A bump (kind of personal)

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  1. Danny'sNanny

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    In January, I felt a bump on my lower abdomen. It hurt really bad (I could barely move I was in so much pain), and we assumed it was an ovarian cyst. My mom is a nurse, has always worked in ob/gyn areas (both and doctors offices and L&D at the hospital), and that was her guess.

    I went to the doctor, had an ultrasound, and they said my ovary looked perfect, that it was just swelling on my uterus from really bad endometriosis and adenomyosis.

    It's hurt pretty steadily since then (my mom's endometriosis bothered her constantly from her teens until she had me).
    Yesterday, when I got in the shower, it was hurting more than usual. Then I realized that I could SEE the bump!!!

    I'm freaking out now. After ignoring a bump in my neck for a year, and then finding out it was a tumor, I'm a little uneasy about strange bumps in my body.
    Maybe it's just because my period is due next week? I'm on a 3 month cycle...
     
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  3. JaimeMarie

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    I would go back to the doctor's office. I wouldn't mess around with strange bumps on my body. Maybe a three month cycle isn't good for you. Or maybe that isn't even the cause. But I would go have it checked out either way.
     
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    I've done the 3 month cycle for a few years now. With my migraines and endometriosis, a "normal" cycle is just too painful.

    I think I'm going to call MY doctor back home tomorrow, and schedule an appt for as soon as I'm done at my job (8 days left!!!). I'm sick of bouncing around to doctors I don't even know in a new town! I hated the one I saw in January, but she isn't even there anymore anyway.
     
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    I hope everything is alright! I'm with Jamie...I wouldn't mess around with things like that. Definitely make an appt with a doctor- preferably one you trust, like your regular doctor at home. Eight days seems kind of long to wait though. Do you think you'd be able to get in sooner? Let us know how it goes. I'll be praying for you.
     
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    This might be a cause for Urgent Care. Severe abdominal pain is a symptom which requires immediate attention, just like severe bleeding or difficulty breathing.

    Are you sure it's not an ovarian cyst? Even if it wasn't before, it could be now. Have you ever heard about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)? I have it and one of the symptoms is painful ovarian cysts (just like the name suggests).

    In any event, especially with your history of tumors, you should see a doctor ASAP.
     
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    I agree. They could do a quick ultrasound to check it out.
     
  8. MissTiffany

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    I actually have PCOS, and although sometimes it's really painful i've never been able to actually see a bump. if it's preventing you from doing everything you would normally do, something's wrong and i would do urgent care.
     
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    I've never seen a cyst from the outside either, but I've heard about PCOS girls having cysts the size of cantaloupes. :eek:
     
  10. MissTiffany

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    ok that is scary.
     
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    Since we're kind of on the topic - I believe I have PCOS but also haven't had a cycle in about a year and a half. When I went to the doc about that time she said it was weight related because I'm slightly heavy. Is this something that could be hurting me? I'm only 24. I don't mind not having the periods and haven't seemed to see adverse affects...but maybe I should take another trip to the doc?
     
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    I would not worry about that stupid place. This is a medical emergency. Get to your regular doctor as soon as they can see you.
     
  13. loves2teach

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    I have found it is hard to get diagnosed. I was just diagnosed in March, and I have been having symptoms since 2003. I went to three doctors before I finally got sent to a specialist. One dr. here told me it was because I was obese (I am not), and another told me I should be thankful I wasn't having my TOTM... What a dummy!

    It is costing me a lot (I am having to go to Vanderbilt in Nashville), but to me it is worth it. I started a new birth control that seems to be helping somewhat. I am still having ovary and back pain though.

    It isn't good for you in the long run! Eventually you will have worse symptoms from the male hormones (ex: more body hair etc). I would have your dr. recommend a specialist if you can afford it.
     
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    Also, PCOS can cause weight gain because it is linked with insulin resistance.
     
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    Yep- I gained about 80 pounds in a year or so. It has been verrrry hard to loose (I have about 30 to go).

    What is strange about me is that I have all the symptoms, but my hormone levels are fine. I had blood work done twice, and my regular dr kept telling me I was fine. Turns out it is normal, but I do still have pcos. One of my overies is twice the size it should be.

    Sorry to hijack op.
     
