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I'm new to this site but can feel the support already. Last week an ultrasound found a mass near my left ovary and a cyst on my right one. They can't tell if the mass is on my ovary or on my uterus. Surgery is scheduled for one week from today. I am nervous enough about having TAH BSO without having to worry about cancer too. Anyone else who's been through this???
How do you calm down?
I think the best way to calm down is to read how well the post-op gals do here. Knowing that you have the added worry about cancer I can relate to since my left ovary has decided to enlarge and become funkier than just cystic! Oddly, despite a history of cervical dysplasia, too, I am not dwelling on what the path reports will show. I figure I'll worry about that when I have something concrete to worry about but then I'm really good at compartmentalizing that way! and best of all I have great faith-no matter what I won't be alone!
The goofy thing that I'm obsessing about pre-op is that I think the anesthesiologist is gonna break my jaw cuz I developed TMJ dysfunction (after years of neglect) pretty bad and can only open about an inch....and I'm petrified that they won't find a way to control my hot flashes.........which have already begun. (I think)
In response to the TMJ concern and worrying about cancer
I also have TMJ and have had it since I was 15 years old. I finally had surgery
for it in 1986. I had the cartilage removed and a silastic (plastic) implant put
in its place. It still pops but the pain is improved to the point I am able to
live life. I too have concerns about the anesthesiologist messing up my jaw.
I have had quite a few surgeries now between 1986 and the present. I have
a list of all my past surgeries and dates, medical history, allergies, family
medical hx, medications, etc. typed out for everyone to put in my chart. I have
the most important information high-lighted! I make sure I tell the doctor
about my concern; and they are cool. If you're like me, my jaw pops a little
more when I am nervous. So I will try my hardest to stay calm for me and to
make their job easier.
The next thing to address is the concern that the mass might be cancer. I
also have ovarian cysts. Mine are hemmorhagic in nature, meaning the cyst
is filled with blood. Every time I have an ultrasound done my left ovary gets
larger, and irregular in it appearance. Is it concerning, sure it is! I am not
always this positive, and optomistic person. My husband can tell you for a
fact, I usually look on the negative side of things at first. Boy, does he put
me in my place. Do you believe in God? My belief , and faith in God has
gotten me through some real terrible times in my life, like this one at the
present. He loves me so much as his child, he won't let me hurt. If you do
believe in God, say a prayer to him asking to comfort you right now regarding
this concern. He'll help you with that. I truly believe this surgery is being
orchestrated by God's hands. I feel so much comfort in knowing him right
My advice to you then is to turn to Jesus and ask him for comfort and guidance
over the next few weeks. I know it will be ok.
Everyday while I am work, I pray for all you sisters out there going thru this
also. Love to all.
Hi Wanderer Welcome to Hyster Sisters. I'm so happy you've found us. It really is a wonderful site where you'll find lots of support as well as great information.
Regarding the TMJ, while I don't have any first hand experience with this condition, I would be sure to voice your concerns to both your doctor and the anesthesiologist. It's a good idea to mention it to the pre-op nurse as well, so she can make sure it's noted on your file. Telling all of the medical staff is the best way to make sure that they take your concerns in consideration.
I'm so sorry you have to worry about the mass on your ovary. I had my surgery for fibroids and, even though there was never any question that they might be cancerous, that thought certainly was ever present. In the end, we were only dealing with plain old fibroids. Let's keep our fingers crossed for you.
I know it's easier said than done, but do try and keep a positive view of what's to come. I found that coming here often, reading the pull-down menus available at the bottom of the Hyster Sisters home page as well as posting all of my questions was really helpful.
Have you visited our Chat Room yet? There are always and 's ready to lend a helping hand.
Wishing you the best of luck with your upcoming surgery. We'll be right here with you every step of the way.
i have had the diagnosis of a "mass" during an ultrasound and then i was rushed into surgery, it ended up only being a very over sized ovary due to a large ovarian cyst that had ruptured and caused internal bleeding... so from experience the word "mass" does not always mean the "c" word...
my surgery for a TAH BOS is scheduled for OCT 11... i will be rpaying for you