I am not sure if I am using the correct forum so if I am not, plesae forgive me.
I am in search of some help for my girlfriend. She is a Sister like us, (TAH-kept ovaries 12 years) and lately she has been having pain on her ovary. The pain is so bad that it is debilatating. Finally the other day she had a ultrasound and was diagnosed with having a "5 cm hemorrhagic cyst" and her doctor told her there is nothing she can do for her and that she needs to learn to cope with the pain and take Advil.
Can this be true? Is there nothing that can be done for a Hemorrhagic Cyst? My girl friend said she has done some research on the internet but hasn't come up with any concrete solutions.
Is there anyone out there who has suffered or is suffering with cysts on their ovaries that can offer some advice to my girlfriend? Her husband is completely stressed out watching her in pain and unable to help.
Just wondering how the Dr knew it was definitely a hemorrhagic cyst after just one ultrasound? Is she having another one in 6 weeks to check it has gone?
It is just that I have been through this whole thing myself.
After 2 ultrasounds - 2 months apart, and what the Drs (4 of them - 3 specialists and my GP) assured me was an endometrioma, (even after surgery the surgeon said it was endo!) but the pathology turned out to be a tumour of borderline potential - precancer.
I have always had cysts and gunk happening, felt like appendicitis frequently, and lots of ovarian pain. I am now 3 weeks post op and I think the reason I feel so pain free is because I no longer have the pain I had before the surgery.
However, I had an LAVH, I should have had an open procedure. Thankfully the tumour didnt rupture during the procedure because I had asked for the ovary to be removed.
The ultrasound can only describe and SUGGEST what it might be, but if it persists after 6 weeks, please have her get it checked and if she has any concerns at all, go with gut instinct!
If your friend wants to, and she must research this for herself, she can have her ovaries removed if the pain is affecting her quality of life.
There is always something the Drs can do! You cant live on Advil forever (or until meno anyway!) and she also need to make sure it really IS a hemorhagic cyst that disappears within a couple of weeks!
I have forwarded a copy of your post to my girlfriend. She has been out sick from work the past couple of days due to a severe cold and she emailed me from home today to express her anxiety and concern with her diagnosis and the fact that her doctor doesn't seem to be concerned, even though the reason for her hyst 12 years ago was due to cervical cancer!!
I'll keep you posted. Thanks again!!
I had a hemorhagic cyst removed the beginning of Sept. of this year. I went into the hospital thinking I had appendicitis, but after three days (and a change of hospitals) it was still growing(?)(first hospital said it was around 2.5 cm after ct scan, then 2.0cm after us, then 2.5 after second ct scan) second hospital said it had grown larger(after doppler us) and wanted to remove it. A baseball sized cyst was removed later that day with the ovary spared.
If your friend is in alot of pain, maybe a second opinion is needed?
I have had ovarian cysts all my life....I could tell exactly which ovary I was ovulating from. It is very painful....there is no way for anyone to tell if a cyst is 'just a cyst' with ONE ultrasound. I too went to a gyn about the pain and the first one said there was NO WAY I was in as much pain as I let on to have. Needless to say I went and got a 'second opinion' and she said that the other GYN should know that they can get very large in a matter of hours and that it can be quite painful. I had one that went from the size of a pea to the size of a grapefruit within 24 hours. I had to have that one removed laparoscopicly and as soon as they touched it with the scope it burst and they ended up having to cauterize the area on my ovary. I say this because I wonder if you can bleed enormously from these???
I had my TVH in September and I can tell you this....I have no more pain in my abdominal area and I do not look like I am four months pregnant one week out of every month now. I urge you to seek a second opinion. By the way, when my pathology came back it listed multiple hemorrhagic cysts and my GYN said my ovaries were like prunes with scars.
I had been told I had a hem. cyst in the course of the past three years when I was trying to avoid doing anything about my fast-growing fibroids.
I finally had a hyst (8 days ago). My doc had recommended I have my ovaries removed, and I said I felt strongly I'd like to keep them.
He then tried to negotiate and take just one (splitting the risk difference, I guess, and making diagnosis of future abdomal problems easier).
I was thinking I could live with that idea, but after mulling it over a lot I said "no thanks, I'll keep 'em both"
Of course, in the hospital the consent form said that he'd leave in ovaries/cervix as long as everything was OK with them -- there's always the chance they'll find something when they're in there.
So it turned out he found the hem. cyst in one ovary. He left it and the ovary intact.
My thought on this is that if this cyst represented a clear risk to me, since he had wanted to take at least one ovary out (and I had told him that I might have agreed to removing one ovary) , this would have given him the legitimate opportunity to do so -- if he'd said "you had a risky hem. cyst, so I removed the ovary" I would have said "okay, fine".
The fact that he didn't take it confirms what my other doctor had said about it, which was if it didn't cause me any problem, it's ok to leave.
If you're on pain because of it, I guess it's up to you to decide if that makes it worth surgery.