What are the symptoms of large ovarian cysts? And how bad can the symptoms really get?
A case that was documented in the Journal of Medical Case Reports, and which LiveScience reported, could clue us in on what reality holds for women with cysts in their ovaries.
However, you should note that not every ovarian cyst grows into a 90-pound monster. And in most cases, ovarian cysts don’t cause symptoms. This case is therefore not the norm. But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t true or that ovarian cysts can’t grow to as large a size as this woman’s did.
The woman, who was 58 years old, lived with the cyst for an extended period of time without knowing of its presence. All the symptoms that she experienced she filed them under growing-old problems. That was until she started gaining weight for unexplained reasons.
When she went to the doctor, she was surprised to learn that not only did she have ovarian cysts, but also that the cysts were to blame for some of the discomfort and pain that she was experiencing.
Here are the symptoms/signs/effects of the large ovarian cyst that was in her ovaries.
The woman noticed that her waistline was increasing. And for no apparent reason.
She hadn’t changed her eating habits. And her general lifestyle was still the same.
The increase in her waistline is what prompted her to visit a doctor. It is what led to the discovery of the huge cyst.
Heaviness in the stomach
The heaviness that this woman was feeling was literal. She was carrying 90 pound of excess foreign weight in her body.
According to the doctors who operated on her, the discomfort that she had was largely due to the effect that the large cyst had on her stomach. They noted that the cyst had “squished the contents of her stomach.”
The space that her reproductive system had occupied wasn’t enough for the ovarian cyst. It had grown so large that it had pushed against her diaphragm. And since the diaphragm plays an important process in the breathe-in / breathe-out process of the respiratory system, this caused her to have breathing problems – her breathing was shallow.
Displaced uterus effect
As her cyst grew, it needed more and more space. And so it took more and more space, not caring whom it took it from.
As after-surgery medical results showed, her uterus also fell victim to the rapid expansion ambitions of the large cyst. It got displaced. And as you would imagine, this definitely would have had an effect on her fertility had she been young enough to get pregnant.
To be clear, ovarian cancer is not a symptom of ovarian cysts. It’s just that cysts sometimes develop cancerous cells. As did this woman’s.
Lucky for her, the signs of cancerous ovarian cysts were detected early enough. She therefore received treatment on time and was later declared to have fully recovered from the cancer attack.
Results/Effects of the large ovarian cysts and related treatment
By the time the woman had gotten rid of her ovarian cysts and by the time she had undergone the treatments necessary to make her whole again, the woman had gathered a couple of battle scars.
She had lost her uterus, her fallopian tubes and her lymph nodes. The good thing was that she made it through alive.