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CYST OR CANCER?

It's been two months since I have this dull pain on the right side of my abdomen that goes to the back and sometimes down to my right leg. Along with this, I need to urinate 10 to 15 times a day, even more often in some days. I've also experienced bloating and flatulence.  After three days since I started having these symptoms I went to the emergency as I felt I couldn't urinate and I had to push. They performed urine and blood test and did a pelvic exam. Everything came out fine so they sent me back home.

The symptoms persisted so I went to my doctor and she decided to send me to a CT scan. The result was good, no abnormalities were found but I was feeling the same. I thought it was time to see a GYN which I did and after a pelvic exam she told me there was nothing to worry about but I should schedule an ultrasound anyway. There were no openings in the next few days so I had to wait for one more week.

Meanwhile I saw an EG and an urologist and had a colonoscopy and a cystoscopy done and both showed no problems.
Three days ago I had the pelvic and transvaginal ultrasound and they found 4 small fibroids inside my uterus and a 2.7 cm complex cyst on my right ovary. The gyn told me the fibroids are nothing I should be worried about and the cysts was an ovulation cyst (?!?) and there is nothing I should do but to schedule another ultrasound in 6 months. She also said that my symptoms are in no way related with this cyst. She was very dismissive and she didn't give me any paper result. I asked the nurse for it and she gave me a copy of the preliminary of my ultrasound that says there is a simple cyst on my left ovary as well, which the doctor didn't even mention about.

Should I ask for another doctor's opinion? I understand complex cysts can be serious and some of them potentially cancerous and they should be kept under observation and in most of the cases removed.  If this cyst is not the one that causes all the trouble then what is it? And how come that this cyst didn't show up on the CT scan? I don't know what other investigation could be done and I don't feel comfortable waiting for six more months till my next ultrasound. I'm not in terrible pain but i feel a lot of discomfort every day and  I can't stand using the bathroom that often anymore.

Maybe somebody can advice me what to do next and tell me what all these symptoms can be. I'm scared it might be cancer.

Thank you and good luck to everybody on this forum!
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I'm so sorry you have such an uncompassionate doctor.  Yes your symptoms are related to the cysts.  See the health pages (top right) for more info on types of cysts and symptoms.  Good for you for being diligent on getting these diagnosed.  Do keep in mind that over 95% of all cysts are benign.

You haven't filled out your profile so have no idea how old you are or if you are pre or post menopausal.  It is normal to wait a bit to see if cysts resolve on their own but 6 months is too long and in my opinion a complex cyst should be watched more closely.  I would suggest you take some of the info here back to your doctor and insist that she rule out ovarian cancer.  Or, perhaps you need to change your doctor.

Good luck and please keep us posted.
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Thank you for your response Trudie!
I knew my symptoms must be somehow related with the right ovary  because of what I feel, and I know my body. I was surprised when, after the pelvic exam she told me there was nothing. I was even more surprised when she saw the cyst and kept saying the symptoms have nothing to do with that.

I'm 39 and I never had any problems with my menstrual cycles. Surprisingly, I feel better (no more pain and less frequent urination) during the first two days of my period.

I'll definitely go and ask for another doctor's opinion and keep you posted.

All my best to you!
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Just to put my 2c in ... I totally agree with everything Trudie has mentioned . I also feel that 6 months is too long. When I had my cyst back in December, they suggested monitoring it for 3-4 months.. not 6.. So I would definitely request this. I ended up having the surgery instead because of my age.

I don't know why Dr's insist that these cysts are not painful. Mine was small, and I was told the same thing. The pain was dull, sometimes "throbbing" . I was checked for Diverticulitis which has similar symptoms.. nothing there. I had the Laparoscopic surgery to remove the ovary and tube.. . The pain still was a little noticeable for a few weeks.. then voila... no pain !! None.. gone... Amazing that this "pain" that had nothing to do with the cyst miraculously disappeared when the  cyst & ovary disappeared...

Please keep us posted and hope you feel better soon...

Take care,
Sandy
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Thank you Sandy!

It's good to hear you feel much better now and I really hope this will be my case soon.
I have another appointment with my gyn next week and I'll ask for further investigation and another ultrasound in a month or two. I can't wait 6 months for sure. If she still insists I should wait and not do anything, I'll just find another doctor.

All my best to you, too!
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