Ovarian Cyst: My Experience

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I recently had an operation to remove an ovarian cyst.  While I was waiting for the op', I frequently visited this site to read about the experiences of others which I found very helpful.  I am hoping that in posting what happened to me, I may be able to help other women in return.

I was diagnosed with a 8x7x6cm functioning cyst on my right ovary earlier on this year.  While I was waiting for surgery, I had a lot of physical issues;  bloating, constantly peeing (I was up at least three times a night), pain and cramps where my groin meets my thigh, and very, very painful periods.  My periods also became very irregular, ranging anywhere between twenty days to six weeks.

I told my consultant about all of these, only to be told that my cyst was too small to be causing me that many problems.  The bloating was put down to IBS caused by the stress of the situation - my mum died from ovarian cancer, so to say I was concerned is an understatement.  The constant need to pee like a racehorse was a mystery and I had to take so many pee-in-a-cup tests that it became ridiculous.  Everything else was put down to being just "one of those things".

It has now been three weeks since my operation, and all of the symptons I experienced have more or less disappeared.  I'm no longer bloated,  I'm able to sleep through the night without having to use the toilet, and I started my first period since having my op' a couple of days ago and it is nowhere near as painful as it's been in recent months.

Now, I'm not saying that if you have any of these symptoms, it's definitely due to an ovarian cyst.  I'm just saying that in my experience I'm certain it was, despite my consultant telling me otherwise.  The fact that all my symptoms seemed to disappear almost as soon as I had the cyst removed is too much of a coincidence for me to think otherwise.

(I should also point out that my consultant was a complete expletive who almost seemed to take pleasure in not taking me seriously.)

As I explained before, this site helped me a great deal when I was looking for answers and I am hoping to show my thanks by paying it forward.  I wouldn't want anyone to be as scared of having the cyst or having the operation to remove it as I was.  If I can help anyone who is going through a similar situation that I went through, I would gladly try to help ease their minds if I can.

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    So glad you got sorted as I know from personal experience what a difference removal can make.
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      Apart from the physical ailments, the most aggravating part was feeling like no one was listening to me.  I was sure that all of my symptoms were connected to the cyst, but I was constantly being told that they weren't.  The fact that 99% of my symptoms miraculously disappeared after my laparoscopy says it all really.
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    Thanks for writing this. I have history of cysts and also IBS symptoms being confused with it. I am hoping that the problems I am experiencing currently will result in them finally removing the offending ovary or maybe even all of the junk in there so I dont have to go around looking 6-8 months pregnant and people have even asked when the baby is due! 
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