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I am 26 years old and had a completely unexpected surgery a week ago to remove my right ovary. I have known for a while that I have polycystic ovaries but in my last ultrasound I was told that I was in the clear, that my small cysts had all gone and I have to admit, I kinda let my guard down ...
A week ago, I was on the last day of my period and started feeling weird cramps. I didn't think anything of it but the cramps continued for two more days. Last Tuesday around midnight the cramps got insanely painful and I had to rush the A&E. In the next day I was told I had a large cyst (8 cm) in my right ovary that was causing my ovary to twist around itself. I had surgery in the next hour. They removed my right ovary completely. It was shocking and terrifying for me. It is the first time in my life that I have surgery and it has always been one of my biggest fears. Surgery went well but a day later I was found to have some internal bleeding and was sent back to surgery. That was truly demoralising. I came out of it drained of blood and of life. I was very depressed the two days after the second surgery, going through huge amounts of pain - the removal of my drain was a particular highlight.
It has now been a week since that second surgery. I'm out of the hospital recovering at relatives (thank goodness for them) as I otherwise live with flatmates who work all day. I have a confortable bed, and three healthy meals a day, which I thank my lucky stars for (and my mum's cousin and his wife). I have had problems with anxiety for three years and the past week didn't ease them AT ALL. I was not allowed to take anything for my anxiety and went through some terrifying moment.
At the moment, I am trying to keep myself as calm and positive as possible. Alternating between bed rest and small walks around the house and yard. The house is full of stairs so I've been taking it easy of them but using them quite a lot. I can't say I feel great but my pain is manageable, my appetite is back, I am able to eat good amounts of food. I am of course worried about every little thing that happens in my body - very aware of it.
Now to the grizzly part. My bowels took a while to open in hospital. I had to have an enema (ugh) and then got one huge, hard, exhausting poo out. After that, my stool seemed to have normalised until today. I have had intense diarrhea all day. I am trying not to worry myself and just wait for a bit. I also have an itchy vagina. Nothing like a real infection (I had thrush a few months ago and I know what that's like).
Around 8pm for the past two nights, I've had sudden surges in temperature, controlled by paracetamol. I think they might be hot flashes but I'm not sure. This hasn't helped with my anxiety at all.
Anyway guys, just wanted to share my experience with you. Would love to answer any questions and hear from any of you with similar experiences or otherwise. Sending positive vibes all over.
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