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Unread 07-21-2004, 01:10 PM
Complex ovarian cyst

I was diagnosed with fibroids and had a hysterectomy 8 months ago. In the past week I have seen 3 different drs.
Up until a little over a week ago I was feeling better. My gyn. told me yesterday that I have a complex cyst on my left ovary.
He put me on bedrest for a week to see if the cyst will shrink. Someone told me there is an herbal remedy that will help shrink the cyst. Does anyone know what it could be?
Surgery is not an option at this point in time. I am still "tender" from the hysterectomy 8 months ago.
Does anyone have any suggestions? It would be greatly appreciated.
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Unread 07-21-2004, 09:31 PM
Complex ovarian cyst

Hi Karen

I too have a complex cyst but wasn't put on bed rest - have never heard of that helping a complex cyst!

I am having a followup ultrasound next week - not sure what will happen after that. I have also had a CA 125 blood test but wont be seeing the gynae for another couple of weeks.

I think if it is a worry then surgery is the only safe option. Not sure about herbal cures - I just dont think it has anything to do with diet. Just my thoughts!

Good luck
Unread 07-21-2004, 10:46 PM
Complex ovarian cyst

Hi Karen,

There is really no way to prevent ovarian cysts. I have not heard of any "herbal remedy" that will help with complex cysts. I have also not heard that bedrest will shrink a cyst.

I am sorry to hear that you are having some difficulties.

I had my right ovary removed last month. I started having problems with cysts about 8 months ago - my doctor had been watching the cysts for any changes. They had gotten larger and turned from simple, fluid-filled cysts to complex, solid-mass cysts. My surgery was done laparoscopically. The right ovary was adhered to the top of the vaginal cuff and covered with adhesions and cysts - it was removed. My left ovary had some fluid filled cysts that were drained and then the ovary was wrapped in mesh to protect it. I aslo had numerous adhesions removed that were attached to my bladder, colon, liver, and intestines. I'm now almost 7 weeks post-op and the left ovary seems to be functioning good. The final pathology on my ovary and cyst were benign.

Sit down and discuss your options with your doctor. Some cysts go away on their own - some need to be removed. When I began to have problems 8 months ago - my doctor and I decided to take the "watch and wait" approach for a few months - I had vaginal ultrasounds every 2 months to check the status of the ovary and cysts. The reason we decided to go ahead and remove the ovary was because the cysts changed from simple, fluid-filled cysts to complex, solid-mass and my pain was greatly increased. My doctor said when a cyst begins to change in size and appearance (complex & solid) it needs to be evaluated surgically. This is the only way to make sure that the cyst is or is not a cancer.

Whether or not your cyst needs to be removed depends on the size of the cyst, its appearance, any symptoms you may be having related to the cyst, and if there may be a chance of cancer. If the cyst doesn't go away, gets larger, or has changed from simple to complex your doctor may want you to have the ovary removed.

I hope you don't have to have more surgery - thoroughly discuss your options with your doctor. If you do need surgery please know you are not alone.

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