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Doctor insights on: Ovarian Cysts That Push On Sciatic Nerve

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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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I have a 1mm ovarian cyst, pelvic pain, sciatic pain, fatigue, pain w/ sex, nausea and others sx. Not a UTI or pregnancy. What could be causing my sx?

I have a 1mm ovarian cyst, pelvic pain, sciatic pain, fatigue, pain w/ sex, nausea and others sx. Not a UTI or pregnancy. What could be causing my sx?

Chronic Pelvic Pain: If chronic, usually is part of the pain syndrome in the title. Need to eliminate structural lumbar abnormalities. Diagnostic work-up usually unremarkable. ...Read more

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If my 2 cm tarlov cysts are pressing on the sciatic nerve and is the cause of my hip pain, can the MRI show proof that the cysts pressing on the nerve?

If my 2 cm tarlov cysts are pressing on the sciatic nerve and is the cause of my hip pain, can the MRI show proof that the cysts pressing on the nerve?

Yes.: There are two ways Tarlov Cysts can be best seen radiographically. MRI is the test of choice. But CT Myelogram can also be very helpful. The MRI can clearly show the cyst compressing one of the nerves, L5 or S1 that contributes to the Sciatic Nerve. If you are telling me that your Tarlov Cyst measures 2 cm then you must also have had an MRI. Moreover, a cyst that measures 2 cm is very large. ...Read more

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Could ovarian cyst press femoral nerve?

Could ovarian cyst press femoral nerve?

Unlikely but: If huge or causing pressure over inguinal region, or associated by large hernia, could compress, but if you have femoral nerve involvement, might wonder about a diabetic etiology. See neurologist, do EMG study and get answer. ...Read more

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Can an ovarian cyst make it hard to urinate? As in having to really push to get it out?

Can an ovarian cyst make it hard to urinate? As in having to really push to get it out?

Unlikely.: Ovarian cysts, unless extremely large, shouldn't cause troubles emptying your bladder. I would see you doctor and find a more likely explanation, which, for your age group, is most likely urinary tract infection. ...Read more

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I have to push to urinate. I am 26f with history of ovarian cysts. Could this be the reason? Does it mean it's a large cyst?

I have to push to urinate. I am 26f with history of ovarian cysts.  Could this be the reason?  Does it mean it's a large cyst?

See a GYN MD soon: There might be a growth(ovarian cyst) or something else pressing on the bladder that needs to be evaluated and resolved. See a gyn md at your earliest convenience. ...Read more

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Is it possible for the act of ovulation to rupture an already present ovarian cyst if the normal egg were to push or rub against the cyst as it moved?

Is it possible for the act of ovulation to rupture an already present ovarian cyst if the normal egg were to push or rub against the cyst as it moved?

Not likely: An egg develops in its own follicle and is not likely to rupture an existing cyst. The ovarian follicle containing the egg does rupture at ovulation. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with ovarian cyst have appt with gyno have trouble with bm have to push like having baby and lightheaded should I go to ER or wait for gyno?

Diagnosed with ovarian cyst have appt with gyno have trouble with bm have to push like having baby and lightheaded should I go to ER or wait for gyno?

See your gyn: The size and details of the cyst are important in deciding how it should be managed in a young woman, need for surgery is very uncommon none of your symptoms will be well managed in an er. ...Read more

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Neuro dr says leg pain notcoming from spine. Thinks fluid from rptrd ovarian cyst from jan irritatrd sacral nerves, may need to be"washed out"thoughts?

Neuro dr says leg pain notcoming from spine. Thinks fluid from rptrd ovarian cyst from jan irritatrd sacral nerves, may need to be"washed out"thoughts?

See your Gyn Doc: If the neurosurgeon has cleared the spine as a cause, then i would have your gyn specialist see you, and possibly with help of an examination and possibly a pelvic ultrasound, confirm your DX and treat you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Burning sensation feeling on skin over pelvic area. No other symptoms. Is this nerve damage or just caused from health anxiety and stress?Ovarian cyst

Burning sensation feeling on skin over pelvic area. No other symptoms. Is this nerve damage or just caused from health anxiety and stress?Ovarian cyst

It depends: The pelvic area is from navel to upper thighs. Are you saying lower abdomen or lower back/sacral area; deep or on the skin? Contact dermatitis may be one cause due to detergent or fabric softener in your panties or some other chemicals in that area. If it is not painful to press on lower belly, move the hips or lower back, bend or extend, then not likely internal or spine/joint related. ...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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Pelvic u/s showed a 2 CM ovarian cyst. Pain got worse,u/s repeated 2 days later.Cyst was now 4 CM. Will it keep growing that quickly? It hurts a lot

Pelvic u/s showed a 2 CM ovarian cyst. Pain got worse,u/s repeated 2 days later.Cyst was now 4 CM.  Will it keep growing that quickly? It hurts a lot

Can not predict: WE can not predict how an individual cyst will behave over time. The most likely scenario is that a small ovarian cyst like this will resolve on its own over time. Follow up monitoring by your obgyn should be done ...Read more

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8 week followup u/s for simple left ovarian cyst which remains same. Right side (no cyst) now measures 19 cc up from 12cc last time. Concerning?

8 week followup u/s for simple left ovarian cyst which remains same. Right side (no cyst) now measures 19 cc up from 12cc last time. Concerning?

No: Simple ovarian cysts are usually benign (not cancer) in a woman in her early 30s. If they become large or painful, they can be removed with laparoscopic surgery but frequently go away on their own. ...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

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Ovarian Cyst (Definition)

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