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abdominal distension

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 7, 2006
  • 10:57 PM

I have a 13 year old female who has some abdominal distension. She looks as though she is about 4 months pregnant. (that has been ruled out). She had no pain until last Monday. Last Thurs. she was in the ER with an incease in abdominal girth. The dr's office mentioned that it may be an inlingual hernia, that was ruled out on the CAT Scan. She does have an ovarian cyst on the left side but her pain in on the right. She did have an "outie" belly button about the size of a penny, which now because of swelling looks like a quarter. Since her physical 2 weeks before school started she was wearing a size 14 (girls). She has since gained 20 pounds and is now in a Jr. 6. She had an ultra sound today and no one will give me any information. The surgeon wants to send her to the OB GYN. I did not think that a cyst on the ovaries would cause you to look 4 months preg and not cause excruating pain......

is there anyone out there who can help?

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  • Ovarian cysts can grow quite large, even benign ones can.I knew a woman years ago in her 60s who had a benign cyst that grew very slowly over a period of ten years. She was very thin otherwise, but had a belly--the kind that often plagues menopausal women. She was always lamenting that she had a gut. She had that pregnant look.One day she fainted because of extreme pain and her family rushed her to the emergency room. It turned out she had a mass the size of a small watermelon that they removed. It turned out to be a benign ovarian cyst. She is still alive last I heard and must be about 80 now. So they can grow large. But, of course you do want to have this checked out to find out exactly what is going on.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 8, 2006
    • 06:26 AM
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  • I had a benign ovarian cyst that was on the left side, but most of the pain was on the right. I was in so much pain I couldn't walk, stand up straight, and I was intensely dizzy. It was so extreme that they thought I was having an appendicitis. My cyst was only two inches long and one inch wide. Roughly the size and shape of a large almond. Very small, but even small ones can cause intense pain, depending on where they are. Some women can have huge cysts that never bother them as far as pain, but can grow quite large and make a woman look pregnant.Perhaps this is what your daughter has and the fact that she has a smaller cyst indicates that she may be prone to these. I've read that about 80% of women get small benign cysts throughout their lives and never know they do, because most benign ovarian cysts never get very large. They come and go without symptoms. But the threshhold is usually around 2 inches for inducing pain. Anyway, I hope that this helps assuage your fears. There is a very good chance this is a benign ovarian cyst, even with its large size.Hope everything turned out well.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 9, 2006
    • 10:46 PM
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  • I had a very similar experience with my daughter. In an ultrsound, it showed that her liver was quite enlarged (we're still not sure why) and since has had very strange symptoms from joint pain to extreme weight gain. Good luck. Something to check out.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 15, 2006
    • 02:00 AM
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  • what did they do for her? she is complaining of joint pain and (knees, hips and ankles) fatigue
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 16, 2006
    • 02:09 PM
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  • actually, yes she is complaining of all of the above. in the beginning of the school year in August she was wearing a size 14 in the girls department, this weekend i bought her an 8 in womens :( I am really at a loss. she is due for another ultrasound the second week of Jan.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 18, 2006
    • 11:18 PM
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