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Did surgery help most of your symptoms??

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I am 40 yrs old. No ovarian cancer in the family. I have a complex minimally septated cyst on each of my ovaries. One is 8cm, the other is 7 cm. My symptoms are: massive abdominal ascites, constipation, indigestion, heart burn, slight nausea, constant dry mouth, excessive thirst, slight back pain, abdominal hernia, major gag reflex, frequent urination, warm-almost burning/tingly feelings in my underarm that leads into the breast (like my lymph nodes are fighting), no lymph swelling though. I am super curious if anyone that had their cysts removed and/or a hysterectomy or any surgery, felt relief of these type of symptoms??? Thanks!

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Joined: Sep 2011

I don't think I can help you as my symptoms prior to surgery were different: on-and-off pelvic pain and abdominal bloating. My pre-surgery CT scan showed a baseball-size mass on my right ovary. My surgery included removal of the tumor, total hysterectomy, removal of omentum, and removal of a foot of my lower colon because the tumor had attached itself there. My pre-surgery symptoms disappeared once I had my surgery.

Are you scheduled for surgery?

Take care,

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Joined: Jun 2010

before surgery. I had a total of 8 liters of fluid removed two separate times. I looked like I was about 7 months pregnant which was really odd since I was 62. I had mild indigestion, bloating and was really not eating or drinking much in the final two weeks before my diagnosis.

I had three rounds of chemo prior to debulking surgery which eliminated all my symptoms. Once I got through the chemo I felt great in the weeks before surgery even though the cancer was widespread.

I recuperated pretty quickly from surgery and then had more chemo which was in many ways the hardest part for me. I was hospitalized twice.

I think each of our stories though linked by the common thread of ovarian cancer have many similarities and differences as well.

Good luck to you on your journey and know we are here when you need us.


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