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How To Tell If The Pain Is An Ovarian Cyst Or Appendicitis
I thought my severe pain was appendicitis, but turned out to be an ovarian cyst. I'm in excrutiating pain w/a consistant lowgrade fever. Worry or not?
A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more
If I did have an ovarian cyst rupture, how long does the pain last? I am completing 2 days. Appendicitis and kidney stones were ruled out.
Severe ovarian cyst pain I was diagnosed with ovarian cysts 13 months ago, in the ER they thought it was appendicitis. I hadn't had any severe pain since my diagnosis until this last month. I had mirana placed 25 months ago. I've been to my gynecologist t
I: I am very concerned about several things here. That is way too much Ibuprofen (advil and Motrin are other words for ibuprofen). Taking 800 mg every 6 hours for a few days is a lot, but taking 800 mg every two hours is very concerning, and can cause side effects with your stomach and your kidneys. You need to be immediately evaluated for this pain and irregular bleeding. It is not normal. Sometimes these symptoms can occur in the first few months after a mirena, (levonorgestrel) but you state you are 25 months out, so these symptoms are very abnormal. Please have a complete gynecological evaluation. You likely need an imaging study such as an ultrasound. There are other pain medications that you can be treated with. Please be seen immediately for your symptoms. ...Read more
I have suffered with ovarian cysts and now I have this really bad pain, feels numb &aches, and it hurts when I pee. Got ultrasound. Not appendicitis.
Common: Ovarian cysts are thin walled fluid filled structures in the ovary. They are very common and occur mostly in women of childbearing age. Most are small and not bothersome. Occasionally they can become large and cause pain. Cysts larger than 5cm may need to be surgically removed because if risk of rupture, ovarian torsion (twisting of ovary) etc. They can be easily diagnosed with a pelvic US. ...Read more
Growth on ovary: An ovarian cyst is a growth on the ovary. One type is functional cyst, on that will go away on its own. The other is a benign growth, that doesn't go away and needs surgery to remove it. Some women have pain with cysts, other women don't. A pelvic exam will sometimes find them. Ovarian cysts are most reliably diagnosed by ultrasound. ...Read more
Ovarian cysts: The use of oral contraceptives offer protection from the majority of ovarian cysts, secondary to supression of hormonal activity in the pituitary gland, which makes the ovary not produce eggs, but essentially stops cyst formation as well. This should be discussed with your health care professional, as your history and family history may play a major role in the decision to use this therapy. ...Read more
Painful: It could be painful at times.Get a more detailed answer ›
Usually nothing: Ovarian cysts are normal; we only become concerned if you have too few, too many, or if they are large and/or solid depending on the age. Cysts need to rupture each month in order to release an egg (ovulation). Depending of the quality of the cyst, you may experience bleeding and or pain. Sometimes, you will not notice it unless an ultrasound reveals suggestive findings. ...Read more
Certainly: Very large and complex cysts are often symptom free. Symptoms are mostly not useful for evaluating ovarian masses. ...Read more
It depends: Most cysts are functional cysts which will resolve on their own and there are no restrictions. Certain types of cysts have the possibility of twisting their stalk and blood supply (torsing). This can be extremely painful and might be a surgical emergency. Usually the only restrictions given to women with these types of cysts are to call their md if they experience sudden onset severe pain. ...Read more
See below: Depending on the size and complexity, most resorb within one cycle. ...Read more
Ovarian cysts, if causing any pain at all, will usually cause pelvic or low abdominal pain.
Gynecologic or other medical issues that can cause low back pain include endometriosis, kidney stones, abdominal aortic aneurysms.
More often than not, however, issues with the back are causing back pain. ...Read more
What is the difference between a ovarian follicle and an ovarian cyst. And how can you tell the difference?
Can be the same: A developing ovarian follicle is actually cystic, so all follicles are cysts, but not all cysts are follicles. Most follicles are small so the biggest differentiating factor is size and consistency. If a cyst is large (>7cm) or causing pain it needs to be further evaluated ...Read more
How can you tell if an ovarian cyst bursts, besides the pain eases. I found out a month ago and now have stringy brown discharge. Does that happen?
Sometimes it is possible to have a "functional cyst"
Which means that it produces hormones.
Hormones can delay your period. When the cysts
Resolves the period may start.
Hope that helps!
Dr Brown. ...Read more
PCOS: Patients with pcos will typically have irregular and anovulatory cycles. The cysts remain small and are reabsorbed before ovulation. Therefore, it's unusual to have large ovarian cysts. Still, a cyst that grows without ovulation can become symptomatic. I would see your provider to find out more. ...Read more
Have had a doctor tell me that it is likely that I have ovarian cysts, but never have actually gotten tested to know for sure. Should i?