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    PCOS is such a weird condition. I mean, one of the words in the name is "polycystic" but you don't actually need to have ovarian cysts to have PCOS. It's because it's a syndrome, I think, so there are a variety of symptoms--and a person can have any combination.

    I was diagnosed about a year and a half ago. I had stopped taking BC pills in favor of a non-hormonal IUD. When I stopped the pill, I started to gain weight like crazy. I gained probably 60 pounds in a year. When I went to my doc about it, she told me that I fit the pattern for someone with PCOS--overweight, missed or very late periods, weight gain. She said that I probably didn't even know I had it because I had been on the pill, which is a treatment option for this condition. She said the pill was preventing me from gaining weight because it was regulating my hormones. If I had known that, I never would have stopped taking it. Ugh!

    Anyway, we did all the bloodwork and I do have hormone levels way out of whack. She prescribed me Metformin (a diabetic drug) for treating insulin resistance. She said that by treating the insulin resistance, she'd be taking care of the underlying problems with PCOS and the rest would hopefully even itself out.

    The problem for me was that the Metformin was making me extremely, violently sick. I would have to literally run to the bathroom like 4 times per day. It wasn't throw-up sick, either. It was t.e.r.r.i.b.l.e.

    I still haven't found a treatment that works for me. I'm waiting for my upcoming appointment with the endocrinologist in a few weeks. Hopefully we can get the ball rolling soon.

    PCOS and insulin resistance go hand in hand. If you have one, you probably have the other (if you are a woman). I don't really think that it's a condition you can just "let go"... if you think you have it, I recommend visiting with a doctor. Insulin resistance is the jumping board for diabetes. I know I sure don't want to get that if I can help it, so I'm doing everything I can to regulate the insulin resistance.
     
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    Funny, I've always been told that PCOS isn't usually a cause of pain, that the cysts are to small to cause pain and that all my pain is from endometriosis. (I have both-- lucky me!)
     
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    www.Soulcysters.net and www.Soulcysters.com are both great resources for PCOS. The website was started by Kat Carney from CNN Headline News. We're over 40,000 members strong. The girls on there can lead you to many different doctors in your area that have been helpful and steer you away from the ones who are not. You can even say I reccomended you when you sign up. My name over there is TheFlyingTurtle.

    Cassie- I said NO WAY to Met after a year. It was aweful. What helped me the most was The South Beach Diet. But I had to be extremely religious about it. I have since gained a good portion of the weight back I lost while one it and I keep trying to tell myself I need to get back on the beach. I am only on a BCP for my PCOS.

    Danny'sNanny Have you any experience with Lupron? My OBGYN wants me to go on it to see if it will provide pain relief, but I have read nothing but horrible horrible things about it all over the interent. Plus I had a friend who was on that and depo and say they are the devil.
     
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    Could it be a hernia? Or is that something only men get? I'm just fishing for possibilities. I've had a lot of crazy stomach/abdominal issues lately. All they can tell me at the moment is that I have swollen lymph nodes in my stomach and it is not related to endometriosis, but they don't know what it is related to.
     
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    WHAT????? :eek: Being "only slightly heavy" will NOT cause your cycles to cease. You would have to be extremely, almost morbidly obese (or anorexic) for that to happen. I'm really not trying to scare you, but the fact that you haven't had a cycle in a year and a half and you are ONLY 24 IS SCARY. I would strongly suggest you seek the opinion of a different doctor (in an office far away from the first one). I have heard the claims that the birth control methods that cease regular cycles are not harmful, but I have some trouble believing it. Your body has a cycle for a reason, and any time that you mess around with the body's natural rhythm you are looking for trouble.
     
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    I want to also add that you can have PCOS and be of average weight. While most people with PCOS are significantly overweight at the onset, it is definitely not a requirement.
     
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    Danny's Nanny, were you able to get an appt with your reg. dr. or get in to Urgent Care today?
     
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    Zoerba-I would go get it checked out again...it may not bother you now, but if you ever decide to have children in the future it may be difficult to become pregnant.

    Danny's Nanny-I hope you have/are getting checked out soon. I had a laparoscopy a couple of years ago and was diagnosed with Stage IV endometriosis...I've never seen/felt any bumps...It may be nothing to worry about, but peace of mind is worth a doctor's visit or 2.
     
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    I hope everything gets better soon! Please go to the doctor to have things checked out. You shouldn't go through life with so much pain like that. :-(
     

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