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Offline Bellwether

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Certain I have ovarian cancer
« on: April 18, 2014, 02:39:01 PM »
I'm post-menopausal, and suddenly I have lots of premenstrual symptoms ... Sore breasts and achy abdomen.  In addition, for the last month or so I've had intermittent sharp, burning pains in my abdomen, just to the left of my belly button.  Some days are awful with almost constant pains.  Then I'll go through several days without any.  I'll think they're done, then I wake up and they start again.  Yesterday, I had to urinate constantly and I thought I had a UTI.  Today I googled ovarian cancer (I know how stupid that was) and I found out that ALL these symptoms are symptoms of OC.  I called for a doctor's appointment and I can't get in until the end of May.

I try to remember how many times I've been sure I had something that turned out to be nothing, but I'm getting older and eventually I really AM going to be sick.

Does anyone have any words of advice?  Anyone know more about OC that could help me so I don't google anymore?

Thanks.
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Offline soaringfalcon

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Re: Certain I have ovarian cancer
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2014, 05:29:48 PM »
How many year post menopause are you?  It can be normal to have hormone issues for several years afterward. 

Don't google OC.  It really, truly is very rare.  A check up with your Dr is probably a good idea but I would not jump to OC.  I had a long talk with my Dr about because I have several risk factors and he said even then the chances are very remote.
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Re: Certain I have ovarian cancer
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2014, 05:37:03 PM »
I'm one or two years post menopause. 

Unfortunately, how rare a condition is has never eased my anxieties.  It was just as rare for all the people who got it.
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Re: Certain I have ovarian cancer
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2014, 06:30:43 PM »
I would suggest then that it's normal.  Sorry, I was trying to be comforting. 
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Re: Certain I have ovarian cancer
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2014, 06:41:15 PM »
If the doctor thought it was anything bad they'd have you come right in. 
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Re: Certain I have ovarian cancer
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2014, 08:35:37 PM »
I'm sorry soaring falcon, I didn't mean to be rude.  I just meant that when you have health anxiety it just doesn't matter that the odds of you having a disease are low.  I wish I could be more rational.
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Re: Certain I have ovarian cancer
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2014, 09:10:12 PM »
I'm sorry soaring falcon, I didn't mean to be rude.  I just meant that when you have health anxiety it just doesn't matter that the odds of you having a disease are low.  I wish I could be more rational.

No apology necessary.  Us HAers rational?  I wish!  I have a good control of my anxiety now but I still have irrational thoughts on a daily basis.  Hugs.
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Re: Certain I have ovarian cancer
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2014, 09:40:29 PM »
I think my mom had OC - I'm pretty sure she did, in fact.  The docs just said her cancer was very far advanced and they decribed it as being cancer of the entire digestive tract but I think it was OC .  One of her main symptoms was that she said her tummy got so big (and she was a heavy person) that she looked like she was pregnant - this is a classic symtom of UC.  Another thing she complained about was feeling "full up" all the time and doing a lot of belching.
She did, sometimes, complain of having to urinate a lot like having a UTI but her doctor used to give her some little yellow pills that took the feeling away for which she was so relieved.  She kept these pills in her jewelry box they were so important to her.
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Re: Certain I have ovarian cancer
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2014, 06:11:18 AM »
Benign ovarian cysts still happen post-menopause and are still way more common than ovarian cancer!
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Re: Certain I have ovarian cancer
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2014, 07:16:48 AM »
My best friend was told she had a cyst the size of a golf ball on her ovary - this was 2 years ago and she is petrified of going to the doctor again.  So she hasn't been!  (she's almost 4 years post menopause) she too urinates a lot and has discomfort in the abdomen.   THAT is most likely the cyst. But obviously it can't be cancer as 2 yeas out she would have more symptoms if not be really sick!
You have no bleeding, right?  That's a symptom too.
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