Can cysts be felt by external examination if small? Unsure of symptoms

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Hi everyone brand newbie to site, has given me lots of good reads over past days.

3 or so weeks ago was quite constipated ( not unusual as diagnosed with IBS years ago) although most likely caused by not enough water and fibre diet ūüėĀ. During period started getting random spasmodic pain low right pelvic area, sore enough to stop you in your tracks. Went to Dr, no pain on palpating and no lump felt. Then developed a kind of burning sensation upper abdomen prior to eating for a couple of days, and felt really full, this has now passed. Fullness could have been due to IBS ? Went back to DrDropped the coffee started 2 litres water a day so bm getting loads better. No black stools nor blood, varying consistency (depends on diet)¬†

Anyway went back to Dr as right pelvic pain constant and sore to palpate. Sent for bloods re appendix and was all clear. Went back to Dr as has made follow up appt, felt fine no constant pain, only the sharp twinges again right side inside and below hip joint. More bloods ordered for CA125 and 19-9 plus h pylori should get back this week. 

Period nearly due again and getting more regular twinges in ovary area , even woke me up during night. 

Feeling nervous with all the mentions and tests for cancer but it's good they are being thorough. 

I've read about cysts that can be felt and cause swelling etc I'm abdomen,  could this be a cyst and be small enough to not be felt and cause these issues? 

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    Yes even small ones seem to cause pain.  I had pain on and off for months but just put it down to the menopause but after having a period after 15 months I was sent for tests which included the CA125 test, blood tests, scans (internal and external) womb biopsy and MRI.  I didn't even know I had a cyst till I had the scan and it was measured at 4.7cm but due to the unexpected period at 15 months and the fact I had had a large cyst removed before as well as my ovary, my consultant  recommended a total hysterectomy as he couldn't be 100% sure whether the cyst was ok without testing it.  This was in March this year and I had my hysterectomy at the end of June smile   The cyst was tested and it was fine smile
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    My cyst had grown to 10cm by the time it was removed so they can grow pretty fast 
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      Glad it was tested and all is well ūüĎć

      I had a pelvic scan today and all was clear, so no cysts, then Dr phoned and blood results came back positive for celiacs !! Go figure at this age ??  I'll know more tomorrow but the pain twinges kept me up last night. 

      I really don't know much about that disease aside from no gluten, but tummy feels on fire. 

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    Mine was found during internal exam and yet size of grapefruit . Depends on how it is positioned I suppose. I paid for vaginal ultrasound only cost 60.00 I was too anxious to wait for hospital. Just rang a local imaging co and they

    Got me in same day. Bloods are routine

    And don't be

    Surprised if they send you for

    An MRI or ct. again routine.  Just

    Tests seem to take

    ages to get appointments and then results.

    Hope all goes well xx

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      Im really lucky June as I work in ultrasound, not a technician though, but at least can have scan at drop of a hat. Scan didnt show anything exciting (phew) no cysts or anything in Pelvic area.

      No sharp twinges now, although the burning in my stomach area last night was really nasty, but gone by this morning again.

      Its just such a worry when things go awol around this age, and of course the more you look into, the more you find. 

      Having had 3 different cancer sufferers around me over the past 2 years does make it quite real, I do try not to dwell on the worst possible outcome.

      Although tempting to bury ones head under a pillow.... it doesnt help.


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