Treatment For Ovarian Cysts Pain To Touch

Pain comes at different levels at various times in ones life. Pain, whether it comes from a chronic condition or as a result of treatment can overwhelm ones ability to think, act, work, or just attend to your life. Those who underwent years of distress may well have tried various forms of controlling pain through pills, acupuncture, chiropractic therapies, diet and exercise, and finally, surgery.

If one is suffering from any pain that just doesn't seem to get any better, no matter what you try, no matter how acute or chronic the pain is, come to IPM Medical Group, Inc. It is a large, multi-specialty medical practice in pain management Walnut Creek CA. And its services range from cutting edge interventional pain management and psychological support to physical therapy and functional restoration. Many patients suffering with mechanical pain have seen positive results in 1 to 2 visits of going to IPM Medical Group. The IPM physicians are excellent pain medicine consultants who we recommend seeing before considering any kind of surgical procedure.

Patients who suffer from prolonged and frequently recurring distress simply want the pain to stop. IPM Medical Group has put into practice a number of chronic pain management procedures to control debilitating discomfort. It has providers subspecialty-trained in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal diseases and interventional procedures including implantable technology. As an intervention for chronic back and/or leg pain, spinal cord stimulation can be an effective alternative or adjunct treatment to other therapies that have failed to manage pain on their own. Spinal cord stimulation alleviates
pain by electrically activating pain-inhibiting neuronal circuits in the dorsal horn and inducing a tingling sensation (paresthesia) that masks the sensations of pain.

Chronic reflex sympathetic dystrophy (also called the complex regional pain syndrome) is a painful, disabling disorder for which there is no proven treatment. In observational studies, spinal cord stimulation has reduced the pain associated with the disorder.

Who is a good candidate for spinal cord stimulation?

This therapy is not for everyone. Generally, spinal cord stimulation may be considered when: Conservative treatments have not been successful, Surgery is not likely to help, patient has no untreated drug addictions and had a psychological evaluation, the patient does not have a pacemaker or other contraindications and the patient has had a successful trial period with the spinal cord stimulator.

One can also opt for the mild procedures at IPM, which aid in relieving the pressure on the nerves patients feel from thickening ligaments. The bone or tissue causing the pressure is removed with a special device.

IPMs Spinal cord stimulation Walnut Creek, CA; is a technique which has the best
results for patients with chronic one sided nerve root radiculopathy (sciatica) pain which has been resistant to other medications and therapies. For more detailed information and queries visit http://www.ipmdoctors.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cysts?
    I'm 27 and I have cysts on both of my ovaries. I'm in pain 3 weeks out of a month and my doctor tells me I need to be on birth control pills and that will stop the pain. I stop taking the pills and I'm in so much pain. It hurts to even touch my stomach and when you touch it, it burns. I can't even lay on my stomach. I need to know what should I do. My doctor is no help. He doesn't seem to understand the pain that I'm in. Is there any woman that can relate to my pain

    • ANSWER:
      Most ovarian cysts are small and benign, and don t produce any symptoms. Larger cysts may cause problems and it s important to speak to your GP if notice any of the following:

      Pain and discomfort low down in your abdomen. This may come and go, or be more lasting. Some women notice it more after sex;
      You may notice changes to your periods. They may become irregular, or be heavier or lighter than normal;
      Depending on where the cyst is and its size, it may put pressure on the bladder or bowels, making you need to go to the toilet more often;
      In rare cases, ovarian cysts can cause abnormal amounts of hormones to be produced. This can affect your periods, and speed up or change the way your breasts and body hair grow;
      If you have endometriosis (womb lining in other parts of the body) or polycystic ovarian syndrome (multiple cysts in the ovaries), you ll probably have other symptoms as well. Sometimes cysts cause more serious problems. If a cyst is growing on a stem from an ovary, the stem can become twisted. This stops the blood supply to the cyst and causes a lot of pain in the lower abdomen. It is called torsion and usually needs treatment in hospital. In other cases, the cyst may burst, causing sudden severe pain in the lower abdomen. The pain you feel depends on what the cyst contained, whether it is infected and whether there is any bleeding. This usually needs treatment in hospital as well.

      Very occasionally, an ovarian cyst is an early form of ovarian cancer. However, ovarian cysts are very common and about 95% are non cancerous.

  2. QUESTION:
    pain on ovary...cyst?
    i have a cyst on my right ovary. what can i do for the pain as of right now? im at work and it is really bothering me....

