Sunday, March 21, 2010

Oh The Agony Of Ovarian Cysts

They say that time dulls the memory of painful experiences. For the most part, it's true. Before I had my partial hysterectomy, I had the wonderful(tongue in cheek) experience of several ovarian cyst ruptures. I could almost set my watch and predict when they would occur. The very first one that I had as a 16 year old woke me from a sound sleep and I thought my appendix had ruptured. I was put on birth control pills to control them and it worked for a while.

Time went by and I also developed uterine fibroids so I was scheduled for a partial hysterectomy and I tried to talk the doc into a total but he wouldn't "put me into menopause" at 35. So when I awoke, he was happy to tell me that he had cleaned up a large hemorrhagic cyst on the left one and decided to leave it in there. I KNEW that it would come back to haunt me.

The pain almost made me want to throw up and I had to lay in a hot bath for an hour and then go straight to bed. Another one like that and I will consider yanking the left ovary as well. Thank goodness I have only had 3 or 4 major blowouts in the last 6 years.

Being a female provider makes me much more sympathetic to abdominal pain complaints regarding ovarian cysts and I try to educate my female patients to mark their calendars so that they can help me diagnose them.

Ohhhh the aaaa---goooo---neeey!

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