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Hello,

I am a 22 year old female and I was just wondering if a pap test determines if someone has Ovarian cancer or not?(I know that might sound like a really stupid question, sorry). I had a pap test done about a year and a half ago and the doctor never called about it, so I took it that it meant everything was fine. I know I'm more than likely just being paranoid(I'm a bit of a hypochondriac), but I recently saw a commercial that said symptoms of Ovarian cancer are bloating, gas, and frequent urination. For years now, I have had a problem with all three of those things. I bloat everyday...thin in the morning and my stomach gets bigger as the day goes on, then is back to being smaller again the next morning. I have really bad gas all the time, especially after dinner everyday, and for as long as I can remember I've needed to urinate way more often than anyone I know. It's like my bladder never empties completely and I then have to go just as bad a half an hour later. My hips and lower back are really sore sometimes and quite often I experience sever pain when having a bowel movement(though not all the time). A lot of the time it is very difficult to have the bowel movement too, like it's too hard or big to come out(sorry, I know that's tmi) and with those I am usually in a lot of pain until I can get it out and I have sharp stabbing pain in my lower abdominals and pain in my stomach a lot, but it is not ALL the time, but more often than what can be considered normal I would think. Does this sound like ovarian cancer or something serious even though I've had most of those symptoms for years now(always been very gassy and always bloated very easily and always have had to urinate more than normal. Or could it just be a digestive problem or gastro intestinal problem? If anyone has any ideas or has been experiencing the same thing, please respond! Thank you!
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replied September 24th, 2009
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Pap test is a screening test for detecting possible precancerous and cancerous changes of cervix (neck of the womb) and can't detect ovarian cancer.
It sound that you are suffering for a functional bowel disorder, known as irritable bowel syndrome.
This condition is manifested with very prominent abdominal bloating and gas (increasing abdominal bloating throughout the day), changed form and frequency of bowel movements (constipation, diarrhea or form with alternating consistency of stool), mucus in stool, constant diffuse dull pain with sharp pains in lower abdominal part.
You may have feeling of incomplete bowel movement, urgent need to go to the toilet in the mornings and constipation during the day.
Passing stool and gas may or may not ease the pain and bloating.
IBS sufferers often have additional symptoms like groin pain, back pain, headache, fatigue and urinary urgency and frequency.

Best wishes!
Marija
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replied September 24th, 2009
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Thank you! That sounds exactly like my situation. I've definitely been having a lot of trouble with my bowel movements over the past couple of months. Sometimes it seems impossible to get it out and when I finally do, it does not feel finished at all.
Thanks for your quick response Marija, I appreciate it! IBS is not fun if that's what I have, but it makes me feel better to know it's probably that rather than cancer.

Best wishes to you too!
Cassie
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replied September 25th, 2009
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IBS is not fun and it sounds like you have it. The best thing for IBS is exercise and eating foods that are not gassy or spicy. Usually your body will tell you what foods it can and can't tolerate, but you do have the classic symptoms of IBS. Along with IBS comes Interstitual cystitus, which is the frequent urination. I have both and I know exactly what you are going through. I have found that since I started doing yoga, it has gotten better, not gone, but a little better. Let me know if you have any other questions. I've been dealing with this for year.
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replied September 25th, 2009
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You are welcome, CassWys!
IBS people that suffer predominantly from constipation, usually have constipation symptoms caused by specific foods that are being ingested.
Try to keep a food diary to see which food is making your symptoms worse and which ease your problems.
It is well known that gluten is one of the leading causes of constipation in IBS sufferers, so, you may try some gluten-free diet.
Increase the intake of food rich in fiber like fruits and vegetables associated with drinking plenty of water every day.
You may also consume fiber supplements that are designed to add bulk to the stool so that waste can travel faster through the intestines.
If you start taking fiber supplements don't forget to take it with plenty of water (fiber absorbs water).
Try to add fiber supplements and food rich in fiber in your diet gradually.
Otherwise, it may make your problems worse, especially feeling of being bloated and gassy.
Since IBS symptoms get aggravated during stressful periods, try to practice some relaxation techniques.

