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I was wondering if anyone had any supportive advice or is going through the same thing as I am? This is going to be long, but I need to share my little story...
So I'm 17, and was diagnosed with a small dermoid cyst inside my right ovary when i was 16, along with possible endometriosis. I just finished my first year of sixth form, and throughout it I've made several trips to the hospital. I've had a couple blood tests and ultrasounds, discovering all sorts of random things going on inside me. Luckily, the blood tests showed that my cyst is not cancerous!
My first ultrasound in Novemeber 2013 found my cyst, and then my GP sent me to a gynaecologist consultant in December, where we discussed my options. I was too scared for surgery, so I was scheduled for another scan in January/February. Unfortunately, this second scan showed that my cyst had grown a couple of centimetres. So in April I agreed for a laparoscopy.
It didn't help that the consultant explained every detail of the surgery. He says it's good i haven't had a torsion? When it twists, i think. He forgot to mention the 18 week waiting list though! I've been waiting for soo long, and i have to wait another month!
I have a feeling that the cyst may have grown again, which could complicate the surgery. I'm really worried and nervous. Considering he has to cut open my ovary to even get the cyst scares me. Also, my periods are becoming more and more irregular. I've realised this since I've known about my cyst, compared to most girls I know, my periods are really far spaced apart, and then are really long, heavy and painful when I'm on.
Just to top it all off, the symptoms of my cyst are weird. I actually feel pregnant half the time - bloated, nausea, cravings, fatigue etc - which isn't a nice experience, and when i'm on it's just crazy. I know my cyst is only small, but in my opinion, this is a lot for someone my age to go through. Does anyone have some advice? Even if it's just about the surgery, or someone else with a small cyst too? I understand it has to be a certain size for it to be a serious problem, something like 6 or 7cm+.
But the endometriosis just makes it harder, according to my radiology report i have it, and it just hurts so much during my period to a point where painkillers like paracetamol/ibuprofen/neurofen just aren't working anymore or take ages to kick in.
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