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Old 09-17-2003, 04:55 PM   #1
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Has anybody ever had an ovarian cyst on one ovary and only felt the pain on the other? I had an ultra sound after weeks of pain and they found a cyst, "a little bigger than normal", on my right ovary. They said it hadn't ruptured and looks like a normal cyst that will go away "in a few cycles". But the pain is debilitating on my left side. The doctor wasn't able to explain this and has me coming back in a week.
On 3 occasions I've had what I guess one would call an attack. It starts out feeling like an upset stomach. Then seconds later you feel the pain grow. Then it becomes clear it's not an upset stomach. It consumes my entire midsection and I become immobilized with pain. It's terrible pain and pretty scary. If I move at all during this attack I feel like my insides will be torn apart. 2 out of 3 only lasted 2 to 5 minutes. One lasted what seemed like an eternity. The wierd thing is--when it ends--it ends as abruptly as it starts. Relief washes over me and I feel like nothing ever happened (at least for a little while).
Now I have some sort of pain at all times primarily on my left abdomen and my lower left back side. I'm tired and nauscious and urinating a million times a day. Is that sharing too much Oh, before I stop sharing, my stomach is so distended I can't even wear my pants.

...anybody have any idea?

Thanks for reading,

btw, I'm 28 and have never had any health problems before...

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Old 09-19-2003, 07:13 PM   #2
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I have some information that might help you out. I just recently got out of surgery for removal of an ovarian dermoid tumor. Pretty much, my left ovary was "taken over" by a dermoid. My dermoid was pretty big, it was 10cm x 10cm, bigger than a grapefruit.

Before surgery, I was having pain on both sides. I thought this was weird because the dermoid was on the left side and I was having pain on the right also. I was also urinating alot more often. The reason for the pain on the opposite side and constant urination was because the dermoid was too big and displacing (also, pushing them smaller) my uterus and bladder to the right. Since it was so big and displacing everything, I had to have this surgically removed.

If you are having pain like that consistently, you should consult your doctor or at least have frequent check ups to monitor the growth or depletion of this cyst. This is not to worry you, but to be safe than sorry. If you want to talk more, feel free to email me.

Good luck!

Old 09-26-2003, 12:45 PM   #3
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I can relate to you. When I was just 13 years old I got sick feeling one night, but i was getting sick because of pain on my right side. I fainted in the shower and had to go to the er. My family didn't know what was wrong.

Well a few days later I had an ultrasound that revealed a HUGE cyst on my left ovary.

ok so to a 13 year old this is traumatizing.

the doctors never could tell me why my pain was on the other side. it just hurt on the opposite side.

it's kinda crazy i guess that it works like that.
the pill helped mine a lot. it shrunk and the pain was gone.

Old 09-27-2003, 08:12 PM   #4
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I thought that i had a cyst (and so did the doctors) but it ended up being something else...long story. But anyways, I remember my dr saying that if it was a cyst, if it was extremely painful and caused problems, we would consider surgery. If your doctor has an "on call" doctor through the weekend, I would call them and tell them the symptoms you have told us. If you are truly miserable, they should do something. It isn't right that you should be in so much pain. If your doctor won't do anything about it, find another. Healthcare is supposed to help you out and keep you healthy and out of pain. You shouldn't have to live like that. They could probably do it with a laparoscopy and I just had one...they are easy as pie and I really feel you would benefit. Call your doctor and don't stop til you have an answer!

Old 09-28-2003, 11:06 AM   #5
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Angela 1975:

I had an ovarian cyst on my right ovary when I was 18. I noticed some discomfort on my right lower abdomen, but I ignored it,I also thought it was indigestion. But it persisted and I saw my doctor, who ordered an ultra sound. My cyst was larger than a baseball, and I had to have emergency surgery to remove it. Not to scare you, but there are many different types of cysts and I was told that I had to have it removed immediatly because it could've been cancerous, it was not it turned out, but they did not want to risk it. I have been paranoid ever since, I don't want to have surgery again!! But I got off birth control after two years(which helps them shrink and stops other ones from forming) and my doctor found a small one on my left side. I got on birth control again and two days later woke up with unbearable pains, like the worst cramps in the world. Much like the episodes you described. I called my nurse, and she said any pain like that you should go to the emergency. I did, and it turns out my cyst ruptured. I felt sick for a week and was on my bed with pain killers. I too had a very bloated stomache. You should go immediatly to your doctor or emergency next time you have pain, or before. You don't want it to rupture, but it sounds like it may have already. You shouldn't have to live with that pain, and your doctor should discuss with you surgery options if it hasn't ruptured already.
PS I too felt pain on both sides, it's a normal symptom. I think because your other ovary cramps more from the pressure, especially if you have a large cyst.

