Pain in area of ovary
I am a 44 year old woman. I started having lower left abdominal pain one month ago. A few days later, I started having diarrhea every morning. Dr. did blood work - I donít know what they specifically checked for, but results were ok. Dr. did a pelvic exam, didnít feel anything unusual on the ovary, but said it may be an ovararian cyst which would resolve itself. It didnít. Had a CT scan with good results. I was relieved, but pain continued. Throwing up his hands, Dr. sent me to gastroenterologist, who put me on dicyclomine for irritable bowel and told me to come back in 6 weeks. Both of these doctors werenít concerned about ovarian cancer since diarrhea isnít a symptom. However, because I didnít feel like they were helping me at all, I did some checking and found out that digestive problems are indeed a symptom of ovarian cancer, which is apparently difficult to detect.
Other relevant details: Pain is not constant, but it is constantly lurking; it is definitely centered in the lower left abdomen and can range from burning to sharp. Seems to help to press on it. Have had some lower back pain and some instances of feeling bloated, but my appetite is good. Bowels are now swinging between diarrhea and slight constipation, but it doesnít really feel like a digestion issue. I had a uterine ablation several years ago so I donít have periods, but it feels rather like menstrual cramps.
My thought is to ask for an ultrasound. Of course I donít want to feel like a paranoid idiot. Does anyone have any thoughts on whether, if there was a problem with an ovary, it would show up on a CT scan or physical exam? Or is ultrasound the only way to detect? Would there necessarily be an elevated white blood cell count, so that if they did check that and it was fine, I can forego the ultrasound?
Thanks for any help...