3cm cyst- unsure of what to do next

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Hello,

I'm hoping someone may be able to relate and give me some insight. This whole cyst situation started on my 19th birthday when I fainted and went to the hospital and was told there was nothing wrong and to go home. I kept having the same pain every month sometimes excruciating and sometimes not as bad. My doctor finally sent me for an ultrasound 4 years later. We found out I have a 3cm cyst on my left ovary but it's harmless. He prescribed me Naproxen, which doesn't help at all. 5 years later, I still get the pain on both sides and it is unbearable. I've been told to suck it up and deal with it but I don't want to leave it and find out later that it's something more serious. Any insight on this issue is greatly appreciated.

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    I know this is scary and frustrating. It does sound like your doctors are doing what they should be doing. You have probably spent time on the Internet researching like we all do, trying to find answers. As they told you, it is normal for young women to have these cysts. I also used to get pain at ovulation some times. It isn't fun. Just make sure that ultra sounds are done periodically to monitor that there is no change in size or type of cyst. Even harmless cysts can get larger, though yours seems to be the average size of these annoying things. Some times if a woman is very worried a doctor will do a biopsy or removed a small cyst. They are trying not to put you through this procedure if possible. I do understand that after so many years you are worried and it is scary. I've read that many times doctors don't even tell a patient there is a cyst if it is small just so they don't worry. I hope you have a compassionate doctor who will be following this and can reassure you. I actually had to request my primary care doctor send me for an ultra sound after my cyst was found on a CT scan of my kidneys! I am way past menopause, so my 7.4 cm cysts has really scared me! I'm too old for a "functional cyst" and at the age (69) when ovarian cancer usually strikes. It grew from a 6.3 cm cyst since Oct. 31st. so it will most likely be removed next month after seeing a specialist. My CA125 blood test was normal, so that made me feel better. I will still feel better when this hitch hiker is gone though! Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.

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