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Medicines & Treatment for Ovarian Cysts, Ovary Pain Neuralgia, Ovaritis, PCO(Without any side effects or complications of any sort) :-

      Ovarian complaints after exposure to dry, cold winds; anxiety and fear Aconite Nap 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Stage of suppuration; frequent chill; throbbing and pricking pain Hepar Sulph 30 or 200, 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Burning in ovarian region; constant urging to pass urine Cantharis 30, 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Ovarian neuralgia; intense pain causing patient to draw up double; restlessness Colocynth 30 or 200, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Stitching pain in ovaries on deep inspiration; worse from least motion; constipation and excessive thirst Bryonia 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Throbbing pain, appear and disappear suddenly; great bearing down with feeling as if everything would protrude from vulva; worse slightest jar Belladonna 30, 4 hourly

      Burning, lancinating pain as if coals were burning in the part; relieved by hot application, restlessness Arsenic Album 30 or 200, 4 hourly(3 Doses)

      Ovary swollen, specially right; stinging, burning pain;worse by coughing; loss of thirst and scanty urine Apis Mel 30 or 200, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Chronic ovaritis; lancinating pain; soreness and swelling of breast before menses; intermittent flow of urine Conium Mac 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Ovarian neuralgia, inflammation and induration; the left ovary is attacked first and then the right one. Pain relieved by a discharge from uterus. Neuralgic pain (left ovary)with tenderness; worse pressure even of the clothes Lachesis 30 or 200 6 hourly (3 Doses)

      Swelling and induration of left ovary with stony hardness; violent pain on touch; stools constipated Graphites 30 or 200, 6 hourly (3 Doses)

      Ovary swollen with a diffused agonizing soreness over whole abdomen Hamamelis Virg.Q(Mother tincture) or 30, 4 hourly

      Induration and swelling of ovary with thick, yellow, burning leucorrhoea; patient feels better after eating Iodium 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Stitching pain in the left ovary; thirst with moist mouth; sweating which do not ameliorate Mercurius Sol 30 or 200, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Ovaritis due to suppression of menses after getting feet wet; chilliness and loss of thirst; patient feels better in open cold air Pulsatilla 30 or 200, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Ovaritis due to masturbation; face shows guilt sheepish look, Staphysagria 30 or 200 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine (Cures Par Excellence)

      For more information on Homeopathic treatment of the disease and disorders of the Ovaries please check this link :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/ovary-sym...

      Homeopathy treats the patient not the disease, complete symptoms of the patient(Mental and Physical) are taken into consideration to find the appropriate remedy which is the most similar to the patients symptoms. When prescribed according to the patients symptoms Homeopathic medicine are known to work very fast and without any side effects or complications of any kind and once cured there are no relapse or comebacks 100% cure. For more either post your complete symptoms or better to consult a reputable Homeopathic Practitioner for the successful treat ment of your ailment. Giving just the name of the disease or disorder is showing someone the tip of the iceberg what lays underneath is what you have to treat and cure. And that is the key to the success of Homeopathic Medicine.

      I hope the provided information proves to be of help. Wishing you the best of health.

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  3. QUESTION:
    herbs or remedies?
    is there any herbs or remidies to help with pcos

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Medicines & Treatment for Ovarian Cysts, Ovary Pain Neuralgia, Ovaritis, PCOS(Without any side effects or complications of any sort) :-

      Ovarian complaints after exposure to dry, cold winds; anxiety and fear Aconite Nap 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Stage of suppuration; frequent chill; throbbing and pricking pain Hepar Sulph 30 or 200, 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Burning in ovarian region; constant urging to pass urine Cantharis 30, 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Ovarian neuralgia; intense pain causing patient to draw up double; restlessness Colocynth 30 or 200, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Stitching pain in ovaries on deep inspiration; worse from least motion; constipation and excessive thirst Bryonia 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Throbbing pain, appear and disappear suddenly; great bearing down with feeling as if everything would protrude from vulva; worse slightest jar Belladonna 30, 4 hourly

      Burning, lancinating pain as if coals were burning in the part; relieved by hot application, restlessness Arsenic Album 30 or 200, 4 hourly(3 Doses)

      Ovary swollen, specially right; stinging, burning pain;worse by coughing; loss of thirst and scanty urine Apis Mel 30 or 200, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Chronic ovaritis; lancinating pain; soreness and swelling of breast before menses; intermittent flow of urine Conium Mac 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Ovarian neuralgia, inflammation and induration; the left ovary is attacked first and then the right one. Pain relieved by a discharge from uterus. Neuralgic pain (left ovary)with tenderness; worse pressure even of the clothes Lachesis 30 or 200 6 hourly (3 Doses)

