For about 2-1/2 months I've been having this dull abdminal pain on my left side only. I figured this is around the ovaries, so made an appointment for a pelvic exam & PAP smear. I had the PAP smear and pelvic exam yesterday and immediately the doctor noted that there is a 'fullness' and is sending me for a pelvic ultrasound an endovag scan. When she examined me, I could feel pain on my left side, and in the middle of my pelvis. I didn't think much of it while still at the doctor's office, but now have so many questions that I am driving myself crazy.
What is meant by 'fullness'?
What can fullness cause? Ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, PID, etc., etc.?
The doctor also wrote down examination requested: GOPOAbo, LIF pain x 2/12 (what does this mean???), LIF fullness, and R/O ovarian pathology (what does this mean???).
I am 30, never had any kids, not on BC pills. From everything I've been reading, it seems that to 'cure' those gyne cancers, ovaries, uterus, etc., need to be removed. I would definitely want to have children, so this is scary. How quickly does cancer grow? My last PAP was ~5 years ago (normal results), so what are the chances that if this were a cancer, that it's early stage so fertility could be preserved? Also, the Dr. said I need to wait 6 weeks for the PAP result - this seems long? Today the pain has gotten progressively worse and my pelvis/abdomen is very sensitive/sore and I can feel this all the way up to my left ribs now. I'm hoping to be able to get the ultrasound this week, but it doesn't feel right to wait 6 weeks to see my Dr. again. Am I overreacting, or when should I be concerned? Is there any chance that this could just be something harmless that'll have no lasting side-effects? How long does it take for cancers to be diagnosed?
fullness can mean your bladder was full, you have gas in your bowel or are sconstipated , or you have an ovarian cyst. It is a nonspecific term.
A pelvic ultrasound will help define whether you indeed have a cyst or whether your pain is from irritable bowel.
When one doesn't feel well, it is a natural tendency to assume something really awful is going on.
At age 30, luckily it is rare but not impossible for a serious medical condition to have developed.
You have done the right thing which is - gotten a good evaluation. Be sure that you follow up with your doctor after your pelvic ultrasound. Yes it can take 6 weeks for pap smear to come back.
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