What do ovarian cysts look like

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I went off birth control 4 years ago and ever since then I have been developing ov<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ri<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cyst</span>s. Sometimes i get lower back pain that extends down my buttocks and feels <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>like</span> sciatica . I also get an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>whatan> feels like menstral cramping after intense exercise. During ovulation i also experience uncomfortable cramping. My periods are pretty regular (maybe off by 5 days tops) and they are not heavy, just normal and they last about 4 days.
My Doctor told me that this was not the case that the cyst was actually inside the ovary and my ovary was the size of a melon when they removed the cyst and ovary? I'm a bit confused - how do these <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cyst</span>s grow is is from the inside or from the outside? I wanted to respond to that post saying the cyst is probably making the ovary larger but i'm not sure if this is actually the case - or if it was just me.
I recently found out that ov<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ri<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cyst</span>s could be a side effect of Depakote in 10% of women. Should I try a different med for the migraines. 3. Would you recommend testing 17-hydroxyprogesterone for nonclassic adrenal hyperplasia? I read this can also cause cysts and be mistaken for POF. I originally had the ultrasound done to measure the lining and see if I qualified for an ablation.
I do get bloating, but it is not as bad as an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>whatan> yours is. <sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n style = 'b<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ckground-color: #d<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>e8f4'>wh<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>t</sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n> did they do for your blocked bowels? When do you go for your ultrasound? I would say that you do have symptoms of an ovarian cyst, but those are also symptoms of other problems as well. I will be anxious to find out an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>whatan> the ultrasound says. I am sorry that you are feeling so badly!! I hope you get some relief soon.
If the cysts look like a "string of beads" you could have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Other common traits of PCOS are excess body and/or facial hair, oily and acne-prone skin, being overweight or tendency to gain easily, irregular periods (I think they say 4 or less periods per year). another possibility is endometriosis which causes pelvic pain and can cause ovarian cysts.
the doctor also said there were a few <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cyst</span>s but she was vague; the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>look</span> on her face was NOT reassuring hence my fear; she is a very well respected oby/gyn in Chicago at Northwestern Memorial hospital-Prentice Women's Hospital, but I am still scared. My mom had colon cancer and survived; any help out there, please, for some re-assurance. Thank you so much.
Hi, You are correct that ov<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ri<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cyst</span>s do occur during the period that chemotherapy is being given. Hence, I don't see the need to take out the remaining ovary if the appearance is benign. Decisions are usually based on the odds of finding something against the odds of finding nothing. You may be under the impression that performing the operation is entirely to your advantage since you will make sure that there is no longer any disease.
although 99% of ov<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ri<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cyst</span>s are benign, you need medical attention. Do not ignore your symptoms. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Now is this something i should be worried about and <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>look</span> to another doctor for a second opinion or just act <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>like</span> the midwife and brush it off my shoulder,,, help please.. also i have been having irregular periods and intercourse is painful..Will i have to get them removed??
But if it is complex (has solid parts) then it is more worrisome for cancer. Try not to worry because most <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cyst</span>s do turn out to be benign...even large ones. But, since you are post menopausal and your mass is so large...you should consult a gynecolgical oncologist just to be safe. If it is malignant a gynecologic oncologist will be more skilled at removing the tumor without spreading the contents and he can remove other areas of tumor and stage your cancer all in the same surgery.
<sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n style = 'b<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ckground-color: #d<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>e8f4'>wh<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>t</sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n> do you do if your GP an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>doesan> not take you seriously? I have complained to her that I have put on a lot of weight (only round my middle) over the last 5 months or so. So much so that everyone thinks I am pregnant! (I'm not!) Finally got her to take me seriously when I put on half a stone in 4 weeks (I've always struggled to put on weight) and she sent me for a scan. Turns out I have ovarian cysts, 3 or 4 - the largest being 4.9cm and an enlarged ovary.
and then she sent me for a ultersound and she called today and said i got to go for a ct scan cause i have a cyst and im scared cause both my aunts had cancer in the Ovaries so <sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n style = 'b<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ckground-color: #d<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>e8f4'>wh<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>t</sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n> should i do i have a son that is 6 but i would really <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>like</span> to have another one,......
Do take a <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>look</span> at the health pages (top right) and the listing for types of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cyst</span>s and symptoms. You'll find them helpful and the other posting on this site on Ovarian cyst Pamphlet is very good. Hope this helps.
anyone else have all these issues and feel <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>like</span> they are crazy and the drs keep wanting to tell you the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cyst</span>s has nothing to do with it.