Common finding: Many young women have ovarian cysts and many will experience a spontaneous rupture. The cyst ruptures not the ovary, and may release a small amount of blood into the abdomen triggering some discomfort. Natural ovulation is just the release of an egg through much the same process, the cyst doesn't release an egg. ...Read more
A pregnancy test: The pain associated with an ovarian cyst can be indistinguishable from an ectopic (or tubal)pregnancy. A negative pregnancy test however, effectively rules out an ectopic pregancy. If the pregancy test is positive, an ultrasound is needed to be certain that the developing baby is located inside the uterus and not in the fallopian tube (which connects the ovaries to the uterus). ...Read more
Seek medical advice: To differetiate the potential causes of your pain. ...Read more
Possibly: Based on your age, a good gynecologist will always do pap screening when evaluating your for other problems. While they may not be related, it is important to know the whole picture of the pelvic organs. If there is something "positive" on a pap, you may approach the disorder in the ovary differently. ...Read more
Discuss with doc: It is normal for a small cyst to develop on the ovaries from time to time. Ovarian cysts are quite common in women during their reproductive years and may be a single cyst or many cysts. Most cysts are benign and only require monitoring. Most are cysts which develops from tissue that changes in the normal process of ovulation. They usually disappear within 6-8 weeks. ...Read more
How can you tell if you have an ovarian cyst. Does it rupture and leak fluid during your ovulation times? Will there be blood in mucus also?
Ultrasound: To see a cyst you need to take a look on ultrasound. Sometime you see it and sometimes you might see a lot of fluid around that shows the cyst already burst open. It is possible to bleed but that is not common ...Read more
Hello dr. I have an ovarian cyst in my left ovary it cause pain. Can I get pregnant with this? My periods are regular. Please tell me what can I do? :- (
See your Doctor: It may be too early to tell, an ultrasound is the best way. See your doctor if you have pain or bleeding. ...Read more
Can you tell from an ultrasound if an ovarian cyst is benign? I have cysts and my doctor doesn't want to do surgery, can she be sure it's not cancer?
Depending: On the presence or absence of certain sonographic features, a cyst might be able to be characterized as benign with a high degree of confidence, or on the other hand, might be characterized as suspicious for malignancy. Or it might be indeterminate. Management also depends on your age and clinical history. A cyst in a young woman is almost always benign. ...Read more
Should I see a doctor for severe pain after sex, I have a history of ovarian cysts but I cannot tell if one ruptured laying straight is my only ease?
Yes: Yes, I would highly recommend seeing a doctor for further evaluation. If you are in pain now then go to emergency room ...Read more
Can a doctor tell from a pelvic ultrasound if an ovarian cyst is cancerous or benign? Or do they all look alike and need further tests?
It depends: Certain features make it highly likely that a cystic lesion is benign (e.g. a small "simple cyst"), and others make it more likely to be malignant. There is significant overlap between benign and malignant features, so at times it is impossible to tell. Other times the appearance is so characteristic that benignity/malignancy can be predicted fairly reliably. Age and other findings also factor in ...Read more
What's the difference between the symptoms of ovarian cysts and an ectopic pregnancy? Can I tell the difference based on symptoms?
Rarely even for MD's: Differentiating between ovarian cyst pain and ectopic pregnancy is difficult for the laymen/patient. Even trained GYN MD's have to have an "index of suspicion" to look for ectopic pregnancies. The biggest clue for you is a missed or abnormal period (lighter than normal) and intermittent pain. The urine PG test may even be negative. See a MD and obtain an ultrasound & blood PG test when that occurs ...Read more
Can ovarian cysts be hereditary? I have one on each ovary, doctor wouldn't tell me how big and suggested a gyno. Should I be worried abt surgery posb?
See GYN MD first: A visit to the GYN MD can clarify the size, dimensions, and composition of the ovarian cysts which can then help to decide what, if any, action is needed. ...Read more
Can complex fluid filled ovarian cysts become cancerous? Why might there be a bright ring around it on u/s then no ring on f/u u/s? Causing much pain.
Yes it can: Complex cysts can be cancerous depending on their size and rate of growth. A CA125 test can help decide its nature. Ultrasound is a good test to measure increase in size and also may show any solid components inside the cyst. You should get the ultrasound repeated in 3-4 months and have your gynecologist guide you further. You may need surgical removal if it is causing you much pain or increased s ...Read more
2nd time in 3 months an U/S has shown bilateral ovarian cysts. But I thought only one ovary ovulates each month? R ovary hurts, cyst is 1cm.
I know I have an ovarian cyst either ruptured or forming? Should I go to the drs to get an u/s just in caseor just leave it because I know what it is?
All about pain: As long as you are comfortable and feel you have no urgent concerns, then staying home sounds fine. ...Read more
Yes.: Ovarian cysts do vary in size quite alot. In your age group, a small cyst is about 2-3 cm. I've seen cyst as large as 10 cm or more. Cyst less than 2.5 cm are probably functional follicle in your age group. A cyst may grow or persist over a few menstrual cycle or complete resolve. ...Read more
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