANSWER:
      with ovarian cancer you do not know you have it until it is to late.
      so you need to get with your doctor and keep a check.

      but if you are talking about ovarian cyst, they can be something that may or may not bother you. if you have them and one happens to rupture then you are going to have some pain.
      but all in all you need to have your doctor sit down with you and explain every thing.

  39. QUESTION:
    Is one leg pain a symptom of an ovarian cyst. I am so freaked out after reading on the internet.Pl advice.PLZZ?
    I have a cyst prone body. Everytime I get cysts they come on the left ovary usually and I get pain with them that radiates down my leg. Last time I had a sonogram in OCT and they found a tiny cyst.
    I had pain that time and vaginal discharge. It got better and now last month its back. But this time the pain is even radiating a lot down the leg. I keep reading online where it says it could be a symptom of ovarian cancer and I am SO scared. I do not have an appointment for 2 weeks, as I decided to wait until after my period to go.
    I am so scared. Please dont answer things like go to a doc bcoz I will go OR that no one knows until an ultrasound. When there are such answers, they dont help at all and then more genuine answerers dont answer seeing that I already got a bunch of replies.

    Thanks and please try and help those who have been thru this.
    I am 32 and lost a baby in the 9th month last year and had to have a c-section.
    I want to try to conceive soon as well.
    In June last year my ovaries were fine. In Jan last year during the c-section the ovaries were healthy.
    In OCT was a small cyst.
    If it were cancer would it have shown up earlier.
    I have hip pain, left leg pain and even upper back left side pain.
    I also have left side spondylosis but I know there’s a cyst too as I can feel it and had that vaginal discharge after ovulation consistent with a cyst always.
    I am worried about the LEG and HIP pain a A LOT.

    • ANSWER:
      Ok, so you know your prone to cysts and you know what needs to be done.
      It could be you are not taking enough daily calcium in your body to prevent bone depreciation. Check it out, get a bone density check up, at your age you ripe for it.

  40. QUESTION:
    Could this be ovarian cancer?
    I’ve been showing a few symptoms of ovarian cancer, such as bloating, discomfort, and on occasion, slight pelvic pain, which has been going on for about a month. I also have lower back ache. I just had a PET scan in March, not even 3 months ago, for my lung, but they scanned my whole body, and noted that there is no mass or cyst on my pelvic region. So I’m wondering if from March until now, I could’ve aquired ovarian cancer to the point that I would have these symptoms.
    I have, in the past, had ovarian cysts. I went to my ob/gyn yesterday and I am scheduled for an ultrasound in a couple weeks to check out my ovaries. I’m just really worried that it is cancer.
    Also, I’m 29 years old and in generally good health.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    could I have ovarian cancer?
    Ok I am 25 years old I have 2 children and rgular men. cyles. But here is the thing. was having lower back pain and side pain so I went to the ER where they did a CT scan and found a ovarian cyst 5cm big on my right overy. I have bladder trouble im constantly going to pee. Ive nveer had good bowle movments and hve painful gas presure and such and sex hurts. fatigue but not to the point where all i want to do i sleep more like a exhausted run down feeling. I hve just about all the symptoms of ovarian cancer but eveyone says dont worrie its just a cyst your fine. I made a ppointmnt with my OB this thursday
    oh and my mother just hada biopsy one on a large mass on her uterin lining.
    nope im sure its CM

    • ANSWER:
      Are you sure it’s 5cm and not 5mm? (I just want you to be sure, the mistake is easy to make). Ovarian cysts are extremely common, and almost always harmless. That’s why people are telling you not to worry. It’s good that you are getting it checked out by your doctor, but it’s almost certainly nothing to worry about.

  42. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cancer symptoms?
    Is there anybody out there who has ovarian cancer or knows someone who’s had it? I am really worried that I may have it and am waiting for an ultrasound. I’ve done lots of reading about it, but it’s mostly textbook type stuff. Iam wondering if anybody can tell me their own story about how they were diagnosed etc. I have been having a lot of severe pelvic pain along with bleeding and I know that I have what may be cysts in my ovaries, but I’m scared that they might be cancerous. Please somebody, if you can share with me I would be most grateful, thank you!!
    I’m not really looking for a list of what the symptoms are because I’ve done tons of reading about it on the internet already. That is why I am scared that I might have it. What I am wondering more specifically is how someone went from not knowing they had it, to a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. (ie. I know that cysts are not usually cancerous, but how do you know if they’re cysts or tumours unless they’re removed?)

    • ANSWER:
      Ovarian cancer is cancer that starts in the ovaries. The ovaries are the female reproductive organs that produce eggs.

      Symptoms:
      Sense of pelvic heaviness
      Vague lower abdominal discomfort
      Vaginal bleeding
      Weight gain or loss
      Abnormal menstrual cycles
      Unexplained back pain that worsens over time
      Increased abdominal girth
      Non-specific gastrointestinal symptoms:
      Increased gas
      Indigestion
      Lack of appetite
      Nausea and vomiting
      Inability to ingest usual volumes of food
      Bloating
      Additional symptoms that may be associated with this disease:
      Increased urinary frequency or urgency
      Excessive hair growth
      There may be no symptoms until late in the disease.

  43. QUESTION:
    Connection between ovarian cyst and fibroid?
    an ultrasound i has found a ovarian cyst and a uterine fibroid. i am having another ultrasound next week to check the cyst again. if it ends up being something serious like cancer is the fibroid a sign that it could have spread to the uterus or are fibroids all together different? i have just been feeling so blah lately and have this bad feeling that something is really wrong, at the same time i think it these feelings might just be nerves and all be put on by anxiety. i initially went to the doctor for back pain and had a ct scan that led to a ultrasound led to this. I never really put all the symptoms together until now so i haven’t discussed them with the doctor. i looked up the symptoms for ovarian cancer and i have all of them. i am newly separated from m y husband and am now scared of what i will do if i do end up having cancer. i feel like if i go to the doctor now and say i have all these symptoms i will sound like i am just making them up from reading on it. what is the best thing to take for indigestion and bloating? i have tried tums and prilosec and midol but nothing is helping anymore

    • ANSWER:
      No one can answer your specific question. You will need to go back to your doctor, be honest with him and tell him exactly what you are experiencing and how you feel. Let him examine you and come to his own conclusions.

  44. QUESTION:
    connection between ovarian cyst and fibroid?
    an ultrasound i has found a ovarian cyst and a uterine fibroid. i am having another ultrasound next week to check the cyst again. if it ends up being something serious like cancer is the fibroid a sign that it could have spread to the uterus or are fibroids all together different? i have just been feeling so blah lately and have this bad feeling that something is really wrong, at the same time i think it these feelings might just be nerves and all be put on by anxiety. i initially went to the doctor for back pain and had a ct scan that led to a ultrasound led to this. I never really put all the symptoms together until now so i haven’t discussed them with the doctor. i looked up the symptoms for ovarian cancer and i have all of them. i am newly separated from m y husband and am now scared of what i will do if i do end up having cancer. i feel like if i go to the doctor now and say i have all these symptoms i will sound like i am just making them up from reading on it. what is the best thing to take for indigestion and bloating? i have tried tums and prilosec and midol but nothing is helping anymore.

    • ANSWER:
      An ovarian cyst is a fluid sack attached to your one of your ovaries and a fibroid is a solid. Most fibroids are small growths of knotty connective tissue that develop in different ways and are almost always benign. Fibroids are common with women and in some cases hereditary. They can be extremely painful even though benign and cause many problems. You will get tremendous relief once they are removed. They sometime come back thou

  45. QUESTION:
    Ultrasound for ovarian cyst mistake?
    I’m extremely concerned as far as my health right now. I had an ultrasound about 3 years ago. It was because my ovarian cyst sent me to the hospital because it burst. I had severe abdominal cramps.

    They did an ultrasound to see if I was fine. And told me the cyst had popped and the fluid had leaked into my system.

    3 years later (I’m 20 years old) I’m having symptoms of ovarian cancer. Could the hospital had overlooked something?

    I got a pap smear about a month ago. She felt my ovaries and said they were fine. Could she have missed something? I read that sometimes you can’t feel the cancerous lumps and can only be revealed by ultrasound.

    I’m scared to death because ovarian cancer can happen to any girl at any age.

    Please someone reassure my mind.
    and even if i did have the ovarian cancer wouldn’t it had hurt when she pushed down on my stomach ontop my ovaries? I had a gyno at the STD clinic do that too and I think he said my ovaries were fine. But I don’t know…

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    How can you tell if you have an ovarian cyst?
    (for a strong note, ovarian cysts run in my family, a lot of females on my mothers side get cysts, ovarian problems, and recently a family member passed from ovarian cancer I believe)

    I have had pain for the past two months that seemed to be all on my right side abdominal area. In the first month the pain wasn’t extreme, it became extreme once in awhile, but wasn’t something that could stop my everyday life tasks. Livable pain. At the end of the month of June, I had a two week period of no pain whatsoever. which was amazing to have!

    After the 4th of July, the pain I had in June started creeping back. The pain gradually grew worse, it still thankfully hasn’t kept me from everyday life. But the pain is totally annoying!! It is like a pain that feels like a pinching feeling in a specific area on my ride abdominal side. The pain has always traveled around since the first month though. The pain could be in my upper spine, right back side, then front side, and finally towards my ovary area. Which feels like pressure and a bruise type feeling pain, that lifts off and on.
    The traveling of the pain has recently started going to my left area, on the same exact spot on my right side. and yet again towards my ovaries. But it’s so confusing to tell whats going on!

    The pain is directed to different areas throughout the day! It can be on my right side, lower back, upper back, right leg, and upper right shoulder. Sometimes it is hardly noticable at all D:

    It also has started to cause sharp pains under my breast area, which have made my breasts sore feeling on the nipple and under both breast. (and I know I am not pregnant, I haven’t had sex in forever and I went to doctors already 3 times and NOTHING lol)

    The pain is highly confusing and extremely annoying. It also never seems to get better.

    I have been told by the hospital that it was MUSCLE ISSUES and I should just take tylenol (and they took ultra sound) But…I have strong feelings that it isn’t muscle issues.

    Especially since recently I have had the breast tenderness, and the pressure feeling when trying to go to the bathroom (yes #2) going pee is all fine though. I was also told nothing was wrong with my kidney’s.

    Am I showing symptoms of OVARIAN CYSTS?? (I am going to doctor AGAIN on Saturday)

    P.S. I was told long ago in, my youthful stages of puberty and getting my period. that I had a Hormonal imbalance and it caused me to have ABNORMAL period cycles. Which have NEVER been normal since the day I got my first period. And for the past 3 months, my period has been out of wack again. The 2 weeks I had pain free comfort, my period was starting at the end of the month (when it usually starts) and the flow I had was really good than the previous 2 months. BUt it only lasted for 48 hrs and it stopped.

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    Septated Ovarian Cyst…Very Worried!?
    I am 47 years old and haver rarely ever been sick. Seven years ago…actually 7 years and 3 months ago I had an ultra sound done by my OBGYN and was diagnosised as having a “septated ovarian cyst”. The measurements of the cyst at that time was 4.1cm X 1.8cm. I had pain both in my lower abdomen and my lower back espcially if I lifted or did any excercise. I was distented and I was very concerned. My OBGYN put me on birth control pills and told me to take them without taking the placebo pills. I took the pills for three months and gradually the pain begain to recide and eventually about 5 or 6 months later the pain completly went away and has not returned for 7 years! Here is my question I did not know what a “septated ovarian cyst” was at the time. I just figured I had a cyst and it went away, I never went back to get a second ultra sound. I was so worried that I just wanted to forget about it since I had no symptoms I figured why bother. But recently I stumbled accross information that says that having a septated cyst increased the chances of it being or becoming cancer. Is this true? I excercise now and run several miles per week. I do not have any pain or even discomfort and I am not distended. My appitite is great and there is no weight loss, fever, bowl issues or other “cancer symptoms”. I am still taking the same birth control pills now for seven years and not taking the placebos. My family has no history of ovarian cancer, breast cancer or any other cancer that I know of except my mother did die of lung cancer at age 75. All four of my grandparents lived to be over 85. I do not smoke and try to eat a good diet and stay in shape. Someone told me that maybe the cyst srunk but is still there and that it could still be cancer. Is that possible? Should I be concerned?
    I know I should have gone earlier I am just very scared of this possiblity and haver heard all sorts of stories. I just want to know how realistic is it that this thing could be cancer yet I am fine for over 7 years?

    • ANSWER:
      You should have a follow up with your Dr. I guess this also means that you have not had a yearly exam (Pap smear) in 7 yrs, very unwise. Make an appt with your Dr and follow through.

  48. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of me having ovarian cancer?
    Im 20yrs old and was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst on each ovary in late february. I had a follow up ultrasound about a month later, and was told that the left cyst had changed! Its started to solidify, which could mean its a tumor… Ive looked at the symptoms of ovarian cancer, and have/had ALL of them since january, (but because i was trying for a baby i hoped all the symptoms were just ovualtion or pregnancy so didnt think too much of it) My doctor referred me to have a blood test for ovarian cancer which i had today. But am a little worried about it… Am i too young? I dont think there is any history of cancer in my family… and will treatment of cancer cause infertility??? Ive got another ultrasound next week, so they will give me results of my blood test thn, but the wait is killing me!
    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    Would a hospital tell you if they found an ovarian cyst that they thought could be cancerous?
    I went to the ER and they found a cyst on my ovary that was causing me a lot of pain and ovarian cancer like symptoms, I have had the frequent urination, the pain in my abdomen both sharp and throbbing, the back pain, the getting full quickly I’ve been extremely tired lately and I have been losing weight for no reason, they found a 3 inch cyst on my ovary by CT scan but told me I need to follow up with mt OBGYN. and come back if the symptoms worsen- I was just wondering if the hospital themselves would tell you if they seen or suspected cancer? Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer can only be diagnosed by examining actual tissue samples in a laboratory (cytopathology). The hospital is not required to speculate (it would only be speculation, after all) as to what the cause of the ovarian cyst is. You need to follow up with your OBGYN if you want more answers.

  50. QUESTION:
    Can a simple ovarian cyst turn into a complex ovarian cyst almost 3x the size within a matter of 2 months?
    I went to a new gynecologist in December 08 due to about 5 months of continual symptoms dealing with the pelvic area pain and nausea. I told the doctor that i believed i had a cyst. The sonogram he requested for me revealed a 2x4cm SIMPLE cyst. He did not tell me cause did not think it was important to tell me being it was “only” a simple cyst. I happened to find out while i was reading the report myself. This gynecologist did tell me i had gallstones and i should get in touch with my primary care doctor, which the report also revealed. All the doctors i saw and no one attributed the symptoms to anything but possibly and most likely the gallstones. I had the surgery a month later to take the Gallstones out because i was advised that it would more than likely relieve me of my nausea and pain. 3 weeks after this easy surgery i was vomiting nonstop and back in the hospital in pain, severe nausea and severely dehydrated. They released me after the moment they got the new sonogram report stating i now had a 8×5.6cm COMPLEX ovarian mass on my ovary. I was referred to immediately consult a gynecologist/oncologist. I was told by the oncologist that it needs to be removed and they will not know if it is cancer until they get to it. He was surprised the General surgeon did not see the mass while having the surgery. Then he said that the General surgeon said there was too much scarring in the pelvic area to see it, because of a past surgery. I have all the symptoms that say ovarian cancer. Is it possible that this cyst changed so drastically in such a short time? Is it also possible that the Gall bladder surgery put more stress on my immune system and possibly made it grow more rapidly? Especially if it IS cancer? Or is there a mistake done in the first ultrasound that did not find the solid features of the cyst? And why would a gynecologist think that they can decide what is important to tell me and what isn’t? How could he think that it would be unimportant to tell me i had a cyst? By the way that previous surgery was due to a radical hysterectomy from cervical cancer 12 years ago. The ovaries were left in. With so many symptoms that reflect ovarian cancer at this point what are the chances that it is not cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Most ovarian cancers happen in women over the age of 50 – the risk increases for older women (BBC News)
      About 25% of ovarian cancer deaths occur in women between 35 and 54 years of age. By the time ovarian cancer is diagnosed, it has usually spread beyond the ovaries. There are often no symptoms until late in the disease process. More than half of women who get ovarian cancer are diagnosed in the advanced stages of the disease. As with most cancers, the earlier the diagnosis is made, the better the chance for survival. (MedlinePlus)
      Ovarian cancer is often fatal because it is usually advanced when diagnosed. Symptoms are usually absent in early stage and nonspecific in advanced stage. Evaluation usually includes ultrasonography, CT or MRI, and measurement of tumor markers (eg, cancer antigen 125). Diagnosis is by histologic analysis. Staging is surgical. Treatment requires hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, excision of as much involved tissue as possible, and, unless cancer is localized, chemotherapy.(Merck)
      CA-125 test may be done to rule out the possibility of ovarian cancer.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CA-125

      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007217.htm

      Please note that I am not a medical professional. My answer contains basic information only. If you are concerned about your health, you should consult your doctor.


Can An Ovarian Cyst Burst

If you are contemplating starting a family or adding to your existing family and suffer from cysts on the ovaries, you may be wondering “Can ovarian cysts prevent pregnancy?” As this condition is not a natural one, and somewhat undesirable, there are a few points to bear in mind.

Firstly, you should ensure that you are checked over by a doctor to confirm the diagnosis. Normally, an ultrasound examination will detect the presence of cysts and confirm that they are benign. If this is the case and you are hoping to become pregnant, rather than worrying about the effect they could potentially have, it is sensible to consider how you can get rid of them.

Many women have ovarian cysts and only a minority have unpleasant symptoms. However, when symptoms do occur, they are often painful and debilitating. The development of cysts is usually associated with irregularities with the menstrual cycle and this in itself can prevent ovulation and in this respect, if we are looking for an answer to the question “can ovarian cysts prevent pregnancy”, the the possibility does exist.

However, many women do manage to become pregnant despite having cysts on their ovaries and in general, most do not cause specific problems. Women can experience painful symptoms whether pregnant or not. Complications can occur when cysts enlarge significantly and bursts or twists during pregnancy and sometimes this can lead to premature birth or an early delivery. In mid-pregnancy, surgery may be required and this should not cause any problems to the developing fetus. However, surgery is always best avoided if possible, particularly during pregnancy.

Sometimes, it is not the ovarian cysts themselves which can cause infertility but rather the underlying cause of them can be related to cases on unexplained fertility. For this reason, you may wish to consider using natural treatments to get rid of your cysts.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can an ovarian cyst burst while pregnant?
    In early pregnant can a cyst burst or is that impossible?
    Thanks for ur answers.
    Does it alwasy make u miscarry?

    Plz keep the rude answers or comments to urself. My God ppl.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes they can burst in pregnancy. I had one burst about a year ago right after I found out I was 6 weeks pregnant and it made me miscarry.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can an ovarian cyst burst twice?
    I had a cyst rupture a few days ago and last night I had similar, but not quite as bad, pain, as well as some bleeding. Could this be some blood left over, or is it something else?? How long is pain from a cyst rupture supposed to last?

    • ANSWER:
      no

  3. QUESTION:
    How long does a burst ovarian cyst cause pain?
    How long can a woman typically expect her pain to last when an ovarian cyst bursts?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on the size of the cyst that ruptured. Mine lasted a few days. Never had any symptoms when I urinated as the fluid just kind of left. I did go to ER in pain but it had been a few hours since it had ruptured and there was only a little fluid left. Take some Ibuprofen or something for the pain.

  4. QUESTION:
    Has anybody ever had an ovarian cyst burst that DIDN’T hurt really bad?
    I’ve heard from just about every woman who says she had a cyst burst that it’s just about the worst pain imaginable. Though, my doctor did say my cyst was really small. I had a weird lump where I figure my ovary is since the late part of August when the cyst started bothering me, and it was hurting pretty bad today. Now all of a sudden the lump is gone, and my stomach feels funny, like it’s heavy. Also, the sides where my pubic area meet my legs hurt for some reason. It really isn’t all that bad, though. The only explanation I can think of is that it burst. Is that possible? In that case it’s rather anticlimactic after all of that worrying I was doing about it, really.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like it may have burst. I had many burst as well and never experienced pain. Actually I felt better after they burst.
      GL and hope you are feeling better.

  5. QUESTION:
    Can sex cause an ovarian cyst to burst?
    Well today I found out I have at least one ovarian cyst. But now I’m very hesitant to have sex because I am afraid it will cause the cyst to burst. It is the one thing I forgot to ask today, can anyone provide an answer? Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Actually every single woman has ovarian cysts. They only become a problem when they start to swell up. They tend to naturally burst, then grow back continually in some women, and not because of sex. Whoever your having sex with shouldn’t go that far up anyways. If they do, then you have a lot more to worry about than just your cyst bursting.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can a doctor burst an ovarian cyst at an office visit?
    My daughter went to the doctor tolday and the doctor said she had a cyst on the ovary and it was getting ready to burst so he burst it. Said it was better to it to be burst in a controlled setting than her being at home and it bursting.Is this right?

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    How long will it take to recover from a burst ovarian cyst?
    Today is Monday, and late Thursday night I was experiencing the worst abdominal pain(if I din’t already have my appendix removed would’ve said it was that) and violent vomiting. So after hours of the Er poking, prodding, blood samples and internal ultrasound…they THINK I had an ovarian cyst burst sent me on my way with Lortab and that was that.
    A few years ago I had similar symptoms and had a cyst the size of a grapefruit removed which left about 2 cells remaining on my right ovary. I have no insurance and they told me to make a gyn appt. Four days have passed, since it was the weekend I could not make any appts. Now I am so bloated and in pain I can’t walk straight and am always tired. I realize things take time, but I need some kind of relief as to when am I going to be able to go back to work. There is no way I can function right now since my job is very physical and fast paced. HELP ME PLEASE!
    My friend told me if I had insurance they would not have sent me home! Why am I any differant than any one else ?? That doesn’t seen like that is even a legal thing to do! Aren’t hospital supposed to be not for profit?
    I feel so foolish I call my job every day telling them I need more time. I am about to just say I need the rest of the week off(not that I can afford it) ….what else can I do? Can hardly sleep and the Lortab works but I don’t like the way I feel from it! Too much like vicodine. I can walk around the house slowly but only for short periods of time! This Sux!

    • ANSWER:
      All conventional medical approaches to ovarian cysts are very limited, and treat the symptoms rather than the underlying root cause. What often happens is that the treatment gets rid of the cyst, but then it comes back again – just like in your case.
      Have you considered the natural approach? If you take a holistic approach to treating what really is a profound internal, metabolic and hormonal problem, you are much more likely to get results.

      If you’re interested in getting more information, there’s a good website below. Good luck, and hope this helps.

  8. QUESTION:
    BURST OVARIAN CYST AND PREGNANCY?
    hello ladies.

    Last month I had an ovarion cyst burst and was in tons of pain. I went to the er and they gave me morphine and did tons of tests. No one explained to me why or how this happened so I have made an appointment with my doctor in a few weeks. Can anyone share a similar experience? How come? I am in my early 20s and had never had one before this. My husband and I are trying to get pregnant. Will this burst cyst affect our chances of becoming pregnant this month or ever? or are they unrelated? I only ask seeing as I do not wanna get our hopes up because we have suffered previous losses.

    Thanks for your advice!!

    • ANSWER:
      yur welcome

  9. QUESTION:
    I suspect that I burst an ovarian cyst. Should I go to emergency?
    I discovered a month ago that I have a large cyst (almost 2 inches in diameter) on one of my ovaries. I had sexual intercourse a couple days ago for the first time in a month. I know that bleeding is one symptom of a burst cyst. My family doctor isn’t available to see me until after thanksgiving. Should I go to emergency tonight to see a gynecologist? I’ve heard that burst cysts are big trouble. Also, should I refrain from having intercourse until I have this all figured out?

    It’s possible that the bleeding was caused by my hymen breaking — I’ve only had intercourse about 10 times before, and I’ve never bled during the act. I heard that sometimes it can take a while for the hymen to break.

    Thanks for your input.

    • ANSWER:
      If there is tenderness at the entry of your vagina, I’d lean toward the hymen theory. That being said however, I’d imagine that if you’ve had repeated acts of intercourse — regardless of whether or not you’ve bled in the past — your hymen has probably long since broken.

      The bleeding might be related to the cyst, but it might actually be caused by hormone fluctuations rather than the cyst rupturing. If it ruptured, you’d be in a considerable amount of pain; if you’re not, it may just be irregular menstrual bleeding.

      If it would make you feel better to go to the ER or urgent care, then by all means, go.

      I’d also recommend that you find a different doctor. A doctor that can’t see you for 2 full months is far too over-booked to be bothered with you. Your condition COULD cause you problems and you want a doctor that is attentive to your needs…even if it means squeezing you in on an urgent basis (which then CAN do … IF they want to).

  10. QUESTION:
    My ovarian cyst burst last month…?
    …Can you get an infection from the fluid that drains from it? Because it was a large cyst. And now a month on it is still tender in that area and I feel a bit off.
    My blood test from that time showed that my white cell count was slightly higher than normal.

    • ANSWER:
      I would go to the doctor.
      The same thing happend to me and I went in right away, it was very painful.

  11. QUESTION:
    What is the probability of an ovarian cyst bursting during labor?
    I am 3 months pregnant and my dr found a cyst the size of a tennis ball on my right ovary. He will be checking it out again at 14 weeks to see if its gotten bigger. If so, he wants to do surgery. My question is this~ if he decides against surgery, is it possible that it could burst later from the contractions and strain of labor? I’ve had one c-section because of a breach baby. Dr said I could try VBAC. Of course there is a small chance that the uterus could rupture. And there’s a chance I’d have to get c-section anyway if labor stalls. (FYI:They can’t give you meds to speed it up when you do VBAC, nor will they induce) The cyst is just another reason that I might decide to just go ahead with a c-section as bad as I don’t want to.

    • ANSWER:
      It is 1 in a 1,000 that you even have one. The likelihood that it will burst is not very high.

  12. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst burst? Or something else?
    I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on what they think might have happened here..

    I’ve had some problems with cervix / ovaries, which were discovered when I was pregnant. I don’t think any cysts were detected, but either way, I was recommended to come back for a check-up after I had my son. Well, I never did (I know, I know, bad idea), and my son is now 2.

    For the past few months I have noticed my cervix feeling tender whenever I have sex. Positions that are normally enjoyable feel “too deep,” like my cervix is being bumped, and I can only have shallow penetration, which is unusual. Then a few days ago, I was having sex and the same feeling occurred. We stopped for a moment because I said it hurt, but the pain did not subside, it just intensified. For a good 20 minutes I was curled in a ball sobbing, feeling abdominal pain that can only be compared to the pain I felt during labor contractions.

    My boyfriend and friend ended up carrying me to my car to take me to the ER, but on the way I took some pain relievers and by the time we got there I the pain was calming. I don’t currently have health insurance, so I convinced them to just take me back home instead.

    A friend of mine told me it sounded like I had a cyst burst. I have no idea what’s going on, but I’m definitely a little freaked out. I went today to get on a new health insurance plan so I can see a doctor, but until then — any ideas??

    • ANSWER:
      A cyst rupturing is a possibility. Painful intercourse can also be a sign of pelvic inflammatory disease, however that is usually accompanied by a fever and feeling very flu-like. If it hurts like you describe the next time you have sex, it likely was not a cyst, unless you have several that have formed. Regardless, I think it’s time you see a gynecologist.

  13. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst burst: help me prove my mother wrong.?
    So this morning I had the worst pain I had ever felt in my life. In a split second I went from being normal to feeling this giant pressure in my lower stomach, almost more like over my vagina. This pain made it almost impossible to move. I had to prop my legs up in a very uncomfortable way. I eventually suck a pillow under me but moving felt so much worse. It was a stingy feeling and I felt light headed , like i was going to pass out. I think i started to sweat too. eventually I had to call my mom to bring up some painkillers. I went to bed and I feel better but Even now i can feel a small, sharp pain.

    So now my mother is trying to convince me that this pain came from something i ate; these Jimmy dean sausages i ate this morning. I had like two or 3 for one and Honestly I think all of you can agree a stomach ache doesn’t hurt nearly as much as a ovarian cyst bursting, and you CAN tell the difference. Yet, of course i’m stupid and only 17… ( like i don’t know my own body!) and I have witnessed a friend go through the same thing. Honestly I think this is just another attempt for my mom to convince me not to eat and just survive off “salads”, because she think i’m fat. Though I’m clearly average sized. ( and they say I’m being dramatic)

    Anyways, please tell me your stories.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get to a doctor.

  14. QUESTION:
    Did my ovarian cyst burst?
    A few months back my doctor told me I had a very small ovarian cyst on my left ovary (probably caused by my Mirena). They didn’t act very concerned about it and they didn’t give me any medicine for it. For months I’ve had minor pain there. I had my Mirena IUD taken out in July and since then I have been on the pill… which I also stopped taken last month.

    I am just now having my first period without being on any kind of birth control. Anyway, when I took a nap this afternoon I woke up with terrible pain on the lower left side of my abdomen and then it started hurting the lower left side of my back.

    Is it possible that my cyst ruptured? Should I be concerned or just let it run it’s course?

    I would go to the doctor by I just lost my health insurance 3 days ago (figures) and it’ll probably be a few months before I can get it back. :( Help!

    Thanks guys.

    I’m also feeling nauseous. I’ve taken some pain reliever with no luck.

    • ANSWER:
      it is possible that it ruptured or it could be from your first period in a long time, anyways IF the pain gets much worse you should go to the ER because there is a risk of the cyst causing internal damage when it ruptures, the risk is small most the time they rupture without causing any damage at all

  15. QUESTION:
    What should I do if my Ovarian Cyst Burst?
    I had a ruptured ovarian cyst a few months ago. It landed me in the hospital for 2 days. I haven’t had a problem with it since but yesterday I am sure it ruptured again. I had shooting pain in my lower abdomen, but it only lasted about 20 minutes. After that, I felt pretty normal, just a little nauseas. Today I feel ok, just a little nauseas. I don’t think going to the ER again would do me any good, there is nothing they can really do, but what should I do? I don’t think I should leave this problem ignored.

    • ANSWER:
      Make an appointment with your doctor on Monday.

  16. QUESTION:
    Can a ovarian cyst burst?
    What would happen if it did?

    • ANSWER:
      yes it can burst.
      and it depends what kind of cyst it is.
      i had a “chocolate” (means it’s full of blood) cyst on my right ovary many years ago, it was agony. after swelling for 3 weeks and my doc kept telling it was “just tender cuz you’re going to ovulate…then..your period is coming up…” go take an asprin and call me on monday…
      after several “mondays” passed i went to his office and was in so much pain as it burst, that i could not get out of the chair to go in his office for yet another exam.
      i got hauled off in an ambulance.
      it destroyed my right fallopian tube as well as the ovary and it was awful in there when emergency surgery had to be done.
      do NOT mess around with this condition!
      go to your gynecologist, get a pelvic ultrasound to find out what is going on, exactly what type of cyst is there, or could it be a fibroid? fibroids are only supposed to happen in the uterus, but this is not true.
      asap get a proper evaluation.

  17. QUESTION:
    How often can ovarian cysts burst?
    What’s normal or is there a normal? Is once a month too often? Can you have one burst and then a couple weeks later have another burst?

    • ANSWER:
      There is not a number I can give you for the ‘normal’ amount of times ovarian cysts burst because everyones body works differently. If you want the cysts to stop forming, the best thing to do according to my doctor is to use birth control.

  18. QUESTION:
    caN EXERCISING OR SWIMING CAUSE AN OVARIAN CYST TO BURST?

    • ANSWER:
      No, if the cyst is going to rupture it will, regardless of your activity.

  19. QUESTION:
    Can a complex ovarian cyst burst on its own and if so is that a dangerous thing?

    2 days ago I was diagnosed with a complex cyst on my left ovary (size of a penny). I sat on the pain I was occationally having for about a year (because it came and went) but 3 months ago-i started getting my period 2 times a month. About a month ago I went from a pain leval at a 5 (occationally) to a pain leval at a 7 always and for about a week now-I can’t bend over without seeing stars. I literally feel pain 100 percent of the day. I can’t get into see my doctor until next tuesday! I am worried about the wait…

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    can a burst ovarian cyst put you in intensive care?
    hi can a burst ovarian cyst hospitalise you and put you in intensive care?

