Can all of these symptoms be caused by ovarian cysts?
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#1 Sep 7, 2007
This is my first post here. I hope I'm in the right place.
I have two 4-cm cysts on my ovaries. The one on my right ovary is a functional cyst and doesn't really cause me any problems (that I know of, anyway.) The other is a complex, solid cyst. This cyst, if it's the same one, used to be a functional cyst too, but now it's "pretty solid" according to the ultrasound tec.
My gyn/oncologist said that he didn't see anything on the ultrasound to indicate cancer, but he did recommend removing "what's left" of both ovaries. He told me that there was no rush and that I can schedule the surgery whenever I can work it into my job schedule.
However, I'm getting sicker and sicker each day. I feel that there is something drastically wrong. When I told him the symptoms I was having, he said that the cysts could be causing all of them.
So, I'm wondering, can cysts cause all of these symptoms? I know some of them could be from the cysts, but I'm not sure that ovarian cysts could cause everything. I'm worried that there might be more going on that this doctor isn't seeing, even though he is a gyn/oncologist.
* weight loss of 15 lbs. in one month (without dieting)
* lack of appetite
* swollen abdomen (even with a weight loss of 23 lbs. since July, the last 15 of which weren't intentional, my tummy is so large that my pants I wore before the weight loss are tight!)
* burning on urination
* extreme debilitating fatigue
* severe constipation alternating with diarrhea
* vague abdominal pain and sharper pain in my lower left abdomen (where one of the cysts are located.)
I also have swollen lymph nodes under my right arm and in my neck and I've been having a lot of problems swallowing.(I've also have some sort of neurological problem going on for the past year. My doctor thinks it might be MS, but so far, all of the tests for MS have been negative.)
I'm just really concerned because I feel so bad, and I need to know what's going on. I was trying to schedule the surgery for Oct. 17, but I'm not sure if I should wait that long.
Thanks and hugs,
#2 Sep 23, 2007
Based on your info and my personal experience, I would highly suggest seeing an ONCOLOGIST/GYNOCOLOGIST as soon as possible. If your surgery is postponed, like mine was, and if you have ovarian cancer, during the wait time for surgery, ovarian cancer can spread and then it becomes more (highly) ikely to be uncureable. The net can help you find the above medical specialist in your area. Go to http://www.wcn.org . All you need do is input your zip code etc. Do not waste any time. I hope all turns out well for you.
#3 Dec 15, 2012
Yes, all of those symptoms are what I've been suffering from for months, and just had my left ovary out....turns out I also have endometriosis, causing the ovary & its cyst to attach to my uterus....don't wait to have them removed. Surgery was yesterday and I already feel considerably better.
#4 Oct 2, 2015
Any updates plzz
#5 Feb 3, 2016
I noticed Sasha mentioned loss of appetite and rapid weight loss. I recently learned that up to 20% of all cancer deaths are caused by malnutrition. You can check this out if you are interested in learning more: http://www.cellmarkbiopharma.com/difference-s...
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