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Constipation misdiagnosed as ovarian mass had surgery!

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  • Posted By: melkm73
  • November 23, 2010
  • 04:35 PM

One week ago, 11/16/10, I had surgery for what the doctors told me was a "huge solid mass on my left ovary". My obgyn found it during a yearly pap that I had in late August and sent me to a "specialist". It was a few weeks before I could get an app. and my regular ob was wanting me there sooner than that but it wasn't possible with the Insurance coverage I have not many dr.'s take it. Those were the worst 3 weeks of my life, I must have googled "huge solid mass on left ovary" a thousand times and was scared to death. Not a good prognosis for that, usually found in 3 and mostly stage 4 when it spreads. I seen the specialist a few wks later, no date in my head at moment, she ordered blood tests for cancer markers. That took weeks to get back. Thank god no cancer markers, she said it would still be biopsied while I was in surgery but what she thought it was was a mass (forget the name) that occurred inside the ovary and consisted of bones, teeth and hair! My family had a good time with that one, named him Joe. Ha. Anyway, I was scheduled for surgery 6 wks out once they didn't find cancer markers. So, around this time I had sooo many other issues I was dealing with, one of them trying to find a job which I put off because I had to have surgery. I received instructions to do a bowel prep the night before and was told that it would give me diahrea (spelling?) but I needed cleaned out. I drank a whole bottle of the phosphate stuff (if i had my paperwork with me i would know all of this) and nothing happened. I didn't go at all the whole night. In the morning on the way up I thought for sure that I would get an enama, I could't let that surgery be postponed. First thing I told the nurse walking down the hall to my room was that it didn't work and i asked her if I needed an enema. She said "I will have to ask about that but you do need a urine specimen asap" I told her just to cath me cuz i can never go before surgery. (Facet injections every 6 months in spine) She did that next thing I know I am getting the versed or whatever it was and I am going into surgery. I woke up to the Dr. telling me that my incision is bigger than they thought it would be (one to two inches by belly button) and that I never had any masses, tumors, or cysts and they didn't take anything out at all. She said I am extremely constipated with rock hard feces??? I know it is hard when I go, but I go. I was in shock and half thought I was hearing things because it was immediately after surgery and I was very sedated. Well I wasn't. I have 16 staples accross the width of my stomach and it shouldn't have ever happened. They gave me no x-rays or cat scan or anything other than one ultra-sound when my first Dr. couldn't find my ovary at original exam. Thats it. I go in tomorrow for my first face to face follow up and I am freaking out because I don't know what to say. Please help me asap someone who knows something about this!!!

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  • Wow. I expected someone to reply by now.
    melkm73 2 Replies
    • December 1, 2010
    • 04:57 AM
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  • The gold standard for chronic constipation is a high-colonic. Lots of videos on YouTube... If your colon is really impacted, you'll need multiple sessions.Suggestions:1. stop eating all dairy products. Cheese, milk and yogurt are all constipating.2. eat more vegetables, but only what's in season. Right now it's winter, so I'm eating lots of squash. Salads are fine, but only if they'd grow in your local area.3. Take a tablespoon of olive oil every day. This promotes regularity.4. go for a series of colonics.I'm not one to sue, but those doctors don't deserve anything for what they put you through. Call your insurance company and see if you can get payment withheld. HTH, HAND.sincerely,James Knochelteslabox .com
    JamesKnochel 12 Replies
    • December 1, 2010
    • 09:00 AM
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  • I agree, but what about what I went through? That was the worst 3 months of my life, I lost the best paying job I have ever had, lost my home, had to go to a shelter not to mention the pain of the surgery. If this isn't negligence I don't know what is.
    melkm73 2 Replies
    • December 8, 2010
    • 05:18 AM
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  • I agree, but what about what I went through? That was the worst 3 months of my life, I lost the best paying job I have ever had, lost my home, had to go to a shelter not to mention the pain of the surgery. If this isn't negligence I don't know what is.Well you didn't say anything about that, though I guess that aspect of your experience should have been implied.Have you talked to an attorney? I don't know how to find a good one, but you'd certainly have a case. This has certainly been a traumatic experience for you, and there are many aspects of this situation that are amenable to an intervention with Energy Psychology. "Acupressure for the Emotions" is now being investigated for soldiers with PTSD by the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Search for "energy psychology walter reed" for information on this study, or visit eftuniverse .com for the "Emotional Freedom Technique's" home page. hope this helps.Sincerely,James Knochel
    JamesKnochel 12 Replies
    • December 9, 2010
    • 09:02 PM
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