    • ANSWER:
      If it spills it’s contents all over your abdomen and it twists or damages your ovary, yes it can be severe and you may need emergency surgery to drain the fluid, however not too sure that it could put you in intensive care.

  21. QUESTION:
    ovarian cyst that burst and pregnancy, i have already asked but only had two answers please help!?
    i had an ovarian cyst that burst mid way through my cycle six weeks ago it was so very painfull i bled for two weeks and have not had a period since (its been about 25 days since i stopped bleeding). when i went to the hospital they said i had another two smaller cysts forming in each ovary. i am worried that i now can’t get pregnant. the hospital have been no help giving me advice or even telling me anything about this can someone please tell me everything i need to know. god bless and thankyou x

    i am also think i am a few days late with my period so could i already be pregnant. i heard that burst cysts can be a sign of implantation is this true or has anyone else heard this. i also know that cysts can cause irregular periods so i am not ruling this out either. though i have always been regular as clockwork. any more advice would be gratefully recieved thanks x
    i never said before that i was infertile, the doctors told me i am probably infertile but have heard since that people have still got pregnant with cysts. i am now very confused,
    sorry it appears i didn’t put enough information here, i will make myself clearer. i was told that i was infertile due to these cysts and due to an eating disorder i have lived with for 15 years. hence why i am doubtfull that i am already pregnant, my main question was answered that you can still get pregnant when you have ovarian cysts. depending on what type they are. but i have found that i am now more confused than ever. for the past few months since i was told i was infertile i thought i had accepted it especially when i only had myself to blame, but i am hearing so many different stories i just don’t know what to think.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m presently going through a very similar experience right now. I have cysts on my ovaries and experienced an ectopic pregnancy in Jan 07.

      Just last week, I had very bad pain in my left side and with such irregular periods, I guessed that it was just going to be a heavy bad one. However, after 4 days of bleeding, wicked cramps and noticed that my blood was not dark and odoured like menstrual blood, I went to emerge. At first, I was misdiagnosed and was treated for food poisoning. After two more days of pain and bleeding I was rushed to emergency to learn I had a burst cyst on my ovary and only time would correct it. After two more days of pain (even with heavy medication) I was rushed to hospital because the pain was unbearable (would not even stand/walk). My blood counts dropped a lot, I was rushed to surgery to learn I had an ectopic pregnancy in the same tube that my previous one from Jan07. They removed the tube, drained 1L of blood from my stomach and I was in recovery for 4 days.

      Somethings I have learned:
      - People with cysts have irregular periods.
      - You can get pregnant and have cysts – even burst ones.
      - Going on birth control pills can reduce your cysts from swelling.

      I’d like to also mention, the I thought I skipped a period in April – - but had normal periods in May & June. My bloodwork NEVER showed I was pregnant.

      If you are dizzy, still bleeding, stomach ache, bloating – - return to the hospital and be instant that you have BOTH internal and external ultrasounds. You can also request larascopy where they make a small incision and look around inside. Also, consider having your doctor compare your blood counts. You could internally bleed, not know it, and be fatal.

      Good luck and God bless!

  22. QUESTION:
    Is my period supposed to hurt this bad after ovarian cyst?
    I had an ovarian cyst that burst the other day and i just got my period and my cramps hurt so bad. Is this normal? How can i minimize the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      I’m in wrong category extremely sorry can’t help u babe!
      I know my answer making ll make u boil.

  23. QUESTION:
    diverticulitis, ovarian cyst, fallopian tube fluid blocked, and uterine infection… any disease related?
    I don’t really understand all of this, but on top of these problems I was recently diagnosed with diverticulosis (diverticulitis flare up caused the concerns for diagnosis). I am 26, have had one child four years ago, smoke cigarettes(I know it’s no good so don’t dwell on this issue for I will not pay attention to your response because it has nothing to do with these problems.. Dr.s words), but for the most part don’t know much about family medical history.
    As for discovery of cyst: Sun. 5:30pm a severe lower middle abdominal pain stopped me in my tracks. Held my lower stomach and couldn’t move without more pain. Coughing, sneezing, or laughter caused the pain to worsen. I reclined myself slightly to calm myself (I felt as though I were to pass out due to the pain) which seemed to help a little. Took two 800mg Motrin when home then took a xanax to go to sleep. Took another xanax after I couldn’t sleep for two hours, due to pain worsening during movement which caused me to stay awake. Finally fell asleep at 2am but woke still to any movement.
    Next morning couldn’t take the pain anymore and resulted in a visit to ER: CT scan and blood work issued.
    Results: Quack said an ovarian cyst burst. Had cysts on ovaries and needed to follow up with OB doc.
    I did. OB said: You have an ovarian cyst on left ovary 4.5 cm, and a fluid blockage in right fallopian tube, but does not indicate a cyst burst. Then proceeded with pelvic exam. I had extreme pain when OB pressed directly upward (towards belly) and said this indicates a uteran infection. What??? How does this happen? Are any of the other issues related to these symptoms? He issued an ultrasound following ten days of antibiotics (IOW: watchful waiting). My white blood cell count was 1500 at the ER, but the doc didn’t prescribe me antibiotics… My GYNO did. The ER doc disregarded me almost entirely and gave me a diagnosis without adding it in the write-up. The discharge papers he gave me was info on smoking, diverticulitis, and ovarian cyst bursts.I do know however that my grandmother had a full hysterectomy around mid-twenties and my mother had a partial at mid-thirties. She couldn’t tell me any disease that they had, only that they had to have it done. My gastroenterologist is concerned because I am too young to have these issues. Is there a disease or something that can be related to these issues? All of my issues are in my lower abdomen and the diverticula and cyst are resided to the left side of lower abdomen. However, my right fallopian tube is fluid blocked?…And I have an infection in my uterus?… Please, anyone with knowledge or experience please give me some kind of info on these rapidly arising problems. Thank you much!
    Other Info: Married in devoted relationship for 6 years.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you sure the ER doctor told you diverticulitis and not endometriosis? You have the classic symptoms of endometriosis which is abdominal pain any where in the abdomen that occurs at any time during the menstrual cycle. Further investigation shows that endometriosis can cause blocked fallopian tubes as well as pelvic inflammatory disease. So it could be that both physicians are both correct, at least partially anyway. The sites below may be helpful. Good luck.

  24. QUESTION:
    can u die from Burst ovarian cyst?
    i have a cyst and i wanted to know if u can die when it burst

    • ANSWER:
      No. the danger from ovarian cysts is that they can cause torsion (twisting) of your fallopian tubes, which cuts off blood supply and could cause infection/ long term damage. Generally, theses cysts burst on their own which causes a LOT of pain, but no damage. You should have it checked on by your ObGyn, however.

  25. QUESTION:
    I have an ovarian cyst and have some questions?
    I found out about 2 months ago that I have an ovarian cyst. I know that it hasn’t just gone away. I pain is still extremely unbearable. It subsided for awhile. But now my period is 3 days late and I’ve had extremely bad pain again. Like wake you up out of a dead sleep pain. I was wondering can cysts burst or anything like that? Or could it be something else completely? I know that endometriosis runs in my family and everything. I’m going to the gyno on the 26th and have tried to get in sooner but I haven’t been able to.
    I just need some help please.
    I have gotten an ultra-sound that is how it was found.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh! I have had first hand experience with this. I had an ovarian cyst that burst, found out later it was the size of an orange. It dropped me to my knees, I have never experienced such pain. I went to the ER started vomiting all over I even scared the doctor. The cyst eventually dissolved by itself, but a couple months later I was having pain again They went in with a scope through my belly button, Next thing I Know I wake up and I was told they had to do an emergency surgery. When that big old cyst had burst, it jarred my ovary which then entangled itself around my fallopian tube. The doctor said it was the first case she ever saw personally. I’m surprised you can’t get in to see the doctor sooner, especially since it’s so painful for you. They should really be taking you more seriously. I still get cysts occasionally, but they are usually small. Take care of yourself. I hope this helped.

  26. QUESTION:
    is it true that ovarian cyst can burst as it grows? this is what a Dr told me .?
    and so we should leave it until the pain becomes severe.

    • ANSWER:
      If you dont trust your doctor find a new one!

  27. QUESTION:
    what is the difference if any between an ovarian cysts filled with blood and a chocolate cysts?
    before i was ever diagnosed with endo. i had a chocolate cysts burst on my ovary and it bound to my intestines. ouch!! 10 yrs later i m told i have a blood filled cysts on my right ovary. i had a partial hysterectomy last yr and was wondering if this is a sign its coming back or if its just a regular cysts with just a bit more pain and not endo related. and aside from surgury,…is there anything i can do to get it to go away quicker? or to make it burst and be done with it? anticipation mixed with the pain of feeling like your ovarys bein squeezed to death just aint doin it for me. lol and btw..its not strangulated. just hurts like hell. any help would be great!! thank you. t.
    ok but is blood in a cysts mean for sure its a chocolate cysts or not? and yes ive already done the lupron and its a horrible drug. i have permanent bone loss from it. been there done that with about everything possible related to endo. just wondering if this is the same thing repeating all over again.

    • ANSWER:
      Ovarian cysts filled with blood and debris are chocolate cysts; they are the same. They are called Endometriomas, often present in a lot of women with Endo and can become excruciatingly painful and quite large. I’m sure you know, but a hysterectomy is not a cure for Endo. The recurrence, such as that which you are experiencing, is quite high in the 5 year window following the procedure. If all Endo is not truly removed, it will recur, no matter whether you have uterus, ovaries, tubes, etc. or not. There is no cure for Endometriosis. Anyone telling you different is simply uninformed or is still adhering to outdated myths and old wive’s tales like “pregnancy, menopause and hysterectomy are curative.” They aren’t, nor are any meds a cure – they can provide temporary relief for some women some of the time, but they are only stop gap measures and all come with potentially negative and long lasting side effects. HOWEVER, there are ways to get help and feel better…my suggestion would be to seek the help of a true Endo specialist, one who can truly surgically *excise* the disease through advanced laparoscopic surgery. Excision is far different from the ablation, fulguration, cauterization and vaporization methods commonly used by most doctors who think that because they took a laser course, they are suddenly Endo experts. Typically, they will laser “what they could” and place the patient on suppresive meds afterwards. This is common, but it is not the best practice. Excision through any means (laser, monopolar scissors, etc.) is supported by scientific data as being the best way to eradicate the disease with a very low recurrence rate for the long term. Please visit any of the following websites to learn about excision and see one of the specialists:

      www.centerforendo.com
      www.endometriosistreatment.org
      www.endoexcision.com
      www.adlap.com
      www.drcook.com

      Good luck and I hope it all works out and you are able to be seen by someone who can truly help you, as those docs at the links above. You have a right to have your disease effectively treated and regain your quality of life – you need not suffer. Best wishes.

  28. QUESTION:
    Extremely painful ovarian cyst. Did it burst?
    Last week I was told that I have a 3cm ovarian cyst on my right ovary. They found it through an ultrasound because I was complaining of horrible stabbing pains. Today the pains have been awful off and on. They make me feel nauseous and sometimes I can’t walk from the pain. I’ve also been bleeding bright red blood today. Could the cyst have popped?
    I’ve also been really dizzy. I’m not sure if that has anything to do with it.

    • ANSWER:
      If the Dr’s know you have an ovarian cyst and you are bleeding bright red blood today, then I would suggest you get to the hospital or at the least your Dr.’s office for a follow up. Anytime there is bright red blood and you’re not on your period there is concern. Do not pass go, do not collect 200.00 just get to your Dr. Good Luck..

  29. QUESTION:
    If you have an ovarian cyst, how do you know when what’s hurting is the cyst and not something else?
    Usually when I feel the whole ‘OW! My freakin’ cyst is bursting!’ pain, it’s on my lower right side. But sometimes I also hurt on my lower left side. I also have celiac disease, so maybe the lower right side was the ‘OW! Gluten stinks!’ pain (before I was diagnosed) and maybe the left was the cyst? I can’t really remember if I’ve ever felt the cyst bursting on my left/right side exclusively (b/c obviously I was in so much pain that all I could think was ‘will someone PLEASE take me to the ER so I can get some morphine or something in me?!?’, so I’m not entirely sure that the cyst pain has usually/always been on my right–I’m pretty sure it has, but not positive). Recently I’ve been feeling something (not super hurting though, just mild ouch!-ness) on my lower left side that the only thing that I can think of it coming from is from my cyst (since I haven’t had gluten in FOREVER there’s no way that it could be that because it usually happens at random times NOT associated with my eating habits, so even if I was accidentally eating gluten, it still couldn’t be caused from celiac disease).

    Any ideas? Are there ovaries on both lower sides (i.e. left and right) that would explain part of the whole: extreme pain generally on right and lesser extreme (and sometimes extreme) on left? Because the near-constant ‘ouch! gluten!’ pain before I was diagnosed was always on my right….. bleh! I don’t know.
    Sidenote: I do have an ovarian cyst. It’s about an inch big in diameter. I was just wondering if I should go get this checked out, because it feels like ovary pain, but it’s not on the side that it usually is.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey there,

      Sorry to hear about your pain!

      Have you been diagnosed with the ovarian cyst? The pain really could be the cysts as you may have more than one or it could also be something else, sounds to me more like endometriosis.

      Check out the symptoms of ovarian cysts, endometriosis and fibroids and visit your doctor to get diagnosed – it is always better to know what is going on, no matter what you decide to do with it.

      Hope your pain goes away soon.

      Clare

  30. QUESTION:
    burst ovarian cysts?
    About 4 weeks ago, my hip started hurting all the time.
    and a little bit of shoulder pain.
    When it first hit me, i couldnt walk.
    it hurt to lay down, to bend my knee, to do anythingg.
    it would hurt alot of the time when i did alot of walking or something.

    Then maybe a week later i had the worst period ever..
    It lasted for a week and i was bleeding through the super tampons
    in 2 minutes. i used a box of 36 tampons in 24 hours.
    I’ve had a little bit of spotting every once in a while for about 2 weeks.

    My hip still kills all the time.
    I have headaches and im alot more moody
    and i have shoulder pain..
    I also pee longer?
    I read something that if you have a cyst,
    it can affect your urination..
    I’ve been peeing alot longer. i may not feel like my bladders gunna burst,
    but i pee for like 4 minutes. Which i thought was weird..

    Is it possible i had a cyst that burst?
    My sister and i think my mom have all had cysts before..
    I’m very active too. so maybe that could’ve caused it to burst?

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    Anyone out there with ovarian cysts??? I have questions!!!!?
    Can anyone describe to me what it feels like when an ovarian cyst burst? I was diagnosed with them when I was 13 and I continue to get them quite often,(I am now 15). Just now I felt one pop. Well I couldn’t actually feel it pop like a balloon, it was a slow process. For me it starts a little in my lower stomach, then it gets severely intense going into my back, then back into my stomach. It lasts for about 10-20 minutes, but its bad! And I can’t even breathe because it gets that bad when it bursts. I still have a slight stomach ache from it.

    And do cysts pop every time you get one? Almost every time that I know I have one, a week or so later I can feel it burst. And quite frankly, I’m really getting sick of these things popping. It almost brings me to tears every time. I asked my doctor, but she said theres nothing they could do, a hysterectomy wasnt the answer, shes not giving me BP, and said I had to deal with it. Whats your input on this?
    is it possible that this stomach ache that I get a lot isn’t ovarian cysts? i just concluded that it was that, because I went to the ER and they said it was an ovarian cyst. But my stomach is still hurting from the one that just burst. I’m sick of them bursting, I can handle just having them, but do they seriously have to burst too?!! EVERY FREAKING TIME I GET ONE?!!

    • ANSWER:
      I personally do not have ovarian cysts “pop,” but I do have PCOS. I have heard horror stories about them popping and how painful they can be. Check out www.soulcysters.net, you can find tons of fantastic information about this. Herbs are extremely helpful for cysts too (that doctors wont tell you). Progesterone Cream helps shrink your cysts and gives you less painful periods. Vitex helps regulate you. Sorry you are going through this!! Shoot me an email if you have anymore questions. I bet I can help.

  32. QUESTION:
    Okay! very serious question about Ovarian Cancer : ( ?
    Alright, for about 2 months now, I’ve been experiencing some major fatigue, not constantly through the day (even though sometimes it feels like it), also gas ( I’ve been diagnosed with IBS before)
    It started off with me think I had an iron deficiency, so I went to the doctors and get some tests done. He ended up doing some tests to check if I can recall, diabetes, Iron, thyroid..I think that was all.
    So, I got my results and my iron was perfect, no diabetes and my thyroid was a little high.
    So, I explain to him that I was also having some cramping, and occasional frequent urination, and a lot of fatigue. So, he gave me another requisitions for I think it was a CBC once over blood test, to check for a lot of problems. Which by the way, if anyone can tell me exactly what they check for with that particular blood test, that’d be great!
    Now, I’m waiting for my results, and I am very anxious! The fact that I have this localized pain on my lower back, where my pelvis is. I mostly only feel this when laying down, and I get a lot of frequent urination.
    I’m sure you can tell by the title, that my concern is Ovarian Cancer, I’m so worried! These symptoms, especially the fatigue, have no gone away in the past 2 months, or a little bit over. This is very concerning to me.
    I’m only 22, and I don’t have any history of Ovarian Cancer in my family, but you never know.
    I did some research online about somethings, and came across Vitamin D deficiency, that kind of caught my eye. They talked a lot of about fatigue, and joint and muscle pains, and that I do have a lot. Right now I’m only taking at most 300 of vitamin d a day while breastfeeding, but I’m ordering a stronger dose of carlson vitamin ddrops with 4,000 IUs a day. I haven’t been getting any sun lately anyways.
    Also, another possible explanation is that I have had many ovarian cysts in the past, and on both sides..from what I can recall. The last time I had an ovarian cyst burst, it hurt like hell! But I don’t remember having an pain or it bothering me prior to it bursting.
    I’ve had ultra sounds done a few times before, and they told me they saw a cyst on my ovaries, and that it wasn’t anything to worry about, because it wasn’t an odd shape. That was a long time ago, since then I’ve had a baby, and I don’t even remember being this tired while I was pregnant.
    So, anyways..I want to know peoples opinions, obviously no one can tell me exactly what is wrong, but advice, and personal experience would be awesome.
    K, I don’t want websites! I can look that up myself! I want personal opinions and advice!
    How dare you call me a hypochondriac?? Do you realize how insulting that is? How would you feel if you went to your doctors with these symptoms and he or she told you, you were crazy? Kiss my ass lady. you’re an idiot!
    I asked for advice, not for you to call me crazy..especially over something that could be as serious as ovarian cancer!
    Also, if ovarian cancer symptoms like you said, are basically like everyday symptoms of a women..Like the symptoms I’m dealing with, then why should I be concerned enough to get these symptoms checked out?
    The fact that you apparently had ovarian cancer, you should be telling people, just to make sure, to get this checked out..not calling someone crazy!
    Plus, I am a women, and I’ve never been this fatigued not tired! in my life, and I know when somethings wrong.
    you’re just an idiot lady, end of story.

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    Missed Period, Bloating, Previous Ovarian Cyst…?
    I’m a 20 year old female who has currently missed my period for 2.5 months. The last time I got it was September 15th, and it was quite lighter than usual. I HAVE NEVER MISSED A PERIOD IN MY LIFE until now! I am concerned because in April 2008 I had an ovarian cyst that burst. It did not require surgery, but I was in the hospital for 2 days and lost a lot of blood. Anyways, I have been experiencing some lower abdominal bloating and aching in my ovaries. Mostly I just feel like something isn’t right. Right now I’m in Australia until late December so I can’t see a doctor. I guess I’m just wondering if anyone has any useful information on what this may be? Or if anyone has experienced this. By the way, I’m not pregnant, and I live a very healthy lifestyle exercising 6x per week and eating healthy as well. Please help! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Have you always been this physical? Excessive exercising can change your cycle. But since you mentioned the previous condition and the bloating and aching it sounds like it could be a cyst. Especially since you haven’t had a period in almost 3 months. This probably means you haven’t ovulated and if the egg was not released it could be that your ovary has filled with fluid. If there is any way you can visit a doctor somewhere I would recommend it.

  34. QUESTION:
    Why am i bleeding?? Could it be ovarian cysts bursting?
    I have had bursting cysts in the past, and they hurt like hell but i never bled. I have been cyst free for many months now. My period COMPLETELY stopped about 2 weeks ago, and i know you can still bleed over 7 days but that’s not what this is. I stopped bleeding completely and now for the last 3 days and even after sex once i have been bleeding a little. I have had small twingy pains on my left ovary and also some breast gland pain. I even had cramping down my legs like menstrual cramps one night. I’m almost POSITIVE i’m not pregnant. Could it be the ovarian cysts causing my hormones to whack out and cause these symptoms?
    I have an appt. with a GYN on the 12th. My period was really heavy and clot passing too. Anyone have any idea? Uterine Polyps maybe?

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible that you are just experiencing some breakthru bleeding or that your menstrual cycle might be a little wonky. It’s a good thing that you are going to your gynaecologist soon. Even if your symptoms have disappeared by then you need to mention them to your doctor. Until then, unless the bleeding gets very heavy, you start passing clots or you start to experience pain, stop worrying.

  35. QUESTION:
    Burst cyst, or ovulation?
    A few months ago I had a small functional ovarian cyst detected on ultrasound when I went to the ER because I was miscarrying. They said basically not to worry about it. For a couple of months everything was fine, and since my period started this month (2 weeks ago) I had a jabbing, pinching pain in my right side so I figured I had another cyst. The pain went away for a day or two, and then on Saturday I had severe cramping (like period cramping) and nausea (for an hour or so & then went away) as well as low back cramps, and went I went to the bathroom I had some clear discharge tinged pink. Yesterday (Sunday) I cramped very mildly off and on, and today I felt back to normal. Yesterday morning I also got a peak reading on my fertility monitor meaning I either ovulated or was about to (trying to concieve our 2nd child). Did I have a cyst burst, or was that just a painful ovulation? If it was a cyst, can I still get pregnant? Anyone have a cyst burst that felt like what I described?
    Thanks for sharing your story, Starlight! I am so glad your cyst went away!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I believe I had a cyst a few months back. I had been having strange pains in my right abdomen area for about a week.. nothing too bad but it was still weird.
      Then I went to my brothers house and I was forced to sit in my nephews chair because there was so many people there lol. (The chair was meant for children!) And I sat there for about 30 minutes or so and me and my boyfriend left to go home. When I stood up and was saying goodbye to everyone I felt a HUGE rush of HOTNESS all through my body and I felt dizzy and stuff
      Then I ran outside and I was just doubled over in pain clinging to the side of the house like I was in labor. My boyfriend was like “WTF! Whats wrong?!”But I couldnt even catch my breath for a second to be able to talk

      He drove me to the hospital and we sat in the parking lot, by that time the pain had subsided but I could still feel a twinge and a *little* pain but nothing horrible. I was thinking that it was my appendix! But since the pain had went from a 10 to a 2, I decided to skip the hospital (no insurance) and see if that was the worst of it.

      For about 3-5 days after that I took asprin and tried not to bend over too much. But I could still feel twinges in my right ovary area (Im not sure how to describe them – like someone poking me with fork on the inside and sometimes I’d feel “hotness” in my ovary for a second or two)
      And that pain still continued for a few months actually. Then all of the sudden it went away so Im not completely sure if it was a cyst or what? I have PCOS

      But I dont have the pain anymore so that’s what Im guessing happened. A cyst burst and the fluid was trapped around my uterus or whatever, making small pains for a few months afterwards. The pain won’t completely go away until the fluid is absorbed, is what I’ve read..

      Just wanted to tell you in detail what happened to me too!

  36. QUESTION:
    Can I take vicodin and codeine together?
    I have PCOS and this morning I had an ovarian cyst burst. The pain is outrageous, and an hour ago I took 2000mg of vicodin. Would it hurt to take some codeine now? I’m trying to work and the pain is just unbearable. Please help.

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    Did I have a cyst that burst?
    A few months ago I had a small functional ovarian cyst detected on ultrasound when I went to the ER because I was miscarrying. They said basically not to worry about it. For a couple of months everything was fine, and since my period started this month (2 weeks ago) I had a jabbing, pinching pain in my right side so I figured I had another cyst. The pain went away for a day or two, and then on Saturday I had severe cramping (like period cramping) and nausea (for an hour or so & then went away) as well as low back cramps, and went I went to the bathroom I had some clear discharge tinged pink. Yesterday (Sunday) I cramped very mildly off and on, and today I felt back to normal. Yesterday morning I also got a peak reading on my fertility monitor meaning I either ovulated or was about to (trying to concieve our 2nd child). Did I have a cyst burst, or was that just a painful ovulation? If it was a cyst, can I still get pregnant? Anyone have a cyst burst that felt like what I described?

    • ANSWER:
      when you ovulate it actually is a very small cyst that burst and releases the ovum.you probably ovulated

  38. QUESTION:
    ovarian cysts that burst and then regrow cure?
    it has been going on for 6 years. have been in and out of hospital and the doctors say there is nothing they can do because of my age (19) i have tried lots of pain killers, anti inflammatory tablets, the contraceptive pill. i don’t know what to do. anyone know of a cure or got the same problem. thanks
    -I am still on the contraceptive pill, been on it for 4 years

    • ANSWER:
      How long did you take contraceptive pills for? They generally keep cysts from growing. They might not have an effect after a month, but after several months they may work. If you didn’t try them for 3 months in a row, then I’d give that a try.

  39. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst causing such pain??
    I posted on here a few days ago, had lower right hand abdominal pain. Ended up going to hospital on Wednesday, got an ultrasound and i have a 3.5cm cyst on on left ovary, that’s the only thing that they could see causing the pain, even though its on my right side??. Nothing on my right side as i am missing my ovary. Pain has come back now strong as ever. They told me if it came back to go to the hospital but what can they do about this??. Should I go back or should I wait it out, seems a bit of a small issue to go to the ER about??, but I have strong pain??. What happens if the Cysts burst??.
    Thanks i cannot get to see my Dr for a week and wondered if going to the ER was a bit silly but this is BAD pain and they only think its the cyst causing this – who knows??. I’ll see how I am by the end of tofay and if not go down there.

    • ANSWER:
      i had the SAME exact problem a few years ago. for 4 months straight i had SEVERE stomach problems, but it came once a month and each i HAD to go to the ER. at first the doctors couldnt figure out what it was…but they finally discovered i had a cyst. i went to gyno…and she put me on birth control. and ever since ive been on the medicine, i havent had a problem. so you may want to see your gyno and tell her whats going on.

  40. QUESTION:
    Can a Ovarian cyst a delay your period?
    I was due to get period over a week ago and Sunday morning (during an activty) I had a cyst burst, it was terrible pain but since ive had these before I felt there was need need to go to ER. they couldnr have done anything but give me something for the pain. I took some painkillers at home a got in bed. when i got up later I felt sore but much better. but still I have not gotten my period?
    Im usully pretty regular and I been tring to get pregnant for a few years now with no luck. I have had all kinds of fertility testing but deciced a month or two back I was no longer going to try. I have a six year old son.

    • ANSWER:
      Stress and the cysts may be affecting your periods..I would go the doctor to make sure that they have not grown and thats the reason your not having your period on time..They can get very big in size and cause much more trouble than a missed period,so I would go get it checked out.

  41. QUESTION:
    my period was 4 days late can I still be pregnant?
    I wasn’t on birth control for a month and a half. My last reg. period was on March 31 and ended April 4th. I spotted on April 11 and 12. I didn’t start my next period until May 4. I usually have a 28-29 day cycle. I took a hpt on April 31 and it was negative. My period was really weird. It was really heavy and kinda chunky (sorry for tmi). But I also had an ovarian cyst burst a week and a half before. I’m moody and my breasts feel funny I’ve had slight cramping but nothing like pms symptoms. We were trying to get pregnant and decided against it. If we are now, its not bad. We’ll work thru it. My husband is just being deployed in July. :( please help.

    • ANSWER:
      LOL. YOUR BREAST CAN SWELL UP AND GET SORE WHILE NOT ON PERIOD OR PREGNAT. YES YOU COULD BE BUT SOEM PILLS WILL MESSUP OF YOUR CYCLES HORRIBLY. I WAS 41/2 MONTHS PREGNANT WITH MY SON OLDEST ONE. BEFORE MY PERIOD EVEN STOPPED IT WAS CRAZY. PLUS GOING THROUGH MORNING SICKNESS SO YOU NEVER KNOW. THEY WAS TREATING ME FOR SUN POISONING. SO BECAREFUL MAKE SURE GET SECOND OPIONS FROM DR.S. TOO.I WILL PRAY FOR YOUR HUBBY . MY SON GETTING DEPLOYED TO IRAQUI END OF JULY AFTER THE BIRTH OF HIS DAUGHTER. SO GL.

  42. QUESTION:
    ovulation with ovarian cysts! BURSTING HEEEEEEEEELP!!!!!!?!?!?
    i know i have ovarian cysts and i usually can feel when they break and its just a bit of pain. me and my fiance are TTC and around the time i was ovulating i felt my cysts break, is that a good sign or bad one?! usually i dont feel them breaking around the time i ovulate so i’m just wondering if this good be a good sign if we are TTC this month….help?!?!

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    If a cyst is present, can it be burst by sexual activity?
    There’s a possibility that I may have a burst ovarian or other reproductive cyst, but can that be caused by sexual activity?

    • ANSWER:
      Usually, the “bursting” (if it occurs) doesn’t occur because of intercourse. That being said, particularly active sex can most definitely irritate your ovaries and make you feel worse.

      John Jones, MD

  44. QUESTION:
    I have an IUD, and I haven’t had a period since April of this year, but now Im spotting?
    I had my IUD (Mirena) inserted in December of 08…I had periods up until late March/early April. Now Im spotting…this is the second day of this. I also experienced some cramp like pains in the past week…could this be a small period?

    I’m only concerned because I have read that IUD’s can increase chances of having ovarian cysts and tubal pregnancies.

    I’ve taken pregnancy tests and they all come up negative, so Im concerned with Ovarian cysts bursting causing the pains that I have felt and Im wondering if they are just menstrual cramps.

    • ANSWER:
      Okay, the first step in dismantling an IED is to…oh…wait…you said and IUD. Sorry, my bad. One of my Iraq flashbacks.

  45. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst…?
    I am 23yrs old, I was recently told that I have a “ruptured cyst” on my right ovary, I am not on birth control. My gyno suggested I start a progesterin only birth control to reduce ovulation b/c apparently I could risk getting a cyst each month- in any event, I have yet to start the birth control b/c I was not told much about it and it could have many side effects. I was told to ‘rest and take it easy’ to reduce the risk of the cyst bursting in my abdomen. I guess I am just looking for more information about this ‘ruptured cyst’ business, I am still getting cramping now and then, what can I expect and any advice/guidance? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I have polycystic ovary syndrome. At one stage I had 32 cysts in my right ovary and 16 in my left. I was in a lot of pain. Very sharp burning pain when they became infected. The best solution was to go on the pill you mentioned and skip as many periods as possible. Everytime I had a period the cysts became more inflammed, skipping them gave them the chance to settle down. I had my appendix out last year and the doctor checked out my right ovary while I was under and it was clear of cysts. My doctors instructions have helped me alot and I have settled down the problem. It is genetic so it is not something you can get rid of but just learn to deal with. The danger is that if you allow them to become more and more irritated and they burst… then it can cause burning and scarring and possibly endometriosis. This can cause difficulties in getting pregnant down the track. However if you stick with the pill and skipping periods ( I have one for 5 days every four months), then you can manage the problem and should not have great difficulty with getting pregnant down the track. Good exercise and diet will help too because those tendant to get cysts are also tendant towards insulan resistance and eventual diebetes so just look after yourself. I hope this has been helpful.

