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Advice wanted with regards to Cysts/fibroids

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AmaraDresden Fri 15-Jul-11 18:14:49

Hi all, hopefully I can explain this without too much confusion. I was diagnosed with uterine fibroids via ultrasound about Christmas time '09 after six or nine months of constant bleeding. The bleeding would be very heavy at points and less so at others.

I was advised to go on the depo or mirena, and opted for the depo. It stopped all bleeding, and everything was hunkydory except my moods, so I didn't have another shot.

Bleeding wasn't too bad, it was irregular, I could go two months without any at all, then have a month of light/normal bleeding. This was not good for my sex life and made me miserable.

Fast forward to June this year and after throwing up on father's day from excrutiating pain I ended up in an ambulance (could've been my appendix they said as it was concerntrated down my right side). I was kept in over night and sent for various scans, finally being told I had cysts on both ovaries. Discharge notes also pointed out a retroverted uterus and small amount of fluid in my pouch of douglas. Hospital consultant said my GP would refer me to a gynaecologist.

Saw a GP as mine was on holiday, and he said the cysts were likely hormonal and due to that time of the month. To take my pain killers and then go back in a month.

Is it likely that it was hormonal, on both ovaries? I haven't had huge amounts of pain, but I am constantly tired, feel like I have stitch in my right side (where pain was) all the time that gets worse sometimes and so I take my codeine. I'm peed off, I feel like I should have seen a gynae when the fibroids were first diagnosed, and am wondering if PCOS is a possibilty (I am overweight etc).

Do I have the right to see a GP and ask to be referred even though I haven't been in such huge pain again?

To top it all off I'm a paranoid whiner and worried it might actually be the big c. Eeek! Thank you, and major props if you made tis far and don't think I'm an annoying hyperchondriac ;)

AttilaTheMeerkat Fri 15-Jul-11 19:15:31

I would insist to your GP (some of them are not very helpful at all when it comes to gynae issues) that you are referred to a gynae bearing in mind what the hospital mentioned originally. Think you are correct in saying that you should have been referred to a specialist when the fibroids were first diagnosed.

AmaraDresden Fri 15-Jul-11 23:35:11

Thank you Attila, I'm just so fed up of feeling tired and worried because I don't know what's going to happen. I shall have to be brave and start pushing the GP.

AmaraDresden Fri 15-Jul-11 23:35:11

Thank you Attila, I'm just so fed up of feeling tired and worried because I don't know what's going to happen. I shall have to be brave and start pushing the GP.

alphabill Sat 16-Jul-11 09:31:53

Hi,
I have fibroids and a retroverted uterus and in the past I had a chocolate cyst (endometriosis related) removed from one of my ovaries. Its all a long story which I won't bore you with but as a result of the cyst being removed and fertility investigations it was discovered that I had severe endometriosis. My womb is stuck to my bowel (hence i think the retroverted uterus) and my left ovary was stuck to my womb.
I would definitely push for a gynae appointment, I know that endometriosis can cause pain and tiredness and is more likely than cancer so please do not worry.
Also i am overweight and I find that some of my symtoms ease with weight loss so that might be worth considering.
I hope you get some answers soon.

AmaraDresden Sat 16-Jul-11 12:57:26

Thanks Alpha, I'm going to begin a diet soon, I'm just working myself up to restarting it. I know that logically it's very unlikely to be cancer, I have a close friend who's had cervical cancer and it's so scary.

AmaraDresden Sat 16-Jul-11 12:57:27

Thanks Alpha, I'm going to begin a diet soon, I'm just working myself up to restarting it. I know that logically it's very unlikely to be cancer, I have a close friend who's had cervical cancer and it's so scary.

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