All best to you!
Marija
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replied September 25th, 2009
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Thank you both, I will look into to trying those things. I have been thinking of picking up a fiber supplement if I can find one, so I will definitely do that now. I've also been trying to get any foods with fiber in it as well - Activia yogurt with fiber instead of the regular kind, and waffles with fiber instead of the regular, etc. Thanks for all the information, it has been very helpful! Smile
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replied September 25th, 2009
You could also have something called Pelvic Floor Disorder. Im 99% sure thats what I have. I have the same symptoms as you except they only happen to me after I orgasm (I know, weird!)And they only last for 3-4months at a time. But I went to a specialist and she thought that was what was wrong with me. You should also maybe look into it. There is tons of research online if you google 'pelvic flood disorder or dysfunction'.
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replied May 30th, 2011
Hi! Am glad to read this -- freaked out last night because I saw Dr. oz and he listed cancer symptoms (i.e. bloating, abdominal pain, tiredness, etc) And then that night I sat down and felt a sharp pain in area of right ovary and I just began to cry ... I was like: that's it! I have cancer!! I am under intense stress and have tons and tons and tons of problems in my life and I'm trying to get better, etc -- andI thought: now this??!!oh nooooooo

later I felt the pain drift to the center and then over towards the left ovary area (Like a bowel movement passing by). I ate a bunch of cabbage. My stomach swelled out like 4 months pregnant. I was just crying and crying thinking: this is it. and "I don't want this!" and "I have no money at all to fight this"!!!


I've been having distended lower abdomen - just swelled up with gas for months or more. I used to get it every once in awhile when I was in my 20s (now 30s) -- I thought it was kind of funny then, because I'm quite skinny and muscular and every once in awhile my stomach would literally balloon out and distend like a full balloon, as though I were 4-5 months pregnant. It'd feel uncomfortable and then go away.

It's just that lately I've been so so so so so so SOOOO extremely stressed. My blood pressure has shot up, I live in very difficult conditions and for more than a year I've had acid coming up my esophagus, as though there were a flap over my stomach that just won't close. A few months ago I was so stressed thinking about particular situation, that I could not eat very well (the food would just stay in my esophagus and wouldn't go down easily)--- I managed to stop thinking about that situation, chill and eat smaller portions and it was ok. I can get food down now.

but I am totally out of money, have tons of pain problems in my back and legs following an accident years ago and I know stress can exacerbate digestion problems.

it;s good to hear all the things I read here!! thank you!!!

I've noticed that certain stresses get to the stomach more -- and then fear of cancer increases that as well!!

I can't afford all the tests and I couldn't afford any treatment --

but it is hopeful to think back to the fact that my abdomen used to swell up occasionally for years and it's just been more consistent over the past year,plus high bp, plus acid reflux and difficulty eating --- I'm just very stressed and unhappy and it's hard to turn things around when so many areas of my life need attention and change, you know?

So thanks for posing this question and thanks to those of you for answering it. Smile
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replied May 30th, 2011
CassWyss: tip from me after a hard time with a bm --- take fish oil! Take it every single day a nice good amount ... it really helps with ease of movement! Smile (i take the nordic kind from the bottle)
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replied January 5th, 2012
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All of you should quit panicking. You ought to see if you are lactose intolerant or milk protien intolerant and there are other sugars and vegtables of course that can cause gas but mainly sugars.A gastrointerologist could send you for breath tests to detect this.Otherwise going to a gyne Dr. who is affiliated with a good women's hospital and getting checked out would be a good idea.
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replied January 5th, 2012
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All of you should quit panicking. You ought to see if you are lactose intolerant or milk protien intolerant and there are other sugars and vegtables of course that can cause gas but mainly sugars.Try to omit what or dairy to see if it helps. Many you are gluten intolerant.A gastrointerologist could send you for breath and blood tests to detect this.Otherwise going to a gyne Dr. who is affiliated with a good women's hospital and getting checked out would be a good idea.
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