Hi everyone, my question is: Does ovarian cancer hurt almost all the time? As opposed to cysts only hurt during certain times of month? An Er Dr. found a choc. cyst and said I needed immediate surgery to remove the ovary. NONNEGOTIABLE. I have no health insurance and he knew that. Weird, I know. I beg of you sisters, if you have had a similar experience to mine and ended up w/endo or OVC cancer please don't sugar coat this for me. I have a family history of ovc and breast on both sides and I am terrified and in tears.
Okay, back to the quest. Because, she, my normal gyno, who did not treat me, just looked over the medical docs from the Er, says if there is nothing really horriblly wrong, she thinks I don't even have a chocolate cyst-just a functional one-(I am experiencing OVcancer symptoms EVERY one of them, for the past 4 mos. and a 24 pound weight loss without dieting! I'm 37 and a sz 0 now. I can barely eat, urinating every (about) 20 mnts w/a tugging feeling in my pelvic area-no burning, gas, I have had about 3 #2 accidents in my pants, leg aching, bloating, intra vaginal pain-that is so bad it wakes me up out of a dead sleeping pill sleep, abdominal and pelvic pain, pain that goes all the way into-well,underneath my rib cage, fatigue, nausea, get full fast and history family of cancer- breast and I do believe almost positive ovc). She blew all of this off.
She says that I will only feel pain during ovulation or when my body is menstrating if it is just an ovarian cyst-although I don't bleed anymore. BUT, I am still experiencing all of these things and the pain has intensified and has been going on for one straight month. Oh, and I go between diahhrea and constipation every day for months. She knows all of this. Note: I do have endo.
Any ideals or can anyone relate? I am about ready to go the county emergency room.
ps I have had cysts my whole life that were so painful due to endo I ended up getting a partial hysterectomy in nov 07. And I know I only had pain once a month!
dear sherry...i am so sorry to hear all you're going through. i can only give you my experience having been dx with ovca 2 yrs ago. i had no pain and no weight loss. i did have more frequent urination at night which i thought had to do with menopause. my main symptom that sent me to the dr. was post-menopausal spotting that i had for a month, which turned out to be ovca, stage 3, grade 3.
i hope your dr. can get to the bottom of your problems and pray it is not cancer. wish i could be of more help. take care and let us know how you are doing.
I feel so bad for all that you are going through! I hope you can get some answers soon!
I had some "twinges" in the weeks before diagnosis 6 years ago. No real pain. I had some additional gas and indigestion, but that was about it. My tumors/cysts were pretty big and once I actually felt them when rubbing my belly when lying down one night, I got myself to the doc and she was shocked! That was the beginning of my OvCa saga.
I am in a recurrence at this time and once again, no symptoms. But all women are different. I am sure it depends on just how your cysts/tumors are sitting inside.
You are the only one who knows your body. If you don't trust your Dr. see another one. Don't let the symptoms go too long. I had many of the same symptoms and I could feel my stomach getting bigger and my Dr. blew it off as "built up fat cells". When the cyst continued to grow (soccer ball size) I went back armed with a CA125 test which luckily I had done through a wellness program at work. She still poo-poo'd it when she felt the hardness in my abdomen but thought we should do an ultrasound just in case. I started complaining in Sept. and went back in Jan, it's been a whirlwind since then. I can't help but wonder what would've happened if I didn't have the CA125 (which was barely elevated). Like I said before....You know your own body....LISTEN TO IT!!
Good Luck to you, I'll keep you in my prayers.
(((Paepo,))) I remain perplexed that the ER doc released you after advising you "needed immediate surgery to remove the ovary. NONNEGOTIABLE." Hospitals often can make arrangements for even uninsured individuals who need emergency surgery. Now since you've learned your current doctor apparently doesn't agree with the ER physician, unless she can explain why surgery; etc. is not necessary, you need a 3rd opinion.
You cannot remain in constant pain and with all those other issues. As you mention having had endometriosis, perhaps this is the source/contributing to the pain but I don't know if weight loss, and your other symptoms would accompany this. I would think a gyn/onc could determine if there is a cancer issue, can you make an appointment with one of these specialists; perhaps the ER doc can help ?
I am hoping you can get these medical problems resolved soonest. Pls keep us apprised. Keeping you in thought and prayer.