Jan 16, 2010 - 12:11 pm
I was recently diagnosed with Stage I Bladder Cancer. However, my pain began with ovarian pain. When I saw the gynecologist in April 2009 (ovarian pain began around October 2008), they did an u/s and said that the left ovary (where my pain was) had numerous cysts that were unidentified and my right ovary had hemorraghic cysts. She said that the cysts looked like they were in the process of resolving and that I should be fine. I had an annual appt. a few months later whereby the gyn. said the ovaries felt and looked (tothe naked eye) fine. The gyn. suspected I had interstitial cystisis (bladder problem) even though I said my ovaries STILL hurt and that most likely my cysts were still in the process of resolving.
So, I saw the urologist in December 2009, they found the cancer and claimed they removed it all during an outpatient cystoscopy I had about 5 weeks ago.
So, here I am now, wondering if I have Ovarian Cancer that spread. Here's the progression of my symptoms that began around October 2008:
General abdominal pain
The pain increases with intercourse, exercise, and lifting heavy objects.
I've been dealing with all this for over a year now. I've been frustrated at the doctors not taking me seriously because I am 32 years old and do not fit the profile for Ovarian Cancer. HOWEVER, I didn't fit the profile for bladder cancer one iota outside of being Caucasian, so I think it's just as reasonable to think I might have Ovarian Cancer.
In any case, just wondering what kind of pain everyone has experienced and how bad the pain was for you.
I have scheduled yet another u/s with teh gyn. since receiving news of Stage I Bladder Cancer, but am strongly considering requesting the gyn. refer me to a gyn. oncologist.
Thanks for taking hte time to read this.