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It's my stomach, except it isn't!

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  • Posted By: candidnt
  • April 13, 2013
  • 01:51 PM

First off, my thanks to you amateur and professional medical sleuths. You do a great service for the Internet and I salute you.

I'm a 26-year-old female in excellent shape. So when I started getting sick a few months ago I was concerned. I had the following symptoms:

- abdominal pain
- bowel issues (constipation, diarrhea, weird stools)
- frequent urination
- severe bloating
- pelvic pain, sometimes intense

They did an upper endoscopy and found mild inflammation and nothing more. After an abdominal ultrasound everything checked out except for a few spots on the liver. I figured they were just harmless growths but the doctor insisted I have an MRI. Sure enough, the liver spots were fine, but they also found an ovarian cyst. This worries me because my mother had ovarian cysts that ruptured violently; she almost died when I was very young. I'm also worried because I have amenorrhea. I know ovarian cysts are normal but I don't have cycles and I have had other menstrual problems in the past.

It's been a few months and I still have the abdominal pain. My bowel issues seem to have worked out for the most part, but I'm still urinating around 15 times a day even when I try not to drink too much water. And I'm still so bloated. They just found the ovarian cyst this week, do you think it could be related? Or am I just a crazy person?

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  • Did you traveled out of the country and if so, to where?
    HungryBetty 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • Did you traveled out of the country and if so, to where? Nope. I wish I could attribute this to food poisoning! But these past two weeks my stools have been gray and greasy and painful. One day my stomach hurt so much I could barely move. How strange!
    candidnt 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi, sorry to hear you feel so poorly. How frustrating for you and your physicians. It sounds like many body systems are involved, and maybe it's a good idea to prioritize your issues one at a time, so specialists can address them properly.it sounds like frequent urination is really bothering you. Perhaps you can be more specific. Does it wake you at night? Do certain foods or drinks worsen it? Does a full bladder seem to cause radiating pain into adjacent areas such as the pelvis (lower), the back, the hips, the legs...? Do you strain? Is it incomplete voiding? These (and more) are questions a urologist would ask. A hyperdistended bladder, for example, could cause pressure on all the surrounding organs and nerves, and cause pain as well as dysfunction (interstitial cystitis for example). A stricture or kidney stone can theoretically cause some of the symptoms you describe.A gynecologist can tell you if you have endometrial hyperplasia or something else during your annual exam, sooner if you think the pain can be originating from your uterus. With your mother's history it's important you aren't just told everything is okay and sent home. Your life has changed dramatically in a short time and asking for help and answers is valid. second opinions can be invaluable.good luck, I hope you feel better and get answers!
    GlassRose 1 Replies Flag this Response
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