      Swelling and induration of left ovary with stony hardness; violent pain on touch; stools constipated Graphites 30 or 200, 6 hourly (3 Doses)

      Ovary swollen with a diffused agonizing soreness over whole abdomen Hamamelis Virg.Q(Mother tincture) or 30, 4 hourly

      Induration and swelling of ovary with thick, yellow, burning leucorrhoea; patient feels better after eating Iodium 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Stitching pain in the left ovary; thirst with moist mouth; sweating which do not ameliorate Mercurius Sol 30 or 200, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Ovaritis due to suppression of menses after getting feet wet; chilliness and loss of thirst; patient feels better in open cold air Pulsatilla 30 or 200, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Ovaritis due to masturbation; face shows guilt sheepish look, Staphysagria 30 or 200 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine (Cures Par Excellence)

      For more information on Homeopathic treatment of the disease and disorders of the Ovaries please check this link :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/ovary-sym...

      Homeopathy treats the patient not the disease, complete symptoms of the patient(Mental and Physical) are taken into consideration to find the appropriate remedy which is the most similar to the patients symptoms. When prescribed according to the patients symptoms Homeopathic medicine are known to work very fast and without any side effects or complications of any kind and once cured there are no relapse or comebacks 100% cure. For more either post your complete symptoms or better to consult a reputable Homeopathic Practitioner for the successful treat ment of your ailment. Giving just the name of the disease or disorder is showing someone the tip of the iceberg what lays underneath is what you have to treat and cure. And that is the key to the success of Homeopathic Medicine.

      I hope the provided information proves to be of help. Wishing you the best of health.

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  4. QUESTION:
    How long last the pain after the crack of ovarian cyst?
    How long last the pain after the crack of ovarian cyst? My wife feels the pain, when she touch her belly. Her cyst cracks maybe 2 days ago...
    Thank you very much.
    How long last the pain after the crack of ovarian cyst? My wife feels the pain, when she touch her belly. Her cyst cracks maybe 2 days ago...
    Thank you very much.
    She visited her doctor and doctor said, it will be OK. Nothing wrong, we only want to know, how long she will feel that pain (not serious pain) Thank you for your answers and don t worry... I love my wife :-)

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get your wife in for medical attention immediately.

      A ruptured ovarian cyst is serious and requires immediate treatment. Get her to the doctor immediately.

  5. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst explanation and treatments?
    I had an ultrasound a couple weeks ago and found I had gallstones and a complex ovarian cyst with at least one septation on my left ovary nearly the same size as the ovary, my right one is normal. I do not fully understand the words complex and septation mean in this case, I've tried looking it up but I keep reading different things and I'm confused. Is it anything to worry about? I can feel that it's there without touching it, I had really really bad bloating(for a couple of years), on and off constipation(for a couple of years), chills, and fever so I finally got my dad to take me to the doctor. I also had my period come 2 weeks late then it has been continuous. Even today I'm still on my period and it's been over 3 weeks since it started. What are normal treatments for it? I've heard some people use birth control. What is birth control like? I really do not like the idea of taking hormone pills, I quit taking depression pills because they made me feel weird (I know it is for a chemical change more or less, I'm fine now) I'm going to see a gynecologist in a week, what should I expect there? I'm over weight and my doctor mentioned PCOS, is there a way to test for that? Sorry for all the questions, but I'm just so confused and lost. Thanks in advance :)
    Also I'm 18 and NOT pregnant, I've never had sex

    • ANSWER:
      I have PCOS and it took me about 5 years to finally get a diagnosis. You don't have much to worry about, the cysts will come and go but sometimes you may have to get one drained. I was put on the pill to try and ease the pain and to control my periods (I would bleed for months without stopping) and that seemed to help. Unfortunately there is no real treatment or cure for PCOS. I never felt weird when I took the pill. As I've gotten older, my symptoms have lessened and my body has kind of regulated itself. I first showed symptoms at 16 and I'm 31 now. I had laproscopic surgery to find out what was wrong since I was doubled over in pain most of the time and that's how I found out what was wrong with me. Also I was prescribed Metformin at first to try to help me with weight loss. Metformin is a drug given to diabetics but has also been shown to help with PCOS symptoms. My body never got used to that medication and I was sick all the time and stopped taking it. Hope this helps you a little bit.

