MY MRI SUPRISE

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musicalbuttercup
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   Posted 9/28/2007 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I am not sure where on this website to go with this, I picked chronic pain becuase I have been suffering for about 4 yrs from chronic pain in my lower lumbar area. I started having hip problems, so my PM doc sent me for an MRI on my lumbar region and both hips. I really wanted to see what was on the report instead of waiting on the appointment next wednesday, so I picked up the results today. I have the written report, and I don't understand all the language, but I did understand something I didn't expect to see.

At the bottom, the radiologist stated, "Within the pelvis, a cystic structure is seen in the right adnexal (ovarian) region likely representing an ovarian cyst. No free pelvic fluid is seen. Impression: Probable cyst in the right ovary. Further evaluation with pelvic sonography is recommended.

I know. Everybody gets cysts. But I haven't!! And seeing how my mother died of cancer of the brain at 44 (I'm 39) and my father is a survivor of prostate cancer, and my brother is a skin cancer survivor-I am surrounded by this in my family. I am the ONLY one that hasn't had an cancer. Yet.

I have a pap smear scheduled for November-regular yearly check up. On Monday, I will reschedule for ASAP.

I'm worried. Anybody tell me about this-I don't know much, and what the likelihood of this cyst being cancer is-and what they will do with my family history as bad as it is.
I got the weekend and at least a few days to get through this, I know I am overreacting-I do that alot. I just need to hear something good.

Thanks.

Chutz
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   Posted 9/28/2007 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Buttercup and welcome to our family! We'll get your thu. Just take my hand and hang on. (extending hand) I know it's hard to wait for results but the written report doesn't have anything frightening or suggestive in it. Try to find something to focus on other than health. Plan something for your weekend, get into a progect...just keep busy. And keep us posted. We're here for you...

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Sarita
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   Posted 9/29/2007 12:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Ovarian cysts are EXTREMELY common.  A ton of women have them and are symptom-free.  When they burst, they cause some serious pain, however.  It only lasts for a little while, for most.  One ovarian cyst on its own is rarely anything to be concerned about.

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Chartreux
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   Posted 9/29/2007 6:49 AM (GMT -7)   
This is something you should talk with to your OB GYN doctor. I agree with the others as I do get ovarian cyst, its not something you shouldt be too concerned about, so try to calm down some enjoy your weekend. The OB/GYN might put you on a birth control pill to get rid of the cyst. Sometimes they go away on their own too, I've had that happen as well. I've had two brust which did cause a horrible amount of pain that I went to the ER for once. I hope this info helps you. Talk to your OB/GYN okay................Take care and keep us posted............
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musicalbuttercup
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   Posted 9/29/2007 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the warm welcome. I know that ovarian cysts are common. My HEAD knows this, it is my emotions that have such a vivid imagination.

See, what scares me is this-I know I listed my family history of cancer. Like I said, I lost my mom when I was 16 to a brain tumor. She was only 44. Five years older than I am right now. I've always thought that that would be MY number-44. So when I turned 34, I was like, "10 more years", etc...so when I read this on the MRI-I thought, "the prophecy is doomed to come TRUE!" I know I am being dramatic-that is my personality.

What sent me to have the MRI in the first place was major lumbar and hip pain. I had 2 neck surgeries to repair a torn disc (1st time) and 2nd time, to repair the screwup the first doctor made. number 2 was a success, although I still have neck pain from time to time. I can live with that. But this lower back crap is really getting to be too much. It's affecting ever aspect of my life. I work at a desk all day, I can't be still cause of the pain in my legs-I have to come home and lie down for at least an hour every evening. I have 2 teenagers and a fiance that I live with. Of course, I have my domestic duties that they are all pretty helpful with, but I am a control freak in addition to my dramatic-ness. And my job-my boss gives me the proverbial eye roll at the entire situation. Always has-he treats me like crap! I have to park in handicapped, and I limp all the time. I feel so old and worn out. I can't sleep worth a hooey-I often have so much pain in my legs that I have to use my hands to move them into a different position throughout the night. Today, I spent ALL DAY at my daughter's high school cause there was a band competition that her band hosted, and I just love that stuff-being a former band geek myself. I have to go!! My daughter is a senior and I can't miss a thing. My mom got sick just before I entered high school, and frankly, I have zero memories of her attending even a football game of mine. She was too sick, and then the summer between 10th and 11th grade, she died. I can't not be there for my kids. There are still 5 more band competitions to go. I will be at as many as can be. And all of the FB games. I take a beach chair, and that helps, but it isn't enough, but it will have to do.