  46. QUESTION:
    should I go to ER, ovarian cyst causing pain, pls help!?
    I was diagnosed a month ago with a 3cm ovarian cyst, right side. For 2 yrs prior my period was totally screwed up. And I was spotting for an entire year with no real period. Gyno put me on meds to start my period and said we would try treating it with bc. I’m 3 weeks into my first pack and I hurt more and more each day.
    gyno put me on 800mg ibuprofen, which did absolutelt nothing, and upped it to naproxen and darvocet. About 2 weeks ago I ran out of meds and asked for a refill on darvocet. I was taking it as prescribed at 1 every 4 to 6 hrs and was still in pain. The head nurse told me 30 pills should last 30 days. When I pointed out this was one a day she said “well if it’s something that bad then you should fix the problem instead of covering it up.” wtf does that mean? I was also taking a moderate pain killer and was still in pain. If it hurts that badly should I go to the ER?
    now I’ve been spotting consistently for a week. I called gyno thur and I have an apt mon. But I’m in a LOT of pain and I feel like she isn’t giving me the help I need. Should I wait til mon? I have no insurance and have to pay all out of pocket.
    I’ve also had a slight fever the past few days that won’t break and I feel kinda sickish but no other symptoms of illness. Could my cyst have burst?
    I work 7 days a week at 2 very physical jobs and can’t afford to take time off. In fact I have to be at work setting up 600 chairs in 3 hrs. I have no more pain meds and it huuurrrrts! And I’m just laying in bed!
    what should I do? ER or wait?

    • ANSWER:
      If your cyst burst you would definitely know! I didn’t even know I had ovarian cysts and one day while eating dinner within 2 seconds I was grabbing my stomach and lying on the ground in pain, unable to walk get up or speak. I had no idea what happened! After about 20 minutes of lying on the ground I finally made it to a phone to be taken to the ER, which I found out I had a cyst that burst. If you don’t have insurance I would wait until your appointment unless your temperature reaches 102 or above. Best of luck!

  47. QUESTION:
    How do you know if your ovary has twisted (with a popped ovarian cyst)?
    I know that sometimes if an ovarian cyst pops, it can twist your ovary, which is really bad. I also know it causes extreme amounts of pain. I was just wondering: does the pain only lasts a few minutes then goes away, or is it a continuous pain? I had an extreme amount of pain where my cyst is, but after about 5 minutes, it went away…it might have just burst, but I’m not too sure. Does anyone think my ovary has actually twisted? Or did my cyst just burst?

    • ANSWER:
      it could just be twisting further if the pain went away some. If your cyst popped, you would be in a lot of consistent, long lasting pain, that would make sitting up very very uncomfortable. Make sure they do laprascopic surgery on it before it gets too big…mine got to be 6 pounds & I have an 11 inch ugly scar from it! =(

  48. QUESTION:
    Appendicitis, Ectopic Pregnancy or Ovarian Cysts?
    I’m going to start from the beginning with this one as it confuses me never mind anyone else! It is quite a few questions really! I’ll understand if you can’t be bothered to read it all – I’m just stressing a bit!

    My period was due 6 days ago but the day before I was in agony – I had a stitch like pain all over my abdomen (from under my breasts to the top of my legs). It was a constant pain for about 24 hours then it started to ease off. During this 24 hours I called my doctor and made an appointment. I got one for the next day.

    When I went in the next day the pain had subsided but it was still pretty painful so the doctor examined me. She prodded around in my stomach and it really hurt when she pressed down on my lower right abdomen. She thought it could be appendicitis or ectopic pregnancy. She did a pregnancy test and that came back negative so she sent me to hospital.

    I arrived at the hospital and after the usual 2 and half hour wait I was seen by a surgeon who said because the pain had subsided he thought he may have been an ovarian cyst that burst causing the pain and now my body was reabsorbing the fluid. Which makes sense.

    But I’m still worried. My period still hasn’t turned up and I’m still waiting for the doctor’s to ring to arrange a scan (to check for more ovarian cysts), I’m also still in agony (not as bad as when it started but it still bloody hurts). I’m taking four lots of paracetamol a day (my limit) and it doesn’t touch the pain! It’s always there!

    Also, my friend just found out she was 12 weeks pregnant and she’s been getting false negatives for 8 weeks of that pregnancy. She got our other friend to do a pregnancy test (she’s 8 months pregnant) and (to her shock) that also came back negative. I’ve also had the following syptoms;
    No period pain – or period – just the weird stitch like pain
    Nausea – constantly
    Dizzy Spells
    Enhanced Smell – I can smell stuff better than anyone around me – been told it’s a sign of pregnancy
    Tired all the time! I’m sleeping almost 12 hours a night and I’m still knackered!
    Crying/Emotional for no reason
    Constipation – I haven’t been since before period was due
    Covered in spots – usually spot free
    Headaches – think this is because I’m so tired
    Backache – but I do suffer from this sometimes anyway
    Sore/Tender Breasts – somedays my nipples are so sore I can’t touch them
    Dreams of pregnancy – I think this is because I’m hoping I am
    Craving sweet things – I’m a savoury kinda girl!

    So my questions are;
    I’ve heard that ovarian cysts can effect you fertility. Is this correct?
    The test at the doctors was negative but could I still be pregnant?
    If I am pregnant could it be ectopic? Is this why I’m in pain?
    I’m taking a lot of paracetamol should I cut down until I have a positive or negative pregnancy result?
    Will the scan show up the pregnancy? They’ll be looking for ovarian cysts not preganancy.
    I’m taking folic acid everyday (have been since we started trying) could this be what’s causing the pain?

    I guess I just want some reassurance really. My partner and I have been trying for a baby but we’ve said when it happens it happens. I know stressing about it won’t help either!

    Anyone got any advice to calm my nerves before I get the results of my scan? I’m calling the doctor today to try and sort out my appointment. I think I’m also going to do a home pregnancy test – probably tomorrow morning – to put my mind at ease!

    Thanks in advance!
    I’m going to phone the doctor’s later and find out if I can have a blood test to check. But until then I’ll pop to the chemist and get a home pregnancy test to double check in the morning!

    My friend (who is 12 weeks) said her blood test came back that she had something wrong with one of her hormone’s but wasn’t pregnant – then she found out she was. Is that possible??

    • ANSWER:
      Q.1 Yes, ovarian cysts can affect fertilty, they produce a lot of hormones found in pregnancy, but obviously not hcg, which a hpt looks for.

      Q.2 Yes, you could still be pregnant. Hcg levels do not increase the same way in an ectopic pregnancy as in a normal pregnancy. When i had my ectopic i went between faint positives and negatives all the time. The doctor needs to do a Beta hcg reading from a blood test to detect hcg in an ectopic. they will rise and fall and that should be monitired as part of diagnosis.

      Q.3 Yes, you have a lot of symptoms of ectopic pregnancy. My pain came and went, it wasnt constant, and that’s how mine was missed. I didnt tick the correct symptom boxes. It was my blood levels gave it away. However, you havent had a positive hpt at all have you? Only a blood test will tell.

      Q.4 Consult your GP. you should be fine with paracetamal, but if you are in that much pain, you need to be re-seen.

      Q.5 No, an ectopic pregnancy will not show up in a scan unless it is being specifically searche for. even then it can be missed. Ectopic means ouside of the womb. When a scan is done when a woman is known to be pregnant and has these symptoms it is used to detect a faltering pregnancy inside the womb. It rules it out, it dosent detect it. If the pregnancy is located in a fallopian tube or beside the ovary it is very difficult to spot. Remember this isnt, never was and is never going to be a baby. It’s a mass of cells and may present itself as a small bulge in the tube, or not be detectable at all. An ovarian cyst can be detected this way, but then they are very very common in early pregnancy anyway, as that particular ovary has all the work to do producing the hormones your body needs to maintain a healthy pregnancy.

      A healthy pregnancy at this stage will show up in the scan, but if your urine hcg level is reading as negative then it isnt likely to be seen. An egg sac can be seen anywhere between 4 and 5 weeks. It may just appear as a black circle in the womb lining, so they wont confirm pregnancy but can let you know pregnancy is likely.

      Q.6 No, folic acid would not be affecting you like this, it is naturally found in many many food stuffs..

      What you have described above, arriving at the hospital and then the pain subsiding happened to me. It was an ectopic pregnancy. It wasnt detected until 6 weeks and 3 days. Which is really far on, i’m a very very lucky girl. you need to get your bloods monitored, this is the best way to detect. In my opinion you need to get a second opinion or do something today. Ectopic pregnancy is a life threatening condition. If you think you have one you need checked out. Urgently. Have any beta hcg’s been done?

      Edit: If you have had beta hcg done and it read negative this couldnt possibly be an ectopic. you will ALWAYS get a positive blood result. If you havent had one done, just ask.

      Edit: your friend at 12 weeks? Yeah, i guess so. no lab is infallable. they could have read her other bloods as increased progesterone etc but misread her hcg levels. They go into different blood vials and are seen by different technicians, the results are loaded at different times on to a computer and then can be read by the hospital. My hcg results were always back in about 2 hrs. Other hormones were a few days. Mistakes can happen. If she is 12 weeks she will be having her first scan etc and all must be well.

      .

  49. QUESTION:
    Help with Ovarian Cysts?
    About a year ago I had a horrible pain in my lower sides and my mom took me to the doctors and they sent me for a sonogram and they said that most likely I had an ovarian cyst that burst. They really didn’t tell me much otherwise on them coming back or how it could affect me. I’ve had the pain once since then, but didn’t go to the doctors. How can the cysts affect my life? It’s always painful for tampons or anything to enter my vagina but I’m not sure if it’s because of the cysts. Any personal experience with them? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    Female Health Issues: 26 yy with these problems?…?
    I don’t really understand all of this, but on top of these problems I was recently diagnosed with diverticulosis (diverticulitis flare up caused the concerns for diagnosis). I am 26, have had one child four years ago, smoke cigarettes(I know it’s no good so don’t dwell on this issue for I will not pay attention to your response because it has nothing to do with these problems.. Dr.s words), but for the most part don’t know much about family medical history.
    As for discovery of cyst: Sun. 5:30pm a severe lower middle abdominal pain stopped me in my tracks. Held my lower stomach and couldn’t move without more pain. Coughing, sneezing, or laughter caused the pain to worsen. I reclined myself slightly to calm myself (I felt as though I were to pass out due to the pain) which seemed to help a little. Took two 800mg Motrin when home then took a xanax to go to sleep. Took another xanax after I couldn’t sleep for two hours, due to pain worsening during movement which caused me to stay awake. Finally fell asleep at 2am but woke still to any movement.
    Next morning couldn’t take the pain anymore and resulted in a visit to ER: CT scan and blood work issued.
    Results: Quack said an ovarian cyst burst. Had cysts on ovaries and needed to follow up with OB doc.
    I did. OB said: You have an ovarian cyst on left ovary 4.5 cm, and a fluid blockage in right fallopian tube, but does not indicate a cyst burst. Then proceeded with pelvic exam. I had extreme pain when OB pressed directly upward (towards belly) and said this indicates a uteran infection. What??? How does this happen? Are any of the other issues related to these symptoms? He issued an ultrasound following ten days of antibiotics (IOW: watchful waiting). My white blood cell count was 1500 at the ER, but the doc didn’t prescribe me antibiotics… My GYNO did. The ER doc disregarded me almost entirely and gave me a diagnosis without adding it in the write-up. The discharge papers he gave me was info on smoking, diverticulitis, and ovarian cyst bursts.I do know however that my grandmother had a full hysterectomy around mid-twenties and my mother had a partial at mid-thirties. She couldn’t tell me any disease that they had, only that they had to have it done. My gastroentroligist is concerned because I am too young to have these issues. Is there a disease or something that can be related to these issues? All of my issues are in my lower abdomen and the diverticula and cyst are resided to the left side of lower abdomen. However, my right fallopian tube is fluid blocked?…And I have an infection in my uterus?… Please, anyone with knowledge or experience please give me some kind of info on these rapidly arising problems. Thank you much!

    • ANSWER:
      I’m just going to be honest with you… no one on Y!A can accurately answer your question. If you have any second guesses about a doctors diagnosis, go get a second and third opinion.


Burst Ovarian Cyst Symptoms

To begin with, ovarian cysts do not provide any direct symptom through which one may diagnose the disease condition. Say, for example, a stomach infection will manifest itself with abdominal pain and loose motion or a gastrointestinal acid reflux will produce severe heartburn. But a woman having ovarian cysts will develop no such express symptoms to indicate that her ovaries are affected by cysts. Routine abdominal exam or an ultrasound exam, performed for some other ailment may help detect cysts in the ovary. However, there are plenty of latent symptoms that often point towards affirmative ovarian cysts.

Some prominent symptoms of ovarian cyst

Some of the outstanding symptoms are pain in the abdomen or in the lower pelvic region – this pain is abrupt, beginning and ending all of a sudden, and this can also be severe, sudden and sharp, irregular and untimely menstrual periods; a feeling of fullness in the lower pelvic region and abdominal area. Ovarian cysts symptoms also comprise of pain for a long time around her pelvic girdle during menstrual period (usually felt at the lower back); pelvis pain after having sex or straining such as in exercise; pain or pressure while passing bowel; a feeling of nausea or vomiting tendency; vaginal uneasiness or blood spots in the vagina; painful sexual union, tenderness in the breast, problems in passing urine; frequent urination due to cystic pressure on the bladder and weight gain.

It may however, be kept in mind those symptoms of ovarian cysts that have been mentioned here are actually generic. They can be also present due to some other disease such as pelvic inflammatory ailments, endometriosis and ectopic pregnancy.

Symptoms relating to more complex cases

In some cases the ovarian cyst can take a turn for the worse and in such cases the symptoms can also be different such as light-headedness or dizziness, abdominal pain that cannot be accounted for, fever, shortness in breathing or rapid breathing, general debility or exhaustion. If any or a few of such problems are present in the person for long, it may be time to see a specialist or getting the matter diagnosed through ultrasound or laparoscopy.

Complications

If the size of the cyst is quite large, then it may cause discomfort in the abdomen. For example, it will end up pressing the bladder and as a result, the person will need to urinate often as the ability of the bladder to hold urine becomes restricted. In some cases however the symptoms may not be there – particularly when the cyst is of an uncommon kind. But even if that is the case, the doctor should be able to find it out with a simple inspection of the pelvic region. Some people get cysts after menopause – this might mean cancerous – so take note. Thus, it is a good idea to get a pelvic inspection regularly. And do watch out for these symptoms.

Here’s some caution

Understanding the symptoms is fine – but do not depend solely on them. Because as mentioned above, in some cases, there may not be any symptoms at all. Often the symptoms get misdiagnosed too as something else, such as ovarian cancer, inflammatory pelvic disease, ectopic pregnancy or even endometriosis. Appendicitis and diverticulitis can also show similar symptoms. But this does not mean that you should not be in the lookout for the symptoms of ovarian cyst as this is fairly common among females. Understanding the symptoms is the first step in diagnosing the condition and also understanding how serious it is. If there is associated fever, a sudden abnormal pain in the pelvic region or vomiting, then it can be a serious case.

Holistic approach and ovarian cysts symptoms

Holistic remedies have become quite popular in recent years, and this is the case for many diseases. Ovarian cysts can also be treated 00004000 using holistic remedies. But such remedies are nothing new as holism has been a concept that has been around for centuries. Its only recently however that holistic remedies have found a place in mainstream medical science. This approach is indeed very effective in ovarian cysts – but it also allows a person to become healthy mentally, physically and helps her attain peace too. The holistic system is not merely a way of treatment – it is an approach of treatment and its application. So with an early diagnosis, ovarian cysts can be wonderfully cured with this approach.

‘Healthy Mind in a Healthy body’ – this is the approach of holistic remedies. This approach prevents occurring of ovarian cysts in keeping the person healthy in both body and mind. Contemporary medical science has admitted the significance of strong mental force in curing difficult disease conditions, appreciating the influence of yoga and holistic approach in treating such cases. In fact, holistic approach can help prevent the occurrence of the ovarian cyst, and in case they appear, then they can be cured. Often the holistic approach’s first step is to regulate the diet. A balanced and wholesome diet is very important here to maintain good health because it enhances the power of resistance in the person. A balance diet according to holistic remedies includes proteins, fruits, leafy vegetables and minerals. All those foods that is rich in fat need to be avoided. It is also best to avoid excess carbohydrates. Ovarian cysts cannot cause problems if the body and the surroundings are cleaned and maintained.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    how long does the pain last from a burst ovarian cyst?
    I had a dull side ache for about a week and then it got really bad last night. This morning when I woke up the pain was almost completely gone but as the day has wore on I’ve gotten a bit of a dull ache back. Does this sound consistent with a burst ovarian cyst? If it does, how long is this dull pain going to last? I don’t have any other symptoms. No fever, nausea, vomiting, etc etc

    • ANSWER:
      I have had 5 surgeries for cysts. 2 of them ruptured. The pain was unbearable. I had to have emergency surgery. You can have small ones that rupture (most women have cysts in their lifetime). I would not think that you would still have pain though. See your doc and get an ultrasound. That’s the best way to tell. I didn’t have fever, nausea or anything else either. The ones I had that ruptured were really big though.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a cyst to burst, and if so, what are the symptoms? How dangerous is this?
    I have a ovarian cyst the size of a grapefruit, but cannot receive surgery just yet due to blood complications. For the past few days, I have had hot flashes and chills, have felt very nauseated, nd whenever I eat anything, it goes right through me. Are these possible symptoms that the cyst has burst? thank you guys for your time

    • ANSWER:
      I had an ovarian cyst about that size when I was 16.
      I went through a time of “just not feeling well”. I woke up one morning with gut wrenching pain. Horrible, horrible pain. I could only curl up in a ball and scream. My Mother drove me to the ER, I was given a shot of Demerol, and later, had an ultrasound done. Turns out I had a cyst that had burst!
      I was scheduled for surgery 5 days later (I had 2 pain attacks in that time) and they removed the cyst, along with my right ovary. Apparently it weighed about 3 lbs.
      It doesn’t sound like yours has burst. The cyst just being there can make you feel unwell.

  3. QUESTION:
    How long will it take to recover from a burst ovarian cyst?
    Today is Monday, and late Thursday night I was experiencing the worst abdominal pain(if I din’t already have my appendix removed would’ve said it was that) and violent vomiting. So after hours of the Er poking, prodding, blood samples and internal ultrasound…they THINK I had an ovarian cyst burst sent me on my way with Lortab and that was that.
    A few years ago I had similar symptoms and had a cyst the size of a grapefruit removed which left about 2 cells remaining on my right ovary. I have no insurance and they told me to make a gyn appt. Four days have passed, since it was the weekend I could not make any appts. Now I am so bloated and in pain I can’t walk straight and am always tired. I realize things take time, but I need some kind of relief as to when am I going to be able to go back to work. There is no way I can function right now since my job is very physical and fast paced. HELP ME PLEASE!
    My friend told me if I had insurance they would not have sent me home! Why am I any differant than any one else ?? That doesn’t seen like that is even a legal thing to do! Aren’t hospital supposed to be not for profit?
    I feel so foolish I call my job every day telling them I need more time. I am about to just say I need the rest of the week off(not that I can afford it) ….what else can I do? Can hardly sleep and the Lortab works but I don’t like the way I feel from it! Too much like vicodine. I can walk around the house slowly but only for short periods of time! This Sux!

    • ANSWER:
      All conventional medical approaches to ovarian cysts are very limited, and treat the symptoms rather than the underlying root cause. What often happens is that the treatment gets rid of the cyst, but then it comes back again – just like in your case.
      Have you considered the natural approach? If you take a holistic approach to treating what really is a profound internal, metabolic and hormonal problem, you are much more likely to get results.

      If you’re interested in getting more information, there’s a good website below. Good luck, and hope this helps.

  4. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst – Symptoms? ?
    About four months ago, I began to experience period irregularities accompanied with this dull ache in my lower abdomen, and when pressure was applied it hurt horribly. The pain got worse and worse and then finally it was like something blew up! My mother, who is a nurse and has suffered from polycystic ovaries her entire life, felt of my right ovary and told me I had a cyst there that probably burst. Indeed it had. The pIain went away and everything went back to normal.

    About four days ago, I began to experience lower back pain as well as localized pain over my right ovary again. I have missed my period so far this month, but I am NOT sexually active, so I know I CAN’T be pregnant. Well, I felt of the area around where the ovary is, and I could feel a large lump that hurt especially bad when pressure was applied. My mother confirmed that there was somethig about the size of a large egg on my right ovary, while my left one is fine. I walk around with my ride side feeling tense and heavy.

    My question is, is it normal to have horrible back pain, period misses, and mild nausea with an ovarian cyst? My last one was quite similar, but it was much smaller and it ruptured. And what other symptoms should I look for? And can a lot of stress only help a cyst to form? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Here is some info on ovarian cysts. I hope this helps with some of your questions.

      Paste from website listed below:

      Many ovarian cysts don’t cause symptoms. Others can cause:

      * pressure, swelling, or pain in the abdomen
      * pelvic pain
      * dull ache in the lower back and thighs
      * problems passing urine completely
      * pain during sex
      * weight gain
      * pain during your period
      * abnormal bleeding
      * nausea or vomiting
      * breast tenderness

  5. QUESTION:
    I suspect that I burst an ovarian cyst. Should I go to emergency?
    I discovered a month ago that I have a large cyst (almost 2 inches in diameter) on one of my ovaries. I had sexual intercourse a couple days ago for the first time in a month. I know that bleeding is one symptom of a burst cyst. My family doctor isn’t available to see me until after thanksgiving. Should I go to emergency tonight to see a gynecologist? I’ve heard that burst cysts are big trouble. Also, should I refrain from having intercourse until I have this all figured out?

    It’s possible that the bleeding was caused by my hymen breaking — I’ve only had intercourse about 10 times before, and I’ve never bled during the act. I heard that sometimes it can take a while for the hymen to break.

    Thanks for your input.

    • ANSWER:
      If there is tenderness at the entry of your vagina, I’d lean toward the hymen theory. That being said however, I’d imagine that if you’ve had repeated acts of intercourse — regardless of whether or not you’ve bled in the past — your hymen has probably long since broken.

      The bleeding might be related to the cyst, but it might actually be caused by hormone fluctuations rather than the cyst rupturing. If it ruptured, you’d be in a considerable amount of pain; if you’re not, it may just be irregular menstrual bleeding.

      If it would make you feel better to go to the ER or urgent care, then by all means, go.

      I’d also recommend that you find a different doctor. A doctor that can’t see you for 2 full months is far too over-booked to be bothered with you. Your condition COULD cause you problems and you want a doctor that is attentive to your needs…even if it means squeezing you in on an urgent basis (which then CAN do … IF they want to).

  6. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst burst and regrew?
    I recently had an ovarian cyst that caused me an intense amount of pain, causing me to spend about 4 days in bed trying not to throw up. When I finally got an ultrasound done, it was small enough to cause the technician to believe that it had burst, and that was what was causing my pain. She sent me to the GYN to be sure. During the pelvic exam the GYN said that it had re-grown and that I needed to come back for another ultrasound.

    I now have the same kind of pain on the other side (a stabbing occasionally and a lot of pain when it is pressed), and I am beginning to feel the symptoms that came with the first cyst bursting.

    I have never had ovarian cysts before. What is causing this sudden onset of them? And is it normal for a cyst to burst and re-grow like that?

    • ANSWER:
      The cysts are part of your ovulation cycle. It is normal for them to burst and re-grow (I’ve had this happen).

      For me, they came, I had them on and off for a while and eventually they stopped. Can’t explain why.

  7. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst has burst and when to seek medical attention?
    I have PCOS (poly cystic Ovarian Syndrome). I keep it under control with BCP. I had a cyst burst about 7 years ago, I went to the Dr at the time because the pain when it burst, well scared me, lol. I felt fine afterwords, no nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure, nada. I woke up last night and to the same pain. Sharp, sudden acute pain that lasted about 10 seconds. Woke me up from the dead of sleep, not very please with that. It’s a little tender this morning, but otherwise, again, I feel fine. I know my OB and all he will say is everything is fine. Unless I come down with other symptoms, should I even bother going in? I understand the risks of having a cyst rupture, but I have no other symptoms and it ruptured about 5 hours ago. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      ok if that cyst ruptured u need to be in the ER right away that is something you should not play with that cyst fluid carries poison so Please Go AND SEE A DR. ASAP

  8. QUESTION:
    if u have a ovarian cyst that burst that was detected on an ultra sound…cn there be more that were not seen?
    i went for an ultra sound to see wat was wrong and they said that i had an ovarian cyst that burst and i though that if it burst already then the symptoms would be gone but they are not.is it possible that there are smaller ones that were unseen on the ultrasound?also, if do have more would it be appropriate for me to go see a g.y.n? i really need to know soon cuz the symptoms are only getting worse every day so plz help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I have cysts and they come and go. You may have smaller ones. If you see a doc. they will not do anything about them. They told me that they will go away by themselves. But more than likely you will keep getting them like I do. But they will burst and come back. But If it make you feel more comfortable to see a doc then I would. Good Luck!!!

  9. QUESTION:
    Please help – Is it dangerous to have an ovarian cyst burst?
    My doctor was able to confirm that I had one burst not too long ago as they saw fluid around my ovary in a sonogram. Due to some of my persistent symptoms over the last couple of years, I’ve probably been having these cysts on/off. They’ve not really caused a lot of problems, except twice in the last 3 years, I had horrifically painful experiences that I’m thinking were due to cysts bursting. Horrible abdominal pain that had me in a fetal position on the floor, sweating, nausea, just downright hell. First time I went to the ER not knowing what it was – they couldn’t find anything at all. I even went for a sonogram a few weeks later to check for cysts and nothing was found then either.

    But now I’m wondering – if I should get that pain again, should I go back to the ER?? Is it dangerous to have an ovarian cyst burst or is it just unbelievably painful and I shouldn’t worry too much?? Please only answers from people who know what they’re talking about….

    • ANSWER:
      My daughter had this happen and I was with her in the ER. I’ve never heard it’s dangerous, but I’m not your doctor. I do think that it’s linked to endometriosis and you should be treated for that. Find a gyn that knows about these problems and will take your pain seriously.

  10. QUESTION:
    blood filled ovarian cyst burst >10 days ago and still in pain!?
    I have never had an ovarian cyst in my life. I have severe pain and distention in my abdomen, nausea, and pain in my right shoulder/arm. A CT scan confirmed a cyst rupture. My gyn looked at the CT from the ER (I ended up there due to the pain about a week after the symptoms started and thats where the CT was performed) and told me the cyst was filled with blood which is now around my pelvis and in my abdomen. He also told me I have POS due to ultrasound findings. I saw my gyn today and he told me to wait another week to see if my symptoms go away. It has already been over 10 days! Is this normal??? I have never had this problem before and I cant see it getting better in another week. I cant stand up straight sometimes because the pain is so bad. I cant eat because I always feel full. I cant sleep because no position is comforatable. Is it ok to have blood in your abdomen for this long? Again, I’ve never had anything like this before and I dont know how long the pain lasts for before it is a serious problem. Any advise pleasseee!!!

    • ANSWER:

  11. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst, now having new symptoms that’s causing me concern?
    I’m 14, and this is my first cyst. I’ve had it now for about 4 weeks. It was diagnosed at 4.2 cm. At that time, I was just nausiated and having little to mild pain. Now, as the time goes on, the pain gets worse, I’m bloated and don’t have any appetite whatsoever, my bowel movements are painful, and pain medicine such as Naproxen Sodium and Tylenol with Codine aren’t relieving any pain. Just this morning, I was woke up by my stomach. It started to cramp up, so I rolled over, and my mouth started to water like I was going to throw up. I found out that if you swallow the saliva, you won’t throw up, so I did that, and the symptom passed. For awhile. It keeps coming back, and if I didn’t know that trick, I probably would’ve thrown up by now. Now I’m very weak, having pain that nearly spikes an 8 on that hospital pain chart, and I feel like drugging myself to die so I wouldn’t have to go through this. I have a high pain tolerance, but this is just torture.

    My ObGyn wanted me to wait until my first period to start birth control, but mine shouldn’t happen until November. I can’t miss anymore school.
    What should I do? I’m afraid to ask my mom to go to the ER because my aunt is a hypochondriac and anytime I think something’s medically wrong with me, I feel like I’m just complaining like she does. And my mom has work early tomorrow and she needs sleep.
    Is the cyst twisting, or about to burst? Has it already burst? I don’t usually double over in pain, and haven’t yet.
    Please help me. :[

    (Sorry for my spelling mistakes. The spell checker didn’t show up.)
    It’s not appendicitis, and I was diagnosed by a CT Scan with injection and barium. They were looking for appendicitis, but my appendix was fine.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have a fever, and the pain is very severe, you should go to the Emergency Room before your condition worsens. Don’t worry about looking like a hypochondriac, the doctors will be glad that you didn’t take any chances when it came to your health and well-being.

      Best case scenario, this may just be symptoms of PMS. You might be getting your period soon, and that can cause some of the symptoms you’re having.

      If you’re embarrassed about going to the hospital, then call your doctor, and tell him/her what you are experiencing. If the doctor’s office is closed, there is usually a 24 hour answering service.

      Just act now, because if it is serious you are increasing your chances of having fertility problems, becoming very ill, or even death.

      Hope this helped, feel better!

  12. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst bursting during pregnancy??
    I am 5 weeks pregnant, and Ive been in pain for the past 2 weeks and had symptoms of ectopic pregnancy but when i went to the doctor the ultrasound to my relief showed the baby is intra-uterine. What was worrying though was that the ultrasound showed a lot of fluid in the uterus, and the doctor is not sure exactly what it is. Theyre suspecting it might have been a cyst that has burst. Has anyone had a similar thing happen to them, and is it harmful to the baby?? Any idea what this fluid could be other than a burst cyst?? Btw i have a history of endometriosis and have had recurrent cysts.

    • ANSWER:
      Iv never had anything similar in my pregnancy but im sure the doctor would have told you if it was something to worry about. I also had a look on some pregnancy forums and it seems some women have had similar problems and them and there baby is fine. Good luck :)

  13. QUESTION:
    diverticulitis, ovarian cyst, fallopian tube fluid blocked, and uterine infection… any disease related?
    I don’t really understand all of this, but on top of these problems I was recently diagnosed with diverticulosis (diverticulitis flare up caused the concerns for diagnosis). I am 26, have had one child four years ago, smoke cigarettes(I know it’s no good so don’t dwell on this issue for I will not pay attention to your response because it has nothing to do with these problems.. Dr.s words), but for the most part don’t know much about family medical history.
    As for discovery of cyst: Sun. 5:30pm a severe lower middle abdominal pain stopped me in my tracks. Held my lower stomach and couldn’t move without more pain. Coughing, sneezing, or laughter caused the pain to worsen. I reclined myself slightly to calm myself (I felt as though I were to pass out due to the pain) which seemed to help a little. Took two 800mg Motrin when home then took a xanax to go to sleep. Took another xanax after I couldn’t sleep for two hours, due to pain worsening during movement which caused me to stay awake. Finally fell asleep at 2am but woke still to any movement.
    Next morning couldn’t take the pain anymore and resulted in a visit to ER: CT scan and blood work issued.
    Results: Quack said an ovarian cyst burst. Had cysts on ovaries and needed to follow up with OB doc.
    I did. OB said: You have an ovarian cyst on left ovary 4.5 cm, and a fluid blockage in right fallopian tube, but does not indicate a cyst burst. Then proceeded with pelvic exam. I had extreme pain when OB pressed directly upward (towards belly) and said this indicates a uteran infection. What??? How does this happen? Are any of the other issues related to these symptoms? He issued an ultrasound following ten days of antibiotics (IOW: watchful waiting). My white blood cell count was 1500 at the ER, but the doc didn’t prescribe me antibiotics… My GYNO did. The ER doc disregarded me almost entirely and gave me a diagnosis without adding it in the write-up. The discharge papers he gave me was info on smoking, diverticulitis, and ovarian cyst bursts.I do know however that my grandmother had a full hysterectomy around mid-twenties and my mother had a partial at mid-thirties. She couldn’t tell me any disease that they had, only that they had to have it done. My gastroenterologist is concerned because I am too young to have these issues. Is there a disease or something that can be related to these issues? All of my issues are in my lower abdomen and the diverticula and cyst are resided to the left side of lower abdomen. However, my right fallopian tube is fluid blocked?…And I have an infection in my uterus?… Please, anyone with knowledge or experience please give me some kind of info on these rapidly arising problems. Thank you much!
    Other Info: Married in devoted relationship for 6 years.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you sure the ER doctor told you diverticulitis and not endometriosis? You have the classic symptoms of endometriosis which is abdominal pain any where in the abdomen that occurs at any time during the menstrual cycle. Further investigation shows that endometriosis can cause blocked fallopian tubes as well as pelvic inflammatory disease. So it could be that both physicians are both correct, at least partially anyway. The sites below may be helpful. Good luck.