  6. QUESTION:
    right side stomach pain. HELP!?!?
    Yesterday, I got up n had a glass of ice water... all of a sudden I was having HORRIBLE stomach pains. Felt like i was being stabbed in the top part of my stomach and the left side as well, i was pretty much curled in a ball crying lol. I tried tums, alker seltzer, lemon water, pepto NOTHING was helping (i guess i should add i threw up twice). so i took some aspirin which helped the pain minimize enough so i could lay down and try to rest. After waking up the pain is still low BUT i have EXTREME soreness on the right side of my stomach (like a little above my hip). hurts to breath deep or touch. What could this be? And is this something i should be going to the ER for?!?!

    • ANSWER:
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  7. QUESTION:
    Pregnancy/ovarian cyst/endometriosis/period pain hell.?
    I was diagnosed with endometriosis 4 years ago and have had 3 laporoscopies so far. I have also had an ovarian cysts which was hell before it ruptured.
    I have been off the pill about 3 months now & not using any other form of contraception as if I did get pregnant my boyfriend and I would be quite pleased about it!
    10 days ago I got the most awful 'period pain' which makes me feel sick constantly, tends to make me sick in the mornings and evenings and is really unpleasant. I seem to be on the sofa with a hotwater bottle most of the time at the moment and even my heavy duty prescription pain killers aren't really touching the pain. The only thing is, I haven't got a period. I haven't bled at all which is most unusual as generally I bleed very heavily whenever I have a period.

    I can't get an appointment with my consultant for the endometriosis for another 3 weeks and my doctor is next to useless hence I'm on here seeing if anyone has any useful suggestions before I head down to A&E later.

    Could an ovarian cyst carry on causing pain for about 10 days? There is a small chance I could be pregnant which would cause the sickness but has anyone else ever had period pain at the start of a pregnancy? Or is it most likely to be just(!) my endometriosis grumbling?
    I'm really not sure I can face any more prodding and pocking by doctors who don't know what they are talking about & never come up with any useful suggestions :o(

    • ANSWER:
      It could very well be the endo. I get episodes like this as well. Out of nowhere I will have a week or two (or even three) of horrible horrible pain. I have Stage 4 endo and have had one surgery for it..I was diagnosed a little over a year ago. I also get cysts regularly & know they cause lots of pain too. I feel the same way as you...so much poking & prodding from doctors and not really getting any answers/relief. Right now I am on continuous birth control to get some relief for the pain. I actually still get blocks of pain but not as bad as before the BC.
      If you think it could be pregnancy, get a test right away. My husband and I have been TTC for years and hope to do more fertility treatments after some months on BC for the pain.
      This disease can be very mysterious and hard to deal with...I really hope you find some relief & answers.

  8. QUESTION:
    5cm Ovarian cyst, very painful since June ?!?
    Hi I am 33 years old and my youngest child is 6. I had sterilisation done at birth ( c-section) of youngest baby. In June this year I ended up in the ER with very bad lower left pelvic pain. I had an ultrasound which showed a 5cm ovarian cyst. They left me go home with pain medication and set up an appointment for November 2nd with a gyne! I think it's to see will the cyst disappear on it's own or have a follow up or something, they didn't really tell me at the hospital and I wAs in too much pain to ask!! Anyway since then the pain hasn't gone, it's still there every day but less severe than the day I had to go to the ER , but over the last 2 weeks the pain is increasing. I went back to my own gp who just gave me painkillers and said well take these as your gyne appointment is close enough so they will check u out fully???? As I said the pain is increasing and I can't even bare to touch my loweredt pelvic area as its so painful! Even when I'm lying in bed on my back and my husband twists in the bed beside me the movement causes me discomfort!!! Are cysts really this painful? Do thy usually go away on their own! Oh and I've missed my last 2 periods! Which is unusual for me. My gp did a pregnancy test even though I'm sterilised she said just 'incase' and that was negative of course. My gp also said my left lower pelvic area felt a little more enlarged than the right side ?? Can anyone advise me or make sense if this all??

    • ANSWER:
      I had a 5cm cyst, and it did cause some discomfort, but nowhere near the amount that you're having. Sometimes cysts can just keep growing and need to be surgically removed. My doctor had told me mine might burst and cause me a lot of pain. By the time my appointment came to see the gyno, it had disappeared with no pain at all. I am prone to cysts because of my IUD. You've waited so long for your appointment! Too long, especially when you're in so much pain, but I hope you get answers and treatment that will make you feel so much better. Good luck!

  9. QUESTION:
    wierd stomach pains...?
    my stomachs been grumbling a lot and just feels werid like stuff is moving inside....and it kinda hurts where my ovaries are if I touch them or exert force.

