Re: Dermoid Cyst - Questions
I just wanted to tell you about my dermoid cyst and hopefully settle your mind a bit.
When I was 19 i was rushed in to A&E with suspected accute appendicitis. I couldn't uncurl from a feotal position even for the ambulance men to have a poke around. The pain went away after 4 hours in hospital and since i wasnt going to get to see a doctor for another 4 hours at the hospital i discharged myself.
When i was 20 I went to see a gynocologist about my heavy/painful periods which my GP thought were related to endo. The gyno decided to lapascopic surgery to rule endo in or out.
While I was having that procedure he discovered that i had a dermoid cyst on my right ovary that was about the size of yours. They decided to remove it straight away while I was under especially because of the suspected apendicitis i had earlier.
What happened when i was rushed to hospital was that my fallopian tube had twisted with the weight of the cyst. If it had happened again it could have cut my circulation off to my ovary and i would have certainly lost it.
I have been able to keep my ovary.
Although i went in for laparosic surgery i ended up having a laparotomy which resulted in a 4 inch scar just above my pubic hair line, 4 days in hospital and a couple of weeks to recover.
You have had the cyst (most likely) since you were born, and it will have grown with changes in your hormones.
The cyst itself is caused by some of your skin folding in on itself when you were in the womb, this means that it will be full of hair, teeth or nails, very rarely they will contain most of a twin that was absorbed when a person is in the womb.
I am glad that I had my cyst out especially because I want to have children in a few years and want both of my ovaries to help with that!
If your doctors think that it would help i would have the operation - I would have it agian if needed, but relay your concerns about your ovaries.
I'm afraid I dont know anything about the impact on your thyroid or IBS other than the cyst will have been with you for most (if not all) of your life but will have just grown recently.