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Old 10-14-2017, 04:50 PM   #1
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Convinced I have ovarian cancer

For a little while now I've been noticing some achy pelvic pain in the right ovary area, along with some abdominal bloating. Jeans that used to fit okay no longer do. The scariest symptom happened today, when I had some pink spotting after going for a brisk walk. I am 56 years old, have never had children, and my last period was 3 or 4 years ago. I am absolutely terrified I have ovarian cancer. I know I have to see the doctor and plan to call on Monday, but in the meantime I'm so frightened I can barely function. (I should add that I just went through one the most stressful summers of my life -- my 92-year-old father passed away -- I was his caregiver for a number of years --and it was very difficult.) Has anyone else had similar symptoms and what did they turn out to be? I don't know where to turn to ease my mind at this point, and it's going to feel like such a long time till Monday.

 
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Old 10-15-2017, 06:08 AM   #2
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Re: Convinced I have ovarian cancer

If you still have your ovaries, you can still bleed some no matter how long it's been since you had a period. Also, cysts are still possible. There are many simple answers to what is happening. A trip to your gyno is the appropriate thing to discern which of these thing it might be.

 
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Old 10-15-2017, 12:39 PM   #3
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Re: Convinced I have ovarian cancer

Thanks for your response! I am praying it will turn out to be something simple, or at least benign. Perhaps the extreme stress of the last few months has sent my body into a bit of a tailspin and my hormones have fired up again. I've also noticed some itching "down there" the last number of months, together with a gross fishy odor and some grayish-white discharge (sorry to be so graphic), but didn't do anything about it as I was so busy...so perhaps an infection of some kind that has spread further up?

Anyhow, I will be calling to make an appointment first thing tomorrow. I dread those invasive, undignified below-the-waist tests, but I guess I have no choice but to bite the bullet and go through with them.

 
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Old 10-16-2017, 04:53 AM   #4
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Re: Convinced I have ovarian cancer

Those symptoms sound like a yeast infection. Typically they are easily taken care of. Good luck with the gyno! It's a pain to go but worth the effort.

 
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:52 AM   #5
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Re: Convinced I have ovarian cancer

I'm more scared than ever now!!! I was able to get in to see the doctor first thing this morning, as he had a cancellation. I'm going for an ultrasound on Thursday. But when he did a manual pelvic exam, he said "there seems to be some fluid in your abdomen -- strange". That really scared me, because of course, as soon as I got back to my computer, I Googled it and found out that ovarian cancer (along with other cancers) can cause fluid in the abdominal cavity.

I'm supposed to be working today, but can't concentrate. I'm going to be on the edge of my seat now until I am diagnosed...yet I am also dreading finding out what's going on in case it's life-threatening. Just don't know what to do with myself.

Can infections cause abdominal fluid? I'm also thinking of a burst ovary...hopefully just a benign growth or cyst. I don't know....so frightened.

 
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Old 10-16-2017, 03:26 PM   #6
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Re: Convinced I have ovarian cancer

Actually the usual cause is liver problems. So it could be one of several reasons. You are doing due diligence and should wait till you get all the results in.

 
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Old 10-17-2017, 01:02 PM   #7
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Re: Convinced I have ovarian cancer

Thanks! I have to admit I've spent most of the day online Googling my symptoms and trying to find reassurance and peace of mind. Not a productive or smart way to spend my time, I know, but the logical side of me isn't functioning right now. The potential "ascites", which is how the doctor refers to it on my ultrasound requisition, has me more worried than the spotting, which actually hasn't happened in a few days now.

It is possible that it could have something to do with my liver, though, and that the fluid and spotting aren't even related to the same issue. My mother passed at the age of 80 from cirrhosis with no known cause. As bad as liver disease is, though, I'd rather have that than cancer!

I'm praying it will just all turn out to be an infection of some kind, but "ovarian cancer" comes up over and over again when I Google my symptoms, especially when ascites is involved.

 
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Old 10-17-2017, 07:12 PM   #8
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Re: Convinced I have ovarian cancer

Be sure your doctor knows about your mother. That's an important thing. Keep us posted.

 
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Old 10-18-2017, 12:21 PM   #9
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Re: Convinced I have ovarian cancer

Well, I did something today that I know is stupid. I postponed my ultrasound appointment. I'm just too scared of hearing bad news, and can't cope with the anxiety, which has had me paralyzed. After losing my dad earlier this summer, a cancer diagnosis on top of that would destroy me. I'd just rather not know right now. I need more time to build up some courage and get myself calmed down into a rational state of mind before facing up to what's going on. I know you have said that it could be many other things, and I know that's true, but again, my rational mind isn't on top right now.

