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Old 07-17-2008, 05:12 PM   #1
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I'm scared

I've had a lot of the symptoms that go along with ovarian cancer and tomorrow I go in for an ultrasound. It's about to be "that time of the month" for me, so my question is, can they read an ultrasound clearly if I'm about due for my period? Also, could some of you share your symptoms?

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Old 07-18-2008, 08:45 AM   #2
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Hi,
It is fine as long as you don't have your period in full force. I had an ultrasound and I was at the very end of my period and spotting a little, which they told me was fine. If you look at my post below, I was afraid that I have a lot of symptoms of ovarian cancer. It is a bad thing to look up symptoms (it is for me anyway) because I always see all the bad things it could be and overlook the simple things that it may be. My ultrasound results showed a fibroid in my uterus and a cyst on my ovary. I need to go back in 3 months for another u/s to check if they have grown. It is my understanding that these things are common. It's good that you are going to get it checked out then you will know for sure what it is and how to handle it. Let me know how it goes! Take care.

 
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:16 AM   #3
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I just got back from the ultrasound and I am freaking out! Is it supposed to hurt? I've been having pain on my right side and it hurt when she was doing the transvaginal. So now I am more worried. Also I saw some red and blue outlines and such on a few of the pictures, is that normal or does it indicate something? How long does it take to get results? This is not fun.

 
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Hello Veronica,

It may have hurt because your muscles were not relaxed enough. You were probably very tense and this made insertion of the wand a bit more difficult. If you happen to have an ovarian cyst, this may also cause pain (sex with penetration can be quite painful when one has a cyst). Therefore I would not put too much stock on this.

As to the lines and so forth, since you had no idea what you were looking at, you would not really know what the gynecologist was seeing. The "lines" you were seeing might have been the measuring lines that show on the film. these are used to measure things like the size of your uterus or a cyst (if there is one) etc..

I am surprised that the gynecologist did not explain what he or she was seeing. Usually they have a monitor for you to see everything and they explain what they are doing and what they are seeing. Don't jump to any conclusions. Symptoms from having ovarian cysts can definitely mimic those of ovarian cancer so again don't do yourself the disservice of diagnosing yourself (I too am quite guilty of this).

In my case, the radiologist writes up the report on the spot and it is sent to my doctors the next day. When I had an internal ultrasound (ie. the same type that you have just had), she was able to write the report on the spot and hand it to me. Therefore it is very quick so see if you can get a copy of it and make an appointment with your doctor asap in order to investigate the problems that you are having.

As difficult as it is at the moment, try not to jump to any conclusions and see about speeding up your appointments with your doctors so that you can get to the bottom of things as quickly as possible.

Take care and let us know how you are doing.

 
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The ultrasound was a little uncomfortable for me. I'm not sure about the red & blue outlines, it's probably just all the measurements they do. I was not given the option to view it on the screen, or view the pictures so I'm not sure what mine looked like. I had my ultrasound on Friday and got a call from the doctor on Tuesday. It would have probably been sooner but my doctor wasn't in until Tuesday. Sorry you are so stressed about it, try not to worry until you get your results.

 
Old 07-18-2008, 06:35 PM   #6
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The red and blue outlines that you saw may be where the blood flow is being measured by Doppler ultrasound. They will usually do this with the ovaries and such to be sure that they are functioning properly. It is normal.

Also, you should have your results back within a few days.

Keep in mind that many other conditions can mimic the symptoms of ovarian cancer, including ovarian cysts. I had several cysts on my ovaries last year, one was actually a solid, complex cyst. My symptoms were identical to those of ovarian cancer, including bloating, bowel problems, pain, decreased appetite, weight loss, etc. I had my ovaries removed late last year and have had no problems since.

I hope everything goes well. Keep us updated. You're in my prayers.

 
Old 07-21-2008, 01:21 PM   #7
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Just got my ultrasound results. I have a resolving ovarian cyst, whatever that means. Thank you to those who posted. I was so scared and it was nice to have some support!

 
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Veronica, I'm so glad to hear the cyst is resolving! That's good news!

 
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