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Ovaries???!!!!??? Ovaries???!!!!???

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Unread 02-10-2003, 04:42 PM

Just got back from my appointment with my new GYNand guess what? I still have two ovaries. Yep, that's right they're both still there. Boy, does this ever explain soooo much. The continued pain on that side and in my back, the elevated blood pressure while taking all that extra estrogen and progesterone, the painful sex and even the bladder pain (which in reality was probably the ovaries). I must say that these are not remnants but full blown untouched ovaries. I have a laproscopic surgery set for this weekend or rather on the 14th, Fri.. I asked that my ovaries not be removed unless absolutely necessary. There is a mass or cyst of some sort on one. The same as before my supposed TVH-BSO. So she said that she would remove only what was bad and leave the rest. I would hope that I made the right decision. I am so unsure of everything right now. But things are making more sense. I could really use some helpful thoughts and suggestions. And, Audrey, if you're out there......THANK YOU for suggesting the ultrasound. I practically raised up off the table when I saw my ovaries right there. I just don't understand how two CT scans with and without contrast could have missed them. I will be getting these results so that a doctor I can trust will tell me what they said. I feel like I'm getting a second chance and don't know whether to be glad or sad that my ovaries are still there.
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Unread 02-10-2003, 05:13 PM

(((Johnna))) do you have a copy of your surgery report from the "TVH-BSO"? What does it say about your ovaries? This is very strange indeed!

I'm soooo glad you found this out. And that certainly does explain why you didn't do well on HRT. Gosh I'm glad you found this out, and I am very very glad you got a new GYN!

I hope everything goes great Friday, remember you are still a !
Unread 02-10-2003, 07:07 PM
Does this mean you're some kind of statistic?

Wow Johnna, you've got quite the story to tell. I can only imagine the myriad of feelings you must be having. At least there is an explanation, and whether bad or good, I always find that relieving.

Hopefully now you will find relief in even more ways.

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Unread 02-11-2003, 06:52 AM

Thanks for replying. I am so absolutely frantic right now. My doctor asked me yesterday why I wanted to keep my ovaries since I thought that they were gone anyway. :confuse: I am sooo scared and non trusting right now. I am really in a way afraid that she will just yank them out. I want to ask more questions before surgery. Is this asking too much? I know much more than I did when I first consented to my surgery and now, also I don't know if I even had endo to begin with. I really don't know what's going on with my body.
Unread 02-11-2003, 09:06 AM


You just keep asking questions until you feel comfortable! That is your right, sweetie.

I hope your doctor was just trying to help you sort through your feelings about keeping or not keeping your ovaries since that is such personal decision - not questioning your feelings, but trying to help you realize what they are.

I have gone back and forth. I really thought my ovaries would have to go when I had a hyst. My doctor really wanted to leave them if they were healthy. I decided to just leave it in the Lord's hands and although I had a setback last month that really made me question the wisdom of keeping my ovaries, that has passed and I am okay again.

I chose to look at it this way.... they can always remove your ovaries in the future. They can not put them back once they are removed. But this is my view and you need to sort through your own feelings.

Any of us would be having trust issues at this time if we were walking in your shoes!

Here's a and I'm ing for you!!!!
Unread 02-11-2003, 09:36 AM

That is the most incredible thing I have heard in a long time??? how could they have told you they were doing a BSO and leave your ovaries??? I would definitely get the report from the hospital on this if for only the reason of wanting to know what the heck they did???

I can believe you are in one big right now just due to the shock of finding out the truth. I know you have scheduled surgery quickly but please be careful you are ready to make this decision and you have all your questions answered to your comfort. I elected to keep one of my ovaries with my hyst but now have had so many problems I am going to have it removed BUT this was what I decided was good for me... lots of situations could revolve around that decision 1. I no longer want to deal with the cystic pain over and over again. 2. I am 39 and believe I am either perimenopausal or close to it so the estrogen levels would be slowly decreasing shortly(my opinion not medically known for me). 3. I have had continued problems with adhesions and scar tissue so opting for another surgery later on could just cause me more complications and more pain. My only CON was having to start HRTs which I believe my body would have started
symptoms shortly to require them anyway.

BTW: I never regret trying to keep the ovary originally. I always have the resolution that I tried and since my GYN wasn't convinced that they should go, I would have questioned myself over and over again in the HRT process-especially if I had problems with it. Just my thought process though.

I am content now that I am making the right choice for me, but until you get the answers you need to hear from your DR and maybe even a second opinion you might not be content yet. Just a thought.

Prayers for you upcoming surgery,
Unread 02-11-2003, 10:58 AM

I spoke again this morning with the doctor performing the lap and I confirmed the fact that I want to keep what I have if it is not malignant. They were once healthy and I hope that they still are. There is the possibliity there are two masses that are not ovaries at all and she won't be certain until she's in there. I appreciate all that this site has done for me and I appreciate the prayers and well wishes I have received here. Wish me luck! I will need it.
Unread 02-11-2003, 12:57 PM

((((Johanna))))) All of this must be soooo stressful.... and frustrating for you

I just wanted to let you know that I'm sending lots of s and ers your way.
Unread 02-12-2003, 04:08 AM


I am so sorry you have been on such a roller coaster ride with all this dear... You are in my thoughts and prayers, please let us know how you are doing. I wish I could personally give you a big

Unread 02-12-2003, 07:40 AM


I am going to try and send you a PM.. hope it goes thru. I am sending you tons and tons of prayers and healing vibes your way. I can only imagine what a tough time you are having right now. Know that god is watching over you and will protect you. He never lets us down.

I wish the best for you in whatever happens. Let us know how you are doing. Post when you can.


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