Ovarian cyst symptoms like ovarian pain, difficulty getting pregnant and abnormal vaginal bleeding are well known. They are nothing super-unusual as they affect parts of the female reproductive system. Most people know about them. And explaining why they are caused by ovarian cysts is almost obvious.
But there are symptoms of ovarian cysts that are rare and so unusual that when first experienced, it is almost impossible to imagine that cysts on ovaries might be to blame. Even doctors sometimes get it wrong when trying to pinpoint the cause of these symptoms. Here are some of the shocking ovarian cyst symptoms that real-life women have experienced.
The difficulty breathing ovarian cyst symptom
The respiratory system seems so far removed from the ovaries, and the female reproductive system in general, that thinking that a cyst can affect it is not the most obvious thing that comes to mind. Question is, is any part of the body really far enough not to be affected by an intruding ovarian cyst? A 56 year-old woman found out the answer to that question.
She first suspected that something was wrong when out of the blue, she started gaining weight. There weren’t any of the common ovarian cyst symptoms to tip her off. There was no nausea, pelvic pain or abnormal vaginal bleeding. Just an increasing waistline. And faster-than-normal breathing.
When she went to the doctor, she was surprised to learn that a 90-pound ovarian cyst was to blame for the abnormal weight gain. But what was more shocking was what the cyst had done to her diaphragm. It was so large that it had literally pushed against her diaphragm. This meant only one thing – that she couldn’t inhale and exhale as efficiently and as comfortably as she should have given the role that the diaphragm plays in the breath-in – breath-out process. That was why she had the faster-than-normal breathing.
The she’s insane ovarian cyst symptom
This is one of the few cases in which an ovarian growth affected the functioning of someone’s brain – literally.
According to Monsters Inside Me, it was a several-week affair of a mother desperately watching as her daughter suffered intense hallucinations. Doctors who attended to her couldn’t seem to find out exactly what was wrong with her. The physicians at the psychiatric hospital couldn’t wrap their brains around the mystery that was the girl who was in the intensive care unit. And more baffling was the fact that after a series of tests, the results weren’t consistent with those of a psychiatric case.
It was only later on that it was discovered that ovarian cysts were to blame for what appeared to be a psychiatric case – dermoid ovarian cysts to be exact. How? Well, the cysts, also known as ovarian teratomas, developed brain cells. This triggered an immune response, and the antibodies that were released not only attacked the unwanted brain cells in the ovarian cyst, but also attacked her brain. That is what triggered the hallucinations. Luckily, she had a doctor who could figure it out on time.