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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?

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?

Not to: "worry" but "excruciating" pain and fever from an uncomplicated ovarian cyst is very unusual...contact your GYN for further treatment.

Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

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


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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.

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.

3-5days: 3-5 days is typical. But the pain should always be gradually getting better. If it gets worse at any time, you should seek care again. Also it is 100% important that pregnancy is not a possible cause of the symptoms. ...Read more

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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

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

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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.

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.

Bladder infection?: You might have a bladder infection. Needs a urine test to confirm. Sometimes they are treated without the test. See your primary care provider today to find out. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How do I tell if I have an ovarian cyst?

How do I tell if I have an ovarian cyst?

You may not know: Most people don't know when they have a cyst. Some feel pain. It just depends on the person and the size of the cyst. ...Read more

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Please tell me more about ovarian cysts?

Please tell me more about ovarian cysts?

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

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Could you tell me what are ovarian cysts and how do I know if have them?

Could you tell me what are ovarian cysts and how do I know if have them?

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

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Can you tell me how to prevent an ovarian cyst?

Can you tell me how to prevent an ovarian cyst?

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

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Can you tell me how doctors find an ovarian cyst?

Can you tell me how doctors find an ovarian cyst?

Exam and ultrasound: Initially a doctor may feel that an ovary is enlarged. However, in order to really see if it is a cyst or a solid or complex mass or tumor, an ultrasound is needed. MRI can also be done, but ultrasound is very good and easier to get and tolerate. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens after an ovarian cyst ruptures?

Could you tell me what happens after an ovarian cyst ruptures?

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

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Please tell me, could a complex ovarian cysts be symptom free?

Please tell me, could a complex ovarian cysts be symptom free?

Certainly: Very large and complex cysts are often symptom free. Symptoms are mostly not useful for evaluating ovarian masses. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are restrictions of having an ovarian cyst?

Could you tell me what are restrictions of having an ovarian cyst?

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

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How to tell if I have ovarian cysts?

How to tell if I have ovarian cysts?

See your gyn for: A pelvic ultrasound that will tell if u have one how big it is and if it looks benign or not. ...Read more

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Can someone tell if I have an ovarian cyst? Https://c.top4top. Net/p_487ejf7v1.jpeg

Well: Do you have any symptoms? The first thing you need is an exam. The results of the exam could lead to ultra sound of the pelvis this would tell you if you have an ovarian cyst. But to get to this point you need exam first ...Read more

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Can you tell me are ovarian cysts causing my back pain?

Can you tell me are ovarian cysts causing my back pain?

Probably not: 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

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What is the difference between a ovarian follicle and an ovarian cyst. And how can you tell the difference?

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

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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?

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: Hi!
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

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Please tell me, could pcos lead to large ovarian cysts?

Please tell me, could pcos lead to large ovarian cysts?

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

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Can you tell me if a girl had an ovarian cyst and that ovary burst what does that mean?

Can you tell me if a girl had an ovarian cyst and that ovary burst what does that mean?

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

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How can you tell the difference between an ovarian cyst and ectopic pregnancy?

How can you tell the difference between an ovarian cyst and ectopic pregnancy?

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

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Will the gynecologist tell me to get a pap smear if I have an ovarian cyst?

Will the gynecologist tell me to get a pap smear if I have an ovarian cyst?

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

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How to tell if I have an ovarian cyst or just side effects from Depo-Provera shot?

How to tell if I have an ovarian cyst or just side effects from Depo-Provera shot?

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

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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?

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

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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? :- (

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? :- (

No problem: Ovarian cysts are a generally normal occurrence as long as they are no greater than 5 centimeters. You should not have any problem getting pregnant unless the cyst is an endometrioma, which would be diagnosed via ultrasound and if you have monthly pain. ...Read more

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4 weeks pregnant. How can I tell if I have an ovarian cyst or ectopic pregnancy?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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

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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?

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

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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

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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.

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.

Bilateral cysts: A one cm ovarian cyst is quite small and in the process of ovulation production both ovaries are stimulated and cysts sometimes forms. You are correct that ovaries generally alternate ovulation, but unless you have PCOS most cysts are benign and unilateral. ...Read more

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Do ovarian cysts vary in size?

Do ovarian cysts vary in size?

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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Appendicitis (Definition)

The inflammation of the appendix which can cause right lower quadrant pain that radiates and ...Read more


Ovarian Cyst (Definition)

A growth (often balloon like) on an ovary. It is often thin walled ...Read more