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complex ovarian cyst, is it always cancer? complex ovarian cyst, is it always cancer?

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Unread 12-09-2000, 05:36 PM
complex ovarian cyst, is it always cancer?

Hi, I'm new here. 45 yrs old, irregular periods, pain in ovary. OB did a pelvic, felt nothing, told me pap was normal, goodbye. Well, I'd had this same pain for 4 years! So I went to another OB. Did a vaginal ultrasound, lo and behold there was a complex solid cyst on the painful ovary, and a simple fluid cyst on the other. Also found endometrial thickening. Just had a CA125, awaiting results. Meantime, OB says I must have everything out before the 25th! I have a 4 yr old son, who is an only child, constantly wanting to be entertained, and an 82 yr old grandma who isn't much help. She's all I've got. I'm picturing myself in bed with those two having accidents in the livingroom! Anyway, long story short here...I have a hernia repair the size of a football, in the middle of my abdomen. A mesh was put in 3 years ago which was an extremely painful surgery. (got infected, the whole nine yards) My abdomen is already distended. I'm wondering, if anyone knows this, is a vaginal removal possible? I cannot have laparoscopy, due to mesh. I've read that with cancer they prefer to do an abdominal, but the doctor said this is impossible in my case due to that mesh. And another thought, did any of you get on the hormones before the surgery instead of afterwards? I'm truly hysterical. Anxiety attacks hit me hard, especially at night, even though I'm already taking Xanax (only at night) Thank God I found this site. I've read the boards and you all are so strong and wise, wish I could be too!

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Unread 12-09-2000, 05:58 PM
complex ovarian cyst, is it always cancer?

{{{hysterical}}}

first of all, I've got to say I'm amazed that no one took that name before in all this time!!! An awful lot of the sisters are quaking and scared and panicked! I think words on a screen just seem calm.

Well, it can be noncancerous and it can be (and probably is if it is cancer at all) a noninvasive kind of cancer like the one I had. Surgery took care of it (with a lot of follow-up testing). That hernia repair sounds really awful! I was so scared of getting a hernia I took the warnings not to lift after surgery really seriously. I don't know about the different techniques. Trust your doc. They can do a lot vaginally or lap assisted.

Talk to people in your church or synagogue. Or if you don't have one, talk to the social worker at the hospital. There may be a way to get some help for the first couple of weeks. AT least someone to come in and let you nap while keeping an eye on things. And you may be surprised how helpful people at work might be. I was up and about right away, never spent much time in bed. Napped a lot though and only had myself to take care of. I did organize a number of people for grocery deliveries. You can lay in a lot of quick fix meals (the microwave is our friend ) and see if the grocery store will deliver (or if you're in a big city, use Webvan). And learn to meditate so you can raise your consciousness above the dirt

Can someone do the laundry? You can't lift, so that's the other fly in the ointment.

If the panic seems incapacitating, why not ask the doc for Xanax or another panic medicine? You want to keep your feet under you while you stock up microwave meals or whatever you need.

You may be surprised how many people are wanting to be helpful. I was. I thought I was alone, but no, I wasn't. And you definitely have us
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Unread 12-10-2000, 08:07 AM
complex ovarian cyst, is it always cancer?

I had my cervix and uterus removed vaginally, but I kept my ovaries. I would think that they could have taken the ovaries that way too, but the doc said that mine looked okay so I kept them. It does sound like you have a lot on you right now and I can't help but to think that there are many people around you that would be willing to help you out! Please start inquiring right away. Do you have any close family, friends, or even church associates? Would it be possible to get care in your home for your grandmother through a volunteer organization of some sort in your area? I would begin by checking out the phone book for support in your area.
I really do wish you the best of luck!! Please know that you have us all here to turn to if you need to talk or vent or have questions. We don't have any medical degrees, but we have experience and lots of love to go around!
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