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concernedinmi
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Joined: Apr 2004

I have been not feeling right for a long while now. 5 days ago i just started getting a really sharp pain on the right side of my abdomen just above my hip bone. If I press on it it hurts under my ribcage. It also hurts when not pushing on it and i just developed pain around my belly button on the right hand side. It woke me up out of a deep sleep on tuesday morning. I have had problems this past year with diarreah and constipation. It hurts so bad when I poop that I cry. I also have like a yucky slimy stuff come out. I have been having pain in lower back. I'm bloated a lot. I have super bad gas and I have gained weight. Are these symptoms others have had. I've been reading other postings and i'm starting to get scared. I'm going to see my dr on tue but i'm scared now. i don't know what to do till then. The pain has just been getting worse. but not bad enough for the er i don't think.

gorget
Posts: 23
Joined: Feb 2004

You're symptoms sound very similar to those that I had last fall - except I put up with them for about three weeks before I finally went to the ER, I was in such pain.
Don't worry to much about it, you'll be seeing your Dr on Tuesday so you are doing the right thing. Be sure that you ask them to run a CA125 blood test, so that you can rule that out. I'm sure they'll be having you get a CT scan done, as well as some other tests (even xrays).
Good luck, and let us know how things go - we are here for you.
Be well.

concernedinmi
Posts: 2
Joined: Apr 2004

Ok i went to the dr on tue the 13th they did a urine test and a ultrasound. they said there were no cysts on my ovaries or tumors, i was not pregnant, its not my appendix, and its not my bladder. So what is it. I'm not crazy. I know its not muscle cause it would hurt worse while in my tae kwon do class. I go back this week and hopefully find out more. oh yeah i started my period on tues and it was very unusual compared to normal. it was chunky and stringy instead of bloody. i know that's gross sounding. the pain is not cramps though. i always have bad cramps and this is way different. i will keep you posted.

gorget
Posts: 23
Joined: Feb 2004

Dear concernedinmi,
Insist that they do some blood tests (including CA125). They did all kinds of CAT scans, Xrays and things like that, but nothing pointed the way until I had bloodwork done. First of all, it will rule out ovarian cancer (perhaps not definitively, but it is a good indicator for the most part), which would give you some piece of mind, and there are other blood test they should be doing (CBC, bilirubin for your liver, etc.) These are non-invasive tests and can rule out so much.
Please keep us posted on how things went/go this week. Remember that you're not alone in this.
Be well.

als26
Posts: 48
Joined: Feb 2002

Just some extra information that may help... I would ask your doctor for a PET scan too. Positron Emission Tomography (PET). Please visit http://www.nationalpetscan.com/petovew.htm for more information.

groundeffect
Posts: 651
Joined: Mar 2003

Has anyone suggested a uterine biopsy or a d&c? Considering your symptoms, I think one of them would certainly be in order. I was diagnosed with uterine cancer before the ovarian cancer I had was found, and I had similar symptoms to yours. A CA-125 is only effective in 50% of Stage 1 or 2 ovarian cancers and can be affected by other problems (such as liver), so it's not a dependable tool at all for diagnosis of ovarian cancer. I'm sure your doctor would agree to do a biopsy or d&c. I had a "mini" biopsy that diagnosed the uterine cancer. It's a very common women's cancer, more so than ovarian.

You don't say how old you are, but if you're old enough to have periods, you're old enough to have either uterine or ovarian cancers, and don't let your doctor discount your symptoms because of your age!

Trishia
Posts: 2
Joined: Jun 2004

I had the same symptoms you are having. The Dr first said I was constipated. I later had a sonogram & that showed I had gll bladder stones. When they went in to do surgery they found the ovarian cancer. Make sure the dr is thorough.

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