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Re: Ovarian Cyst on right side--pain on left

Hi Angela, I have a bit of a different take on this. I also had an ovarian cyst, but it hurt constantly until it ruptured. The pain you are describing sounds alot like what I get when my irritable bowel act up. IBS is common, for me it's anxiety related. It hurts on the lower left because of the way the bowel curves and I also get very bloated. The pain comes and goes, mostly feeling better after a bowel movement. Have you been eating spicy lately?

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Mary, was your OBGYN able to diagonse your IBS or did you just find out that time wasn't a cyst so you went to another doctor? I'm having pain on my left side, comes and goes, bloated after eating, etc... Yesterday for the first time driving home it started hurting more than usual, but it did go away. I also really felt a sharp pain after doing a backwalkover the other day which made me concerned I may have ruptured something. Also experiencing nausea and muscle spasms mostly on the left lower side.
I've thought about calling my OBGYN, but then again if it's an IBS problem maybe I should see someone else???

Old 08-06-2004, 06:14 PM   #8
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Sweetpuff, I went to my GP and she did a manual exam and said I had no cyst, even though I was having pain right where I thought the ovary was, down below bottom left. She sent me to a specialist, I'm not sure what they are called, he does colonoscopies, sorry. He did the test and took biopsies which all came back clear, so he diagnosed me with IBS. He gave me meds and it helped the pain, I am in remission now, no pain for a couple of years. I also had quite a large ovarian cyst a long time ago and I remember that pain was constant, it didn't let up until it burst, then no more pain. Bloating is associated with IBS. Discuss it with your doctor, I'm sure they can tell what's what.

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Re: Ovarian Cyst on right side--pain on left

Maybe it could be something related to your intestines? it's hard to distinguish where exactly pain is coming from inside. If an ultrasound isn't showing anything on the female reproductive organs, your dr.should referr you to an gastroenterologist.
everything is close together inside and one problem can make it feel as if it's another in there.
I agree that no one should suffer with pain. and you need an explanation of what's going on inside so you can have peice of mind. Have them explain everything in detail to you and ask questions. It's not good for us to guess diagnoses. that's why they go to med school. Let them help you. It's good to get suggestions for minor things, but when it comes to something we can't find a solution to easlily, it's best to get medical attention.
when cysts leak the substance that's in them, wether it be blood or other, it causes pain to any thing it touches inside. It has to be absorbed by the body and it can take 24 to 48 hrs. for it to dissipate. if a cyst ruptures you should go to the er room. hemorrphagic cysts can cause more problems than other cysts. they have to make sure the bleeding stops. Plus the fact one can't stop vomitting or being nauseus and one has to get morphine to stop the rythmic pain that comes with it. It's very similar to either appendicitis and even the symtoms of passing a stone. it's the worst experience I"ve ever gone through.
I hope you get an answer soon. Good luck.

Old 08-08-2004, 06:54 AM   #10
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Re: Ovarian Cyst on right side--pain on left

Sounds like you have cysts on both ovaries (but the one on the other side wasn't detected). I was hospitialized about 4 years back due to ovarian cysts. I had pain on both sides, but it was worse on the left. They kept telling me that nothing was there (after a few tries with the internal/external ultrasound wands).

Sure enough, one last time another doctor gave it a try, and there was an even bigger cyst (which popped as he checked) on the left ovary... in a very hard to see area.

I'd check again.

Old 08-09-2004, 05:46 PM   #11
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Re: Ovarian Cyst on right side--pain on left

Can a cyst cause constipation? I wouldn't say I'm constipated all day or anything, but I'm not as regular as usual. Also, I feel like I really have to pee, but sometimes I feel like I have to squeeze it out even though.???

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