I'm your age, but no kids, but for the past two years have experienced painful ovulation 4 times - all on the right side. Starts with middleshmertz - the pain when you feel ovulation - then steadily builds and builds into excruciating pain, like being stabbed repeatedly with a chef's knife then kicked by a donkey (or so I imagine). Lasts about a week and slowly dissipates as I get closer to having my period.
This last time, the pain didn't dissipate and eventually migrated to my lower back, then up my right side (back). My doc's nurse recommended I go to the ER to rule out appendicitis, which they did, but they also did an ultrasound and found a 10cm cyst on my right ovary. Left ovary had a small cyst, but it had just ovulated that cycle, so that was normal.
My doctor told me that the pain is from the cyst bleeding or rupturing - all that fluid and blood is extremely aggravating to your insides - and sometimes the cyst/ovary can twist over on itself, which is also extremely painful. Also, just because it ruptures, doesn't mean it's going away - it can continue to bleed into itself and grow larger, as mine did.
Get a second opinion and maybe an MRI so they can see 3D what's in there. You might have to have the cyst removed, as I did, or perhaps some progesterone cream? You'll have to find a good ob/gyn to properly diagnose the problem & help you with treatment options.\
The only thing that seemed to help my pain was large amounts of vitamin C - maybe helping my body to process out the aggravating fluid - no idea. Advil wasn't much help. I feel for you though - I know how painful it is.
Stay positive & keep on them to figure it out.
Thanks so much for your comments I particularily liked your description of the pain lol
It is always hard to describe how it feels and I do remember saying to the doctor it is like being kicked in the back at one point and stabbed in my side lol The front pain is definately located in a specific place ( the ovary type position ) and is definately like really horrendous labour pains . I will try the vitamin c althoguh I have been eating lots of fruit as advised to avoid constipation anyway. I have ordered a cd of all my scans ,xrays and ultrasounds yesterday and will be vey interested to see them for myself . I don't know how long they will take to come through though .
After being told the cyst on my right ovary was a dermoid cyst I stupidly looked up the picture on google images and saw one with about 5 fully formed teeth attached yuk!!! Now I am thinking I have some kind of alien inside me with hair and teeth and worse still if the rupture cyst on the left ovary was also a dermoid cyst (I have no idea they didn't say) that I might have bits of hair and teeth and stuff floating about inside me (double yuk)
I am trying to stay positive though lol
I have been reading some of the other posts and was dismayed to find that getting refered to a gynocologist isn't the end of it.....he then has to refer to an oncologist for anything to get done is that right???? what is the difference ??
I am so annoyed this is tyaking so long as each time i run out of meds each one costs me another £7 and as I am taking three lots thats £21 each time !!
Also the pain has got much worse since having the second trans vaginal ultrasound two days ago and am now using heat pad again even though on really strong painkillers.
Anyone else had this happen after scan??
saw the doc and got scan results (finally) :
Dermoid cyst on right ovary ....left ovary looks fine
Unfortunately when the doc said last time all my blood tests came back fine what I didn't realise was that they forgot to do the CA-125 TEST even though doc wrote it on the blood request sheet!!!
Doctor is ringing up the lab today and I will probably have to go in and give more blood tomorrow or something depending on what he says when he rings me tonight.
I have to go back in 6 weeks for a third internal ultrasound noooooooooooooo!! not again still recovering from the last one ouch!! To check on the cyst
I have at least been refered to the gynocologist now and will get an appointment for about 3 weeks time apparently (won't hold my breath.) I got more painkillers for another month and he changed my diclofenac to slow release two tablets lol hopefully that will improve the pain a bit :)
Just been to the doctors for the CA125 results : it is 16.5 which is normal apparently so thats a good thing at least something is going right.
had my third ultrasound and they said no cysts now so that means it wasn't a dermoid !!! But my left ovary is wrapped around the back of my uterus!!!!
Not sure what is going on there!!! Will have to wait for my laparoscopy to be sure although I am pretty convinced that I have endometriosis now after reading up about it.
Previously I thought it only affected childless women but that is not always the case