I have endometriosis, ov<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ri<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n vein thrombosis, history of ov<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ri<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cyst</span>s, history of miscarriages, and menstrual problems. I have one daughter with my husband and 2 daughters with my ex-husband I want other children but it an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>doesan>n't look it'll happen due to I'm 42 years old.
I am not sure where to begin, but I am having alot of discomfort from my right side.Pain, pulling etc.. due <sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n style = 'b<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ckground-color: #d<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>e8f4'>wh<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>t</sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n> my doc has found to be ov<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ri<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n tissue with two 2cm <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cyst</span>s!! My right ovary and tube were removed in 06 due to a two approx. 7cm tumors which thank God where not cancerous, but did alot of damage. My right ovary bust and tore the tube all the way down to the uterus and I had internal bleeding, therefore of course everything had to be removed on the right side!!
it was when i was ivf i had a greater understanding and was also able to have a <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>look</span> at my ovaries. i had a pearl necklace effect around the one ovary filled with <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cyst</span>s but my womb was beautiful. well thats an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>whatan> the doc said anyway. i was put on metformin whilst under her care. it was brilliant although used for diabetes it had a huge effect on my body which helped loads. my weight was managed my facial hair and acne reduced and i had loads of energy.
You should ask your doctor if you have been checked for pelvic infections. You should also ask your doctor <sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n style = 'b<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ckground-color: #d<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>e8f4'>wh<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>t</sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n> was the nature of the ov<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ri<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cyst</span>s that were renoved. You should ask for a copy of your operative note and pathology report. Other types of ovarian cyst that return incldue cysts of endometriosis, and benign fluid collections within scar tissue. For benign fluid collections, i sometimes recommend draining them without surgery.
<sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n style = 'b<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ckground-color: #d<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>e8f4'>wh<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>t</sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n> an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>doesan> it <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>look</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>like</span> - solid/cystic, size (anything under 5 cm is considered small), an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>doesan> it have internal nodules also - an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>whatan> else is going on - is there free fluid, how much, an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>whatan> about masses in other areas of the abdomen -Symptoms - bloating, abdominal distension, changes in the bowels -and associated risk factors: -age (the older one is , especially post menopausal , the higher the risk) -family history of premenopausal breast and ovarian cancer
I am amazed by the number of people that have (are) experiencing the same symptoms/problems as myself. On one hand, I feel elated that someone else understands the pain. On the other, I'm still frustrated, because NONE of the doctors that I have seen know an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>whatan> is going on and they don't seem to take it seriously. like so many of you, I have had severe abdominal pain, frequent need to urinate, bloating and constipation for several years.
I had several ultrasounds before my gallbladder removal surgery last year, and they said that my ovaries looked normal (gyno always says they feel normal, too). So is it possible to have PCOS without ov<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ri<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cyst</span>s? Would they be visible on an ultrasound? Do the cysts come and go? Or from the ultrasound can I rule out PCOS and focus on other possibilities? I wonder if I have Cushing's syndrome, as I also have an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>whatan> I think is a buffalo hump and my face may be moon-shaped.
Someone else told me that they can do a incision and remove the cyst instead of just draining it <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>like</span> they would do with a laparoscopy. But I don't know <sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n style = 'b<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ckground-color: #d<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>e8f4'>wh<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>t</sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n> else to do. apparently the Pill was supposed to help, but here I am 3 months on the pill and suffering for the last month.
The pain management is another issue. If it can be managed with standard pain killers <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>like</span> Ibuprofen (and some women do well with heating pads, too), then it is not an emergency. If you think you are very unwell, then yes, I would say push for an earlier appointment. Only you can decide how serious your body's signals are and an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>whatan> they are telling you. cysts seem to hurt worse when we know of their existence. You are also dealing with some post-miscarriage pain, I would think.
From <sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n style = 'b<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ckground-color: #d<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>e8f4'>wh<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>t</sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n> I understand, ov<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ri<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cyst</span>s can cause those symptoms. Please don't jump to any conclusions about cancer. Most likely it could just be a cyst. I know the waiting is the worst. I just went through it myself. Mine was not cancer but cysts on both ovaries, fibroids, and endometriosis. I had a D&amp;C and a thermal ablation. There is some great advice here on this forum. I hope you have read some of the previous posts. You may find some answers in them. Most cysts are not cancer.
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