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michduf posted:
I'm 41 years old. Have had some abnormal bleeding this month, pretty much three periods in the month of January. I've always been pretty regular but noticed lately each month I've been starting about a week earlier than the previous month. Went to Dr. Blood tests came back normal. Had an ultrasound, regular and internal. Noticed they spent alot of time viewing the right side. Went to Dr. for results, hard to understand what she was saying, but she said something about there was something on the right side, something about follicle cyst that may have ruptured? She said it's probably benign but wants a gyno consult. I'm waiting for my appt but in the meantime researching the web. I stumbled across the topic of ovarian cancer and oddly enough it mentioned pelvic/leg pain. Well, over the last few months I've had pelvic/leg pain, even wakes me at night and I have to switch positions. Anyone experience this? And although what they see is on my right side, my pelvic/leg pain occurs on my left side. Does that matter? I also noticed it mentioned diarrhea and/or constipation. Recently I've had issues with constipation which I've never had before. Any input would be great. Thank you. Michelle
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FunnyFarm44 responded:
Hi Michelle,
I read your post and it's surprising how much of it is very similar to my experience. I am not having the leg pain, but the rest is very similar. After an inconclusinve ultrasound my doctor ordered a CAT Scan which was also inconclusive. She sent me to a gynecologist (she was a family practice doctor) and he did another ultrasound and a biopsy. I'm having surgery on the 11th to remove my left ovary, tube, and uterus. Possibly more if the it appears necessary while in surgery.
DEFINATELY follow through till everything is conclusive as to what's going on with you. If there should be anything wrong, you surely want to catch it in its early stages.
I wish you the best of luck,
Rebecca
 
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deb1823 responded:
Have you had a CA125 blood test??
 
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deb1823 replied to FunnyFarm44's response:
Have you had a CA125 blood test? Be sure to get one--this is a very good test to keep on top of.
 
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basicmom2006 responded:
Hi Michelle,
A ca 125 is the test to get, I live month to month on that test, 5 yrs ago I had messed up periods thought it was menopause, was having belly pain and my belly was getting big but I didn't gain any weight, with in 2 weeks I looked 9 months pregnet, my family Dr. did some test Blood test including a ca 125 a ct scan and ultra sound. that was all done on April 12,05, on April 15th my 46th b day the phone rang it was my Dr. he said the 3 words of dread You Have Cancer!! was sent to a Ob/Gyn/Onc Dr. April 29th I had surgery when all was done I had a complete hysterectomy I was dedbulked (they scraped and removed ) I had cancer on every organ, I was told that I have stageIV Ovarian cancer, and was told 6 to 12 month life expectancy, While in the hospital from the surgery my ca 125 started to rise and they started chemo right in the hospital,
I have done 6 chemos in 5 yrs In fact I will be doing my last dose of my 6th chemo Thursday 3/4/10, and every 2 months I have a ca125 done to watch my cancer So please ask for that test. I will be celerbrating 5 yrs as a cancer survivor on my 51st B day in April. I hope my story helps you, Brenda
 
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FunnyFarm44 replied to deb1823's response:
Yes, and I was told it was normal. He said it's not a guarentee, but it's a good indicator that nothing has spread to this point.
 
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FunnyFarm44 replied to basicmom2006's response:
Wow! Good for you. I'm sorry to hear you've had to do so much chemo, but you have outlived your expectancy so you've done great. You are an inspiration and TODAY was your last treatment. CELEBRATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whoo Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had my pre-op yesterday and all is still on for surgery a week from tomorrow. I won't know anything more until I wake up and they fill me in on the results.
Hearing your story makes me feel good and I've been trying VERY hard to concentrate on the positive and not think about the possibilities. Any prayers you can send would sure be appreciated and I'll return the favor for you. I pray you celebrate MANY MORE BIRTHDAYS CANCER FREE! :)
Rebecca
 
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575757b replied to FunnyFarm44's response:
Hi my sister just went through this how are you doing
 
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gigi1222 replied to 575757b's response:
was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer.Completely clueless.started having some swelling in my feet and tried support hose with no improvement Then I noticed some blood in my stool and went to my family doctor who thought I had an ulcer so sent me to a G I doctor who thought it was in my colon so went in for colonoscopy and in the course of that a ca125 blood test was performed and it came back with a strong indication of ovarian cancer.Had 4 liters of fluid drawn from my tummy and immediately felt better but tests on that fluid showed strong support for ovarian cancer.Have been home from the hospital for 1 week and we just now have a appointment with cancer specialist to see what can be done
 
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FunnyFarm44 replied to 575757b's response:
I am very blessed that things have turned out well. I had surgery 4 weeks ago today and they removed my left ovary and tube due to cysts which came back benign. They also removed my uterus and cervix due to thickening in the wall of the uterus. Turns out there were pre-cancerous cells on the uterus so it is a very good thing that is gone and no need to worry about that. I was layed up for about one week and then able to move around very well - just no lifting, but now my restrictions are lifted. I go back to work on Monday. I truely hope all goes VERY well for your sister. I wish you the best. Keep in touch,
Rebecca
 
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FunnyFarm44 replied to gigi1222's response:
I wish you all the best and hope things turn out well for you. I will be sending prayers your way. I drew strength from everyone prayers and well wishes and I hope you are able to do the same. Keep in touch and let us know how things are going for you.
Good luck with everything,
Rebecca
 
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gigi1222 replied to FunnyFarm44's response:
I am grateful for your prayers because I believe God made me to begin with and only He knows exactly how to repair me. I trust Him explicitly and know that whether he restores me to health and allows me to remain with my wonderful family or allows me to come on home to be with my Lord and my loving husband I am a winner either way,I particularly
 
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gigi1222 replied to FunnyFarm44's response:
I am not really good on the computer and my message was abreviated .I wanted to ask special prayer for peace for my children and grandchildren as they are having a really hard time with this.
 
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amanda2581 replied to gigi1222's response:
  • Hi your story touched me,I have been suspecting ovarian cancer also I have been haveing colon problems for 4 years now,But this is different my upper abdomin is swollen and I can hardley stand at the sink and do dishes,I walk and feel heaviness pulling on my back and abby area .I have a fibroid cyst that was seen on my ct scan for my colon I have had 26 ct scans for my IBD.I have loose stools all the time now,I feel pain in my upper thighs when I am on my feet too long,I am scared I have ovarian cancer,I have not had a pabst smear in 4 years.I am waiting for a obgyn appt.I also have several ruptured disc in my lower back.
 
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FunnyFarm44 replied to gigi1222's response:
gigi1222,
I sometimes have the same problem on the computer. All of a sudden - POOF it's gone or on another page and I don't know how I got there.
I look up to you and your positive outlook in leaving it all up to the good Lord above. It's hard as one is never ready to leave thier family. That was one thing I thought about often is how it would affect my kids (17 - 24). I have only one grandchild and he is just two so he would adjust more quickly. I didn't really go into too much detail with the possibilities with my kids until I knew more after surgery and since I was fortunate that things went well it's now a discussion of what could have been and viewed differently in thier eyes, but I can sympathize with how difficult it must be for you and them. I certainly will say some prayers for all.
So will you be starting or have started treatments or where are you in all this. I hope it's going okay for you.


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