  14. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst while on Birth Control?
    I have been suffering with ovarian cysts for about a year now with irregular periods since my period started. lately, I do not seem to have any periods until the cysts burst which is excruciating. I have been prescribes percocet and birth control pills (combined pill called zovia). I have been on the pill for 3 months now, starting after my last ovarian cyst rupture so it was supposed to be done with. I have been taking the pill regularly at the same time and this week have started having symptoms of a cyst. Now my right ovary is radiating in pain like a cyst is about to rupture.. same feeling I have gotten with every cyst before.
    Has anyone else been on birth control who has this same problem? Did the pills work for you or did you continue to get cysts?

    Anyone have any insight as to why I am still getting cysts if I am supposedly not ovulating? Thanks (ive tried google with no good hits and calling my dr. tomorrow to get an appointment sometime this week)
    I’ve already had bloodwork which he said was alright except my biliruben levels were pretty low. He mentioned PCOS but said he wanted to see if the birth control helped first. He seemed pretty confident that the dose of birth control her gave me would be sufficient in stopping my ovulation. Has anyone had this happen to them before? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hun, I’m so sorry that you having these horrible cysts bursting…how very painful! Sounds to me like you should mention “Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome” (PCOS) to your doctor when you have your appointment! See if he/she will do some blood tests to determine your hormone levels (which they will most likely do anyway when you tell them of these symptoms). Sounds to me like you should be on “Meformin”. Metformin is given to women with PCOS (there are also some other medications similar to Metformin) and helps reduce insulin in the body, which then allows your body to reduce it’s LH, which is the enemy of your folical stimulating hormones that allow you to ovulate each month. This way, you can ovulate as you are supposed to, and should help with the reduction of the cysts and the bursting, and ultimately, and hopefully, get rid of your pain so you no longer have to take pain medication for this purpose.

      However, I am unsure about the use of the birth control pill along with taking the Metformin. But I’m sure there are other forms of birth control that will be fine used in conjunction with the medication.

      Good luck at your doctor’s appointment tomorrow! I hope you are able to find a reason and a solution as soon as possible!

  15. QUESTION:
    should I go to ER, ovarian cyst causing pain, pls help!?
    I was diagnosed a month ago with a 3cm ovarian cyst, right side. For 2 yrs prior my period was totally screwed up. And I was spotting for an entire year with no real period. Gyno put me on meds to start my period and said we would try treating it with bc. I’m 3 weeks into my first pack and I hurt more and more each day.
    gyno put me on 800mg ibuprofen, which did absolutelt nothing, and upped it to naproxen and darvocet. About 2 weeks ago I ran out of meds and asked for a refill on darvocet. I was taking it as prescribed at 1 every 4 to 6 hrs and was still in pain. The head nurse told me 30 pills should last 30 days. When I pointed out this was one a day she said “well if it’s something that bad then you should fix the problem instead of covering it up.” wtf does that mean? I was also taking a moderate pain killer and was still in pain. If it hurts that badly should I go to the ER?
    now I’ve been spotting consistently for a week. I called gyno thur and I have an apt mon. But I’m in a LOT of pain and I feel like she isn’t giving me the help I need. Should I wait til mon? I have no insurance and have to pay all out of pocket.
    I’ve also had a slight fever the past few days that won’t break and I feel kinda sickish but no other symptoms of illness. Could my cyst have burst?
    I work 7 days a week at 2 very physical jobs and can’t afford to take time off. In fact I have to be at work setting up 600 chairs in 3 hrs. I have no more pain meds and it huuurrrrts! And I’m just laying in bed!
    what should I do? ER or wait?

    • ANSWER:
      If your cyst burst you would definitely know! I didn’t even know I had ovarian cysts and one day while eating dinner within 2 seconds I was grabbing my stomach and lying on the ground in pain, unable to walk get up or speak. I had no idea what happened! After about 20 minutes of lying on the ground I finally made it to a phone to be taken to the ER, which I found out I had a cyst that burst. If you don’t have insurance I would wait until your appointment unless your temperature reaches 102 or above. Best of luck!

  16. QUESTION:
    I’m supposed to have surgery to remove an ovarian cyst but…?
    Okay, I had two very large ovarian cysts. My Dr put me on birth control and I had bad side effects…but my largest (6.3 cm) went away/popped. My Dr wanted me to have surgery to remove my other one, which has grown to 6 cm because she was afraid of it flipping.
    She put me on Spironolactone – which is supposed to reduce your water retention…anyway…I got my period today (or I think it is) very early. I started on the 1st and had it for 4 days and just started it now.
    Should I have them check if the cyst burst before they do my surgery on the 30th? I don’t have any pain with this period and I didn’t have symptoms whatsoever. It feels like the last time my cyst burst

    • ANSWER:
      cyst should be checked by ultrasound before surgery – discover all about ovarian cysts – see below

  17. QUESTION:
    Ultrasound for ovarian cyst mistake?
    I’m extremely concerned as far as my health right now. I had an ultrasound about 3 years ago. It was because my ovarian cyst sent me to the hospital because it burst. I had severe abdominal cramps.

    They did an ultrasound to see if I was fine. And told me the cyst had popped and the fluid had leaked into my system.

    3 years later (I’m 20 years old) I’m having symptoms of ovarian cancer. Could the hospital had overlooked something?

    I got a pap smear about a month ago. She felt my ovaries and said they were fine. Could she have missed something? I read that sometimes you can’t feel the cancerous lumps and can only be revealed by ultrasound.

    I’m scared to death because ovarian cancer can happen to any girl at any age.

    Please someone reassure my mind.
    and even if i did have the ovarian cancer wouldn’t it had hurt when she pushed down on my stomach ontop my ovaries? I had a gyno at the STD clinic do that too and I think he said my ovaries were fine. But I don’t know…

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    help about ovarian cyst problem?
    a few months ago i was having sex and started gettin a pain in my lower abdomen and got chills.. minutes later i felt like i had to puke, starting sweating, and the pain became horrible.. this lasted about 30 mins.. we went to the emergency room and all they said was that it was a urinary track infection.. which i get those often so i knew that wasnt what my pain was from. About 3 months later i get the same pain and same symptoms but its worse and lasted a whole lot longer.. the pain is unbearable and all i can do is just lay there and not move or it will worsen. I go to the doctor and they send me to the ER.. they take x rays and tell me they found a small ovarian cyst in my right ovary.. but all my pain was in the left.. all he did was give me a prescription for pain. does that mean im just gonna have to deal with this pain every time it happens? my grandmother told me she had ovarian cysts which would burst and cause the pain im describing and she said it lasted all through her teenager years till she hit menopause, so is that whats happening to me?

    • ANSWER:
      My wife suffered from Ovarian cysts for years. She was looking for info one day about a year ago and found this website with a natural cure on it. She has been sticking to the plan and has had no more pain since. Check it out.

      http://OvarianCystRemoval.net

  19. QUESTION:
    Complex ovarian cyst 4.8 x 3.6 cm, should I worry?
    have been dealing with simple ovarian cysts my entire life (that cause me a lot of pain). I am probably in the ER every 3-4 months with excrutiating abdominal pain (usually the right side). When I go in, they say “it’s probably just a cyst that burst” and send me home. I recently found a doctor that has me do an U/S every 6 months. This last U/S showed a 4.8cm complex cyst which was not there 3 months ago (this is all the paperwork said). The recommendation from whoever read the U/S is that I get another one done in 6 weeks. My doctor seems worried because I was just in the ER 2 weeks ago with unbearable pain, nausea, vomiting, diareah, no appetite, frequent urination (they ruled out that it was my appendix
    Appendectomy
    and sent me home). I’m waiting for my doctor to send an “urgent” referral to a gyn because she thinks I should have it removed due to all the pain and symptoms.
    I still haven’t gotten a call for my referral and am getting nervous thinking about it. My mom had these exact problems when she was younger and had to have a full hystorectomy at a very young age

    • ANSWER:
      Your case sounds typical of complex ovarian cysts. Women who get these sort of cysts once usually are bothered with them again and again. Doctors are very slow to treat at all, despite the pain, and when they do their only options are birth control pills, or surgery. Even with these, the cysts do often just come back again – because they do not treat the underlying cause.

      Have you considered the natural approach? If you take a holistic approach to treating what really is a profound internal, metabolic and hormonal problem, you are much more likely to get results.

      If you’re interested in getting more information, there’s a good site below.

      Hope this helps, and good luck.

  20. QUESTION:
    Stomach Pains or an Ovarian Cyst?
    I have been having pains in my stomach and intestinal area for over a month. The pains usually happen after I eat. The pains feel like my organs are tearing themselves apart. After having many tests, the doctor told me that I have a cyst on my left ovary that had burst causing me to have stomach pains and that I should take prilosect OTC for the pains and in 14 days it will be resolved. They said that the cyst burst when I was dygesting so thats why I have pains when I eat. I don’t think this fits the symptoms that I have. What should I do? ( I dont get pains in my left or right side, just stomach and intestines).

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor doesn’t sound like they know what they’re talking about to me. I’ve had multiple ovarian cysts in the past and while the pain does radiate throughout your abdomen, it is primarily in your mid/lower abdomen and usually worse on one side (where the cyst is). Ovarian cyst pain is not usually affected by what you eat, it has more to do with your cycle.

      And when a cyst ruptures… well, for one, eating food is not going to make your cyst rupture, and two, cyst rupturing is one of the most painful experiences you will ever endure in your life. It feels like someone exploded an M80 in your abdomen, it’s horrifying. You would KNOW if you ruptured a cyst.

      Why would they prescribe an antacid for an ovarian cyst? Cysts are hormonal, they have nothing to do with stomach acid. Prilosec is for heartburn, and will do nothing for a cyst. I really don’t know what is going through your doctor’s head but I would strongly suggest a second opinion on this one. It sounds like your stomach pains are unrelated to anything going on with your reproductive system, and have more to do with your digestive tract (stomach, small intestine, colon, etc.)

      If it was your regular doctor who told you all of this, ask for a referral to a gastroenterologist (a doctor who specializes in the digestive tract). They will be able to give you a much better idea of what’s going on with your stomach and intestines, because it sounds like the doctor you saw was taking shots in the dark.

      Good luck!

  21. QUESTION:
    If I have Ovarian cysts (but not diagnosed with PCOS), will that affect fertility chances?
    I went to my OB and had a sonogram done due to some pain and tenderness – they saw fluid around my right ovary and figured I had burst a cyst. But they did not see any cysts on my ovaries. I also had other symptoms indicative of ovarian cysts over the last few months such as pain during exercise, so I think they have been there for awhile now – coming and going, and possibly bursting. I’ve had two very excrutiating painful experiences over the last 3 years that I think were due to cysts bursting.

    My doctor said that the only thing that will help is birth control pills, but that technically I didn’t need to be on them. I’m wondering though if this will affect my fertility later on? I have one young child already but want at least one more. I’m in the process of going to school and we struggle with day care options as it is with one child, so having two would be very very difficult if not impossible right now — that being said, I had wanted to wait a little while longer to try for another until we could figure out how our jobs/schedules would be like. But now I’m nervous that if I wait TOO long, I will screw up the chance. I’m 28, turning 29 this year. My doctor didn’t seem to be too concerned about fertility risk – maybe because he didn’t diagnose me with PCOS. But should I be concerned??

    • ANSWER:
      I am not a fan of the pill. I have pcos and it took 4 years to have a child, I started younger than you are now. Yes ovarian cysts can cause scarring and block the fallopian tubes. It also indicates that the ovaries aren’t functioning properly to have evidence of cysts.
      Ask your doctor to try metformin instead, because this will actually help you. It will help the cysts stop, and it will help you when you do try to get pregnant. The doc may want to check your A1C level first. I would not suggest waiting as long as you initially planned. I suggest getting a diaphram for birth control, stay away from hormones. Condoms are fine, but expensive

  22. QUESTION:
    Why am i bleeding?? Could it be ovarian cysts bursting?
    I have had bursting cysts in the past, and they hurt like hell but i never bled. I have been cyst free for many months now. My period COMPLETELY stopped about 2 weeks ago, and i know you can still bleed over 7 days but that’s not what this is. I stopped bleeding completely and now for the last 3 days and even after sex once i have been bleeding a little. I have had small twingy pains on my left ovary and also some breast gland pain. I even had cramping down my legs like menstrual cramps one night. I’m almost POSITIVE i’m not pregnant. Could it be the ovarian cysts causing my hormones to whack out and cause these symptoms?
    I have an appt. with a GYN on the 12th. My period was really heavy and clot passing too. Anyone have any idea? Uterine Polyps maybe?

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible that you are just experiencing some breakthru bleeding or that your menstrual cycle might be a little wonky. It’s a good thing that you are going to your gynaecologist soon. Even if your symptoms have disappeared by then you need to mention them to your doctor. Until then, unless the bleeding gets very heavy, you start passing clots or you start to experience pain, stop worrying.

  23. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst Rupture Excessive Sleeping?
    A month ago I started having a dull ache in my pelvic area on the right side the pain was minimal so I didn’t give it much thought but three weeks later the pain increased and I had difficulty walking or trying to sit. So I went to my family doctor and she said it was an ovarian cyst and told me if the pain persisted for a few more days to get an ultrasound done. The pain decreased some after three days so I decided against the ultrasound. Until a week later (nine days ago) I felt like I was being poked in my belly button it was an odd sensation I didn’t think it was related though. The next night I felt like I was being stabbed in my right ovary and the pain went all the way to my back I was shaking, nauseated and I couldn’t walk across my living room without a lot of pain. Even trying to lay down was bad but once I was laying down and still it would calm down until I would move. I also had rectal pain my arm broke out into a rash (I don’t know what was up with that!) That night I slept for almost 15 hours. When I woke up I googled ovarian cyst and I read up on what the symptoms are of a ruptured cyst and it sounded like what I went through so I set up an appointment for the ultrasound for that day and called my doctor ASAP. She said it sounded like it had burst and told me to proceed with the appt and she would let me know the results. While I was getting the ultrasound I felt a shooting pain go up my abdomen. It was a late appt on a Friday so I didn’t get the results until Monday afternoon and they said that I had some gas over my right ovary so they couldn’t see it at all. I only had the pelvic sonagram not the transvaginal. I know this pain was NOT gas! and I have had this pain for 5 weeks. I told my doctor I was still experiencing pain although not as bad as that one night and that I had been sleeping a lot. Also, my lower back and right leg were hurting really bad for several days after that episode. All of last week I fell asleep as soon as I got home from work I have an uncontrolable tiredness and when Friday came around I slept for 14 1/2 hours then the next night I fell asleep at 10pm. I would have slept longer but my sister kept waking me up telling me to do my homework (I go to college once a week after work). I still feel exhausted…my doctor suggested I go to an obgyn but I feel uncomfortable going to one. Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      inflamed kidneys from diabetes? avoid sugar. diabetes causes fatigue.

  24. QUESTION:
    Excessive Sleeping Ovarian Cyst Rupture?
    A month ago I started having a dull ache in my pelvic area on the right side the pain was minimal so I didn’t give it much thought but three weeks later the pain increased and I had difficulty walking or trying to sit. So I went to my family doctor and she said it was an ovarian cyst and told me if the pain persisted for a few more days to get an ultrasound done. The pain decreased some after three days so I decided against the ultrasound. Until a week later (nine days ago) I felt like I was being poked in my belly button it was an odd sensation I didn’t think it was related though. The next night I felt like I was being stabbed in my right ovary and the pain went all the way to my back I was shaking, nauseated and I couldn’t walk across my living room without a lot of pain. Even trying to lay down was bad but once I was laying down and still it would calm down until I would move. I also had rectal pain my arm broke out into a rash (I don’t know what was up with that!) That night I slept for almost 15 hours. When I woke up I googled ovarian cyst and I read up on what the symptoms are of a ruptured cyst and it sounded like what I went through so I set up an appointment for the ultrasound for that day and called my doctor ASAP. She said it sounded like it had burst and told me to proceed with the appt and she would let me know the results. While I was getting the ultrasound I felt a shooting pain go up my abdomen. It was a late appt on a Friday so I didn’t get the results until Monday afternoon and they said that I had some gas over my right ovary so they couldn’t see it at all. I only had the pelvic sonagram not the transvaginal. I know this pain was NOT gas! and I have had this pain for 5 weeks. I told my doctor I was still experiencing pain although not as bad as that one night and that I had been sleeping a lot. Also, my lower back and right leg were hurting really bad for several days after that episode. All of last week I fell asleep as soon as I got home from work I have an uncontrolable tiredness and when Friday came around I slept for 14 1/2 hours then the next night I fell asleep at 10pm. I would have slept longer but my sister kept waking me up telling me to do my homework (I go to college once a week after work). I still feel exhausted…my doctor suggested I go to an obgyn but I feel uncomfortable going to one. Any advice?
    Oh and I’ve had my period for ten years and it has always been consistent never any problems but the last period I had ended three days earlier than normal.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m glad I found your question. I’ve had a side ache, too, with an irregular period the past 2 months, and it might be that. Ugh. About the OBGYN, if you have the insurance and/or money, go. Don’t be shy. They’ve seen it all. I just don’t have the insurance or money, or I would go. Best of luck. I’ll be praying for you.

  25. QUESTION:
    Ladies and doctors I need help about ovarian cyst?
    Well to start off I am 21, healthy, fit and never had any serious medical issues. About 2 years ago I went to the E,R. with bad abdominal pain.First they did a pee test and came up negative and then he did a pap smear and decided to do a cat scan because he thought I had cysts. Well he was right. He came in and told me I had to ovarian cyst, one on my right and the other in my left. He said the right one was bigger and was leaking fluids. They gave me a long shot in my butt and said it was because the fluids form my cyst were giving me a pelvic infection. He also said if the cyst had gotten any bigger they would have to take it out with surgery. He then gave me .oxocodone Well now I still have the same symptoms and haven’t had my period for the past year. Do you think I need surgery. I have bad abdominal pain. nausea and my cyst didn’t burst or get any better. 10 points to best answer.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get surgery hun

      My friend has one on her left ovary and they had to remove it surgically, the danger of the cyst is when you have one and it grows too big it can cause your ovary to twist which can cut off blood flow. If that happens you are in danger of loosing the ovary all together which runs you into an all new set of problems.

      Get the surgery and be done with it. Its just one day and then they send you home to rest for a few weeks. They just make two holes and they heal up in no time.

  26. QUESTION:
    Okay! very serious question about Ovarian Cancer : ( ?
    Alright, for about 2 months now, I’ve been experiencing some major fatigue, not constantly through the day (even though sometimes it feels like it), also gas ( I’ve been diagnosed with IBS before)
    It started off with me think I had an iron deficiency, so I went to the doctors and get some tests done. He ended up doing some tests to check if I can recall, diabetes, Iron, thyroid..I think that was all.
    So, I got my results and my iron was perfect, no diabetes and my thyroid was a little high.
    So, I explain to him that I was also having some cramping, and occasional frequent urination, and a lot of fatigue. So, he gave me another requisitions for I think it was a CBC once over blood test, to check for a lot of problems. Which by the way, if anyone can tell me exactly what they check for with that particular blood test, that’d be great!
    Now, I’m waiting for my results, and I am very anxious! The fact that I have this localized pain on my lower back, where my pelvis is. I mostly only feel this when laying down, and I get a lot of frequent urination.
    I’m sure you can tell by the title, that my concern is Ovarian Cancer, I’m so worried! These symptoms, especially the fatigue, have no gone away in the past 2 months, or a little bit over. This is very concerning to me.
    I’m only 22, and I don’t have any history of Ovarian Cancer in my family, but you never know.
    I did some research online about somethings, and came across Vitamin D deficiency, that kind of caught my eye. They talked a lot of about fatigue, and joint and muscle pains, and that I do have a lot. Right now I’m only taking at most 300 of vitamin d a day while breastfeeding, but I’m ordering a stronger dose of carlson vitamin ddrops with 4,000 IUs a day. I haven’t been getting any sun lately anyways.
    Also, another possible explanation is that I have had many ovarian cysts in the past, and on both sides..from what I can recall. The last time I had an ovarian cyst burst, it hurt like hell! But I don’t remember having an pain or it bothering me prior to it bursting.
    I’ve had ultra sounds done a few times before, and they told me they saw a cyst on my ovaries, and that it wasn’t anything to worry about, because it wasn’t an odd shape. That was a long time ago, since then I’ve had a baby, and I don’t even remember being this tired while I was pregnant.
    So, anyways..I want to know peoples opinions, obviously no one can tell me exactly what is wrong, but advice, and personal experience would be awesome.
    K, I don’t want websites! I can look that up myself! I want personal opinions and advice!
    How dare you call me a hypochondriac?? Do you realize how insulting that is? How would you feel if you went to your doctors with these symptoms and he or she told you, you were crazy? Kiss my ass lady. you’re an idiot!
    I asked for advice, not for you to call me crazy..especially over something that could be as serious as ovarian cancer!
    Also, if ovarian cancer symptoms like you said, are basically like everyday symptoms of a women..Like the symptoms I’m dealing with, then why should I be concerned enough to get these symptoms checked out?
    The fact that you apparently had ovarian cancer, you should be telling people, just to make sure, to get this checked out..not calling someone crazy!
    Plus, I am a women, and I’ve never been this fatigued not tired! in my life, and I know when somethings wrong.
    you’re just an idiot lady, end of story.

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    What does cloudy urine, ovarian cysts, depression, and increased cystic acne symptoms of?
    I have had unprotected sex. I have been tested, and I came back negative. I went to an ER, and because it takes several days for the results to come back they gave me medication (penicillin, metronidazole, and another medication that escapes me). So, I don’t have any STDs. However, on the medication metronidazole, I noticed blood in my feces and urine (as well as cloudiness). I have been diagnosed from another ER with an ovarian cyst, but when I went to an OB/GYN they said they couldn’t see anything. Granted I felt it burst, but apparently there was nothing there. I’ve had acne since I was 10 (I’m 22 now), and it’s always been very moderate. Now, it won’t go away no matter what I use. And I overall am just very sleepy, unhappy, feel ugly and nasty. I have no idea what is wrong, and I don’t really have the funds to seek out alot of medical help. Any clues beyond the obvious go see a doctor? No, I’m not pregnant. I think I’m infertile if anything. I’ve never had 1 positive pregnancy test, blood or urine.

    • ANSWER:
      The short answer? No single thing.

      First of all, look into reduced cost / free clinics near you. If there’s a hospital with residents, they often run a clinic.

      Depression can be helped with medication.

      The other issues will take a little investigating.

      Good luck.

  28. QUESTION:
    Late period: Ovarian cyst or pregnant?
    So my period is more than a month late and I am freaking out. I had sex a few times around the time I was supposed to get my period so now I’m not sure if I’m pregnant. I read somewhere that ovarian cysts can cause a late period and I have had ovarian cysts in the past( one time one had burst and it was the worst pain I have ever experienced). Some of the symptoms I have now are similar to the ones I’ve experienced back then, but they also mirror pregnancy symptoms. I’ve taken 3 pregnancy tests and they all came back negative, but I read that sometimes there’s not enough hormone for the test to detect causing a false negative. I can’t go to the doctor right now so I was just wanting to get some opinions from people in similar situations to see what the outcome was for them. Thanks in advanced!

    • ANSWER:
      The only way you will know for sure which it is is to go to either a doctor or a women’s health clinic.

  29. QUESTION:
    ovarian cancer symptoms please help.. what should i do?
    in oct of 06 i had emergency surgery on a cyst that burst.It was so bad that i had blood all inside me. im only 22 years of age. i know that they ran some tests and they said that i didnt have cancer. However,i dont have med insurance and im not working(at home taking care of my mom n bro)For the 1st few months afterwords i was ok.But recently i have been having alot more pains.Worst then b4.The same symptoms that i had b4 i have now but more frquent n more sever then b4.I have hormonal periods,abdomen pain,esp during period.some missed periods,But when i do get them its sever pain.wieght loss, loss of eating,nausea,back pain,constipation,diarrehea. I feel shortness of breath/tight chest feelings @ times shooting pain in arms or leg. My adomen pain feels like cramps,but they r 24/7. hurts to stretch,cough,sneeze, talk or walk. Im not sure if whats going on. can any1 give me advice or thoughts on what it can be or what to do. Thanks… laurissa_lala@yahoo.com

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your Dr to check you for endometriosis. I had the identical thing happen to me, my ovary ruptured from an ovarian cyst it was a chocolate cyst that means it was filled with endometrial tissue (blood) it could be that you have endometrial tissue attached to the outer surfaces in your abdomen and each month when you have your period they bleed. also you may have another cyst. check thus site out but please see your Dr.

      http://www.webmd.com/content/article/3/1680_51158

      and also

      http://www.medicinenet.com/endometriosis/article.htm

  30. QUESTION:
    ovarian cancer symptoms please help?
    in oct of 06 i had emergency surgery on a cyst that burst.It was so bad that i had blood all inside me. im only 22 years of age. i know that they ran some tests and they said that i didnt have cancer. However,i dont have med insurance and im not working(at home taking care of my mom n bro)For the 1st few months afterwords i was ok.But recently i have been having alot more pains.Worst then b4.The same symptoms that i had b4 i have now but more frquent n more sever then b4.I have hormonal periods,abdomen pain,esp during period.some missed periods,But when i do get them its sever pain.wieght loss, loss of eating,nausea,back pain,constipation,diarrehea. I feel shortness of breath/tight chest feelings @ times shooting pain in arms or leg. My adomen pain feels like cramps,but they r 24/7. hurts to stretch,cough,sneeze, talk or walk. Im not sure if whats going on. can any1 give me advice or thoughts on what it can be or what to do. Thanks… laurissa_lala@yahoo.com

    • ANSWER:
      The following was sent to me by e-mail.
      I thought it was very informative and useful.

      (Sorry, This is the way it looked after I copied and pasted from the original e-mail .)

      SIGNS OF OVARIAN CANCER (even in the absence of Ovaries)

      THIS IS A MUST TO READ TO THE END

      An Eye Opener on Ovarian Cancer
      I hope you all take the time to read
      this and pass it on to all you can. Send this to the women in
      your life that you care about.
      Years ago, Gilda Radner died of ovarian
      cancer. Her symptoms were inconclusive, and she was treated for
      everything under the sun until it was too late. This blood test
      finally
      identified her illness but alas, too late. She wrote a book to
      heighten
      awareness. Gene Wilder is her widower.

      KATHY’S STORY: this is the story of
      Kathy West
      As all of you know, I have Primary
      Peritoneal Cancer. This cancer has only recently been identified
      as its OWN type of cancer, but it is essentially Ovarian Cancer.
      Both types of cancer are diagnosed in
      the same way, with the “tumor marker” CA-125 BLOOD TEST, and
      they are
      treated in the same way – surgery to remove the primary tumor
      and then chemotherapy with Taxol and Carboplatin.

      Having gone through this ordeal, I want
      to save others from the same fate . That is why I am sending
      this message to you and hope you will print it and give it or
      send it via E-mail to everybody you know.
      One thing I have learned is that each of
      us must take TOTAL responsibility for our own health care. I
      thought I had done that because I always had an annual physical and PAP
      smear, did >>> a monthly Self-Breast Exam, went to the dentist at
      >> least twice a year,
      etc. I even insisted on a sigmoidoscopy and a bone density test
      >> last >>> year. When I had a total hysterectomy in 1993, I thought
      >> that I did not have to worry about getting any of the female
      reproductive organ cancers.
      LITTLE DID I KNOW. I don’t have ovaries
      (and they were HEALTHY when they were removed), but I have what
      is essentially ovarian cancer. Strange, isn’t it?

      These are just SOME of the things our
      Doctors never tell us: ONE out of every 55 women will get
      OVARIAN or PRIMARY PERITONEAL CANCER.
      The “CLASSIC” symptoms are an ABDOMEN
      that rather SUDDENLY ENLARGES and CONSTIPATION and/or DIARRHEA.
      I had these classic symptoms and went to
      the doctor. Because these symptoms seemed to be “abdominal”, I
      went to a gastroenterologist. He ran tests that were designed to determine

      whether >>> there was a bacteria infection; these tests were
      >> negative, and I was >>> diagnosed with “Irritable Bowel Syndrome”. I

      >> guess I would have accepted
      >> >>> this diagnosis had it not been for my enlarged abdomen. I swear
      to
      >> you,
      >> >>> it looked like I was 4-5 months pregnant! I therefore insisted
      on
      > more
      >> >>> tests
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> They took an X-ray of my abdomen; it was
      >> >>> negative. I was again assured that I had Irritable Bowel
      >> Syndrome
      >> and
      >> >>> was encouraged to go on my scheduled month-long trip to Europe.
      I
      >> >>> couldn’t wear any of my slacks or shorts because I couldn’t get
      them
      >> >>> buttoned, and I KNEW something was radically wrong. I INSISTED
      on
      > more
      >> >>> tests, and they reluctantly) scheduled me for a CT-Scan (just to
      >> shut
      >> me
      >> >>> up, I think). This is what I mean by “taking charge of our own
      >> health
      >> >>> care.”
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> The CT-Scan showed a lot of fluid in my
      >> >>> abdomen (NOT normal). Needless to say, I had to cancel my trip
      and
      >> have
      >> >>> FIVE POUNDS of fluid drawn off at the hospital (not a pleasant
      >> >>> experience I assure you), but NOTHING compared to what was ahead
      of
      >> me.
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> Tests revealed cancer cells in the
      >> >>> fluid. Finally, finally, finally, the doctor ran a CA-125 blood
      >> test,
      >> >>> and I was properly diagnosed.
      >> >>>
      >> >>> I HAD THE CLASSIC SYMPTOMS FOR OVARIAN
      >> >>> CANCER, AND YET THIS SIMPLE CA-125 BLOOD TEST HAD NEVER BEEN RUN
      ON
      >> ME,
      >> >>> not as part of my annual physical exam and not when I was
      > symptomatic.
      >> >>> This is an inexpensive and simple blood test!
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> PLEASE, PLEASE TELL ALL YOUR FEMALE
      >> >>> FRIENDS AND RELATIVES TO INSIST ON A CA-125 BLOOD TEST EVERY
      >> YEAR AS >>> PART OF THEIR ANNUAL PHYSICAL EXAMS. >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> Be fore warned that their doctors might
      >> >>> try to talk them out of it, saying, “IT ISN’T NECESSARY.”
      Believe
      >> me,
      >>
      >> >>> had I known then what I know now, we would have caught my cancer
      >> much
      >> >>> earlier (before it was a stage 3 cancer). Insist on the CA-125
      BLOOD
      >> >>> TEST; DO NOT take “NO” for an answer!
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> The normal range for a CA-125 BLOOD TEST
      >> >>> is between zero and 35. MINE WAS 754. (That’s right, 754!). If
      the
      >> >>> number is slightly above 35, you can have another done in three
      or
      > six
      >> >>> months and keep a close eye on it, just as women do when they
      >> have >>> fibroid tumors or when men have a slightly elevated PSA
      >> test (Prostatic >>> Specific Antigens) that helps diagnose prostate

      >> cancer. >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> Having the CA-125 test done annually can
      >> >>> alert you early, and that’s the goal in diagnosing any type of
      >> cancer
      >> -
      >> >>> catching it early.
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> Do you know 55 women? If so, at least
      >> >>> one of them will have this VERY AGGRESSIVE cancer. Please, go to

      >> your
      >> >>> doctor and insist on a CA-125 test and have one EVERY YEAR for
      the
      >> rest
      >> >>> of your life.
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> And forward this message to every woman
      >> >>> you know, and tell all of your female family members and
      friends.
      >> Though
      >> >>> the median age for this cancer is 56, (and, guess what, I’m
      exactly
      >> 56),
      >> >>> women as young as 22 have it. Age is no factor.
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> A NOTE FROM THE RN:
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> Well , after reading this, I made some
      >> >>> calls. I found that the CA-125 test is an ovarian screening test
      >> >>> equivalent to a man’s PSA test prostate screen (which my
      husband’s
      >> >>> doctor automatically gives him in his physical each year and
      > insurance
      >> >>> pays for it). I called the general practitioner’s office about
      >> having
      >> >>> the test done. The nurse had never heard of it. She told me that
      she
      >> >>> doubted that insurance would pay for it. So I called Prudential
      >> >>> Insurance Co, and got the same response. Never heard of it – it
      >> won’t
      >> be
      >> >>> covered.
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> I explained that it was the same as the
      >> >>> PSA test they had paid for my husband for years. After
      conferring
      > with
      >> >>> whomever they confer with, she told me that the CA-125 would be

      >> covered. >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> It is in a GP’s office and 5 at
      >> >>> the GYN’s. This is a screening test that should be required just

      >> like
      >> a
      >> >>> PAP smear (a PAP smear cannot detect problems with your
      ovaries).
      >> And
      >> >>> you must insist that your insurance company pay for it.
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> Gene Wilder and Pierce Brosnan (his wife
      >> >>> had it, too) are lobbying for women’s health issues, saying that

      >> this
      >> >>> test should be required in our physicals, just like the PAP and
      the
      >> >>> mammogram. PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO SEND THIS OUT TO ALL THOSE
      YOU
      > CAN.
      >> >>> BE IT MALE OR FEMALE, IT SHOULD NOT MATTER, AS THEY CAN FORWARD
      >> IT ALSO >>> TO THOSE LOVED ONES THEY KNOW.
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>>
      >> >>> IF YOU HAVE! E A PROBLEM WITH FORWARDING
      >> >>> SOMETHING AS IMPORTANT AS THIS, HERE’S A LITTLE HINT THAT MAY
      ASSIST
      >> YOU
      >> >>> WITH YOUR DECISION ~ JUST PRETEND THAT THIS IS A JOKE, WHICH IT
      >> >>> CERTAINLY IS NOT, AND SEND IT OUT TO ALL THE FOLKS YOU WOULD IF
      IT
      >> WAS.
      >> >>> THANKS
      >> >>>

  31. QUESTION:
    ovarian cancer symptoms please help me out!?
    in oct of 06 i had emergency surgery on a cyst that burst.It was so bad that i had blood all inside me. im only 22 years of age. i know that they ran some tests and they said that i didnt have cancer. However,i dont have med insurance and im not working(at home taking care of my mom n bro)For the 1st few months afterwords i was ok.But recently i have been having alot more pains.Worst then b4.The same symptoms that i had b4 i have now but more frquent n more sever then b4.I have hormonal periods,abdomen pain,esp during period.some missed periods,But when i do get them its sever pain.wieght loss, loss of eating,nausea,back pain,constipation,diarrehea. I feel shortness of breath/tight chest feelings @ times shooting pain in arms or leg. My adomen pain feels like cramps,but they r 24/7. hurts to stretch,cough,sneeze, talk or walk. Im not sure if whats going on. can any1 give me advice or thoughts on what it can be or what to do. Thanks… laurissa_lala@yahoo.com

    • ANSWER:
      okay before you consider cancer, a more reasonable diagnosis is endometriosis. its where the lining of you uterous escapes and creates smaller cysts in your stomach cavity. you might want to try to get tested whenever you can(a larascapy-spelling- is just a small incision and the look around and thats it.) if they find anything they can take out the worse cysts or you can have a full hysterectomy.
      i am being tested for it soon
      i also have cysts often.
      good luck and dont think the worse
      best wishes.

