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Very scared about possible ovarian cancer! Very scared about possible ovarian cancer!

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Unread 04-09-2004, 12:21 PM
Very scared about possible ovarian cancer!

If anyone can help me, I would appreciate it so much.

For the past couple of weeks I have been having severe pain in my left pelvic area, where I think my ovary is. It hurts to move, sit, pee, stretch, ect. I finally went to my PCP yesterday and she did a pelvic exam on me and said she could not feel a mass, but could not really feel my ovaries either since they were sewn up to the sides during my hysterectomy 2 years ago. She is sending me to have a pelvic u/s today and I am scared to death that they are going to tell me I have ovarian cancer! I am only 34. Does this pain sound like ovarian cancer? Wouldn't it be rare to have it at my age, or does it strike women of all ages? Help please! I have a feeling that I won't get the results today and I will make myself crazy with worry all weekend. My biggest fear is that if it WERE to be ovarian cancer, now that there is pain, it would be late stage, right? I am just scared beyond belief right now!!!
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Unread 04-09-2004, 02:38 PM
Very scared about possible ovarian cancer!

Hi Julie,

Unfortunately ovarian cancer does not discriminate and can strike women at all ages, even teenagers.

I was diagnosed with it two years ago and am doing very well.

Please make an appointment to see an oncologist/gynocologist. They are the experts in the gynecological field and the most important to part towards a positive turnout.

Is your doctor having you get an abdominal/pelvic cat scan? Did they do a ca125 blood test? When your doctor examined you did she do a rectal exam? ( I found out over the years that this very important and how the ovaries are actually felt)

Please keep us up to date.

Unread 04-09-2004, 02:43 PM
Rosalie's on the right track

First of all, do realize that the waiting is the worst and it's normal to wonder and go "what if?" But you can have assurance that you're moving in the right direction with the manual exam and the transvaginal ultrasound. A CA125 blood test and possibly a CT would be the more complete picture. Pain is one of the symptoms. You can get lots more information by checking on these two sites: (Ovarian Cancer National Alliance) and (National Ovarian Cancer Coalition). If your doctor believes from the test that there is a possibility of cancer, go ask for a referral to a gynecologic/oncologist, who is the best expert and best surgeon in this area. Also remember that you could have something else or a benign cyst. Keep us updated when the results come.
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Unread 04-09-2004, 05:10 PM
Very scared about possible ovarian cancer!

Hi Julie!

I'm sorry you are having such horrible pain and feelings of uneasiness. I dont want to say not to worry because you won't know the answer until it gets checked out, but it sounds like endo to me. As a sufferer for 20 years, your pain is similar to my past experiences with the disease. For years I had horrible pain on my right side which I believed to be my ovary but found out later it was endo on the abdominal wall near my ovary. Seeing that you still have your ovaries, there is a good chance that they stimulated the endo to spread.
Again, I dont know whats going on with you but just wanted to share with you my similar pains. Please keep us posted.

Peace and Hugs, Cheryl
Unread 04-09-2004, 06:09 PM
Very scared about possible ovarian cancer!

s Jujubee

Relax!!!! Seriously, you are jumping the gun. Pelvic pain can come from sooo many causes. Hopefully you will not have to wait too long for the US results. You could have a simple ovarian cyst
or the problem may not be ovarian at all.
Don't scare yourself by reading to much scarey info about ovarian cancer.
If something suspicious is found, then by all means make certain you see a gyn oncologist.
Please stop back and update us.

Unread 04-09-2004, 08:03 PM
Very scared about possible ovarian cancer!

Age does make a difference. The chances for ovarian cancer increase with age. The more cycles a woman has the more her chances for ovarian cancer increases. That's why women who have had lots of children, breast fed for long periods, and those who have been on the pill for 5 or more years have decrease chances of ovarian cancer. They have had fewer cycles, fewer eggs released. While it can strike younger women, it is more rare.

>>>Risk factors

* Age
The risk of ovarian cancer increases with age. Most ovarian cancers occur in women after they have gone through the menopause. Half of all ovarian cancers occur in women over the age of 65.

* Family history of ovarian, breast, or bowel (colorectal) cancer
Inherited ovarian cancer is rare, as it may account for only around 1 in 20 cases. The risk of getting ovarian cancer is increased if there is a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has or has had the disease, especially if they developed it at a young age. The risk is further increased if there are two or more first-degree relatives who have had the disease. In some ethnic groups such as Ashkenazi Jews, a greater proportion of ovarian cancers is inherited (around 3 in 10).<<<

If you go to that webpage there are more risk factors and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Might you have a groin muscle pull? It could also be a problem in your colon, sigmoid colon, I think that's what it's called. I doubt that it's ovarian cancer, but I'm not a doctor.

Sorry you have to wait, the waiting is THE WORST part!

Unread 04-11-2004, 06:15 AM
Very scared about possible ovarian cancer!

Hi Julie,

I agree with all the other sisters. See a gyno and get a CA125 test done. Ovarian cancer comes at any age - I'm 41 and had no pelvic pains. I only had a persistent lower back pain and was dismissed by several doctors who told me it was a kidney infection, a pulled muscle and "all in my head". My gyno sent me for the CA125 and ultrasound and only then did he refer me an oncologist. The only way to confirm if it was cancer was through surgery. This could be nothing serious - I know it' hard, but try to be calm until you get results. And don't be afraid to go for second opinions if you are not satisfied with results. Keep us posted -you are in my prayers.

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