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Old 08-29-2003, 11:24 AM   #1
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For the past few months, I've had some occasional discomfort in my left ovarian and pelvic area (mostly mid-cycle and before my period). I get this throbbing feeling in my pelvic area that is more uncomfortable as it heads to my left ovary. I didn't really think anything of it until I had an internal exam two days ago and the doctor noticed that I was tender on the left side. She must have noticed something because she paused before I expressed discomfort.

She sent me for a pelvic and transvaginal ultrasound, which I had today. However, during the exam, I noticed that the technician only paid attention to the cervical and right side despite my pointing out that the left side is where the discomfort was. Is there a reason for this? She didn't look at the left side once. Could she have already picked something up during the pelvic ultrasound?

Any ideas what it could be? I have regular periods and no cramps other than this new discomfort. I did have a LEEP in June with no complications.

Thanks for any feedback!

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Old 08-30-2003, 11:30 PM   #2
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I had a cystic tumor a couple years ago and had my right ovary removed. The weird thing is that all my pain was on my left side. The doctor said that all the pressure from the growth was causing the pain on the opposite side. I'm not trying to scare you, but I do know that pain can be transferable. Have you gotten the results from the US yet? I know the waiting can be the worst part. Good luck.

Old 08-31-2003, 04:17 AM   #3
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It is also possible, if you have a cyst on your ovary, that just the cyst will need to be removed and not the ovary. Mine (cyst) was removed when I was 13 years old.

Old 08-31-2003, 10:00 AM   #4
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Also sounds like an ovarian cyst (or cysts) to me. I get them occasionally, in fact I have them now on both ovaries. Usually mine shrink after a month or two, then disappear. Mine are usually an "annoyance" rather than any real pain. Dermoid cysts are seemingly more painful, they are cysts made up of junk, and I mean junk like hair and bone pieces, like leftover pieces of your body collected (weird isn't it). I had 2 of those removed about 17 years ago. I'm not sure why the ultrasound tech person did only one side on you, then again I'm not sure how far over that machine picks up.

Old 08-31-2003, 11:25 PM   #5
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Hi Donna, I had a pelvic ultrasound last monday because my doctor felt something out of the norm on my LEFT ovary, but anyways when I was having my ultrasound, like you I noticed that the technician only paid attention to the middle and right side. So I asked her way she was doing that and she said something about having to use the full bladder and or the uterus to see other stuff. I was a little confused and don't remember exactly what she said, but she did say she was looking at my left ovary, and showed me on the screen. After looking at the ultrasound she decided to do an transvaginal ultrasound too. I'am worried becaues I asked her if the left ovary looked normal and she wouldn't really answer me, I was wondering if maybe she is not in any place to give me an answer. I haven't herd from my Doctor's office yet(busy office I guess).
hope everything turns out good,

Old 09-01-2003, 03:12 PM   #6
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Thanks to everyone who replied! I get the results on Friday, so I will be sure to post the results. Not knowing is the worst!

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