  32. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cancer symptoms please help.?
    in oct of 06 i had emergency surgery on a cyst that burst.It was so bad that i had blood all inside me. im only 22 years of age. i know that they ran some tests and they said that i didnt have cancer. However,i dont have med insurance and im not working(at home taking care of my mom n bro)For the 1st few months afterwords i was ok.But recently i have been having alot more pains.Worst then b4.The same symptoms that i had b4 i have now but more frquent n more sever then b4.I have hormonal periods,abdomen pain,esp during period.some missed periods,But when i do get them its sever pain.wieght loss, loss of eating,nausea,back pain,constipation,diarrehea. I feel shortness of breath/tight chest feelings @ times shooting pain in arms or leg. My adomen pain feels like cramps,but they r 24/7. hurts to stretch,cough,sneeze, talk or walk. Im not sure if whats going on. can any1 give me advice or thoughts on what it can be or what to do. Thanks… laurissa_lala@yahoo.com

    • ANSWER:
      go to a hospital and get checked out throughly. You can pin-point a diagnosis by guessing at the symptoms.
      And despite the not having med insurance…….
      do you really wanna put a price on your life?
      -The Med Student

  33. QUESTION:
    my period was 4 days late can I still be pregnant?
    I wasn’t on birth control for a month and a half. My last reg. period was on March 31 and ended April 4th. I spotted on April 11 and 12. I didn’t start my next period until May 4. I usually have a 28-29 day cycle. I took a hpt on April 31 and it was negative. My period was really weird. It was really heavy and kinda chunky (sorry for tmi). But I also had an ovarian cyst burst a week and a half before. I’m moody and my breasts feel funny I’ve had slight cramping but nothing like pms symptoms. We were trying to get pregnant and decided against it. If we are now, its not bad. We’ll work thru it. My husband is just being deployed in July. :( please help.

    • ANSWER:
      LOL. YOUR BREAST CAN SWELL UP AND GET SORE WHILE NOT ON PERIOD OR PREGNAT. YES YOU COULD BE BUT SOEM PILLS WILL MESSUP OF YOUR CYCLES HORRIBLY. I WAS 41/2 MONTHS PREGNANT WITH MY SON OLDEST ONE. BEFORE MY PERIOD EVEN STOPPED IT WAS CRAZY. PLUS GOING THROUGH MORNING SICKNESS SO YOU NEVER KNOW. THEY WAS TREATING ME FOR SUN POISONING. SO BECAREFUL MAKE SURE GET SECOND OPIONS FROM DR.S. TOO.I WILL PRAY FOR YOUR HUBBY . MY SON GETTING DEPLOYED TO IRAQUI END OF JULY AFTER THE BIRTH OF HIS DAUGHTER. SO GL.

  34. QUESTION:
    ovarian cysts don’t cause pain?
    I went through a horrific time while I had an ovarian cyst, which at the time was thought to be endometriosis, and was found during a lap which revealed no endo, and a tennis-ball sized simple cyst.
    The symptoms I had were:
    1. Pain in thighs, on ovary, lower back
    2. Nausea
    3. Very Heavy, Disrupted Periods
    4. Very bad fatigue

    So anyway, I went to join the Navy, and during my medical I had to talk about my lap. The doctor wanted to know why my history had severe pain and disrupted and irregular periods, I explained it was due to the cyst and he just said “No, ovarian cysts cause little to no pain”
    So now I’m waiting 4 months to see if the op really did improve the pain,
    which it did, because it was 3 months ago and I have been symptom free

    Is this guy wrong? Or were my symptoms unrelated to the cyst?

    Oh & another thing, why didn’t my cyst show up on the scan? Fluid was shown up on my pelvis, does this mean that it may have been bursting and refilling?

    Thanks – :)

    • ANSWER:
      This guy was wrong…your symptoms were becuase of the cysts. SOME cysts do not cause pain, but not all. He is an idiot.

      The cyst may not have shown up in the scan becuase it had already ruptured or disappeard.

  35. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cysts?
    On July 3rd I was in the ER with severe lower left abdominal pain.They did an ultrasound and diagnosed a 9cm ovarian cyst on my left ovary. I went to my ob/gyn on the 17th and they did another ultrasound which showed it at 12cm. I was still in severe pain. They sent me home with pain meds and a wait and see approach with a follow up appointment in September. The pain is getting worse but I have not had any symptoms of it bursting. I can’t lay on my left side without feeling like someone is putting a fist into the side of my stomach to my lower back. Today (july 25) was unbearable. I don’t think it has burst. It feels like a throb and lots of pressure. I also had 3 fainting spells over the last two weeks and saw my regular md and when i stood up my blood pressure dropped 90/60. I wore a heart monitor for 24 hrs but no results yet. I’ve lost 15 lbs since May. Should I get a 2nd opinion sooner than september? Any other suggestions?
    I am also 42 yrs old, and I had an endometrial ablation (burning of the lining of the utererus) in December due to heavy and long menstruation. I haven’t had a period since.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi jlbchhlz,

      Sorry to hear about your pain. This link might help:

      http://www.squidoo.com/Ovarian_Cysts_Symptoms

      good luck

  36. QUESTION:
    Can Ovarian Cysts cause nausea/dizziness?
    Can Ovarian Cysts come and go each month? Do they appear and burst at ovulation or during your actual period? And also I was wondering if just having cysts can cause you to feel really sick during ovulation…with nausea or lightheadedness/dizziness and general ill feeling or weakness? Or is it only when they are bursting do they cause those symptoms? I seem to experience severe pain for 24-48 hours one month and then the next month I have about 4-5 days of just nausea/dizziness/lightheadedness. Could a large cyst cause severe pain from my right ovary and then maybe if I’m ovulating from the left ovary the next month it could just be some nausea experienced if there’s a smaller cyst on my left ovary?
    I don’t know for certain if I have cysts…pap smear and pelvic exam turned out okay 1.5 years ago, but then I had a copper iud placed and ever since then have had severe pain, which after a year has now turned into rotating bouts of pain and nausea/lightheadedness.
    Thanks for any help!

    • ANSWER:
      I had a cyst on my ovary and my doctor put me on birth control to shrink it and ease the pain. But they form every month and usually burst a few days after your period starts. The pain should not be too bad though. But if it is hard to deal with you should see your doctor. I sometimes get dizzy but I am not sure if it is because of that or if it is because I am not feeding myself the right way or drinking enough water. Get it checked out though.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can high prolactin cause bad headaches?
    Hi, I have been having ongoing blood tests since March 2010 as my prolactin levels were a little on the high side at 300. The last blood test showed it to be at 841 and my cortisol levels were also high at over 900. I was sent for an MRI which showed no pituitary tumours and also for a glucagon test & dexamethasene suppression test which I presume was to rule out Cushing’s Syndrome. Both came back normal but I am still feeling unwell due to my high prolactin and cortisol levels.

    My symptoms include bad head pains which seem to be getting increasingly prevalent, they are located in the back left of my head which I’m guessing is something to do with the release of prolactin? I am also left feeling extremely fatigued (which is not like me at all!), sore back, blurry eyes and sometimes sickly. My hormones are not right too, I seem to be getting upset a lot.

    Does anyone know if I can be treated for my high prolactin/cortisol and if there’s hope for me?! I’ve read that PCOS can have a few of these symptoms which is something I’ve suspected I’ve had since I was 20 (I’m 28 now) It may also be worth noting that I was taken to hospital with a burst ovarian cyst 7 years ago.

    Any help, advice or just shared experiences would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor is a regular endo or is the doctor experienced in treating pituitary disorders? Do you have copies of all your tests?

      Was your MRI done correctly – with and without contrast and done with the dynamic technique?

      Are your lab tests being done correctly – at the correct time of day, fasting and are they doing all the right tests? The dex test is not really a test of exclusion but really a test of location. Plus a doctor who does not know how to give it can tell you the wrong time to take the pill wrong time of draw etc.

      If you search for Cushing’s and PCOS, you will see there is a lot of overlap. I had both and many of us do – it seems though that many docs think the disorders are exclusive… they are not.

      Cortisol can raise prolactin, or you can have more than one thing going on – I had both a prolactinoma and Cushing’s at the same time which is very rare. Doctors are not going to look for that.

      Get copies, be persistent and go to another doctor if need be.

  38. QUESTION:
    Anyone with experience with OVARIAN CYSTS. please help!?
    timeline:

    july 15 – started period
    july 18 – finished period – was extremely light and short – didnt even need a tampon!
    july 20 – began experiencing bloated, belly pain, fatigue
    july 25 – tested negative for ectopic pregnancy
    july 26 – tested positive for bladder infection. got medication, symptoms worsened during the next week
    aug 2 – tested positive again for bladder infection in the early afternoon, got new medication
    aug 2 – 3 hrs after my drs appointment, i experienced excruciating pain for 1.5 hrs. i should have headed to the hospital but im a SAHM to 2 kids under 3 yrs old – i was in no shape to be trying to get anywhere with them so i wanted to see if it would pass. it did, but i was left pretty busted up inside. it hurt worse than when my appendix was within minutes of exploding!!
    aug 4 – made an appt to see my family dr at an after hours clinic. tested negative for bladder infection, cramping still persistant in my lower abdomen. he suggested perhaps ovarian cysts, but didnt suggest any further testing or anything.
    week of aug 6-12 – felt a little bit better, had some energy back, not much belly pain and bloating decreased.
    aug 12 – had intercourse in the morning, experienced pain during and ended up bleeding afterwards. it turned into my period, which came almost a week early (my cycles are usually 31-33 days and it came at 26-27 days). i usually have painful ovulation and i don’t remember it ever happening this month!
    aug 15 – period ended
    aug 16 (today) – im experiencing lots of lower abdominal pain again and im bloated up.

    does this sound like cysts to you? and if my cysts supposedly burst aug 2nd, why am i still in pain? could there be more? my doctor is obviously on vacation, and my gynecologist won’t see me unless i want to made an appt to get my iud out or if my family dr recommends an ultrasound or something.

    i guess i just need reassurance because it suuuuucks being in pain 90% of my waking hours. my kids are suffering too because i dont want to go out and do things!

    • ANSWER:
      Could well be a cyst or could even be endometriosis (I have both and let me tell you, it ain’t fun).

      You need to see a gynae and get scanned in order to find out if it’s any of the above. There does seem to be a link between IUDs and cysts, although scientist haven’t confirmed it.

      Hot water bottles and Ibuprofen helps to a degree.

  39. QUESTION:
    can someone help me figure out what my symptoms are?
    ok im like 8 days away from getting me period and im having dizzy spells and a slight fever that comes and goes and im having a bit of pain in my ovaries but last month i was diganosed with ovarian cyst that had burst and caused fluid to fill my abdomen, can anyone tell me whay could be wrong?
    im not on birth control and i never have been. and the doctor gave me a prescription for t3′s
    my sister also just found out that she is anemic and i have cold skin and i tire easy. the cyst was diagnosed via ultra sound while i was in the hospital

    • ANSWER:
      Hi – either ring your doctors surgery for an appointment today, or call NHS direct on 08454647 to speak to a nurse – they’re really friendly, and have lots of time to talk you through all your worries and will tell you what might be going on and what you should do.
      Good luck and feel better soon.
      Peace x

  40. QUESTION:
    I Need to Know About Ovarian Cysts?
    So, I’ll start from the beginning…I’m 23 years old and I have a daughter who was born on Sept. 21, 2008. She’ll be 11 months old tomorrow. After I had her and I started having my periods again, they were (and have been) regular. Although, the cramps are 10 times worse than they were before I got pregnant. I’ve also been having really bad hot flashes and like cold sweats.
    About a week ago, I started having a sharp pain on the lower left part of my abdomen. I mostly felt it when I moved around. Saturday night, the pain got worse but I didn’t have anyone to drive me to the ER until Sunday. On Sunday, the pain had kind of eased up, but was still there. So, I had my mother take me to the ER. First, they took a urine sample and blood. Both of those came back normal. Then the doctor had them do a CT. While waiting on the results for that to come back, he done a pelvic exam on me (which hurt REALLY bad). He told me while doing the exam, that he thought it was either my appendixs or something to do with my ovaries. After the results came back from the CT, the doctor told me that it showed about a 2 inch cyst on the left part of my ovaries. He said that was where the pain was coming from and I needed to call and make an appointment with my ob/gyn (which is who delivered my daughter). So, I called them Monday and he’s on vacation this week. I couldn’t get an appointment until the 28th.
    I’m sorry this is so long, but from what I’ve read online, they’re many different types of ovarian cysts. I’m not sure which type I have…So, my question is: If an ovarian cyst (any type) were to rupture or burst, would it cause the pain to worsen? And would their be any other symptoms, other than pain, if this happens?

    • ANSWER:
      I have had and still do have an ovarian cyst, although on the right ovary. If there is any way that you could see an OB/GYN that is working in place of or with your doctor, you should see them, before the 28th. Ovarian cysts can burst and when they do they cause excruciating pain and cause other health problem such as infection and destruction of some internal linings and ovums (eggs to make unborn children). My doctor told me that at four centimeters, doctors begin to take measure to remove them or reduce them in size. A lot of times, if you are not taking it already, he or she will prescribe birth control medicines. I encourage you to seek further medical attention before the 28th.

  41. QUESTION:
    Help, I have 2 ovarian cysts. It hurts. What do I do?
    I have had ALL the symtoms for some time now. But some of them for years!! i just had an ultrasound on monday. i was told each ovary has a cyst. One is 2.0 cm, one is 1.8 cm. 2 months ago I had EXTREME pain. So my Dr says, it may have burst back then. The thing is, today, right now, it hurts, Always on my left side (which has the smaller cyst). It’s a sharp throbbing sometimes piercing pain. Theres always a dull ache there, but today its hurting all over again. My lower back is killing me. Do I call my Dr for pain meds? (nothing over the counter works). Doc said will repaet ultrasound in 2 months to see if theyre getting smaller or bigger. Am I going to hurt until then? Do I continue my normal activities? Why do I have these? Im 33, tubes tied, had 4 children. How long can you have cysts? Cause some of those symptoms Ive had for about 3 years. The peeing all night, lower back pain, and sharp pain in abdomin is new symptoms. What do I do now? Suffer till I get them rechecked?

    • ANSWER:
      I also have 2 cyst’s, one on my left ovary is 4 1/2 centimeters and one in my uterus which is 2 centimeters. The Dr. said they were nothing to worry about although I have the same pain as you do. Nothing relieves the pain. I have to “relieve” my self often as it causes even more pain if I do not. I just recently moved and my husbands job is just getting started and there isn’t enough money to have them removed. I was placed on primary care here in Johnson City, Tn., but they’ve not been much help. So for now I’m in limbo. The problem with letting them go is that they can grow. 10 yrs ago I had one grow on my left ovary, It totally engulfed it and began “torching” (twisting). It killed my ovary and part of the tube as well. VERY pain full. It was removed after the birth of my daughter. It was 8 1/2 centimeters. The reason I’m telling you this is to let you know they do grow and waiting can sometimes be a mistake. Sometimes they burst and go away and sometimes they don’t. Be careful, if you can get them removed.
      Although, exercise is good for you, I have even had to reduce that as the pain gets worse when I do excesses. As you already know they can be there for years. As far as your routine If you can go on with them, don’t succumb to the pain and let it run your life. I will pray for you.

  42. QUESTION:
    Female Health Issues: 26 yy with these problems?…?
    I don’t really understand all of this, but on top of these problems I was recently diagnosed with diverticulosis (diverticulitis flare up caused the concerns for diagnosis). I am 26, have had one child four years ago, smoke cigarettes(I know it’s no good so don’t dwell on this issue for I will not pay attention to your response because it has nothing to do with these problems.. Dr.s words), but for the most part don’t know much about family medical history.
    As for discovery of cyst: Sun. 5:30pm a severe lower middle abdominal pain stopped me in my tracks. Held my lower stomach and couldn’t move without more pain. Coughing, sneezing, or laughter caused the pain to worsen. I reclined myself slightly to calm myself (I felt as though I were to pass out due to the pain) which seemed to help a little. Took two 800mg Motrin when home then took a xanax to go to sleep. Took another xanax after I couldn’t sleep for two hours, due to pain worsening during movement which caused me to stay awake. Finally fell asleep at 2am but woke still to any movement.
    Next morning couldn’t take the pain anymore and resulted in a visit to ER: CT scan and blood work issued.
    Results: Quack said an ovarian cyst burst. Had cysts on ovaries and needed to follow up with OB doc.
    I did. OB said: You have an ovarian cyst on left ovary 4.5 cm, and a fluid blockage in right fallopian tube, but does not indicate a cyst burst. Then proceeded with pelvic exam. I had extreme pain when OB pressed directly upward (towards belly) and said this indicates a uteran infection. What??? How does this happen? Are any of the other issues related to these symptoms? He issued an ultrasound following ten days of antibiotics (IOW: watchful waiting). My white blood cell count was 1500 at the ER, but the doc didn’t prescribe me antibiotics… My GYNO did. The ER doc disregarded me almost entirely and gave me a diagnosis without adding it in the write-up. The discharge papers he gave me was info on smoking, diverticulitis, and ovarian cyst bursts.I do know however that my grandmother had a full hysterectomy around mid-twenties and my mother had a partial at mid-thirties. She couldn’t tell me any disease that they had, only that they had to have it done. My gastroentroligist is concerned because I am too young to have these issues. Is there a disease or something that can be related to these issues? All of my issues are in my lower abdomen and the diverticula and cyst are resided to the left side of lower abdomen. However, my right fallopian tube is fluid blocked?…And I have an infection in my uterus?… Please, anyone with knowledge or experience please give me some kind of info on these rapidly arising problems. Thank you much!

    • ANSWER:
      I’m just going to be honest with you… no one on Y!A can accurately answer your question. If you have any second guesses about a doctors diagnosis, go get a second and third opinion.

  43. QUESTION:
    Has anyone been sick/achy/feeling unwell or just not the same since they had their baby?
    My daughter turned a year old this month. The pregnancy was terrible, but all went well during labor/delivery. Since I had her I have felt like a totally different person and my doctor diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. I don’t know if this is right, though. I never have energy – not just from being a mother, it’s worse than that. I feel like I’m drugged sometimes. My body always aches, I feel nauseous half of the time and throw up a lot or feel like throwing up, inside I just feel unwell – similar to having the flu, I’ve had two functioning ovarian cysts burst (my doc told me this is normal but I’m having the symptoms again within the last 2 weeks). Early in the morning this lower abdominal ache wakes me up. It isn’t sharp pain – it’s more similar to menstrual cramps but a little different. When I wake up in the morning I feel HORRIBLE. It takes me about an hour to shake off the incredibly sick feeling all over my body. It really is like having the flu all the time – with more symptoms. I am on Protonix (for a suspected ulcer after the gall bladder test was normal) and my stomach aches are ok while taking it but when I stop it is immediate pain. I was not this person before I had her. I had my thyroid tested and it was normal. I had an ultrasound when the first cyst ruptured and all they saw was a little free fluid in my abdomen from the cyst, nothing abnormal. I get sick a lot as if my immune system is very weak. I am wondering if anyone has had a feeling of illness or achiness or exhaustion that they feel started after they gave birth or during pregnancy. I think that I was severely malnourished during the pregnancy because I threw up every day repeatedly and could barely drink water. I took two different meds to keep me from throwing up but they didn’t work at all. My body felt like I was hit by a truck when I was preggo with her. I just feel like I am totally different and that life is miserable and that I am always ill and depleted of energy. Help!

    • ANSWER:
      Thanks for your long story to understand your body condition.
      But I would like to advice in short because it is difficult for you to understand the physiology and pathology of east asian medicine.

      You need to take Boyak. Boyak means the herbal teas prescribed by the herbal doctor for general improvement of bioenergy.

      I think you need 3 boxes of herbal teas for 2 months.
      If you want to know about the treatment cases, please refer to below source.

  44. QUESTION:
    I don’t feel like the doctors are treating me properly?
    I have a history of multiple ovarian cysts and my last cysts burst. Now i have the same symptoms and the same pain as before so i visited my doctor again and explained this to him. He then told me it wasn’t ovarian cysts without giving me an examination and refused to give me an ultrasound to check. Is this ok for him to do this? How can i get the doctors to listen? please help :/

    • ANSWER:
      Socrates one said that you cannot convince a man that does not listen .
      So maybe the time has come to change doctors to one that listens and is more compassionate.
      no one know your body as well as you do

  45. QUESTION:
    Can appendicitis symptoms fade?
    Last night i had the worse pain i had ever felt in my life in my right lower and upper abdomen. I couldnt move from like 6pm to 7am and i felt like i was stuck in the fetal position. I am not on my period and i know what ovarian cyst feel like when they burst … ive had it before, but this was Nothing like that. Today the pain has somewhat subsided in most of the area but more pain developed near my right hip in my abdomen. Could this be a sign ? I have been feeling nausea and holding back from throwing up, when i eat its feels worse and its not gas or constipation. A little help please. Thank you .. Only serious answers
    I just made an appointment for 1 hour from now, thanks everyone, i didnt know they came in attacks yesterday was horrible and it came on so quick is was crazy ! and no alkazeltzer or tums or pain killers or heating pad worked … I will definitely be using everyones advice … O and i dont have a family history that i know of but i am 20 is that matters.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to have this checked out with a doctor or hospital ASAP!!!!
      You can die from an appendicitis attack. Don’t
      chance anything on self diagnosis!

  46. QUESTION:
    Should I be concerned about this recurring pain or not?
    Hello, Y!Answers community.

    For perhaps a year and a half now, I’ve had very rare but recurring pain. I’d say I’ve had it four times total, this morning being the last “attack,” if you will.

    In short, the pain is in the lower left side of my torso, almost centered and just above the juncture of thigh to hip/groin/mons and so on. It’s not a cramp; it’s more like a stabbing, burning sensation which is extremely intense: I can’t stretch out or stand up into a straight position, and it has in the past caused a tingling sensation in my urethra and a sensation that I have to pee {but I don’t}.

    Originally, I thought UTI gone bad, but the pain clears up in four to six hours and leaves me with no other problems. I also considered a STI, but I’ve only had two partners, never with PIV intercourse, and I was the first girl for the both of them to go beyond kissing. Beyond that, I have no issues with rashes or funky discharge.

    A nurse said the pain was most likely just an Ovarian cyst bursting, and I had an ultrasound done to see what was up. However, today the pain occurred on the fifth day of my period, which didn’t match up what the nurse explained to me.

    In short, please help. Should I see a doctor? Does anyone know what these symptoms signal?

    Any information is dearly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      You should definitely see a doctor. It could be as simple as fibroids, to as dire as cancer. Please, do not take chances with your life.

  47. QUESTION:
    Abdominal pain + brown spotting?
    I am 23 and sexually active. i have ovarian cysts and also precancerous cells in my cervix.

    For the last week i have been experiencing pain in my lower stomach (mainly left) which feels like period pains and also brown discharge. i did feel sick yesterday but not sure if that has anything to do with it. i am at the end of the second week of my pill packet. Me and my boyfriend rely on my pill as a contraception.

    everything on the internet points to burst cyst or pregnancy?!?! anyone have any ideas on what this could be and whether i need to see a doctor or wait to see if symptoms persist?

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    Should I go to the hospital or just deal with the pain?
    Okay so, last night out of nowhere I started having lower abdominal pain on my right side, pretty bad so I was up the entire night screaming and crying waiting for it to stop, it didnt. So this morning I went to the doctor and with my symptoms he said it could be my appendix or my ovaries so he referred me to the radiology place to get an ultrasound, and when I got that, they said that I had an ovarian cyst that burst and now theres fluid in my abdomen and then that was it, but they also said that my appendix looked slightly inflamed but they werent really sure because they couldnt see that well so they just sent me home but didnt tell me what to do if the pain got increasingly worse, which it has. Its a little worse that it was last night but its bearable. Usually it gets much worse as it gets later and its only 6. So should I just go to the hospital, or call my doctor, or just try to deal with it?
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have access to a walk-in emergency clinic, try that first. Otherwise, I’d probably say go to the ER to hopefully get a definitive answer.

  49. QUESTION:
    Abdominal pain and bloating for a week and a half – HELP PLEASE?
    I’ve been having abdominal bloating and pain for a week and a half. At first it started out in the pelvic region but then moved to the lower abdomen. I am constantly bloated and achy, but it gets worse the longer I am awake (aka up and moving), and when I eat. Also, when I eat, I experience nausea. I went to the urgent care and they tested me for any type of bacteria found in my urine, and they also took an xray of my chest and abdomen. They found nothing. A couple of days later I went to an OBGYN who, once again, tested my urine, and also did a pelvic exam. She found nothing in the pelvic exam but said there was a TRACE of blood found in my urine that was typical of UTI’s, but she said it could have been caused by a piece of skin falling into the urine sample. She went ahead and gave me antibiotics for a UTI, but it seemed she was doing this out of desperation because she did not know what was wrong with me. I have started taking the medicine but have seen no improvement. I’m hoping that someone will have an idea of what is wrong with me. I find myself in tears at night because it has gotten so bad. I’m not constipated or pregnant, and I have not changed my eating habits.
    Some other facts:
    I’ve had 2 hernia surgeries, one of each side of my pelvic. The right side scar has been hurting recently.
    I’ve had an ovarian cyst but had no symptoms of it up until it burst.
    I’ve experienced some other symptoms throughout this whole debacle such as lower back pain and pain on my lower right side.
    I have not had a fever.
    I have not had any of the typical UTI symptoms such as burning sensation while urinating and a frequent urge to urinate

    PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    is it normal to develop 2-3 or more ovarian cysts every month?
    i am told i more than likely have endometriosis (just would need a laproscopy to prove it) but my symptoms and family history match well but i noticed every month when i am in severe pain they find about 2-3 cysts (about a week or so before that time of the month starts). I’m drained every month horribly from fatigue, pain, and nausea right before I start (as well as many other symptoms). I am guessing it’s not too normal to have so many cysts all the time. I know most if not all women at one point or another get them but it seems as though I always have them (sometimes they burst, sometimes they just decrease in size slowly). to shorten this up though, is it normal or no?

    • ANSWER:
      I’d be going to the doctor and asking for a professional opinion :) someone on this board might give you the wrong advice, so it’s best to seek out a professional for something like this. Good luck!


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Okay…Doctor wrong…Waiting to see specilist…any relief?
    alright So I had a question on here before about me having masitis and it coming back, went back to the doctor and she said she guesses it wasn’t masitis but maybe be a cyst or a pulled breast muscle….she prescribed me some MORE medication that is supposedly hard on the stomach but am waiting to get into a specilist before taking it… my left breast is swollen and is achy but there is one specific spot where it hurts the most if touched…there is no lump or bump…anybody hear of this before…if so please please tell me i’m going out of my mind scared

    • ANSWER:
      I hope you don’t have mastitis – or anything else nasty. Perhaps this link will help answer your question:

  2. QUESTION:
    hypothyroidism? Diabetes? Insulin Resistance? PCOS?? I just want some relief!!?
    I am 37. For a while now I have had the following symptoms and every doctor I’ve seen has told me everything is within normal ranges so nothing is wrong with me.
    - weight gain I can’t control
    - sensitivity to cold
    - puffiness in my face
    - cysts on my ovary
    - irregular periods
    - skin tags
    - anger and mood swings
    - hair loss on top of my head, hair growth on my chin and upper lip
    - frequent gas
    - always tired, lethargic and sleepy especially after eating any kind of carb even if I eat it with protein
    - after I eat a carb I get dizzy, light-headed, tired, yawning, irritable, unable to focus, blurry vision, excessive thirt and constant urination
    - achy joints and muscles
    - no libido
    - dry skin, dry hair yet really oily face and acne
    - brittle nails
    - tingling and always cold extremities
    - bouts of vertigo
    - increased infections- sinus, ear ,throat etc
    - waist bloating despite doing situps every day- look five months pregnant no matter what I weigh
    - difficulty sleeping sometimes
    - anxious and depressed one minute, quick to anger and screaming the next
    - pain in my ovary and in left breast
    - pain in my lower right abdomen that feels like intense gas buildup (no ovary there, had it removed due to cyst)
    - pain in my feet
    -unable to concentrate
    - loss of memory

    None of my doctors can tell me what’s wrong. The endo I tried to see yesterday told me it’s psychiatric. My Gyn says I don’t have PCOS because I am 5’2 1/2 and weigh 128 pounds (I used to weigh 108 only 12 years ago). I exercise every day, drink nothing but water, don’t eat sweets and barely eat any carbs at all. I’m tired of constantly feeling like I’m in a fog all day and especially after I eat. I’ve seen a GI doctor who reluctantly put me on Nexium and I take a daily probiotic. I’m also lactose intolerant.
    I’m so frustrated and tired of getting nowhere with these doctors. Do I have hypothyroidism and some form of insulin resistance/diabetes/hypoglycemia/PCOS…and if so how do I treat it? What do I eat to make this all go away? How can I lose these 20 pounds even though I’m already exercising and eating right? I want to be able to eat a piece of chocolate and not feel like I’m going to pass out and pee my brains out 20 minutes later! I’m tired of always being the cold one, or the one who can’t eat anything or drink alcohol because it makes me sick. People don’t like me anymore because of all of these medical problems! Please help!
    I also forgot
    - always dry, irritated, itchy eyes
    - constant thirst and feeling of dry mouth
    Been with the same primary doctor for 12 years, since all of this started! He can’t give me any answers so he keeps sending me to other doctors who also can’t seem to give me answers (yet never seem to actually run any tests).

