I've officially been diagnosed with an ovarian cyst. (not PCOS, or anything--just one
big one..) If this is the wrong place for this, I'm sorry!!
I'm 23 (if anyone is curious!)
Long story shortened (moderately.. lol):
I have been feeling off for about a year, and started feeling full/bloated/constipated about 6 months ago--doctor said it was just my intestines (which makes sense, if I'm saying I'm constipated)--Anyhoo.
So I went in to the doctor on Tuesday and told her my concerns (SUPER bad pains on the left--figured I had a minor ovarian cyst on that side) -- We did the normal pelvic exam, and she couldn't find anything, but took me seriously and set up an appointment for the "innie/outie" ultrasounds the next day. (like my technical terms?)
When I went in, I noticed the technician was taking a LOT of pictures of the right. Also--she told me my bladder was full when it wasn't... I was close to tears cause I thought that I had cups and cups of pee and couldn't take care of it!!!
So I went to work and got "the call" from my doctor the next day. She said that what they could see (from the ultrasound) was a 22cm ACROSS ovarian cyst (originating from the right side--guess that's why the majority of ultrasounds were there!), and I need to go in again to get an MRI so they can see exactly what's going on.
I went in on Friday to get my MRI, and I DID get to keep my images! (I won't post them HERE to save anyone from upset stomachs if you're prone--but there will be some soon on my blog) and it looks like someone put a waterballoon in my lower-stomach (which I lovingly call my thorax). -- My bladder is FLATTENED against my pelvic bone because of this!! (no wonder she thought it was full!)
The cyst extends from above my belly-button to below my pelvic bone. From hip to hip, as well as "hugs" my back and extends my belly to the point that I've been asked 3 times if I'm expecting! (From people I KNOW!)
The doctor said during "the call" that she wants it surgically removed within the week. I hear from her tomorrow for instructions and consult referrals. I'm pretty much at terms with the situation (scared about stupid things like catheters and being intebated, and more serious things like if I will lose my ovarie(s) because of this)
I saw that someone in March 07 had some ovarian cyst problems--where she had a sizable one (though, it was as big around as mine is across)--and I'm wondering if anyone has stories about any cysts that are/were super-huge. And what happened? lol -- maybe I want to hear.... Maybe I'll get scared. lol
Anyways--I may be going in to surgery before I get to read any of this, but I'd love to hear your stories if you're willing to share them