Ovarian Cysts - At What Rate Do They Develop?

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I am new here so will try and keep this as short as possible.

Around 2 months ago I, unfortunately suffured a misscarriage which required surgery. I was advised that despite being 10 weeks 'pregnant' there was no 'fetal pole' just a yolk sack. I was told to wait until 12 weeks to see if the 'pregnancy' passed naturally (which it did not) and I had to have what was effectiveley a termination.

During all the above, I was given many ultrasound scans, and I was  advised by the examiner that I have a 5cm cyst on my right ovary. She told me that this is very common, and not to worry.

However... Over the last 2 weeks my stomach has become so bloated that I have had a friend say to me that she was not aware that I was 'expecting'... A neighbour also asked when I was due... It's not suprising as I look around 7 months pregnant.

I am a keep gym goer, and very into health and fitness. I have altered my diet but gained a stone. I have also been urinating around 3 times an hour(!) despite feeling permanantly dehydrated.

Over the last few days I have been experiencing excruiciating pain in my right lower abdomen, mainly when excersising.

To add to this I have also been put under investigation at a cardiology unit, for persistant dizziness and palpitations.

I cannot quite belive that a cyst could have developed from 5cm to a considerable size in just 9 weeks, but would really appreciate any input, information or experience that anyone may have.

Thank you in advance, Regards.

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    Hi I had a 14cm Dermoid cyst removed in October. Mine was first recognised when it was 8.9 cm's that was in April then when I had it removed 6 months later it had grown to 14 cm's so mine grew just under a cm a month.

    Please don't leave it tho get it checked.

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    The pain and increased urination are common symptoms please go back to Gp or to a&he if pain can't be controlled. Cocodamol helped me but ended up taking codeine as it became severe, ask for another ultrasound to check size, usually when more than 5 cm they will remove. Good luck.
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    This is very like what happened to me. Was scanned months ago and was told that I had a cyst when pregnant. Mine has grown to nearly 29cm. I had this removed a short time ago but thankfully pregnancy is ok and baby doing fine.

    I had previously been informed from scans months ago that I needed to empty my bladder!!!! It is very frightening but worth getting removed. I'm now recovering and feel lot better knowing it's removed. I had ovary removed also.

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      Hi Brenda- same here. I am a very healthy 74 yrs old and until Dec 10th 2014 was fine. Went for an ultrasound because I'd had cystitis 3 months earlier which had completely cleared up so I nearly cancelled the scan ! On 11th Dec doctor phoned to say I had cysts on ovaries. They turned out to be 5cm and 8cm. Was told at 1st appointment it would be a hysterectomy and I go on Jan 27th, but the surgeon said he will do laparoscopy first ,and then maybe a hysterectomy.They can't get a 8cm cyst through the small laparoscopy cut so I'm expecting the full op.The worry and waiting is unbelievable. I am calming down now but over Xmas and New Year it was hard when all around is family get togethers and parties. Just had to pretend felt OK but terrified in private.Have you got a date yet? All I can say is enjoy the 'normal' days you've got now and worry when the time comes. I have 9 nice days left so trying to keep positive.Keep in touch any time xx
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      Hi Brenda, one of my cysts was 80mm (or 8cm  same thing) this was removed by keyhole very neatly. Unless there are other difficulties yours should also be ok for keyhole. 
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    I had an cyst diagnosed in march at 2.2cm. Another scan in november and it was 7cm.  Now I really feel like it has grown more... I read they can grow quite large fast. Im due for keyhole surgery in 3 weeks.
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