    • ANSWER:
      Many girls experience pain during ovulation.....or it might be an ovarian cyst......or it might be your erratic eating habits......(every time your tummy gets a good meal)....it can't remember what to do with it.....don't worry about a cyst.....they usually go away on their own....
      http://women.webmd.com/ovarian-pain-causes-diagnosis-treatments

  10. QUESTION:
    Doctor told me I have Ovarian Cyst because of my irregular period.?
    But every since I started to take the pill and went off it, I've been getting my period on time every month for 2 years now, without the help of BC pills. So does that mean my cyst are gone? Does that consider me being regular now?

    • ANSWER:
      Usually cysts go away on their own without treatment. Some cysts don't. Probably your cyst caused yur irregular period. If you are not having pain and your periods are back to normal I would say that the problem is solved. If it had been growing for 2 years, it would probably have made you aware of it by now. If you have pain, abnormal periods or tenderness when you touch your ovary areas, a kind of heavy feeling or twinges of pain that feel like you are being pinched inside, please see the dr about it again

  11. QUESTION:
    Pain in lower left abdomen? Help!
    For the past 3 months I have been having a pain in my lower left abdomen. It is not a bad pain, just a mild very mild pain, almost like cramping. At first I thought it was constipation because it started to show up when I wasn't having many bowel movements. Then, it became more constant. I thought it was an ovarian cyst because when I got my period it went away for a while. Its been coming back lately, though. Just a mild pain, not tender to the touch, and only lasts a few minutes at a time. Usually hurts every few days. Any idea what this could be? It usually starts to hurt after I eat and will last anywhere from 10-20 minutes. I have read that it could be a hernia, cyst, tumor, etc. Have you experienced anything like this?
    I plan on going to the doctor when I get time off of work to be able to do it. I was just wondering what to expect and if anyone has experienced anything like this. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I had the same experience with pain after eating. I saw a GI specialist and had a number of tests done (upper GI exam, colonoscopy etc.). I found out after 2 years of being ill that I had Crohn's disease. I've reacted well to treatment and am doing great.
      I'm not trying to scare you but you should get tests done to rule out any illness. Most of them are treatable if caught early enough. I let mine go too far to the point where I had to drop out of college and stop working. I lost soooo much weight that people thought I had an eating disorder.
      Please go see the doctor and demand to have some tests done. Simple bloodwork is not enough, I started like you and I would hate to hear of someone else going through what i did...

  12. QUESTION:
    why ther is pain in vagina and clitoris while urinating?
    i have severe pain in the. vaginal and clitoris area during urinating.during since i am not able to reach my climax my boy friend insert his finger inside the vagina.will ther be any cut due to sex . whether the pain is due to that?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      When a woman feels pain while having sexual intercourse, it is called dyspareunia. Painful sex is fairly common. Nearly two out of three women have it at some time during their lives. The pain can range from very mild to severe.

      Painful sex can have both physical and emotional causes. To understand why the pain occurs, you should know what happens to your body during sex.

      A woman's body follows a regular pattern when she has sex. There are four stages:

      Desire The feeling that you want to have sex.
      Arousal Physical changes take place. Your vagina and vulva get moist and the muscles of the opening of the vagina relax. The clitoris swells and enlarges. The uterus lifts up, and the vagina gets deeper and wider.
      Orgasm The peak of the response. The muscles of the vagina and uterus contract and create a strong feeling of pleasure. The clitoris can feel orgasm, too.
      Resolution The vagina, clitoris and uterus return to their normal state.

      Types of Pain and solutions for that

      During sex a woman may feel pain in the vulva, at the opening of the vagina, within the vagina, or deep inside. Vulvar pain is pain felt on the surface (outside) of the vagina. Vaginal pain is felt within the vagina. Deep pain can occur in the lower back, pelvic region, uterus and bladder.
      Vulvar Pain
      Pain can occur when some part of the vulva is touched. The vulva may be tender or irritated from using soaps or over-the-counter vaginal sprays or douches. Other causes include scars, cysts or infections.

      Vaginal Pain
      Vaginal dryness. The most common cause of pain inside the vagina is lack of moisture. This can occur with certain medications, with certain medical conditions, or because you are not aroused. It can occur at certain times of your life such as during or just after pregnancy, while breastfeeding, or near or after menopause.

      Vaginitis. Another cause of vaginal pain is vaginitis an inflammation of the vagina. The most common symptoms of vaginitis are discharge, itching and burning of the vagina and vulva. Vaginitis has many possible causes, such as yeast or bacterial infection.

      Vaginismus. Vaginismus is a spasm of the muscles at the opening of the vagina. It causes pain when your partner tries to enter the vagina. In some cases, vaginismus is present the first time a woman has or tries to have sex. The pain also may occur during a pelvic exam.

