I went to the emergency room twice last week with severe lower back pain. It was worse then labor pains. I thought it might be kidney stones (even though I've never had them), but the CAT Scan revealed a baseball size cyst on my left ovary. I went to see my gyno. and he gave me a shot of Depravera and said to wait about 3-4 weeks and they will do another ultra sound to see if it shrinks. If not, then the ovary will need to be removed. Is it possible this cyst could create so much pain? Also, when and how do they check this to see if it is cancerous. Cancer runs in our family, so it does make me a little uneasy. Thank you for your response.
Very large ovarian cysts can indeed create discomfort. In rare cases, such cysts can also cause the ovary to twist (torsion), and the ovary can die due to loss of blood flow.
In most cases, a pelvic ultrasound will also be performed for large pelvic cysts. The appearance of the cyst by ultrasound, as well as a blood test known as "CA 125," are often helpful in determining if the cyst is more likely to be benign versus malignant. In many cases, however, a large or/and complex ovarian cyst may require surgery in order to make the diagnosis (and to remove the cyst/ovary).
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