So now, I am facing at least a trip to the OB/GYN asap, they doing whatever it is they will do to check out the cyst, and whatever they have to do to possibly get rid of it. I'm already on BC pills-I thought that would have possibly prevented it. There is one thing with my body I could always count on-my reproductive system was always great. I got pregnant when I wanted to-one try each kid-no problems, EVER. I could depend on that!! Now, it is like that part of me is failing me. I am not breathing a word of this to my kids until I have some news-one way or another. I can't worry them about something that may be absolutely nothing.

Thank you for listening to me harp about this. I just don't know if I can face another problem!! Even something this small-with any luck, it will be nothing.

I'll be making that OB/GYN appt first thing monday, hopefully, they can see me asap. I have never been there, my first appt with this group was end of november. I hope, being a new patient-they can work me in.

Thank you all so much. It's great to have found a place that everyone understands. I'll keep everyone posted!

TDoern
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   Posted 9/29/2007 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Musical - Like everyone said a cyst on your ovary is no big deal - I have multiple cysts on each ovary - that are sometimes rather painful - but my "reproductive system" is broken right along with my back. Just take some deep breath's. If the worse thing on your MRI is a cyst consider yourself lucky. Hugs
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   Posted 10/1/2007 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Did you get an appointment? just wondering, keep us posted okay. Take care and soft hugz to you............
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kjbrown
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   Posted 10/3/2007 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
When I had my MRI for my lower back (to check for causes of chronic UTIs), they also found a cyst on one of my ovaries. I was also worried, as my mother had a bunch of ovarian cysts that burst and she ended up each time in the ER. But the doctor explained to me that almost every month a small cyst is formed and then it's either when the egg is dropped or when you start your period, that the cyst goes away. I'm sure he explained it better. But if you are a worrier, than maybe you should have waited to get the report from the doctor so that it could all be explained without you adding stress to it while waiting. It's the waiting that's always the hardest part! Good luck, and hopefully it will be nothing.

BoxcarJessie
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   Posted 10/4/2007 6:03 AM (GMT -7)   
You're in my thoughts, woman. Try not to worry too much about it...one day at a time. ;-)
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TexasJen
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   Posted 10/4/2007 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I had TONS of ovarian cysts while I was on the birth control pill.  Matter of fact, I stopped taking it for that reason.  Every time I turned around I was in agony from cysts bursting right and left.  I didn't catch your age, but our hormones begin changing in our 30's and we don't always produce enough for the egg to burst freely from the ovary, and a cyst results.
 
Please try not to worry that you have a cancerous cyst.  Note that the written report says it is suggestive of an ovarian cyst.  There is a reason for that statement: cancerous tumors image differently than cysts.  Your gyn will probably order a trans vag ultrasound and simply monitor the cyst for a few weeks.  If it doesn't go away, gets larger, or causes you pain, it can be removed via laparascopic surgery.
 
This situatation is the very reason why technicians are not allowed to tell patients what they see during tests, and why doctors ask you to wait to hear test results until you have an appointment. 
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musicalbuttercup
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   Posted 10/8/2007 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your replies! I have an appointment on October 17th with my gynecologist. Hopefully, it will be one of the many good possibilities mentioned here!
I am 39 years old-by the way, the radiologist didn't tell me what he/she saw, I got the results to take to my pain clinic for my back and hip problem. I had steriod injections for that, and it is NOT perfect, but the pain is getting much more bearable. I hope the blocks will last for a couple of months It is hard for me to sit all day at my desk and it is hard for me to sit at home at my desk and use the computer, so I don't get on much.

Thanks for your input!! I will let you know what my doctor says.

Blessings!
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