    • ANSWER:
      Wow!! I so feel your frustration! But here you go! Oh…and I know exactly why you have turned to the internet, because these combined are difficult for a family practioner to diagnose, and there is little research.

      You first should know you are not a hypochondriac and these symptoms are not in your head even though there are so many!!

      I have Hypothyroid, PCOS and Insulin Resistance and it has taken years to finally put this puzzle together. I started out with PCOS when I was in my early 20′s, with PCOS comes Insulin Resistance (these are connected). And diagnosed with Hypothryoidism after my son was born. Below I catagorized to my best knowledge and experience to what is causing your symptoms. I’m sure you are already aware but this is to also reasure you that I have experienced MAJORITY if not all of these same symptoms.

      Now to get you situated…
      See an Endocrinologist. Explain to him/her that you feel you have the one of the three if not all.

      Testing & signs & symptoms…
      Hypothyroid- my doc feels my thyroid, listens to my sysmptoms and uses my labs (TSH etc.) to determine my dosage. A previous doc only went by labs.
      PCOS-Enlarged ovaries, multiple small cysts on ovaries, irregular cycles, less than 8 menstrual cycles per year, more that usuall on face arms etc., lower abdominal cramping, sore breasts (throughout cycle, not just PMS).
      Insulin Resistance-Fasting glucose test, belly fat, dark patches, dry dark knuckles. Dry patches of skin.

      Loosing weight…
      I lost weight by cutting out all breads (white and wheat), pastas, rice, potatoes and tortillas. NOTHING ELSE WORKED. The Treadmill is very important not only to help with the weight but to regulate the hormones, this reduces irritability.

      HYPOTHYROID
      weight gain I can’t control (all)
      sensitivity to cold
      puffiness in my face
      skin tags
      anger and mood swings (hormones and pos. low blood sugar)
      hair loss on top of my head
      no libido (all)
      tingling and always cold extremities
      bouts of vertigo (could also be low blood sugar)
      increased infections- sinus, ear ,throat etc (hypothyroid is an autoimmune disease)
      difficulty sleeping sometimes (I would stay up until 3am sometimes, this throws the docs off as they correlate this with hyoerthyroid)
      anxious and depressed one minute, quick to anger and screaming the next
      unable to concentrate
      loss of memory

      PCOS
      cysts on my ovary
      irregular periods
      pain in my ovary and in left breast
      dry skin, dry hair yet really oily face and acne
      hair growth on my chin and upper lip
      cysts on my ovary
      irregular periods

      INSULIN RESISTANT
      waist bloating despite doing situps every day- look five months pregnant no matter what I weigh
      brittle nails
      after I eat a carb I get dizzy, light-headed, tired, yawning, irritable, unable to focus, blurry vision, excessive thirt and constant urination
      achy joints and muscles
      always tired, lethargic and sleepy especially after eating any kind of carb even if I eat it with protein
      frequent gas

      I hope this helps!! And I hope you can find a good doctor to help you get this situated!!

  3. QUESTION:
    Have sharp chest pain on left above breast for 12 hours now, radiating down left arm. Please help!?
    Last sunday I went to the ER for a painful cyst, caused by MRSA. The hospital dr put me on Sulfameth/Trimethoprim 800(Bactrim) twice a day. They drained and packed it. On Wednesday I followed up with my doctor who removed the packing and left it open to heal. He told me to continue taking the antibiotic that was already prescribed but also put me on Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) 500 mg twice a day. I was told to take them both at the same time. All of a sudden last night as I was watching tv I got a very sharp pain on the left side of my chest. I tried heat and ice and ibuprofen to help it and got no relief. All night it hurt like hell and this morning it is still the same, except with pain radiating down my left arm. I’m not sure if it’s related to the medication or not. I haven’t done anything crazy where it could be a pulled muscle. Has anyone experienced this on any of these antibiotics? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Otherwise I think I’ll have to go to the ER.
    Thank you so much everyone for taking the time to answer my question. I really appreciate it. I might just give it a couple hours and if it doesn’t get better, I’ll go to the ER.

    Douglas: no, I don’t have any pain along my ribcage. But thank you so much for helping me.

    • ANSWER:
      Call the ER ask them what to do. Sounds like you need to go now.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is this normal? Odd symptoms.?
    I have been off the Nuvaring since July 2009 (before that I was on bc for a total of 5 years). We recently stopped using protection and DH has been staying in when he gets off. We managed to do the deed multiple times before and the day that I actually ovulated (Jan 22nd). My last period started on Jan. 10th. So if I counted correctly, I tested at 9, 10, and 12 days past ovulation but got BFN’s on 2 First Response and 2 Dollar store tests. Ever since the 24th, I have had severe lower back pain that I normally do not get, the only relief I get is from short walks. I have also had a pressure headache (not like a migrane), my temperature has seemed elevated (though I don’t normally test myself), and I had some weird pulling feeling (not like cramps) in my lower abdomen or pelvis area. All of these symptoms have been continuous and some things that have slowly added over the past week are: fatigue, extreme hunger (but not too much sounds good and I get full very quick and then eat again a couple hours later), sinuses became tighter before actually getting a runny nose, then it became stuffy as well, but the runniness went away and I can breath in and out through my nose even though it feels like my sinuses are full. I can smell things that others cannot and especially perfumes and colognes. Most of them are so strong now that I have to cover my mouth, they make me gag and choke (like I can’t breathe). I have been falling asleep by 9:30 and still tired when I get up for work. I usually stay up until 11 or 12am and get up at 6:30am for work with no problems. But even though I am exhausted all day at work and go to bed early, I still get up multiple times a night because of the back pain, to pee, and/or from vivid nightmares. Another thing is that I have always had breast pains from consuming caffeine in large amounts because I have cysts in my breasts, but I have been limiting consumption to 1 caffinated beverage every other day and over the past 5 days I began having sharp stabbing feelings deep in my breasts where it normally is more on the outside, it feels like someone is running a needle through my nipple and throughout my veins (very weird and painful). They don’t neccesarily feel fuller, but more bouncy than usual (which hurts) and perkier.. I am supposed to start my period Sunday Feb 7th so I am still unsure, but hoping that I might be having symptoms of early pregnancy. Sorry this is so long.. but I have really been paying attention.. (oh and I have been very bloated for the past 2 weeks and FELT constipated, but when I actually have a BM (sorry..) it is not ‘hard’ at all.. which is weird and opposite of what you would expect. (sorry for the TMI. I just am not allowed to talk to DH about “symptoms” until I get a positive.. lol.

    • ANSWER:
      it does sound like early symptoms!!! im the same with my partner he doesn’t want to get his hopes up but its like hey i do every month lol … it is hard waiting to be able to do the test , start acting like you are and start eating healthy and drinking plenty of water!! and rest when yo can.. good luck

  5. QUESTION:
    could i be pregnant or just a virus?
    well me and my boyfriend of 2 yrs now are ttc..i have endo and a history of cyst and was put on clomid last month to help us..well startin saturday i had real bad fatigue..all i wanted ot do was sleep..then saturday..i woke up with an upset stomach..wanted to sleep all day also..and today when i woke up..my overies and back were hurtin.and very nostious…and also my breast have been sore for about a week now..i dont think i am pregnant..but i hope i am..all these signs are messin with my head..,my period is not due till the 13th..so if it dont come im goin to test..or if i continue to hurt im gonna call my doc..im also takin med for a cold..its amoxicillin and some mucus relief med..that i have been on and off for about 2wks now..i also have been moody..i dont wanna give my hopes up but hopin this is it..it would be a great xmas preseant to the family..any advice would help!
    my back also had been hurtin bad..and it feels like somethin is like stabbin me in my ribs..i dont think thats a sign of pregnancy tho..but i just feel like im crampin like my period is about to come..i hope it dont cause we really want a baby!
    and im not askin for any smart a** answers..some ppl are so rude on this thing…ppl come here for advice not to be treated like sh** cause of a ? they asked..

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you could be pregnant, but it could be Stress or other medical problems (such as a virus). See your doctor to ensure there are no other health problems and get a blood test for pregnancy (blood tests are most accurate) while you’re at the Doctor.

      Read this article regarding the different Pregnancy Tests, perhaps it
      will help you understand the different methods a little easier:

      http://pregnancy.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Blo…

      Best Wishes

  6. QUESTION:
    Can you “diagnose” my lower abdominal pain?
    While I understand the difference between a professional doctor’s diagnosis and yours, I would love the suggestions. I’ve been to doctors since November and I’m tired of dealing with them. They say it’s Endometriosis and I’ve been waiting two months for the surgery date (issues with the insurance company.) During this time I have gotten worse. I have stopped hanging out with friends, or going anywhere, unless necessary. I feel increasingly wiped out.

    Symptoms:
    - Pain in sides, mainly in left.
    - Inability to have sex due to pain.
    - A sense of bruising in vaginal area.
    - Difficulty with bowel movements, solely due to pain when contracting muscles.
    - Intense periods: thick, heavy blood flow; about every three weeks; pads since tampons induce vomiting (no clue why); and pain for a minimum of two days keeping me home-bound.

    Relief comes from sitting still in a chair or sleeping, although lying down itself is not especially comfortable anymore. I cannot eat large regular meals without having a sort of cramp attack. Running, stretching and exercising are not plausible. Driving is forced. Although the pain is in my lower abdominal left region, it spreads above to the lowest part of my rib cage, down to the top of my leg, and over to the other side of my “stomach.”

    I am age 20, female, 100 lbs, at 5’4″, with food allergies, endometriosis and breast cancer running directly in the family, have never had a pap smear (recommended after pain dies down of course), and am often on and off low dose antibiotics for minor infections. I have never been on birth control. I have been negatively tested for STDs (so on…) which means I do not have any – I’m clean. I take regular scalding hot baths or showers and never eat the foods I am allergic to.

    Last summer, possibly the summer before, I had a back injury nowhere near the region currently in pain. It is said I had an ovarian cyst on this left side, in this location, however I cannot argue enough that I do not believe that was or is now the issue (especially since the ultrasounds came up clean.)

    Please, please try to help me.

    • ANSWER:
      Go see you Gyn. It might be IC Interstical Cyctitis. I have been in bed for three days due to pain. Or you might have just a uti Urinary Tract infection. I’m on antibiotics curently. I calling my doctor tomorrow if the antibiotics don’t work. check Internet on IC. you may be surprised.

  7. QUESTION:
    Pregnant? Cysts? Or something else?
    I am 28 years old. I was tested for STD’s earlier this summer. I have never been pregnant or had any issues that concern my uterus. I had unprotected sex last month. The day I had been expecting my period I woke up to go to the bathroom. When I wiped I was certain I saw a hint of pink on the toilet paper so I used a tampon. Later on that day I checked my tampon and it was clean, completely. I figured I jumped the gun by a day or two and so I waited. Six days later I finally started my period. It lasted for two and a half days. I have been regular since I was 15. The only other times that I’ve been late I have known the reasons. There were high stress situations and changes in my physical activity. Now I am regularly active but my period is normal and regular. It can last anywhere from five to seven days. Again this is normal. So I did some research and looked at the dates. The days I had sex were in fact my highest fertility dates. This was by no means intentional. I don’t intend on getting pregnant. It was one of those situations where you get carried away and you stop thinking like an adult and act like a teenager. I have taken two pregnancy tests and both have come out negative. That would be a relief except a few things. Here are my symptoms:
    -Thick white discharge. This only lasted a few days and the last one was this piece that was on my underwear. It was the same color and consistancy as oreo cookie filling. It was a very small piece. The discharge did not smell and there is no burning or itching to go with it. Now the discharge is lite and clear.
    -Constipation. I don’t get constipated like this. I have my off days but I can’t seem to poop. If i do it’s either like diarrhea or a couple of little drops of poop but nothing like a normal healthy one.
    -Nausea. I use this description very lightly. I related it to stress. I would get nauseous and then I’d eat something. I would feel better for maybe 30 min and then I would be hungry again and then nauseous. I’m not throwing up and after those few days passed I haven’t been nauseous since.
    -Uterine cramps. I’m having pains that are abnormal to my regular menstrual cramps. I know what my cramps feel like and I have had a sharp pain here and there before I get my period but this time it’s a constant sharp pain. It’ll shoot up the middle or start on the left side and shoot down. Today I actually felt a dull pain lower than I should. I thought maybe this could be the constipation effecting me now.
    -Tired. Normally when I go to work I will work out after my shift. Instead I have gone to bed. I have slept through the night and woken up still tired. I did not fall asleep at my desk, or take a nap of any kind. I don’t normally take naps and my job can be high paced so it’s difficult to do so regardless.

    I’m not experiencing sore or tender breasts. If I start my period when I should, which would be less than two weeks, I should be experiencing sore breasts in the next few days. No headaches that I can’t relate to tension, i grind my teeth when i’m tense or nervous. I have read through so many different articles and baby sites. I’m considering a cyst. I will make an appointment with my gyno but I won’t be able to schedule it for another couple of weeks due to my work schedule. My question? What do you think? Should I be thinking cyst? This way I can take my worries off baby. Or should I think pregnant and stop worrying about a cyst? Could it be something else that I haven’t read up on yet? Any suggestions could help.

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    Pelvic pain between ovulation and menstruation- ovarian cysts or endometriosis?
    For the past five years, I’ve been experiencing pelvic pain similar to menstrual cramps (but worse) beginning the day after I ovulate and extending for the next two weeks until I begin my period (at which time regular menstrual cramps are actually a relief). The pain will come (very quickly) and go and may happen several times a day for two weeks or just a couple days within that time. It never happens before I ovulate or after I start my period.

    It’s been getting worse and worse and I have to take Ibuprofen now to cope with it. I’m trying to figure out what it is. I thought for a long time that it was endometriosis, but I’m beginning to think that it could be ovarian cysts. A couple of months ago, the pain was almost nonexistent! I had just recently stopped eating all animal products and thought that had done the trick, but next month it was back and I was extremely discouraged.

    I don’t want to go to the doctor for treatment because they will either want to do surgery, tell me to get on birth control, or tell me to keep taking painkillers. The pain disrupts my life (like waking me up in the middle of the night when I have to be up early the next day), but so does taking medicine because then I’m groggy and out of it and can’t function correctly.

    Lately I’ve begun to think that perhaps the condition is being exacerbated by chocolate (and all caffeine products, but I don’t drink coffee). I haven’t eaten chocolate for the past few days and the cramps have been mild enough that I haven’t had to take any Ibuprofen. My mom has fibrocystic breast disease and can’t eat chocolate because the caffeine and tannins in it will inflame the cysts and cause her to be in extreme pain for days. I was wondering if it could do the same for ovarian cysts?

    The information out there seems to just talk about sever pain during menstruation or mittelschmerz ovulation pain but nothing for pain that happens in the two intervening weeks. Has anyone else experience what I’ve described? Does anyone know anything about the link between ovarian cysts and chocolate or caffeine? Do my symptoms sound like endometriosis or ovarian cysts or something else? I would really like to find a natural treatment for this and I’m almost positive that it has something to do with diet. I love love love chocolate but I would give it up if it meant getting my life back two weeks out of five.

    • ANSWER:
      I have PCOS and I don’t have a problem when I eat chocolate. I’ve never been told by doctors to stop eating chocolate, so I doubt there is a connection.

      I think you should go visit the doctors. Tell them about the pain and tell them you’ve tried taking painkillers. I used to get really bad pain all the time, and I still do. If you don’t want to go on the pill, they can’t make you, but it does make the flow lighter and the pain a little less.

      For my pain, they gave me another NSAID, since Ibruprofen wouldn’t work. I get random onset of pain all the time, and up to a week before I’m due. With the painkillers, I take them as and when needed and they are a mircale cure. Ask the doctors what other options you have. Try hot baths and hot water bottles.

      Having said all this, if you suspect you have PCOS and so does your doctor, you will need to have a scan and blood tests to confirm this. I think your best bet is going to the doctors and explaining the situation!

      Good luck!

  9. QUESTION:
    Do you think I might have irritable bowel syndrome?
    Ok, so I know I have to have a DR diagnosis me, but I can’t until my baby is born(I’m pregnant currently). I just want your advice on if what I have been experiencing is IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or not. I have been expreiencing these symptoms for a long time and realize that there must be something wrong with me. Since March 2003 I have had the following symptoms: diarrhea (mostly diarrhea), cramps, constipation (on occasion), stomach gurgling, relief after passing stools from pain, bowel movements frequency range from less than 3 a week (constpation) to 2-3(sometimes not that often, but has even been more than 3 times a day on occasion) times a day (diarreha) and when I have went a long time from a bowel movement when I finally do go it is usually diarreha. The symptoms mentioned often occur after stressful situations/stress menstruation or after a large meal other times have been random occurrences.

    I have read that trama can cause IBS so here are some things that have happened to me: I had a very bad childhood(age 7-18), at age 15 I got food poiosning (vomited until green bile came up), I had my 1st miscarraige (I’ve had 6 miscarraiges total in my life) at age 19, during basic training for the military I noticed my symptoms (diarreha) beginning, I had a breast bioposy done to remove to non-cancerous cysts at age 20, while pregnant w/my 1st child (had her at age 21) during my last trimester I had (diarreha the most severe range for me 2nd-3rd trimester) by taking potassium pills (over the counter) noticed a decrease in symptoms (diarrhea).

    Well, I think that covers all of my medical history with the IBS symptoms or trama that could have caused me to get this is concerned for the most part. Any and all advice is welcome (please don’t be rude or make fun of me) thanks!!
    Also the diarreha usualy lasts 2-5 days out of the week. This week has been 3 days out of the week so far and ranged 1-2 times in the day (2 times was today).
    I had another diarreha episode today after some stress, so I definatly think I have a problem.

    • ANSWER:
      It is worth having a good doctor check you over and do testing for IBS. But don’t stop there!
      Also check for food allergies/intollerances as gluten intollerance and dairy intollerances can also produce these signs, so get them checked for as well.

      Food allergies/ intollerances can be tested for by blood tests, so you dont have to wait to do that.

      Pregnancy does mess with your gut’s regularity…

      Start keeping a food diary of what you eat and when, and how your gut responds for the following 3 days and see if you find a pattern developing. (It usually take 3 days to clear the system).

      Foods that disagree with you will usually make an increase in symptoms that hang around for 3 days.

      Things like getting heartburn and repetition to certain foods, increased gas production, diahorrea, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, stomach pains, etc are not normal, but the alarm bells your body is ringing, hoping you will take notice and get help.

      So definately, go get checked and SOON!
      Insist if you have to, that you want to be checked for food allergies/ intollerances as well. If your Dr doesnt know how to do the tests, ask if he/she can refer you to someone who does.

      If your tests come back negative, but the symptoms continue, then go through the process of elimination. eg; I am fine with apples and rice, but react to dairy… You can start that now if you want.

      I’ve been there and got quite sick before finding the right diagnosis of gluten and dairy intollerances. It is sooo great feeling well again!
      Next thing is being determined to stay well, by avoiding the offending foods!
      Im at the stage that I read all labels before I eat anything and ask what ingredients are in home baked foods if I did not prepare them. A plate full of chocolate coated biscuits can sit in front of me untouched if I know they contain wheat or dairy!! I’d rather go hungry than feel sick.

      Best wishes for your new baby and for getting well again.

  10. QUESTION:
    is it likely i’d feel pregnancy symptoms 2 weeks before my period?
    for about 9 days i’ve been having weird feelings and cramping. i’ve felt nausea for the past 3 days. I’m beginning to worry i’m pregnant, so i’ve written down the symptoms and the days they occurred. it’s a touch long winded, so i’ll summarize for those of you who don’t wanna read it all.

    for two weeks i’ve had either sharp or dull cramping along my lower abdomen and lower back. for about 3 days i’ve been feeling dizzy, off balance, faint and nauseous when smelling certain things or getting hungry. I’ve been urinating frequently for 2 weeks, retaining water for 3 days. i’ve noticed nipple tenderness and breast tenderness near my armpits.. my period isn’t due for another 8 – 9 days. i also had a lot of sex from the 12th of august to the 16th.

    how likely is it that i would be pregnant, and would it be possible for me to feel symptoms this early?

    total list of symptoms:

    august 5:
    – first day of last period

    august 12 – 16:
    – have intercourse two times a day while visiting my boyfriend.
    – miss a birth control pill (crap!).

    august 14 – 17 (day 1-3):
    – notice sharp cramping when sitting down or standing up.
    – feel fine otherwise.
    – having discharge like that during ovulation. thick and white.
    – something feels wierd and ‘off’ for a couple days

    august 18 – 20 (day 4-6):
    – still having sharp cramping. but more so it’s dull aching like period cramps. constant cramps.
    – beginning to wonder if it’s possible i’m pregnant. i’d have to have ovulated a week early.
    – notice more discharge. still thick and white.
    – urinating frequently. very annoying.
    – also have lower back pain. feels like it needs to crack, but i can’t crack it.
    – mild heartburn (not uncommon)
    – go to the doctor on day 5, suggests it might be ovarian cysts. wants me to go for an ultrasound to check everything out.
    – diarreah on day 19 – could be due to eating too many blueberries

    august 21 (day 7):
    – still feel cramping. sometimes sharp, sometimes dull. sometimes in lower back.
    – feel stomach flips when i smell food or am getting hungry.
    – unreasonably hungry. unless i stuff myself at a meal i’m hungry within 2 hours
    – feel nauseous when hunger is coming on
    – feel faint and see spots twice after walking up a hill and a flight of stairs
    – lose breath easily
    – retaining fluids. fingers are swollen enough to make me move rings down a finger
    – still urinating frequently, but because of water retention urination is very unsatisfying
    – extremely tired (but i also had 6 hours sleep)
    – nose is plugged and needs to be blown multiple times a day. (uncommon for me)
    – extremely windy from both ends

    august 22 (day 8):
    – wake up dizzy after and cramped (other days i have a couple hours of relief after waking up)
    – still feeling nausea when smelling food.
    – still retaining water, still urinating frequently, still unsatisfied after urinating
    – extremely tired. mind is alert, but body is heavy and lazy (woke up early today too)
    – notice mild heartburn (not uncommon)
    – extremely hungry, even when nauseous.
    – still having creamy discharge
    – don’t feel faint during the day, but do feel off balance
    – nose is still plugged, and needs to be blown multiple times
    – extremely windy from both ends
    – turns out ovarian cysts rarely cause nausea.
    – take home pregnancy test at 9:30 pm (period due in 9 – 10 days) – negative result, as predicted. period due in 9 – 10 days

    august 23 (day 9)
    – wake up hungry (rare)
    – wake up with cramps. dull pain in my sides and lower back
    – while drinking coffee feel nauseous. lump in my throat.
    – frequent urination. seem to be dumping the fluids that were building up.
    – notice nipples are tender and tingly when touched/poked. also notice pain near armpits when pushed, the spot the underwire of my bra runs near the armpit (sore breasts are common the week before my period)
    – still having creamy discharge
    – period due in 8 – 9 days.

    • ANSWER:
      I felt symptoms the day I conceived, literally. I started to feel nauseous on and off and had cramping. Soon after that I started to feel excessively hungry. It is definitely possible. Try not to stress too much, or analyze your symptoms too much, as that can make them seem worse. It is also possible that this is all in your head. Not to say you’re crazy, but the mind is a powerful thing. I was absolutely positive I was pregnant once – had all the symptoms I had with my other pregnancy – but wasn’t. I think my mind just sort of created the symptoms. Anyway, I wish you the best of luck. If I were you, I’d test in about 4 days. You can sometimes get a positive 4 days early (although it’s not gauranteed), and if you’re having symptoms already you probably would. Good luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    What is the likelihood of having Endomitriosis at 20?
    I was told for the last 6 years that there were cysts on my ovaries becuase everytime i would be in pain and get an ultrasound there would be free fluid but no real proof. But in the last 5-7 months I have been getting more severe pain in the right side of my lower abdomen. It gets worse before my period. My period has gotten lighter and lighter and within the last 5 years, shortening it to 2 -2.5 days. Should I be concerned about that first of all? I mentionned it to my doctor but she never really said anything about it she was more concerned about everything else…
    Second, my period is extremely regular but I can count on the pain to be extremely irregular from dull to twisting spasm feelings. With this pain I also experience extreme fatigue and breast tenderness, my lower back aches constantly and it hurts to go to the washroom. I am not pregnant. I’m seeing a gyno specialist at the end of august but its so far away I cant get in sooner but i need pain relief!!!
    Could this be endomitriosis? What can I do for the pain (I am intolerant to anti-inflammatories such as advil, naroxen…) ? Anything natural I can take for the pain? Any special foods that may help?
    Thanks!!!

    • ANSWER:
      acupressure and vaginal douche shall help u out, in the most natural way without side effects.

      ACUPRESSURE TECHNIQUES:

      With ur thumb, press ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while press9ng a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted/purged through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or after 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels.

      VAGINAL DOUCHE:
      Let her wash her uterus with the aid of vaginal douche/baby enema set.
      1 liter of luke worm water + 2 or 3 drops of dettol or savlon daily in the morning/evening.
      To pump slowly the medicated water through vagina shall clean uterus and even HIV or any other infection will be cured. All the menstrual problems shall also be solved.

      with best compliments from www.saioam.com


Bartholin Gland Cyst Treatment Natural

Found on every labia of the vagina or on the vaginal lips, the Bartholin’s gland are tiny invisible organs that are responsible for making the fluid that lubricates the woman’s vaginal lips. This lubricating fluid comes out from two tiny tubes that are located at the opening of the vagina. These tiny tubes are more commonly known as the Bartholin ducts.

Sometimes however when a flap of skin grows over one of the openings of the Bartholin’s gland, the tendency for the fluid is to back up and cause a swelling or a blockage of the gland that is medically termed as a cyst, or more particularly, the Bartholin’s gland cyst or Bartholin’s duct cyst. Cysts in the Bartholin’s gland range in sizes; they can be as small as a pea or grow to a big size like that of a large marble.

How to Tell Ii You Have a Bartholin’s Gland Cyst?

Thick mucus, a swelling, and an infection can cause a blockage in your Bartholin gland. This blockage will cause the fluid to build up and create a cyst. After sexual intercourse, this cyst can grow bigger as these glands produce more of this fluid during sex.
When your Bartholin gland cyst is not infected, it will only feel like a painless and tender bulge in the vulva area, near the opening of your vagina. This should stay the same size although it can be accompanied by some swelling or redness. You may be able to locate this cyst on your own or a doctor will be able to notice it during a physical exam. When this cyst gets infected, you will most likely feel pain as it forms an abscess. In these cases, walking or sitting and even having sex will be unbearable.

How Do You Treat a Bartholin’s Gland Cyst?

Treatment of a Bartholin’s gland cyst will vary and depend on some factors that include the size of your cyst, the degree of infection, and your age. In minor cases where the cyst is small, it can be easily treated by merely having a sitz bath or soaking in a few inches of water several times in one day for at least three to four days. This process will trigger the cyst to rupture and drain without much pain.

For other cases however, some procedures may be done at the doctor’s office to treat the cyst. One of these procedures includes making an incision into the cyst where a catheter can be placed. With the catheter in place for about four to six weeks, the cyst will drain and the catheter can then be removed.

Also, some doctors opt to make a small cut in the cyst to drain the fluid. At the edge of the cyst stitches are made where a small opening will be put; this process is technically called a marsupialization. Other less popular procedures may be surgically removing the entire gland or a laser treatment, both of which can be performed as same-day surgery in an outpatient office.


Baker’s Cyst

A Baker’s Cyst is a well defined sac of fluid that occurs in the posterior part of the knee. This type of cyst is also know as a popliteal cyst because of its location in the popliteal region (backside) of the knee. These cysts contain knee joint fluid that has been pressured out of its encapsulation. This article teaches why these cysts develop and the medical symptoms you need to be aware of. For a more extensive online diagnosis of these signs and symptoms or any other aches and pains pay a visit to SymptomSpy.com.
Baker’s Cyst

The highly noticeable sign is a noticeable mass that can be seen as a bulge in the back of the knee. This bulge will be most easily noticed once the individual is positioned with the knee totally extended. This area will be able to be felt and will commonly feel soft or spongy and may be tender or painful. Some individuals could feel an ache or tightness approximately around the knee even though other folks can feel no pain or discomfort .

Baker’s cysts are relatively typical and may come about due to damage to the back of the knee joint or may be linked with an root ailment similar to arthritic joint disease or gout. Some cysts may arise without having a recognized cause.

The original analysis of a Baker’s cyst will come from the stricken individual as they will most likely observation the cyst protruding from the back of their knee. This ailment ought to be evaluated by a physician. The evaluation may incorporate a physical examination, radiological testing (i.e. x-ray, ultrasound, arthrogram or MRI scan) and quite possibly blood and/or a urine tests depending on the suspected cause.

If the cyst is linked with an underlying ailment, remedy will be focused on that ailment. If the cyst is painful or is interfering with activity, medical removal may be needed . Baker’s Cysts typically resolve once the protruding fluid is removed. Joint aspiration or cortisone injections may be needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Baker’s cyst?!?
    Has anyone ever had or know anyone who has had a Baker’s cyst? Last weekend my knee became swelled up and today has been the first day that I can walk on it. After doing an MRI the dr. said I had a Baker’s cyst. I don’t remember injuring my knee in anyway and I’m only 28. I am just trying to find out more about this and how to prevent it from happening again. I will also be asking my dr. when I go back to see him but was wondering if anyone else had ever heard of it or had any experiences they would like to share?!!?

    • ANSWER:
      Baker’s cysts can occur from prolonged or repeated knee flexion. If you spend a lot of time on your knees or with your knees flexed more than 90 degrees you can be at risk for developing these. Usually the doctor will just give you anti-inflammatory medication and recommend you decrease activity, especially if it involves your knees being flexed.

      When I was in high school, I played football, lifted weights regularly, and was a catcher in baseball for four years. I developed pretty bad Baker’s cysts in both knees as a result of all the wear and tear. But after I decreased all the activity the pain began to resolve. You should be fine.

  2. QUESTION:
    Baker’s Cyst?
    Hi All,

    Just two days ago in the kitchen while sauteing a fillet of trout, I realised that I had a tight bump behind my knee. I went to the GP after a sleepless night and he diagnosed me with a Baker’s Cyst – GREAT!

    I am a 32 year old man, with a family history of athritis but I do take care of myself; I’m not overweight, have a VERY health lifestyle and exersizefor up to an hour every day – running.

    Here are my questions:

    -Will the cyst dissapear on its own without surgery if I rest my legs?
    -How long will it take to go away?
    -Can I still exersize with the cycst present?
    -Should I switch from running to cycling?
    -Can taking Glucosamine Sulphate be part the cause of the cyst?

    I am the type of person who is a little addicted to regular exersize and will be devistated if I cannot be active. Please help?

    Daniel

    • ANSWER:
      It should just go away on its own. Occasionally they have to be drained but its unusual. Anti inflammatories can help if you have any pain. Your GP or pharmacist can advise you re medication.

      In healthy people they can occur after a knee injury but you may not remember injuring yourself and it could be just “one of those things”.
      Id just get on with your life as usual if i was you and forget about it, particularly if it dosnt hurt.

      Here is a BBC health link that explains it very well.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/conditions/bakerscyst1.shtml

      Hope this helps.

  3. QUESTION:
    How long does a baker’s cyst take to mend after it has burst?
    Recently I had a really sharp pain at the back of my knee when I put my foot to the ground. The doctor is pretty sure it was a baker’s cyst and it burst. I had to rest my leg and keep my feet up. It has been 12 days now and although it is much better and I can walk on it, it still aches and feels stiff. Does anyone know how long it will be before it feels normal again please?

    • ANSWER:
      Usually, any cyst as big as a bakers cyst takes among 1 week to heal at the most. If you are an on-the-go person, I suggest giving you leg about 4 days to heal and then start being a busy bee again.

      If it hot where you live, make sure you have some type of venting for the cyst, thus it does not get infection. I hope I helped and also clean it daily (once a day) with slat water because that will make iit heal quicker.