      Vaginismus also can be a response to a fear of some kind, such as being afraid of getting pregnant.

      Deep Pain
      Pain that starts deep inside may be a warning sign of an internal problem. Pain that happens when the penis touches the cervix can have many causes:

      Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
      Problems with the uterus
      Endometriosis
      A pelvic mass
      Bowel or bladder disease
      Scar tissue (adhesions)
      Ovarian cysts

      Emotions Play a Role
      Pain during sex sometimes can be linked to a state of mind. Emotional factors, like memories or fears, can keep you from relaxing. Some women may feel guilty having sex. Or, some women may be afraid of getting pregnant or getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Sometimes, a past bad sexual experience, such as rape or sexual abuse, may be the cause. All these factors may make it hard to relax during sex. This prevents arousal and lubrication.
      Finally
      Pain during sex is a sign there may be a problem. Talk to your doctor about the pain so that the cause can be found and treated as soon as possible. Proper treatment can help you enjoy your sex life.

  13. QUESTION:
    Appendicitis or Ovarian Cysts? No hospital unless it's appendicitis but how to tell?
    Is it possible for one to have both ovarian cysts and appendicitis? Also if pain in the appendix area has been felt over the course of a couple weeks wouldn't it be impossible for it to go as long as two weeks before it becomes inflammed and needing to be removed. Over this last few months I had one night where I thought it was my appendix but the symptoms went away. I noticed symptoms again about two weeks ago on and off.

    Will an ultrasound show abmormalities on the appendix if it has a good chance of becoming inflammed or rupturing?

    If a gynecologist prescribes an ultrasound to check for ovarian cysts can the same one be used to check the appendix or does the patient have to see a different type of doctor such as gastroenterologist to find out about the appendix?

    I know that no treatment or surgery is done for ovarian cysts but is for appendicitis so I'm trying to find out if it's worth seeing two different types of doctors or just go to one and hope that the appendix is still o.k. even if ovarian cysts are present.
    I was diagnosed with ovarian cysts about five years after hysterectomy even though I didn't have symptoms & doctor ordered kept an eye on the cysts with updated ultrasounds with the last ultrasound about three years ago. The cysts got small enough and I didn't need further ultrasounds.
    One doctor I didn't like or agree with said to get my ovaries removed because of the history of cysts and he wouldn't help me with why I went in there (complication from hysterectomy) and Ithink he was just trying to get more money (the wait was over 3 hours in his office).3 other doctors agreed to not take out my ovaries including my surgeon if it wasn't cancerous as it could prevent me from going into surgical menopause. I wish there was a procedure to remove take out the cysts without removing the ovaries.

    • ANSWER:
      Ok.
      The only sure way to tell if it is an appendix that needs to come out is visualization during surgery. You cannot confirm it 100% by ultrasound, though it can sometimes be conclusively diagnosed with CT scan or ultrasound. Appendicitis can come and go over the course of several months, and can even resolve, though not usually. Typical symptoms include pain in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen. The pain usually worsens with movement, especially jarring movement, such as going over a bump while riding in the car. It is sometimes accompianied by nausea and vomiting. If the appendix ruptures, you may feel better briefly, but then feel worse again. This can cause more complications than if it had not ruptured.

      Call your local emergency department or emergency medical service (such as 911) if:
      Your pain is severe, sudden and sharp
      You have a fever along with your pain
      You are vomiting blood or have bloody diarrhea
      You have a rigid, hard abdomen that is tender to touch
      You are unable to pass stool, especially if you are also vomiting
      You have chest, neck, or shoulder pain
      You are dizzy or light-headed

      Usually ovarian cysts do not produce symptoms and are found during a routine physical exam or are seen by chance on an ultrasound performed for other reasons. However, the following symptoms may be present:
      Lower abdominal or pelvic pain, which may start and stop and may be severe, sudden, and sharp
      Irregular menstrual periods
      Feeling of lower abdominal or pelvic pressure or fullness
      Long-term pelvic pain during menstrual period that may also be felt in the lower back
      Pelvic pain after strenuous exercise or sexual intercourse
      Pain or pressure with urination or bowel movements
      Nausea and vomiting
      Vaginal pain or spots of blood from vagina

      Some cysts do require surgery. Some require no treatment, some can be managed with observation and medications.

      You do not need to see two different doctors, and especially not a gastroenterologist. Your gyn can check you for both, as can your family doctor/internist. I would see one or the other and describe your symptoms. Good luck!

