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Lower backpain - adhesions or ovary? Lower backpain - adhesions or ovary?

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Unread 01-14-2005, 10:13 AM
Lower backpain - adhesions or ovary?

A couple of months ago, I had some right side pain and back pain. My doctor felt that it was an ovarian cyst that is leaking. It seems worse when I have intestinal problems (i.e., gas). It subsided but has started up again. The pain is in my lower back and on the right side mainly. I am having lots of gas pains but not pain like this. I suspect that I have adhesions and/or an ovarian cyst again. I'm trying to hold on to remaining ovary. I know that surgery would probably end of removing ovary. I don't know what to do. I'm sick of being in pain!
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Unread 01-14-2005, 01:29 PM

Hi, Dara.

First of all, I'm so sorry you're in pain. You mentioned that your doctor thinks you might have an ovarian cyst that is leaking. Has he/she ordered a pelvic ultrasound to know for sure? It seems to me that, in order for you to be able to make any decisions in an informed manner, you need to be able to have some diagnostic tests to either confirm or rule out problems.
Unread 01-15-2005, 12:48 PM
Lower backpain - adhesions or ovary?

Hi ((Dara)),
I'm sorry to hear your experiencing these symptoms and pain
I still suffer a great amount of pain due to adhesions that also cause me Intestinal problems...I'm 5 yrs post-op..sigh. I underwent 2 additional surgeries after my Hyst. One was at 12 weeks Post-Op to remove my right Ovary due to worsening pain levels and a large mass. When my surgeon got in he found the mass to be Adhesions that had formed atop my Ovary and had it adhered to my Vaginal cuff. The Ovary was also enlarged 2-3 X's its normal size and covered with multiple blood-filled cysts so it was removed to hopefully resolve my pain. Unfortunately it didn't About 6 weeks later, I was admitted through the ER for emergency surgery for 2 total bowel obstructions. I wound up in the hospital for almost 2 weeks...I suffered further complications.
I thought my pain had resolved unfortunately a few short weeks after I was released it was back with a vengence..sigh.

I consulted several specialists and Gen. Surgeons all advised me to not have any further surgeries unless life-threatening. I had suffered nerve damage and was left with extensive adhesions that made surgery too risky and the possibility of only more pain. I was referred to Pain Mgmt. I have been going since. I still have no resolve to my pain but it being kept at levels in which I can function..it isn't 1st and foremost on my mind all the time.

I wanted to share my story and that more surgery isn't always the answer, for some it can make matters worse.
Shortly after I lost my right Ovary, my lone left one ceased to function...the blood-supply had been altered due to one of my surgeries which then left me in surgical menopause. I was then dx'd with a blood-clotting disorder. I was unable to take any form of Estrogen/HRT which created a whole other source of problems.

I found researching my symptoms, learning my options and any possible risks they involved helped me make better long-term choices regarding treatments...I only wish I had learned this before that 2nd surgery. I might have still needed to have that surgery but I feel I would've been more coped to deal with the outcomes.
Here are a couple links that may be helpful to you in what could be going on along with any options you may have at resolving it:

Intestinal Adhesions:

About Ovarian Cysts:

Good Luck in finding some answers & most of all some relief
Please keep us posted in how things are going and know you have many ((Sisters)) here who understand what your going through and are here lend support That more than anything else has helped me through the years of pain and my endless search for answers....

My thoughts and prayers will be with you....(((hugs)))

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