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After seeing my gynae doctor last week and having a further scan I have been told I have a fairly large ovarian cyst (size of a small melon) that has ruptured (from an accident I had back in August) and is now bleeding into itself. He has Booked me in for an urgent op but that's not until 3rd April which is 4 weeks away today, it was his first available slot. He said if I get any severe pain at all before then I am to get to a&e as soon as I can as I'm in danger of it now twisting or bursting. I am very uncomfortable and really don't think I can go another month like this, I can't bend properly and I'm not allowed to walk my dog. My abdomen looks 6 months pregnant and I feel bloated and heavy all the time. Also I am having trouble sleeping cos cannot lay on either said and if I lay on my back it pulls. I feel like I have cystitis all the time cos the cyst is sitting on my bladder and I am completely constipated, not to mention very miserable. I am scared because when I asked my gynae doctor how will I know if it bursts? He said you'll know because the pain will be tremendous and you will be vomiting! This is what happened when I had the accident back in August and originally ruptured the cyst. I do not want to go through all that again as the ambulance men had to give me 4 shots of morphine before they could even straighten me out and take me to hospital.
I work in a busy kitchen for 3 hours a day, lifting/bending, sweeping mopping and I am getting 'twinges' and 'stitches' around my cyst during and after my shift. I cannot be put on 'light duties' as there are only 2 of us and my colleague does all the cooking and I'm the washer upper, put away, sweep and mop the floor, empty heavy bins etc etc...the job is pretty full on.
So my question is do I carry on until my op which is a month away and just try to be careful (not always easy when bending and lifting is a big part of my work) or should I take my husbands advice and get signed off until after my op? He is worried that I will put too much pressure on the cyst and it will burst.....I really don't want this to happen, but feel bad if I take time off cos I don't like to let people down, plus I don't get any sick pay so I'm also worried about the financial side of things too, but friends and family keep saying my health is more important and I should stop. I just don't know what to do for the best and would be very grateful for any suggestions.
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