A 24-year-old female asked:
No history of ovarian cancer, just stressing about pelvic pain so much.. health anxiety may make this worse?
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Dr. Ed Friedlanderanswered
Pathology 46 years experience
Be brave: You've asked and been answered before. Pelvic pain early without a mass is almost never ovarian cancer. I am going to trust you've had a pelvic exam, and if you have cancerphobia this severely, I wouldn't criticize your physician if he/she ultrasounded / imaged you. The key to overcoming this phobia is to act brave, resolve to be composed, perhaps a short course of CBT, ask your Dr.
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Dr. Linda Tao commented
Cardiology 37 years experience
I agree that the likelihood of ovarian caner is extremely small with proper imaging and blood work. Pelvic pain per se is a real syndrome with complex etiologies. Seek out a gynecologist or women's urologist who specializes in Pelvic Pain. Stress can make worse because of the physiologic responses (e.g. muscle spasm) triggered by stress neuro pathways. Good luck!
Nov 27, 2014
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