One of my issues is that my doctor doesn't listen. As soon as I mentioned "post menopausal spotting" he immediately fixated on that, looking very stone-faced, and basically told me that endometrial cancer is the "most likely scenario." Thanks, doc -- that made me feel a whole lot better! I didn't really even get a chance to tell him about the other symptoms, as he either interrupted me or looked like he just wasn't listening. He didn't say anything about the "ascites", other than it needs to be checked out. Very close-mouthed, and no reassurance at all. The more I think about it, the less I want to go back. Right now, I just keep hoping my symptoms will go away on their own because I don't want to deal with it.

I realize you have no answers, but it feels better to vent!

 
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Old 10-18-2017, 05:05 PM   #10
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Re: Convinced I have ovarian cancer

I know it frightens you. Delaying it will just seem like a sword of Damacles hanging over you. And there are other gynos. This could be something simple and then you'll be kicking yourself for all this. Please get the testing. We are here for you.Hugs.

 
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Old 10-19-2017, 07:23 AM   #11
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Re: Convinced I have ovarian cancer

It's hard to keep our minds from going to the worst case scenario. I recently attended a women's health seminar and they said that post-menopausal bleeding rarely ends up being cancer which matches what I had read. But of course it should be checked out to be sure. Even something as "minor" as vaginal atrophy from the loss of estrogen after menopause can cause spotting. And yes, ruptured or leaking cysts can cause fluid in the pelvis.

If it was a gynecologist who told you the "most likely scenario" is endometrial cancer then you may want to find someone else.

I had a situation and wish I had abandoned my gynecologist and found a different one.

I hope this puts your mind at ease and you can get this checked out. The odds are in your favor that it isn't anything serious and you'll be able to put it behind you and move on.

 
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Old 10-20-2017, 02:50 PM   #12
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Thanks for your kind words! It was actually my GP I went to see. I have never had a gyno doc -- I believe you have to be referred in order to get one? I would feel more comfortable if I could see a woman doc who actually knows about these kinds of issues. I do also have a female naturopath, who I may go and see next week, just to get her thoughts and opinions. At least she will spend the time to talk and listen to me, and not just push me out the door in five minutes like the GP, who left me feeling far worse emotionally/mentally than I did before I went. The medical system as a whole leaves me very disillusioned, helpless and scared.

I have done more research and am now wondering if the "ascities" is just excess belly fat, especially as the GP didn't complete the physical test by having me roll onto my side (after watching a few videos, I saw that's how they determine free fluid in the abdomen). I have always put most of my weight on around the belly, and after my Dad died, I ate out every night for six weeks, sometimes alone, sometimes with friends, because I couldn't face cooking a meal for one, and a lot of those meals were not healthy. I filled up on junk because it was the only thing that tasted good in my grief. I am back to cooking my own meals now, but still tend to indulge in "emotional eating", which I know is a bad habit to be in. So I have probably gained weight. I certainly haven't lost any, that's for sure.

Last night, I woke up in a panic attack, so I know that my anxiety is now getting the better of me. I have always been prone to anxiety and depression, since I was in my early 20s, and have been on a low dose anti-depressant for ten years now, since my mother died. I really don't want to up the dose if I don't have to.

Anyhow, I am going to try and have a peaceful weekend, mostly at home, and work on getting my mind and emotions calmed before re-addressing this situation on Monday. Hopefully, I will be able to drum up the courage to re-schedule my ultrasound and not chicken out again at the last moment!

 
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Old 10-20-2017, 06:01 PM   #13
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Re: Convinced I have ovarian cancer

If your insurance is an HMO, you would need a referral to a specialist. However, MOST allow women to use a gyno as their PCP. If your insurance is a PPO, you can make an appointment with any doc you want. I strongly suggest you see a gyno

 
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Old 10-24-2017, 02:19 PM   #14
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Re: Convinced I have ovarian cancer

I live in Canada, so the regulations will be different here. Either way, I have re-scheduled my ultrasound for Thursday morning...I really hope I can resist the temptation to postpone it again through fear. I absolutely dread what it might show, but I also do know that it's probably better to know what I'm up against than to continue making myself sick with anxious speculation.

 
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Old 10-24-2017, 04:33 PM   #15
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Re: Convinced I have ovarian cancer

Wise decision. Prayers for a clean bill of health~

 
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