It is alarming how often doctors miss the signs of ovarian cysts. The symptoms of cysts on ovaries are quite straightforward, with things like pelvic pain and bloating of the abdomen leading the charge. And so when doctors miss these signs over the course of months, and sometimes even years, you are left scratching your head and wondering where their brains were when they were doing the diagnosis.
Take the case of the 22 year old English woman who went from doctor to doctor, trying to find a doctor who could give her answers. Her symptoms? Abdominal pain and a weird feeling of fullness in the abdominal region – classic ovarian cyst symptoms.
It’s obesity, they said
And guess what was the first thing that her doctors jumped to? Obesity. They didn’t even bother to perform a simple ultrasound. They just went for it: you are fat, and that is what is to blame for the weird feeling in your abdomen.
It’s likely kidney stones, another one said
Lucky for her, she wasn’t satisfied with this answer. And so she resumed her doctor-bouncing escapades until she landed on one who had a brilliant idea. The doctor believed that kidney stones were to blame for all her troubles. He was dead wrong.
However, while this doctor’s hunch was a total miss, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
A simple ultrasound is all it took
To check for the kidney stones, the doctors performed an ultrasound scan. And that’s when they saw it.
A large growing ovarian cyst was right there, in her reproductive system. It was so huge that it literally filled her abdominal cavity. That was the cause of all her discomfort and all her pain. And what’s worse is that while doctors kept dismissing the woman’s symptoms as mere side effects of obesity, this ovarian cyst kept growing. It kept becoming larger and larger while the woman was being bounced around from doctor to doctor.
Cancerous ovarian cyst worry
Given that some ovarian cysts can be cancerous, the doctors who discovered it were worried. And so they did tests just to rule out ovarian cancer, something that might have complicated the ovarian cyst treatment process.
They did the tests. And luckily, her ovarian cyst was benign – noncancerous. Can you imagine how sad it would have been if it had been cancerous, and if the cancer had developed and spread while her doctors were still aiming for misses or dismissing what she felt?