I am 55, I had a abdominal hysterectomy in 1996 when I was 44, everything was removed except my left ovary. In 1998, I started having hot flashes, headaches etc. and my gyn ran some tests, I was perimenopausal, and also had hypothyroidism. I was started on estrace and synthroid in 1998.
For the past several months, I have been having pain in my left ovary, it seems to happen just like it did when I was ovulating, I take ibuprofen, and it seems to be ok, but then returns the next month.
I have also been having low back pain, that is pretty constant, and I seem to be having more problems with stress incontinence when I cough or sneeze hard.
I stopped going to my gyn several years ago, because I thought my primary md could prescribe my hormone meds for me. My gyn did not need to do pap smears on me any more becuse of my hyst.
My younger sister, who is 53, has just been diagnosed with infiltrating stage 3 ductal ca of her left breast with lymphatic invasion. Prior to this we have had no history of cancer in the family.
Should I be worried about my symptoms, or am I just freaking out because of my sister.
Since you do have one ovary and pain, it is a good idea to see your gyn for an exam. While it could be something serious, it could also be that the ovary has some scarring about it and it is stuck in the low back or on top of the vagina. Also, loss of urine is something that can happen after a hysterectomy and after menopause. Your gyn might be able to help you there as well.
There are also gynecologists called urogynecologists. They deal specifically with urine loss and related problems. They can run special tests, offer medications and other advice depending on the cause. Don't freak out, but do take action and be seen soon so you can both get relief and stop worrying.
Machelle M. Seibel, MD
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