  14. QUESTION:
    Can a simple ovarian cyst turn into a complex ovarian cyst almost 3x the size within a matter of 2 months?
    I went to a new gynecologist in December 08 due to about 5 months of continual symptoms dealing with the pelvic area pain and nausea. I told the doctor that i believed i had a cyst. The sonogram he requested for me revealed a 2x4cm SIMPLE cyst. He did not tell me cause did not think it was important to tell me being it was "only" a simple cyst. I happened to find out while i was reading the report myself. This gynecologist did tell me i had gallstones and i should get in touch with my primary care doctor, which the report also revealed. All the doctors i saw and no one attributed the symptoms to anything but possibly and most likely the gallstones. I had the surgery a month later to take the Gallstones out because i was advised that it would more than likely relieve me of my nausea and pain. 3 weeks after this easy surgery i was vomiting nonstop and back in the hospital in pain, severe nausea and severely dehydrated. They released me after the moment they got the new sonogram report stating i now had a 8x5.6cm COMPLEX ovarian mass on my ovary. I was referred to immediately consult a gynecologist/oncologist. I was told by the oncologist that it needs to be removed and they will not know if it is cancer until they get to it. He was surprised the General surgeon did not see the mass while having the surgery. Then he said that the General surgeon said there was too much scarring in the pelvic area to see it, because of a past surgery. I have all the symptoms that say ovarian cancer. Is it possible that this cyst changed so drastically in such a short time? Is it also possible that the Gall bladder surgery put more stress on my immune system and possibly made it grow more rapidly? Especially if it IS cancer? Or is there a mistake done in the first ultrasound that did not find the solid features of the cyst? And why would a gynecologist think that they can decide what is important to tell me and what isn't? How could he think that it would be unimportant to tell me i had a cyst? By the way that previous surgery was due to a radical hysterectomy from cervical cancer 12 years ago. The ovaries were left in. With so many symptoms that reflect ovarian cancer at this point what are the chances that it is not cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Most ovarian cancers happen in women over the age of 50 - the risk increases for older women (BBC News)
      About 25% of ovarian cancer deaths occur in women between 35 and 54 years of age. By the time ovarian cancer is diagnosed, it has usually spread beyond the ovaries. There are often no symptoms until late in the disease process. More than half of women who get ovarian cancer are diagnosed in the advanced stages of the disease. As with most cancers, the earlier the diagnosis is made, the better the chance for survival. (MedlinePlus)
      Ovarian cancer is often fatal because it is usually advanced when diagnosed. Symptoms are usually absent in early stage and nonspecific in advanced stage. Evaluation usually includes ultrasonography, CT or MRI, and measurement of tumor markers (eg, cancer antigen 125). Diagnosis is by histologic analysis. Staging is surgical. Treatment requires hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, excision of as much involved tissue as possible, and, unless cancer is localized, chemotherapy.(Merck)
      CA-125 test may be done to rule out the possibility of ovarian cancer.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CA-125
      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007217.htm
      Please note that I am not a medical professional. My answer contains basic information only. If you are concerned about your health, you should consult your doctor.

  15. QUESTION:
    period pain or appendicitis?
    I started my period about 4 months ago and for a couple of days I've had lower right abdominal pain. It hurts when i press it but I haven't had period pain before so I don't know what it feels like. I've also had a mild fever for a couple of days, along with constipation, both symptoms of appendicitis.