  4. QUESTION:
    How to make ruptured Baker’s cyst heal faster?
    I have a Baker’s cyst under my knee, which ruptured recently and leaked into my leg, causing horrible pain in my calf muscle.
    My GP said that the liquid needs to re-absorb into the tissues and that it can take either days or months…
    Is there anything I can do/take to make it heal faster?
    I am already taking Ibuprofen, keeping my leg elevated and massaging it.

    • ANSWER:
      pack it with iodoform gauze. it will promote healing and also help avoid infection. Keep your blood sugar under control if you want to heal faster
      you can do some upper body exercise while resting in a chair

  5. QUESTION:
    I have a Baker’s Cyst, how long will it be before I can start running again?
    I noticed pain yesterday, got it checked out: Baker’s Cyst. I took two weeks off from my daily four miles and when I started up again I got pain in my second mile. I really want to run a road race (6.2 m) on March 20th, about a month away. Will I be able to?

    • ANSWER:
      they can last a really long time,over a year even.I t depends what caused it to begin with also.

  6. QUESTION:
    I have a Baker’s Cyst on the right leg near the knee. My doctor told me it might be from a torn cartilage.
    Can anyone give me any information about Baker’s Cyst? And if it is a torn cartilage is surgery required?

    • ANSWER:
      Generally speaking, a Baker’s cyst is a benign swelling that originates from the knee joint, and is often (but not always) associated with some kind of arthritic or cartilagenous damage. The knee joint is contained in what’s called a “synovial sack” and when that gets damaged for any reason, it swells into that space behind your knee. Sometimes the swelling even pinches off into its own discrete area. That’s what usually causes the pain.

      Whether or not the torn cartilage requires surgery depends very much on how serious it is and what problems it’s causing you. Your doctor is the one you should ask, or you can get a referral for a physiologist or an orthopedic surgeon if you need one. It’s not always necessary. Cartilage will not really repair itself, but minor tears may not be worth the trouble of surgery and you may also benefit from physical therapy.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can a child keep doing sports with a Baker’s Cyst?
    My son probably has a Baker’s cyst. We are going for an ultrasound to confirm that it is a Baker’s cyst. It doesn’t hurt him (at least not right now), so i was just wondering if he can keep doing sports? He is in gymnastics and karate.

    • ANSWER:
      As long as it doesn’t hurt him, he should be fine to go ahead and play sports.

  8. QUESTION:
    How likely is it that an elderly man with arthritic knees will recover from a Baker’s cyst?

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    what is the post care from having surgery on a baker’s cyst?
    Can anyone tell me how long this surgery is and the after care at home is? Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      After surgery you need to slowly rehab your knee by flexing it. Baker’s cyst is a normal variant unless it becomes inflammed. Don’t knee and pray after surgery!!

  10. QUESTION:
    Should I run with a Baker’s cyst?
    I think I have a Baker’s cyst behind my knee in the backside of my leg. It’s a little lump about the width of a nickel. It’s been six days since I noticed it and it’s still the same shape. It isn’t painful but it occasionally feels like there is tightness in my hamstring. I have a doctor appointment in six days. Should I still see the doctor if it disappears by that time?

    • ANSWER:
      Don’t cancel your doctor’s appointment – confirm the diagnosis with your doctor.
      A Baker’s cyst is a small pouch in the back of the knee. It is not visible or palpable unless there is an increase in the amount of fluid in the knee. If this occurs, then the cyst will enlarge. The cyst itself is usually not a problem. Whatever is causing the swelling in the knee may be a problem. If you are able to run without pain and the cyst does not seem to enlarge, then go ahead and continue running. If there is an increase in swelling or pain occurs, then stick with any non-impact activities which don’t cause a problem. Evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon is a good idea. You may have some torn cartilage in the knee or other problem causing the cyst to swell. If everything turns out okay, then you can continue running to your heart’s content. Again, seek advice from your doctor.

      Good luck ;)

  11. QUESTION:
    Reappearance of Baker’s Cyst on 8 yr olds knee. what should we do?
    About a month ago our 8yr old son went to the Dr to have his Baker’s Cyst drained. Well, it’s back already. He said there is really no pain but we are undecided on what to do, surgery or not. We don’t want it to get to the point where there is pain. Can these resolve by themselves? Plz help!

    • ANSWER:
      Baker’s cyst is usually the result from a misalignment of the knee, causing excessive pressure to the knee joint capsule to herniate and form the cyst.

      You may want to ask the doctor for a referral to a physical therapist to have the knee properly corrected.

  12. QUESTION:
    I have a baker’s cyst in my right knee? Will a color doppler test show if the cyst is ruptured?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes colour doppler can show up the findings of the baker’s cyst… The leakage of the fluid is detected as a colour escaping in the colour doppler.. the cyst shows up as a hollow mass behind the knee.. But one exception is, if the cyst is completely ruptured and no fluid at all inside, than it cannot throw up on the investigation… But once diagnosed it needs excision….

  13. QUESTION:
    Baker’s Cyst Symptoms?
    What are symptoms of a Baker’s cyst?

    • ANSWER:
      Sana – Baker’s cyst symptoms:
      A large cyst may cause some discomfort or stiffness but generally has no symptoms. There may be a painless or painful swelling behind the knee. The cyst may feel like a water-filled balloon. Occasionally, the cyst may rupture, causing pain, swelling, and bruising on the back of the knee and calf. It is important to tell the difference between a ruptured Baker’s cyst and a blood clot (deep venous thrombosis), which can also cause pain, swelling, and bruising on the back of the knee and calf. A blood clot may be dangerous and requires immediate medical attention.

  14. QUESTION:
    What’s a Baker’s cyst?
    The ultrasound technician says it looks like a Baker’s cyst… anybody know what the treatment is for that?

    • ANSWER:
      Please see the web pages for more details and images on Baker’s cyst (Rheumatoid Arthritis). It is a swelling about the knee due to escape of Synovial fluid in popliteal bursitis.

  15. QUESTION:
    Treatment of Baker’s Cyst on knee?
    Hi,

    I have a baker’s cyst on my right knee. I had an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) surgery 3 months ago and at that time the cyst was subdued because I was given antiflammatory medication (since I also had fluid in my joint).
    Now I am at the ACL rehabilitation stage and the Baker’s cyst is back and stops my whole rehabilitation.
    I am due for an ultasound this week, and I wonder how is the cyst drainage conducted? Is any local anesthesia used, is it painfull, is there any precautions for afterwards… will I have to stop my ACL rehabilitation for any time???
    Please anyone has experience with this?

    Thank you.
    Probably should add that I am 30 years old and amateur athlete… I also have no athritis on my knee.
    No one has experience with Baker’s Cyst and its treatment?!? :/

    • ANSWER:
      ur surgeon will probably excise the cyst as if it is simply drained it will most likely recur (as baker’s cyst has an abnormal connection to ur knee joint, the fluid in that cyst is the same fluid which is lubricating the knee joint). u will be given a spinal block anesthesia so u wont feel any pain. u will most like temporarily stop ur rehab during the healing process.

  16. QUESTION:
    Think I’ve bursted a Baker’s Cyst. Will it return?
    Several years ago I had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn medial menicus. I’ve had several injuries to that knee, over the years, and have arthritis and have long suspected that a Baker’s cyst has developed behind my knee. I had all the symtoms. The other day I tripped and fell, hitting the front, lower part of my bad knee on the floor. It was very sore and stiff and felt tight and warm to the touch for two days. Then, the pain subsided, the tightness went away and my knee feels better than it has in ages. I still have a little tenderness where I hit the floor but I’m thinking that the jolt bursted the Baker’s cyst. I can now straighten my leg out, the tightness/pressure is gone and the puffiness and ache around my knee has subsided considerably. I can’t believe how much better my knee feels, it’s amazing. My question is…if I did indeed burst a cyst, will it come back? Anything I can do to prevent it from coming back?

    • ANSWER:
      Even though it seems as if the cyst has drained for the time being, it is most likely that it will recur. Sorry.

  17. QUESTION:
    Will a baker’s cyst go away?
    I was diagnosed with a ruptured Baker’s cyst in my left leg about a month ago, and was given a shot of cortizone 2 weeks ago for the pain, but the pain is back just as bad as it was before I even got the shot. Do I have to just deal and wait for it to go away or should I get another shot, or get it removed?

    • ANSWER:
      You might need to have it removed unless you want to continue the expense and time of getting shots. But prior to doing so, just for the heck of it go get some vitamin E gel caps at least 400mg and take one a day for a few weeks just to see if it has any effect on it because I know so many people including myself who have battled annoying cysts and the vitamin if not shrinks the cyst down over time it has also been known to eliminate cysts as well. So give that a try for a few weeks, once a day in the morning, the dosage on the bottle reads 2x per day with most vitamin E, but if you get a 400mg or slightly above that, one should be effective enough.
      Good luck!

  18. QUESTION:
    Exercises for thighs and calves, have a baker’s cyst?
    I have an old knee injury that causes my knee to stiffen and hurt sometimes. In the back of my knee I developed a baker’s cyst. My doctor said that if she were to remove it, it would grow back. She suggested doing exercises that would strengthen my thighs and calves but not put pressure on my knee. She said no running or stairs. What are some exercises that would help? Will this baker’s cyst go away if I wear a knee wrap? or do I ask if they can remove it anyway? Please help I’m tired of wearing pants to hide this lump!

    • ANSWER:
      A Baker’s Cyst is filled with lubricating fluid from your knee, and generally the larger the cyst, the worse the condition of the knee joint. Now about exercise, swimming is the best for you. Also, you need to build up the cartledge in your knee. The pills require no prescription. Go to your Kroger store and ask the pharmacist what you need, and he will tell you and you can buy the pills right there. Oh, of all joints of the body, the knee is the most badly designed.

  19. QUESTION:
    can a blood clot cause a baker’s cyst?
    i had a blood clot that was found through ultrasound a couple weeks ago when i was in the hospital, i had alot of pain in the knee and calf of my left leg. when i got discharged and camehome the pain did not go away, so i went to ER thinking it was the blood clot still causing pain, so the doctor did an ultrasound and found out that the blood clot was gone, so they did a xray and discovered i had a baker’s cyst, that ruptured, does anyone know if the blood clot caused the cyst… and also i’ve been to the ER about 2 times, with severe pain in my knee and lower half of leg…they just told me to follow up with primary doctor and gave me pain meds, and said i might need surgery… can they do surgery on a ruptured cyst? my leg is quite swollen and had the pain for about 2-3 weeks, i have an appointment with regular doctor on the 4th, which i can’t wait for…( i thought i’ld never say that about a doctors appointment) if anyone can answer my questions, i’ld appretiate it. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      yes, due to the breakdown of the blood vessels walls.

  20. QUESTION:
    Baker’s Cyst Physical Therapy?
    What are some physical therapy options for baker’s cysts?

    • ANSWER:
      Generally, not much. Many times, with a general stretching and strengthening program, people with knee pain do well, no matter what the diagnosis…even baker’s cyst. The problem is that many times baker’s cysts are red herrings and really just cover up an underlying mechanical problem (musculokeletal imbalance). Therefore, people often do better with a stretch and strenthening program. However, sometimes people do actually have pain eminating from their baker’s cyst…in which case, it needs to be drained.

      So give the PT a go, but if it’s no better, I’d have a talk with an orthopedist.

  21. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know much about a Burst Baker’s cyst?
    I have been having pains in my leg and doctor been keeping an eye on it. Last week I ran across the road and as I did it felt like something snapped or burst at the back of my leg. I could not put my foot to the ground it was so painful. I went to doctor and she thinks I might have had a Baker’s cyst and when I ran it burst. I now have tablets to take and cannot go to work, in fact cannot do anything really. Does anyone know much about this and how long it takes until you can walk again? Thank you.
    Thank you Paula. The doctor did send me for an ultra scan on my leg before I had this problem. The scan was clear and no clots but then I ran and this happened. I have co-codamol to take and it is easing, just getting stiff now.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh gosh, what a nightmare. I have Baker’s cysts and the physio said they do burst, but that’s rare. Normally they only burst when they are large – so I don’t understand why the doctor “thinks” you might have had one – these cysts are really obvious as they sit on the back of your knee joint.

      Haven’t you had your knee scanned yet? It sounds like you need more investigation into the cause of the problem, rather than being sent home with painkillers.

      Good luck.

  22. QUESTION:
    How long before I’ll be able to return to running after a baker’s cyst? I have a 6 mile race on March 20th.?
    Doctor said it wasn’t too big and that I should ice it, use the elliptical and swim instead of run for a couple weeks and take prednisone. I’ve never had a baker’s cyst and I only started running last July. 3-4 miles about 6 days a week. I took about two weeks off (because of cold weather), went for my first run again and did about a mile and a half before it started hurting.

    Will I be able to run the race in March?

    • ANSWER:
      Well I think you’re f***ked man.

  23. QUESTION:
    exactly what is a baker’s cyst?
    Please explain this cyst to me and if surgery is needed and what is the post operative care needed afterwards if this is necessary.

    • ANSWER:
      Its not really a cyst – its an overfilled bursa usually behind the knee. The bursa secrete synovial fluid around a joint to keep it lubricated. Sometimes the fluid builds up and causes the bursa to bulge – the bulge is called a baker’s cyst. I have no idea where they come up with these names!

      Baker’s cysts are usually a symptom of some other problem, so there’s no way to say if surgery is needed to correct the problem – it depends on the problem causing the cyst to develop. Doctors can drain the cyst with a needle, and it goes away instantly, but this doesn’t solve the problem that caused the cyst to develop. Sometimes the cyst is caused by chronic inflammation and other times its caused by irritation due to friction in the joint in places where the joint is damaged. If the cause is inflammation, it can be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs and surgery is probably unnecessary.

      If the cyst is caused by damage to the cartilage or arthritis, surgery may be required. For these types of surgeries, post-op care is usually focused on any rehab needs such as strengthening certain muscles, or stretching tight muscles.

  24. QUESTION:
    Is there any connection betw a Baker’s Cyst & Fungal Infection?
    Please if you can include source of reference material and what natural remedy you reccommend for fungal infection.

    • ANSWER:
      A Baker’s Cyst is a synovial fluid collection behind your knee – it is not a cyst. It collects there because there was a weakness in the ligament and the fluid pooled there.

      I have never heard of any causation between this pseudo-cyst and a fungal infection.

      Websites are abundant. Google Bakers cyst. Go to pubmed.com.

  25. QUESTION:
    recovery time for removal of a baker’s cyst from behind the knee?

    • ANSWER:
      After surgery, your knee will be bandaged with a dressing and splint for support. Most of the stitches used to hold the incision closed will be absorbed into your body. Any that remain will be removed by your doctor after 10 to 14 days. In the meantime, keep the incision dry for the first 24 hours. After that, you can shower, but dry the wound right away. Clean the incision 3 or 4 times a day with soap and water; or use a cotton swab dipped in a mixture of half water and half hydrogen peroxide. Once the stitches or staples are removed, your doctor may put small strips of tape across the wound. Leave them on as long as instructed.

  26. QUESTION:
    Posterior knee pain, 4 months after post medial meniscal surgery. Possible baker’s cyst, hamstring area?
    Have seen the doctor 3 times since surgery, he can’t figure it out…arthritis, hamstring strain? PT with ice, no relief…meds don’t do much either…gets worse as the day goes on…hard to flex. 46 y/o former UT runner…where is the pain coming from? The pain is right behind the knee and throbs at times, night time in the bed as well. Worse as the day goes on. Have had 4 surgerys on this knee…Grade IV femoral malicia. Is it a possible tear, baker cyst or what causing the pain? I have run out of options. Anybody experience this? Relief mechanisms? Recovery time?

    • ANSWER:
      I doubt it is a Baker’s cyst – they get quite large and you would be ale to see a bulge. Possible patella femoral syndrome? You could also have a horrible case of OA. I am 37 and I have had five knee surgeries (one to remove a Baker’s cyst). I know the majority of my problems now are due to OA…Not much you can do about it unless you go for a knee replacement. Maybe you should go to a different doc to get a second opinion. I have a fantastic surgeon now….if you want his name, let me know (I live in Austin)

  27. QUESTION:
    when will the pain of a baker’s cyst go away?

    behind the knee

    • ANSWER:
      where is it located?

  28. QUESTION:
    i don’t know if i have a baker’s cyst but i think i have one similar to it?
    i was told by a doc that i have a 1in cyst on the back of my knee i do believe i wasn’t told exactly where but my knee locks up sometimes and locks up really good and continues to be in pain when it is unlocked now i was also told i have tendinitis and bursitis at one time or another and i don’t know if they are forms of arthritis or not but i just would like to know if all my doctors were lying to me about not needing to have surgery
    i was told by a doc that i have a 1in cyst on the back of my knee i do believe i wasn’t told exactly where but my knee locks up sometimes and locks up really good and continues to be in pain when it is unlocked now i was also told i have tendinitis and bursitis at one time or another and i don’t know if they are forms of arthritis or not but i just would like to know if all my doctors were lying to me about not needing to have surgery ive had MRIs and all that lovely jazz but supposedly they dont see anything wrong with it i was told by my old primary that he felt a peice of bone or something moving around in my kneecap and yet the orthopedics say i dont have water in my knee and they didn’t even try to take another look at it but it still keeps lockin up at night and kills when i wake up the next mornin when i try to move it around to make it get unlocked

    • ANSWER:
      A baker’s cyst is just that: a cyst that is found on the back of your knee. It is a collection spot for synovial fluid. This synovial fluid is produced by the synovial tissue in the knee joint. It serves to lubricate the joint. When there is an irritation in the knee, i.e. torn meniscus, articular cartilage damage, arthritis, synovitis, then too much fluid is made. This is known as “water on the knee’. It collects in the back area of the knee, the spot with the most loose tissue to accomodate it, forming the cyst known as “Baker’s cyst” If this cyst is persistant, or grows larger, then you might consider looking at the cause of this with an MRI. This only should be considered if you are willing and able to have the surgery to “Fix” it. No need to do that expensive test just for curiosity of the cause..

  29. QUESTION:
    Can’t a dissected baker’s cyst be cured?
    Iv’e had so much fluid in my leg for over a year, and worker’s comp will not authorize an operation. If I have my own money can this be fixed? Thank you.
    Thanx solorose, i looked at your answer page, I think you’re really trying to help people. I wish the best for you!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes and no. The dissected part may be difficult to excise, but the cyst itself can be drained and closed. Most orthopedic surgeons wont do that, however. Why? Because they tend to just recur unless you discover the cause of the cyst formation withing the joint space of the knee. there may be menisceal or cartilage damage or a synovial valve which is responsible.

      So, most orthopedic sureons offer you arthroscopic surgery on your knee, but dont promise to remove the cyst alone.

      Its like a leaky ceiling: paint and plaster wont fix it.

      http://www.emedicine.com/orthoped/topic386.htm

      Also, please note that workers have won WC appeals even when doctor’s disagreed whether work stresses contributed to the cyst:

      www.worksafebc.com/publications/newsletters/wc_reporter/volume_07/assets/pdf/07_4.pdf

  30. QUESTION:
    baker’s cyst drained what is recovery time?

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    About a Baker’s cyst.?
    I just went into see the sports medicine docter today, and he told me the problem with my knee is that it may be a bakers cyst… i think that’s it… I did some research and found that most people who have it, have it on the back of their knee cap… I’m due for an MRI in about a months time… But i am extremely eager to know if it may be it because in september I am starting dance in college.. soo… yeah… it is a bulge which looked like the bakers cyst, but it is on my left knee on the outside where the joint is.
    Can the bakers cyst be there.. or does any one have any answers?? it didn’t show anything on xrays.. and I’m sure it isn’t arthritis because when i do begin to become more active it still remains sore.

    • ANSWER:
      A bakers cyst is never on the back of the knee cap. It is always on the back side of the leg. See picture below

      http://health-pictures.com/baker-cyst-picture.htm

      A bakers is where joint fluid leaks out of the back side of the knee joint.

      Rusty

  32. QUESTION:
    what is a knee effusion with a baker’s cyst?

    • ANSWER:
      excess of fluid in the knee joint space is called an effusion .
      it could be a result of infection like with bacteria or inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis .

      a bakers cyst is formed when this fluid extends into the calf.its significance is that if it ruptures it leads to diffuse swelling and pain and may mimick deep vein thrombosis(a much more serious condition)

      Baker’s cyst is an accumulation of joint fluid (synovial fluid) that forms behind the knee.

      Alternative Names:
      Popliteal cyst
      Causes, incidence, and risk factors:
      Baker’s cyst is a fluid collection behind the knee. This cyst may be formed by the connection of a normal bursa (a normal lubricating fluid sac) with the knee joint. This type is more common in children.

      The condition can also be caused by the herniation of the knee joint capsule out into the back of the knee, which is more common in adults. This type of Baker’s cyst is commonly associated with a tear in the meniscal cartilage of the knee. In older adults, this condition is frequently associated with degenerative arthritis of the knee.

      Nearly one half of Baker’s cysts are found in children, where they appear as painless masses behind the knee that are more obvious when the knee is fully extended. A large cyst may cause some discomfort or stiffness but generally has no symptoms. Baker’s cysts usually disappear spontaneously, but the time in which they do so is variable.

      Background: Baker cyst, also termed popliteal cyst, is the most common mass in the popliteal fossa and results from fluid distension of the gastrocnemio-semimembranosus bursa. The eponym honors the work of Dr William Morrant Baker. In 1877, Baker described 8 cases of periarticular cysts caused by synovial fluid that had escaped from the knee joint and formed a new sac outside the joint. The common underlying conditions were osteoarthritis and Charcot joint.

      Pathophysiology: A Baker cyst is a synovial cyst located posterior to the medial femoral condyle between the tendons of the medial head of the gastrocnemius and semimembranosus muscles. This usually communicates with the joint via a slitlike opening at the posteromedial aspect of the knee capsule just superior to the joint line. A Baker cyst is lined by a true synovium, as it is an extension of the knee joint. Popliteal cysts range from 1-40 cm3 (median 3 cm3).
      A popliteal cyst may serve as a protective mechanism for the knee. Intrinsic intra-articular disorders cause joint effusion. The knee effusion is displaced into the Baker cyst, thus reducing potentially destructive pressure in the joint space. Jayson and Dixon postulated that joint effusion and fibrin are pumped from the knee joint into the popliteal cyst but not in the reverse direction because of a valvelike communication, such as either a ball or Bunsen valve (Picture 1).

      In the ball-valve mechanism, effusion is pumped from the knee joint into the Baker cyst, but fibrin serves as a one-way valve blocking return of effusion into the knee joint. In the Bunsen-valve mechanism, the enlarging Baker cyst exerts mass effect on the slitlike communication between the joint and cyst, trapping effusion. Trapped effusion is reabsorbed through the semipermeable membrane, leaving behind concentrations of fibrin. This explains the difficulty aspirating the thick, glutinous contents of these cysts. Rauschning and Lindgren studied 41 patients with popliteal cysts via arthrography, arthroscopy, or arthrotomy. Their study suggested that Baker cysts may form by 2 mechanisms.

      A primary or idiopathic cyst has a valvular connection with the joint cavity. Membranes, synovial bands, and folds were seen in all valvular cases. Scarring and irritation may form these folds. Alternatively, the synovial bands may be remnants of connective tissue interposed between the joint and bursal cavity. Idiopathic cysts usually are seen in young patients without symptoms. Cyst contents usually are viscous.

      A secondary or symptomatic cyst communicates freely with the knee joint and contains synovial fluid of normal viscosity. Secondary cysts reveal underlying articular disorder, which was demonstrated in 14 of 41 patients (34%) with popliteal cysts. Associated articular disorders included osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis, nonspecific synovitis, meniscal tears, and chondromalacia patellae.

      Frequency:

      In the US: Prevalence of Baker cyst depends on patient population and imaging modality, as shown in Tables 1 and 2.
      Table 1. Prevalence of Baker Cyst Based on Diagnostic Modalities

      Diagnostic Modalities Prevalence, %
      MRI 5-18
      Cadaveric dissections 30
      Arthroscopy 37
      Ultrasound 40-42
      Arthrography 5-46

      Table 2. Prevalence of Baker Cyst Based on Patient Populations

      Patient Populations Prevalence, %
      RA 5-58
      Osteoarthritis 42
      Internal derangements 5-18

      Mortality/Morbidity: Refer to Special Concerns for a detailed discussion.

      Race: No racial predilection exists.

      Sex: No sex predilection exists.

      Age: Popliteal cysts appear much less frequently in children than in adults.

      Anatomy: Refer to Pathophysiology for a detailed discussion.

      Clinical Details: Table 3 lists the most common symptoms in patients with popliteal cyst from a study of 38 patients by Bryan et al.

      Table 3. Symptoms of Baker Cyst

      Symptoms Frequency

      Popliteal mass or swelling 29/38 76%
      Aching 12/38 32%
      Knee effusion 12/38 32%
      Thrombophlebitis 5/38 13%
      Clicking of the knee 4/38 11%
      Buckling of the knee 4/38 11%
      Locking of the knee 1/38 3%

      A popliteal mass is the most common presenting complaint or symptom. A significant number of patients (13%) had symptoms simulating deep venous thrombosis (DVT), a syndrome termed pseudothrombophlebitis. Therefore, exclude DVT in patients with popliteal cyst and leg swelling.

      Medical conditions associated with popliteal cysts, in descending order of frequency, are as follows:

      Arthritides

      Osteoarthritis

      RA

      Juvenile RA

      Gout

      Reiter syndrome

      Psoriasis

      Systemic lupus erythematosus

      Internal derangement (meniscal tears, anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] tears, osteochondral fractures)

      Infection (septic arthritis, tuberculosis)

      Chronic dialysis

      Hemophilia

      Hypothyroidism

      Pigmented villonodular synovitis

      Sarcoidosis
      Arthritis is the most common condition associated with Baker cyst. Of the arthritides, osteoarthritis is probably the most common cause of popliteal cyst. Although prevalence of Baker cyst in patients with inflammatory arthritis is higher than in patients with osteoarthritis, osteoarthritis is much more common than inflammatory arthritis. Fam et al demonstrated that 21 of 50 patients (42%) with osteoarthritis had popliteal cysts detected by ultrasound (US). Bilateral cysts were seen in 8 patients (16%). The occurrence of Baker cysts relates directly to the presence of knee effusion and severity of osteoarthritis.

      In 99 consecutive patients with RA, Andonopoulos et al demonstrated Baker cysts on US in 47 patients (48%). Twenty patients (20%) had bilateral cysts. Of 198 patients’ knees, 67 (34%) had popliteal cysts, yet only 29 cysts (43%) were diagnosed clinically.

      Popliteal cysts appear much less frequently in children than in adults. The prevalence of popliteal cysts in asymptomatic children examined sonographically was 2.4%. The prevalence of Baker cyst in children undergoing MRI examination of the knee was 6.3%. None of the children with Baker cyst demonstrated associated ACL tear or meniscal tear. Four patients (8%) had osteochondritis dissecans (n=2), septic arthritis (n=1), and juvenile RA (n=1). In most children with popliteal cysts (82%), the cysts disappeared without intervention (84%) or caused no symptoms (16%). However, in children with arthritis, popliteal cysts are common.

      In a study of 44 children with knee arthritis, US detected Baker cyst in 27 children (55%). Most of these children (80%) had juvenile RA. The remaining causes of arthritis in descending order of occurrence include spondyloarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, septic arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus. Cysts were followed prospectively with serial US for 18-24 months. Cysts resolved with the resolution of suprapatellar effusion. Reports of Baker cyst associated with gout, Reiter syndrome, psoriasis, and systemic lupus erythematosus exist. The common underlying pathology for these medical conditions is synovial proliferation with effusion.

      Arthrography is more sensitive than US in detecting popliteal cysts. In 24 patients with possible Baker cyst, arthrography of both knees was performed immediately after US. US detected 19 cysts in 48 knees (40%), while arthrography demonstrated 22 cysts (46%). The increased sensitivity of arthrography is probably the result of its ability to distend the bursa.

      Guerra et al found a 30% incidence of popliteal bursa in cadaveric anatomic dissection of older patients. Johnson et al demonstrated a 37% incidence of popliteal bursa by diagnostic arthroscopy.
      The incidence of popliteal cysts detected on knee MRI varies (5-18%), depending on the patient population. Initially, Fielding et al reported an association between Baker cyst and tear of the medial meniscus or complete tear of the ACL. Stone et al demonstrated that 84% of Baker cysts detected on MRI had meniscal tears. Most tears were observed in the posterior horn of the medial meniscus.

      Subsequently, Miller et al confirmed a significant association of Baker cyst with effusion, meniscal tear, and degenerative arthropathy. The probability of a Baker cyst in the presence of any 1 variable (ie, association) is P=0.08-0.10, of any 2 variables is P=0.19-0.21, and of all 3 variables is P=0.38. However, no association was found between Baker cyst and ACL tear.

      Sansone et al reviewed the incidence of associated intra-articular disorders in a series of 1001 adult patients undergoing MRI of the knee. They found the most common associated lesions were meniscal tears, chondral lesions, and ACL tear.

      Preferred Examination: Imaging evaluation of a popliteal cyst begins with conventional radiography to detect a soft tissue mass (Picture 2), internal calcifications, displacement of an atherosclerotic popliteal artery, and the unusual case of adjacent bony involvement from a large and/or long-standing cyst.

      US is a very helpful imaging technique in the evaluation of a popliteal mass. US is an easy to use, rapid, relatively inexpensive examination to use in this setting. US determines whether the popliteal mass is a pure cystic structure or a complex cyst and/or solid mass (Picture 3, Picture 4).

      Color Doppler imaging can confirm the absence of vascular flow within the mass to exclude a popliteal artery aneurysm or cystic adventitial degeneration of a popliteal artery (Picture 5, Picture 6). US can concomitantly exclude a coexisting DVT created by subjacent mass effect. The weakness of US is related to the difficulty in establishing a true connection to the joint space proper, which is essential in discriminating a popliteal cyst from other potentially harmful conditions in the differential diagnosis (see discussion on MR evaluation below).

      The communication with the joint via the gastrocnemius-semimembranosus bursa is deep within the popliteal space, adjacent to dense posterior femoral cortex. The US probe is placed over the popliteal skin surface, and as this thin necklike connection to the joint is anterior to the cyst, the mere presence of a large or complex popliteal cyst may obscure the visualization of this connection.

      Previously, popliteal cysts were commonly detected by conventional arthrography or CT. Arthrography demonstrates the cyst only if the iodinated contrast material that is injected into the joint during arthrography communicates with the cyst under the pressure of the injection. CT can delineate a low-to-intermediate attenuation mass, which normally measures from 20 to -10 Hounsfield units, in the posteromedial popliteal space. CT can easily delineate secondary findings such as intracystic osseous fragments, mass effect, wall thickening, and bony erosion.

      In current radiologic practice, popliteal cyst often is detected on MRI evaluation of the knee performed for any indication. Sansone studied 1001 randomly selected patients submitted for a knee MRI examination and reported a frequency of 4.7%, but the frequency in the literature varies. The advantages of MRI are derived from the superior soft tissue contrast resolution and multiplanar capability, which help determine the extent of the popliteal cyst and its composition.

      However, one of the most important strengths of MR imaging is the use of the axial plane to establish positive identification of a high signal intensity fluid-filled neck of the cyst that connects the cyst to the joint space (Picture 7). This allows us to discriminate between a benign popliteal cyst and uncommon but clinically important cystic tumors that are known to occur in the popliteal fossa, such as myxoid liposarcoma.

