| | Postmenopausal Pelvic Pain
I am 42, and "completed" an early menopause over 2 years ago -- that's when I finally completely stopped having any bleeding. Had all the usual menopausal symptoms for years before that.
For about the last 6 months, I've had bouts of pelvic pain -- which I haven't had since I used to have my period. The pain feels like ovulation pain (that I used to experience), but lasts weeks at a time. During one bout, one breast (only one!) also felt tender -- same as when you're pregnant. Near the end of the last bout, I finally went to the gyn, who noticed the discharge, and seemed sure I had ovulated. But, the pain and discharge lasted almost 3 weeks. The last bout also came on suddenly with a 1-night fever and abdominal swelling. Transvaginal ultrasound showed a small cyst on my left ovary, which apparently has been there for years. Gyn referred me to my GP, and I just had a CT scan of my stomach -- I don't expect it to show anything, though. My stomach doesn't hurt, and I have no other GI symptoms.
My main question is, is pelvic pain so long after menopause ever normal? Could my ovaries suddenly be making a last ditch effort to release an egg or two? Could that be the reason for the prolonged pain?
If so, can any tests help to show that's what's going on? They haven't done any blood tests recently, but 2 years ago my blood tests clearly showed I was postmenopausal.