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Unread 04-08-2006, 01:09 AM
CT Scan-Thank you I am not crazy!

Yeta, I sure hope that you're getting treatment for that blood pressure of yours. Are they sure that the cyst that they are seeing is ovarian? Some kidney cysts can affect your blood pressure. There have been women over in the Hormone Jungle who found that their blood pressure was higher when their estrogen levels were lower. Perhaps this remaining ovary isn't doing you any favors at the moment; it may not be functioning normally, either, if the cyst is affecting it. Your history of your mom's breast CA should be reason enough to seek out the services of the GYN-oncologist to look into this with you. Again, obviously I hope this new mass isn't anything nasty, but better to be in the hands of the experts for something like this.

Your family doctor doesn't sound too sympathetic, but he should be the one treating your high blood pressure. That is nothing to fool with, even if you're not in menopause, and really needs proper, aggressive treatment. High blood pressure, although it may in fact be a response to "stress" still needs to be treated before it permanently damages the arteries (they get stiffer and stiffer, and it gets harder to treat). There used to be a thread in the Hormone Jungle about high blood pressure; if you do a search under that term, with "Trish" as a username, I think you'll find it. She updates it periodically with the results of her extensive research, and you may find some helpful information for you. The hypertension may NOT keep you from using estrogen therapy; in fact, at a low dose it might actually help. It seems to, for some. Look into the DASH diet (if you Google it, you should find some good references). That, too, can help keep the blood pressure a bit more reasonable. I work in cardiology, and it always bothers me that doctors so frequently undertreat high blood pressure, since it can lead to so many nasty conditions!

I wouldn't try to second-guess what your next move is, until you're able to get that second opinion with the GYN-oncologist. They'll have the best plan for dealing with this cyst. Hopefully it's like the previous one, benign, and they are able to save the ovary. Your mom's history of breast cancer does not automatically keep you from taking certain forms of estrogen replacement if they are indicated, but that obviously is a subject for you to explore with your doctor...hopefully you can find a GYN to work with you who is more sympathetic and insightful than the one who insisted that the radiologist change his report. That STILL boggles my mind!

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Unread 04-08-2006, 04:26 AM
CT Scan-Thank you I am not crazy!

Thanks Audrey for the info, I have been asking for treatment for my BP and not getting it. It is always tied to the pain I am in so my GP wanted to try and get to the bottom of my pain. I have been on BP meds in the past with zero effect on my BP. I know it's time to look for a better dr but the GP I have now is the best I have been able to find in years. So many are just the "doc in the box" type here. I have severe med allergies so no one wants to treat me for anything, always pass me off to the next doc.I know I should ask for the blood test for ovarian cancer but I guess I have some work to do to get to the bottom of this.
Unread 04-08-2006, 08:19 AM

Hi Audrey & Yetagain,
You know what really bugs me, as if we don't have enough problems with no answers and doctors who don'e seem to care half the time, you ladies are up at 2:30 & 5 AM!!!!!!!! This can not be healthy for any of us. Why can't we get doctors to understand that we are not making this stuff up, yet either the pain or anxiety keeps us up half the night!!! Then, when you ask for sleeping pills, there goes the "crazy" Dx again!!! What a life!!!!
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Unread 04-08-2006, 10:16 AM
CT Scan-Thank you I am not crazy!

Well, I'm on the west coast, so for me it's 11:30 p.m. ...


(More later, but I'm running late as it is... ) DH over shoulder...
Unread 04-08-2006, 10:41 AM
CT Scan-Thank you I am not crazy!

I am east coast so there must be an hour difference, my day starts early 5:55am.
I am really crampy and achey today, looking forward to Monday and talking to my dr. I have read through many old posts here and now know I should ask for the CA125 and if the cyst looks complex or is very large I should ask for a gyn/onc to evaluate and remove if needed. Just checked my BP 178/110 second call Monday to get a referal to a more interested GP or an internist and start dealing with my BP.
Unread 04-08-2006, 05:04 PM
CT Scan-Thank you I am not crazy!

It's a three-hour difference, then, between us.

That blood pressure is scary! Yeah, I'm with you...time for a new internist who is willing to work with you on that BP. Stroke is a real risk at that level... ..


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