      On US, myxoid liposarcomas appear as complex, hypoechoic masses that do not meet the criteria for a simple cyst. Myxoid liposarcoma can mimic a fluid-filled cyst on T2-weighted imaging. Contrast enhancement is helpful to distinguish cystic or necrotic lesions from solid cellular lesions. DIFFERENTIALS Section 3 of 10
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      Other Problems to be Considered:

      Vascular masses

      Popliteal artery aneurysm (most common in popliteal fossa)

      Cystic adventitial degeneration of popliteal artery (Erdheim mucoid degeneration)

      Nonvascular masses

      Simple Baker cyst

      Complicated Baker cyst – contains internal debris (Picture 12, Picture 17, Picture 18), septations (Picture 16), or MRI signal intensity atypical for simple cyst

      Inflammatory arthritides

      Septic arthritis

      Postoperative changes (seroma, hematoma, abscess)

      Hemorrhage within a cyst

      Hemophilic arthropathy

      Soft tissue tumor: Benign – peripheral nerve sheath tumors (neurolemmoma); Malignant – myxoid liposarcoma (adults), lipoblastoma (children, especially <5 y)

      Meniscal cyst (occur more commonly laterally, but medial cysts have been identified)

      Ganglion cyst

      Traumatic tear of gastrocnemius muscle
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      Findings: Imaging evaluation of a popliteal mass begins with conventional radiography to detect a soft tissue mass, calcifications, and bony involvement. Baker cyst appears as a soft tissue mass in the posteromedial knee joint (Picture 2). Occasionally, a popliteal cyst is suggested by the presence of multiple calcified loose bodies within the cyst (Picture 8, Picture 9). Rarely, a solitary loose body within a popliteal cyst may mimic a fabella on a lateral radiograph of the knee (Picture 10). However, on frontal radiograph (Picture 11), the calcified body within the Baker cyst is located behind the medial femoral condyle, whereas a fabella will be present behind the lateral femoral condyle.
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      Findings: On CT, Baker cyst appears as a fluid-containing mass located behind the medial femoral condyle and between the tendons of the medial head of the gastrocnemius and semimembranosus muscles. A space-occupying lesion in the posteromedial knee suggests the diagnosis but is not always sufficient to exclude other etiologies, for which MR or US is more specific.

      Degree of Confidence: CT is not as sensitive as MRI in detecting an internal derangement, which may be the cause of popliteal cyst. In addition, the definitive diagnosis of a Baker cyst may not be made without injection of air and/or iodinated contrast material into the knee joint. MRI Section 6 of 10
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      Findings: On MRI, a Baker cyst appears as a homogeneous high signal intensity cystic mass behind the medial femoral condyle, and a thin fluid-filled neck interdigitates between the tendons of the medial head of the gastrocnemius and semimembranosus muscles (Picture 7).

      An uncomplicated Baker cyst should demonstrate homogeneous high signal intensity on all fluid-sensitive pulse sequences, including the second echo of a conventional or fast/turbo spin-echo sequence, short tau inversion recovery (STIR), or gradient echo (GRE)/fast field echo (FFE) sequences employing a low flip angle (10-30°). The axial plane (Picture 7) allows us to see the cyst, the neck, and the joint space in contiguity, although the cyst may be demonstrated in all 3 planes.

      In addition, intravenously administered gadolinium can detect synovial enhancement (Picture 12, Picture 13) and pannus formation in RA within both the cyst and joint space proper, prior to detection of well-known signs of RA observed by radiography much later in the course of the disease (erosion, uniform joint space loss without marked osteophytosis, periarticular osteopenia, and soft tissue swelling).

      Additionally, off-label usage of intraarticular gadolinium in MR arthrography, now common in establishing the presence of meniscal re-tear, is perhaps the most vivid way to display a popliteal cyst. MRI also can detect underlying internal derangements of the knee (Picture 14, Picture 15) , which may be etiologic in the formation of a popliteal cyst.

      In a complex Baker cyst, calcified loose bodies can be detected, which appear as low signal intensity rounded foci within high signal intensity cystic fluid on fluid-sensitive images (Picture 17, Picture 18) . ULTRASOUND Section 7 of 10
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      Findings: US is a very helpful imaging technique in the evaluation of a popliteal mass. US determines whether the popliteal mass is a cyst or solid mass. A simple Baker cyst appears as an anechoic mass with posterior acoustic enhancement that communicates with the knee joint. Findings on US relate to the criteria of a simple cyst, which include an anechoic mass, sharply defined posterior wall, and posterior acoustic enhancement. A complex popliteal cyst has internal echoes within the hypoechoic mass (Picture 3, Picture 4). Calcified loose bodies within a Baker cyst appear as mobile intraluminal echogenic foci with distal acoustic shadowing, an appearance similar to that of cholelithiasis within a gallbladder. An additional advantage of US is that it can exclude a coexisting DVT.

      Color Doppler can detect vascular flow within the mass to exclude a popliteal artery aneurysm. In cystic adventitial degeneration of the popliteal artery, US examination reveals multiple cystic structures surrounding a normal-sized artery (Picture 5, Picture 6).

      Degree of Confidence: This is the fastest, most cost-effective manner in which to diagnose a Baker cyst.

      False Positives/Negatives: A cyst that is too large or complex may obscure visualization of the fluid-filled connection to the joint space proper, leading to a false-positive diagnosis. INTERVENTION Section 8 of 10
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      Intervention: Treatment of popliteal cysts is conservative, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents, ice, and assisted weight bearing, in addition to correction of underlying intra-articular disorders. Internal derangements of the knee can be treated with therapeutic arthroscopy. Total knee arthroplasty is reserved for severe osteoarthritis.

      Radioactive synoviorthosis can treat inflammatory arthritides and hemophilia. Prior to radioactive synoviorthosis, perform arthrography to exclude a leaking Baker cyst (Picture 19). A leaking Baker cyst would release radionuclide agent outside the knee joint, which is a contraindication to radioactive synoviorthosis.

      Radionuclide agents can be instilled during arthrography after documenting the absence of leakage, rupture, or dissection. Colloidal chromic phosphorus 32 is a common radionuclide agent used in synoviorthosis. An orthopedic surgeon may perform cyst excision when a Baker cyst is unresponsive to all other therapies.

      Special Concerns:

      Potential complications of popliteal cysts reported in the medical literature are as follows:

      Pseudothrombophlebitis syndrome (rupture, dissection)

      DVT

      Pulmonary embolism

      Hemorrhage

      Leaking

      Infection

      Posterior compartment syndrome

      Trapped calcified bodies
      The most common complication of Baker cyst is the rupture or dissection of fluid into the adjacent proximal gastrocnemius muscle belly, which results in a pseudothrombophlebitis syndrome mimicking symptoms of DVT. The incidence of Baker cyst rupture is 3.4-10%. A ruptured popliteal cyst may present as an enlarging mass in the calf.
      Among patients with symptoms of DVT, the incidence of popliteal cysts is 3.1-4.1%, and the incidence of patients with Baker cyst and coexistent DVT is 0.2-11%. Therefore, consider a differential diagnosis of popliteal cyst in patients presenting with symptoms suggestive of DVT. Once DVT is excluded, evaluate the popliteal fossa carefully for a ruptured Baker cyst. Alternatively, if a popliteal cyst is observed incidentally on a venous duplex examination, the authors suggest that the radiologist should then search carefully for a coexistent DVT.
      Because of anatomic location, popliteal cysts can be a risk factor for DVT. Most commonly, Baker cyst is located between the tendons of the medial head of the gastrocnemius and the semimembranosus bursa. Occasionally, Baker cyst can be located between the heads of the gastrocnemius muscles. In a series of patients with Baker cyst simulating DVT, all patients demonstrated lateral deviation of the popliteal vein, and 30% of patients revealed compression of the popliteal vein. A report exists of a patient who developed pulmonary embolism after receiving a diagnosis of Baker cyst and DVT.
      Posterior compartment syndrome usually is caused by trauma. Rarely, dissection or rupture of a popliteal cyst can increase pressure within the deep posterior compartment of the leg, causing posterior compartment syndrome. Dissection of popliteal cysts can cause either anterior or posterior compartment syndrome, depending on the direction of dissection. A Baker cyst usually dissects through the muscles, primarily below the knee. Almost one third of dissections were into the thigh.
      An infected Baker cyst is rare; review of the literature disclosed only 3 occurrences. The infected patients either had fever, an increased WBC count, or an elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate.
      An entity that may mimic infected Baker cyst is a popliteal cyst that contains gaslike lucencies. Only 2 patients have been reported with a gas-containing, noninfected popliteal cyst. Both patients had diabetes mellitus and RA. The authors did not suggest a mechanism for the appearance of the gaslike lucencies within the popliteal cyst.
      Jayson and Dixon studied the valvular mechanisms in juxta-articular cysts and postulated that joint effusion and fibrin are pumped from the knee joint into the popliteal cyst but not in the reverse direction because of a valvelike communication (either Bunsen or ball valve) (Picture 1). The effusion can be reabsorbed readily through the synovial membrane leaving behind concentrations of fibrin, which may appear as gaslike lucencies on radiographs. In our clinical experience, 1 patient was encountered with a noninfected Baker cyst containing gaslike lucencies (Picture 20, Picture 21, Picture 22). This patient also had diabetes mellitus and RA. Since gaslike lucencies in a popliteal cyst are rare, and an infected popliteal cyst is a serious condition, the former diagnosis must be one of exclusion, for which a CT scan with the appropriate window settings would allow discrimination between air and fibrin.
      Radiographic findings of calcified bodies posterior to the knee joint can be confusing. The differential diagnosis includes soft-tissue neoplasms with calcification (eg, extraskeletal soft-tissue sarcoma), popliteal artery aneurysm, vascular malformations, and loose calcified bodies trapped in a Baker cyst. Calcified bodies in Baker cyst are common, with an incidence of 6% in one series.
      Calcified bodies may derive from trauma (ie, loose bodies resulting from osteochondral fractures), arthropathy (ie, loose bodies associated with joint surface disintegration such as osteoarthritis, infection, neuropathic joints), or synovial (osteo)chondromatosis (ie, calcified or noncalcified bodies resulting from chondrometaplasia of synovial tissue) (Picture 8, Picture 9).

      Distal migration of loose bodies supports the diagnosis of a dissecting popliteal cyst. Rarely, a solitary, calcified loose body in a Baker cyst may simulate a fabella on the lateral view of conventional radiography of the knee (Picture 10, Picture 11). However, on the frontal view, a fabella is located in the lateral head of the gastrocnemius muscle, while a calcified loose body in a popliteal cyst is located medially.

  33. QUESTION:
    Should I get a 2nd opinion about my baker’s cyst. They say it doesn’t hurt, but it really does? Thanks,

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    BAKER’S CYST AFTER TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT….is anyone knowledgable?
    How does this happen? What causes it? Is it the Surgeon’s fault.
    I do not do a lot of walking – in fact it is very painful to walk at all

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    what is a baker’s cyst?

    • ANSWER:
      A Baker’s cyst, otherwise known as a popliteal cyst, is a benign swelling found behind the knee joint. It is named after the surgeon who first described it, Dr. William Morrant Baker (1839-1896)
      Please see the webpage for more details and images on Baker’s cyst.

  36. QUESTION:
    help for Baker’s cyst?
    Why is my orthopedic surgeon hesitant to remove or treat this damnable lump behind my knee?

    • ANSWER:
      hey don’t worry about it my little brother had a baker’s cyst in the exact same spot.
      he got it when he got his leg stuck in the gap between the train and the platform
      you probably strained your knee somehow…
      anyways my bro was told there is no traetment for it so left it and after aroung 1/2 a year
      it disappeared on it’s own…

      just give it time

  37. QUESTION:
    Question about Baker’s cyst?
    The doc said to ice it, but ice seems to bring on a spazz & cramp. Is that supposed to happen? Trying not to go crazy with ibuprophen because it aggravates the reflux. Experience only please, no copy/paste and ABSOLUTELY no Wiki

    • ANSWER:
      Had one on back of my rt. knee……..If ibuprofen is not helping try naporsin (Aleve) ..Mine finally resolved itself……Less pain got used to it , but there are micro-surgeries that orthopedic docs use now that are less invasive and really lessen the recovery time….Rest does work , with mild exercise………

  38. QUESTION:
    Has anyone has a cyst on the top portion of their knee?
    I recently started running more and have noticed that a small cyst has developed on the top of my knee. I was reading about Baker’s cyst which commonly form of the back of one’s knee. Has this happenend to anyone before and should I be concerned?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a Ganglion Cyst, Hope thats spelled correctly form on the side of my knee Cap, about the size of a dime. It was firm but you could roll it around. I had a dermetologist burn it off a few years ago. It has not came back.

  39. QUESTION:
    I have a baker cyst?
    I am 13 and I have a baker’s cyst
    I have already gone to the doctors and had an ultra sound
    I have had it for about 2 monthes and I don’t have arthritis or any symptoms that may have caused this
    Is there anyway to get rid of it faster without surgery?
    I have to got to a specialist and maybe have an mri
    but I want to avoid having any kind of surgery
    is that possible?

    • ANSWER:
      You might just nees to resat with your leg propperd up and iced:

      “Baker’s cysts usually require no treatment unless they are symptomatic. Often rest and leg elevation are all that is needed. If necessary, the cyst can be aspirated to reduce its size, then injected with a corticosteroid to reduce inflammation. Surgical excision is reserved for cysts that cause a great amount of discomfort to the patient”

  40. QUESTION:
    My girlfriend has been diagnosed with “Baker’s Cysts” on her knees. Does anyone have it and can it be cured?

    • ANSWER:
      A Baker’s cyst, otherwise known as a popliteal cyst, is a benign swelling found behind the knee joint.
      Baker’s cysts usually require no treatment unless they are symptomatic. Often rest and leg elevation are all that is needed. If necessary, the cyst can be aspirated to reduce its size, then injected with a corticosteroid to reduce inflammation. Surgical excision is reserved for cysts that cause a great amount of discomfort to the patient. A ruptured cyst is treated with rest, leg elevation, and injection of a corticosteroid into the knee.

  41. QUESTION:
    what is the danger of having a steroid shot after having a microexpress P-200 valve implanted for Glucoma?
    I had the implant to reduce the pressure and then had a steroid shot for a Baker’s cyst on the back of my knee. Since then when I went to have the pressure checked, it was too high and the doctor questioned me and then said I shouldn’t have steroids. I am wondering why?

    • ANSWER:
      It increases interocular pressure and increases blood pressure.Complications of steroid shot.

  42. QUESTION:
    Do only bakers get baker’s cysts?

    • ANSWER:
      Good question. No.

      FYI a Baker’s cyst is an out-pouch of the knee joint that can be felt as a swelling in the back of the knee. It is not serious, and is fairly common, especially after an injury to the knee. Sometimes they are painful, and occasionally they will rupture, which allows joint fluid to escape into the tissue at the back of the calf, which is also painful. Mostly though, people don’t even know its there.

  43. QUESTION:
    What causes some people to form cysts in their body while others do not?
    I get Baker’s Cysts in my knees and Ovarian Cysts on my ovaries. What’s the deal with all of the cysts?! Are the two connected? I mean, am I just more prone to developing cysts in different parts of my body or is this just a coincidence that I have cysts in two different parts of my body?

    • ANSWER:
      i’ve been having ovian cysts since i was 20. they don’t know what causes them but i’ve heard it can be stressed induced. i don’t think theyre connected though

  44. QUESTION:
    How long before I can run again?
    I have a baker’s cyst on my need. Started ricing and anti-inflammatory yesterday.

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    Is there a Dr in the house? I had total knee replacemtment and afterward I DEVELOPED A BAKERS CYST-2?
    and AFWERWARDS developed a baker’s cyst – kt has bee several months and I am am pain can bearly walk. 2 orpedic surgeons said heat and Aleve T0 to date NOTHING! I cant walk right and it hurts like holy heck can someone with knowledge help me please
    ‘ eklizabethkleinert@yahoo.com
    neither one of the surgeons want to aspirate it as they both say it would be and extremely risky for infection and if that occurs the whole knee would have to be relaced again (the same goes for surgery to remove it)

    • ANSWER:
      It’s unfortunate that you get a new knee and it comes with a special bonus, a Baker’s Cyst. I am surprised that nobody has aspirated your cyst yet, or injected steroids, as that is what I would want. You may be a candidate for surgical cyst removal. Ask your surgeon.
      “Often rest and leg elevation are all that is needed. If necessary, the cyst can be aspirated to reduce its size, then injected with a corticosteroid to reduce inflammation. Surgical excision is reserved for cysts that cause a great amount of discomfort to the patient.”

  46. QUESTION:
    How do I treat this knee condition?
    So, I think I’ve developed a Baker’s cyst in my knee; all the research I’ve done seems to suggest that it will go away on its own, and the best thing to do is just take it a little easy, avoid some types of exercise and do certain other kinds of exercise. However, none of the sites I’ve looked at indicate what those good exercises may be. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      See a doctor to confirm the diagnosis and he’ll probably send you to physical therapy or give you excercises to do on your own at home.

  47. QUESTION:
    What are lumps on back of knees?
    My Boyfriend has bumps/lumps on the back of his knees. He’s worried they are tumors, but i said highly unlikely. The closest i came to on the interenet is Baker’s Cyst. They are red and very hard. One is about 2-3 inches long and the other just appeared over the weekend it’s not as big…please help, he is going to doctor later but maybe someone can help us before he goes. Thanks!
    Well he works at a furniture rental place and is always on is feet, moving furniture, loading and unloading trucks. Is it serious or will it go away?

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like Baker’s cyst to me….did he do any strenous walking or climbing or even getting up and down like off the floor? That can cause fluid to build up in the knees.

  48. QUESTION:
    Got an MRI results, what do these things mean?
    So I got the results to my MRI of my knee. There were two impressions, which read:
    1. Medial femoral condyle unstable osteochondral defect, Stage 3.
    2. Suggestion of a loose body within a small Baker’s Cyst.

    What exactly do these things mean?

    • ANSWER:
      Did your doctor not explain this test to you? Are you saying he simply handed the results to you without any explanation? He’s examined you, and you need to call him back for a more detailed interpretation. Otherwise, we would just be making raw statements that might or might not pertain to your clinical situation.

  49. QUESTION:
    what is the recovery time…not the time that the surface wound/stitches heal.?
    after the baker’s cyst is removed. when do you start physical therapy? when will the swelling subside? when is the knee recovered enough to go back to lateral motion? full motion?

    • ANSWER:
      There typically isn’t much PT required after this unless you have some loss of motion that persists. Swelling may be intermittent for several months. Lateral motion shouldn’t typically be affected by a Baker’s cyst…other than just the normal limitations of pain after surgery. Should be back to normal in about 4 weeks. …but your surgeon will help you make those decisions based on your follow up exams.

  50. QUESTION:
    I had a total knee replacement on Feb. 1, 2008 and later developed?
    a Baker’s Cyst behind the knee that was replaced. I have seen 2 Orthopedic Surgeons and they both say take Aleve and use heat. Well, here it is June and I am still in much pain…can anyone help me?

    • ANSWER:
      Because of the pain continuing to be there I would recommend getting in touch with your primary care physician as well to have them evaluate the situation further to see what else they think could be going on.

      Another thing you could do is to also consult a Pain Management doctor for an additional opinion to see what they think.


Average Ovarian Cyst Size

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are the dangers of an ovarian cyst?
    Particularly an ovarian cyst around the size of the average man’s fist.

    What effects would one have on the body and the reproductive system?
    Risks in removal?

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      J:
      Great question and perfect timing… I just went through this personally.
      My doctor found an ovarian cyst (called a dermoid) They are not cancerous. It was the size of a grapefruit.

      I had it removed immediately through laproscopic surgery. – Routine surgery – I was out cold and did not feel a thing. Recovery was about a week to 10 days. Pain was not bad after surgery – mostly just discomfort.

      We took it out immediately, as ovarian cysts have a tendency to twist around the ovary. They cut off the ovaries blood supply – killing the ovary and then the cyst bursts. When it bursts (it is EXTREMELY) painful and can spill over into pelvis area – sometimes rendering a female totally infertile.

      Unfortunately, I lost my right ovary as the cyst had taken it over entirely and it was too risky to try to cut out the cyst and save the ovary – so they took out the ovary, tube and cyst all together.

      The left ovary works just fine and will take over all fertility functions!

      Good Luck
      Daisy

  2. QUESTION:
    Is it dangerous for a 9cm ovarian cyst to rupture?
    I have a 9cm X 6.5cm cyst on my left ovary and the doctor wants to surgically remove it. She says we can wait until August to do it though so it isn’t an emergency. I am worried that it may be dangerous if it were to rupture. Or maybe I should leave it be and see if it resolves it’s self? It is fairly large but the doctor isn’t too concerned apparently. I am going for a second opinion, but not for another couple of weeks, but I am afraid to move around too much until then in case it ruptures. It does not appear on the ultrasound to contain blood or to be cancerous. Is a couple hours of sharp pain worth not going into surgery or might it send me to the ER with a cyst that large? (Average size is about 3-5cm)

    • ANSWER:
      I had an ovarian cyst larger than yours removed about 18 months ago. Let me just tell you this…..a cyst as big as yours will not resolve its self!
      The doctor will not be unusually concerned and to have it removed in august seems reasonable.
      It is unlikely to rupture while you go about your day to day life, unless you get repeatedly kicked in the stomach over the course of your working day……which is unlikely.
      However, should it rupture, it will be extremely painful and life threatening! Have it removed! I had mine removed through a midline laparotomy incision which wasn’t too pleasant but after couple of months I had recovered and have never been better. You may be able to have yours removed laparascopically and you will be fine in about 3 weeks after surgery. GET IT REMOVED!

  3. QUESTION:
    What is considered large for an ovarian cyst?
    I know sizes of cysts can range a lot, but I was wondering what’s average or large.

    • ANSWER:
      My wife had one the size of a basketball. This is no lie. A friend of hers had one even bigger. I have know woman who had several small ones. Asking the average size is like asking a man the size of his—-. The best person to ask is your doctor.

  4. QUESTION:
    Should I be concerned about my ovarian cyst?
    Okay, back in November (2009) I was rushed to the ER with intense abdominal pain. Screaming, crying insane insane pain if you so much as bumped me. The doctors did an ultrasound, after loading me with painkillers, and found a cyst about the size of your average marble. Fun right? They gave me vicodin and muscle relaxers and told me to keep an eye on it. Well recently I’ve been getting similar pains from the same area but not as long lasting. What should I do? Should I make an appointment? With my OB/GYN or my general practice doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Well with ovarian cyst you can either have surgery to remove them or wait until they burst which is very painful. You can talk to your doctor about it if you want but those will be your options.

  5. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst burst: help me prove my mother wrong.?
    So this morning I had the worst pain I had ever felt in my life. In a split second I went from being normal to feeling this giant pressure in my lower stomach, almost more like over my vagina. This pain made it almost impossible to move. I had to prop my legs up in a very uncomfortable way. I eventually suck a pillow under me but moving felt so much worse. It was a stingy feeling and I felt light headed , like i was going to pass out. I think i started to sweat too. eventually I had to call my mom to bring up some painkillers. I went to bed and I feel better but Even now i can feel a small, sharp pain.

    So now my mother is trying to convince me that this pain came from something i ate; these Jimmy dean sausages i ate this morning. I had like two or 3 for one and Honestly I think all of you can agree a stomach ache doesn’t hurt nearly as much as a ovarian cyst bursting, and you CAN tell the difference. Yet, of course i’m stupid and only 17… ( like i don’t know my own body!) and I have witnessed a friend go through the same thing. Honestly I think this is just another attempt for my mom to convince me not to eat and just survive off “salads”, because she think i’m fat. Though I’m clearly average sized. ( and they say I’m being dramatic)

    Anyways, please tell me your stories.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get to a doctor.

  6. QUESTION:
    Do i have Ovarian cysts?
    I was admitted to hospital with abdominal pain. A week before this i had my period. The ultrasound that i had said my ovaries were average sized. I had pain in my groin etc. I have lymph gland problems as well. Any one else had these problems or know what it is?

    • ANSWER:
      The Overian cancer has no simptoms in the earlier stages. So keep visiting to your doctor to find out the problem. Good luck.

  7. QUESTION:
    Panicking about ovarian cysts!!! I saw the doc today?
    The doctor told me today that I’ve had cysts on my ovaries for over three years and learnt that when he did a test on me 3 yrs ago and apparently at the time I was told the test came out normal. Now today he checked his records again and told me these exact words which she read from my test reports on her computer ” ovaries are normal size, appear to have cysts on them”…
    Now what the hell is this statement suppose to mean? Do I have polycystic ovarian syndrome ? I asked the doctor and she said “you have polycystic ovaries.” I asked her what that means….she said means u have more than normal “cysts” on ur ovaries…most people have less than 12…I had more…

    Now here is the real brainer- I am an overweight person (but I have been a chubby child ever since I can remember) but I have to admit I can not attribute my being overweight to PCOS as I have been not keeping track of what I ate as I was terribly stressed for past 5 years, hence I indulged in comfot eating and what not…..moreover I did suffer a bout of hirsuitism (on face) in the past 3 years..but now I am fine…without taking any medications…although I should mention I have been generally more hairy than the average woman…so again here is a grey area…
    Now the most tricky bit is my periods are ABSOLUTELY normal….they are the same as they begun the very 1st time…even the timing is perfect…they come the same day and time every month as the previous month they came…they last for 5 days…and use to be painful until 2 months ago when my period decided to give me a visit twice in 4 weeks..and since then no pain during periods….and they carry on normally…

    So now my question is what do you think I have?
    Am I still ovulating as I am having a regular period? Will I be able to conceive?
    Can I still NOT be ovulating even when I am getting my periods regularly?
    Is it PCOS or something else? Or is Polycystic ovaries different from PCOS…? Whats going on in me?

    p.s- I have also cut down any form of artifical sugar for the past 2 months and have lost weight.

    • ANSWER:
      these are questions you should ask your doctor!!

  8. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my hip?
    I’m an 18 year old female, but I’ve been having problems with my hip for more than a year or so.
    I weigh around 145 lbs, and stand about 5’3″. I’m technically overweight, however, I don’t look like it at all. I’m average sized.

    I also have slight bow legs.

    My right hip has a problem where it aches after long periods of sitting, standing, or walking. It almost feels like its grinding as I walk, but it feels better if I squeeze or put pressure on it. I pretty much have to waddle around when this happens as well.

    Originally I assumed it was due to pain caused by an ovarian cyst I had, discovered to be the size of a golfball. It felt better shortly after the surgery, but I wasn’t really moving around much then. Now it hurts like every other day or so.

    Being a college student, I do a lot of walking, and it’s really starting to hinder me. Does anyone have any idea what could be wrong with my hip?

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    What is up with me? Plz help!!?
    I have had lymph gland problems ever since i had my tonsils out. A couple of weeks ago i wa admitted to hospital with abdomial pain and possible urine infection. I also had dull back pain. They did an ultrasound and said my ovaries were average sized? I was wondering if it is ovarian cysts? Can you help i am quite worried? Thanks i am 16 please help!

    • ANSWER:
      If they looked at your ovaries using ultrasound, they would have seen any cysts. If you had a large one that could be responsible for your pain, they would have told you.

      Incidentally a lot of ovarian cysts don’t do anything. They don’t cause health problems and they eventually go away on their own.

  10. QUESTION:
    Polycystic ovarian syndrome?
    I have read that you can have this disorder, and not all the symptoms……like a woman may have the cysts on her ovaries, and fertility problems, but be thin/average size and not have the weight issues or hair issues. DOes anyone have first hand/personal experience with PCOS? Please share. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      yes, and while PCOS has MANY symptoms, you must have 2 out of the three of the following to be diagnosed:

      1. Polycystic ovaries
      2. Excess levels of the hormone androgen
      3. Irregular or no menstruation

      hence, the wide range of possiblities from there. Many women will fit the criteria, but still have a whole wide range of symptoms, or none others at all. The reason for this is that PCOS can be caused by insulin resistance, a hormonal disorder that accounts for the range of symptoms. Some women will have severe PCOS (hence, weight gain, etc), while some will not. Some women will have excess levels of androgen (hence hair growth), some will have the other 2 requirements and therefore not have any male pattern growth. Etc.

  11. QUESTION:
    Missed period – is this normal?
    This has got to be one of the most embarrassing things I have ever done.

    First, let me give you an insight into my life:

    1.) I’m a freshman in college. Enough said.
    2.) I have a part time job in which I work evenings, and there is a never ending, constant flow of drama.
    3.) I am not on birth control, and I have not had sex. Ever.
    4.) I have only recently begun to develop cystic ovaries. My mother suffered from them her whole life, but mine have only just started to appear, and I’m nearing 19. It is especially bad on my right ovary.
    5.) I have until just recently been extremely stressed out. School, work, social life, the works. It’s much more under control now.
    6.) I suffer from panic attacks, and I have high anxiety.
    7.) I only get, on average, 3-4 hours of sleep a night. (I know; not good at all.)
    8.) I’m a vegetarian, but I take an iron, zinc, and multivitamin every day, if not every other day, but lately I’ve been notorious for forgetting. I’ve been pretty regular about it for about a month.
    9.) My immune system is down. I’ve been more sick this year than I have ever been in my entire life.
    10.) I only go to school two days a week, with four classes each day. 12 credit hours. And I work ALL the days I don’t go to school.

    Anyway, so last month (February) I didn’t have a period, but I did have vaginal discharge mixed with blood and clots, so I guess that counts. But later that month we found an ovarian cyst on my right ovary roughly the size of an egg. The discomfort went away, and you could no longer feel it by feeling around the ovary. So I assume it’s at least shrunken in size.

    For the past few days, I’ve had break outs, tender breasts, moodiness/increased sensitivity (ie I cry a lot), vaginal discharge that resembles egg whites. I’ve recognized these symptoms as PMS, but as of late, I’ve become very scared that I might be pregnant. I used to worry about this even before I had a boyfriend, and it’s always scared the hell out of me. I know I’m not pregnant, but at the same time, I freak out at the thought.

    My REAL question is, with all the things I listed above, is it normal for my period to be a little late? Is it really normal for me to miss my period when my life has been so crazy? And if so, what can I do to help regulate them again?

    Also, is it normal to start to develop cysts this late in adolescence? Or can you start to produce cysts at any time in your life? None of my research seems to be helping. And if you DO have an ovarian cyst and it goes away (I’ve had an ovarian cyst rupture before this last one even developed) is it normal for periods to take a few months to get back to normal, even if that means missing a few?

    Again, I am so embarrassed…but could someone please help me ease my troubled mind?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Here’s the cause:

      5.) I have until just recently been extremely stressed out. School, work, social life, the works. It’s much more under control now.
      6.) I suffer from panic attacks, and I have high anxiety.
      7.) I only get, on average, 3-4 hours of sleep a night. (I know; not good at all.)

      And:
      8.) I’m a vegetarian, but I take an iron, zinc, and multivitamin every day, if not every other day, but lately I’ve been notorious for forgetting. I’ve been pretty regular about it for about a month.
      9.) My immune system is down. I’ve been more sick this year than I have ever been in my entire life.

      I also have cysts, but those normally will just come and go. If yours are very painful, you need to get to a doctor to get them checked out.

      And with all this stress in your life, NO WONDER WHY IT’S LATE! You’re only 19, and your body changes every couple of years. Everything that you have mentioned above is more then likely the cause for your flow drama. If you can, try to take a few hours a week to just RELAX. Sip some tea and read a book and just calm down. Don’t think about work, school, any of it. Just allow yourself to breathe. You can also stand to sleep a little more, and if you have to skip a night out with friends to do so, then I highly recommend it. You are running yourself down, and it will get worse if you don’t start taking better care of yourself. I was 19 once too, dear, and I know how stressed you are. I skipped a couple periods, too.

      Learn to relax a little. You can also see a doctor about your anxiety, and they may give you a light downer to help you chill out for a bit. :)

      Good luck, sweetie! And don’t be embarrassed about your health, EVER! Asking questions is what gets you healthy!

  12. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst burst: help me prove my mother wrong.?
    So this morning I had the worst pain I had ever felt in my life. In a split second I went from being normal to feeling this giant pressure in my lower stomach, almost more like over my vagina. This pain made it almost impossible to move. I had to prop my legs up in a very uncomfortable way. I eventually suck a pillow under me but moving felt so much worse. It was a stingy feeling and I felt light headed , like i was going to pass out. I think i started to sweat too. eventually I had to call my mom to bring up some painkillers. I went to bed and I feel better but Even now i can feel a small, sharp pain.

    So now my mother is trying to convince me that this pain came from something i ate; these Jimmy dean sausages i ate this morning. I had like two or 3 for one and Honestly I think all of you can agree a stomach ache doesn’t hurt nearly as much as a ovarian cyst bursting, and you CAN tell the difference. Yet, of course i’m stupid and only 17… ( like i don’t know my own body!) and I have witnessed a friend go through the same thing. Honestly I think this is just another attempt for my mom to convince me not to eat and just survive off “salads”, because she think i’m fat. Though I’m clearly average sized. ( and they say I’m being dramatic)

    Anyways, please tell me your stories.

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