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Henry Eveson, Pain in the lower right side of the abdomen can B due 2 several diff conditions, which is why I recommend scheduling an appt. with UR DR.. Right lower quadrant pain (RLQ) pain can B caused by an inflamed appendix also known as appendicitis. Appendicitis usually also causes fever, loss of appetite, nausea,& abdominal pain in that area. Pt. of the colon is in that area.Some patients with Crohn's disease report right lower quadrant pain. This condition is also associated with diarrhea & sometimes weight loss.Other possible causes 4 female.U have an ovary there.Ovarian cysts can cause pain in that area that can last 4 days.schedule DR apt. H/she will ask U a series of Q's]s about UR pain that will help narrow down the possible causes. After that,U will get an abdominal exam which might help the DR. tell whether or not it is something potentially serious. If it's potentially serious, then U might need to have a CT scan of the abdomen to look for the cause. Alternatively,U might need 2 have a pelvic ultrasound 2 look for an ovarian cause of the symptoms. Appendicitis is the inflammation of the appendix, caused when that area of the intestines is blocked. A person diagnosed with appendicitis will require an appendectomy, or a surgery to remove the appendix. Appendicitis is considered a medical emergency, so it's imp. 2 know how 2 recognize the signs & get help. Pain associated with appendicitis generally starts around the navel & moves 2 the lower-right abdomen, just above your hip bone.Press on UR abdomen. If it's 2 painful 4U 2 even touch, especially in the lower right portion, consider calling UR DR.any firmness.When U press on UR stomach, is UR finger able 2 sink in2 the organ a bit? Or does UR abdomen feel unusually firm & hard? If U notice the latter, U might B bloated, which is another symptom of appendicitis.stand up straight & walk. If U can't do this without severe pain, U might have appendicitis. Additionally, U might find that you can ease the pain by lying on UR side & curling into the fetal position.Watch for a "path" of pain. The sharp pain might move from UR navel 2 the area directly over UR appendix called McBurney's Point 12 to 24 hrs. after U start experiencing symptoms. If you've noticed a distinct progression like this, see a DR.other symptoms of appendicitis. Not every1 experiences all of these symptoms. But if U find URself with several of them, it's time 2go 2 the hospital. If UR temp. is at or over 103 F (40 C), go 2 a hospital immediately. If it's at 102 F (38 C) but UR experiencing several other symptoms, go 2 the hospital a sap. chills, If UR constipation is paired with frequent vomiting, this strongly indicates appendicitis. Diarrhea. Nausea Vomiting Shaking Back painTenesmus the feeling that a bowel movement will relieve discomfort. If UR still not sure U have appendicitis, try "watchful waiting" 4 a few hrs. while U keep an eye on UR symptoms. Unless you have a high fever in that case, U should B on UR way 2 a hospital right now. While UR waiting, here's what 2 avoid: Don't take laxatives or pain medication. Laxatives might irritate UR intestines further, & pain meds can make it harder 4U2 monitor any spikes in abdominal pain.Don't take antacids.They can worsen pain associated with appendicitis.Don't eat foods that might irritate UR stomach.Stick 2 the same diet you'd eat while recovering from the flu, Bananas, Rice, Applesauce,toast If U feel reasonably certain U have appendicitis, Go 2 hospital, as a p. Appendicitis is potentially life-threatening if the appendix bursts without treatment. When U go to ER, explain UR symptoms 2 the triage nurse & tell he/she that U suspect appendicitis. You'll then be ranked on a list of patients who need care according to the immediacy of their injuries.That means if some1 comes in2 the ER with a head injury,U might have 2 wait a little bit.in the hospital, UR a lot safer than UR home even if UR appendix bursts in the waiting room, they'll be able 2 get you in2 surgery quickly.Try 2B patient & take UR mind off the pain.your symptoms. tell them any digestive abnormalities such as constipation or vomiting,& try to tell the DR when U 1st noticed the pain.doctor will press on UR lower abdomen, hard. H/she is checking UR peritonitis, or the infection that results from a burst appendix. If U do have peritonitis UR abdominal muscles will spasm when pressed. DR might also perform a quick rectal exam.abdominal CT scan or ultrasound 2 confirm appendicitis B4 surgery. Appendectomies R minimally invasive, &U should B able 2 return to normal life with few 2 no complications.Don't ever delay getting medical attention if U suspect appendicitis. A ruptured appendix can B fatal. If you go to the emergency room & sent home without treatment

  16. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cysts....What is the proper course of action for one of these?
    I went to the E.R. the other day because I was in so much pain I could not stand up. After several tests, the doctor performed a pelvic exam. He concluded by touch that I have a possible cyst on my left ovary, but that I should just take ibuprofen. He says that it will go away on his own. Is this true? Should I worry? Cancer is a big killer in my family, especially ovarian and cecarian cancer. Should I really just take ibuprofen and hope it goes away? I don't know what to do, and this is something that worries me, since my mother in law had one that exploded on her when she younger. She's fine now, but it caused intense pain when it did explode. Need reassurance people!!! And good advice!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Typically, ovarian cysts are functional (not disease or cancer related) and occur as a normal process of ovulation. During the days before ovulation, a follicle grows. But at the time of expected ovulation, the follicle fails to break open and release an egg, as it is supposed to. Instead, the fluid within the follicle remains and forms a cyst.

      Functional, or physiological, ovarian cysts usually disappear within 8-12 weeks without treatment. They are relatively common, and are more common during a woman's childbearing years (puberty to menopause). Ovarian cysts are rare after menopause.

      Functional ovarian cysts are not the same as ovarian tumors (including ovarian cancer) or cysts due to hormone-related conditions such as polycystic ovarian disease. Some non-functional ovarian cysts must be treated to go away.

      An ovarian cyst can cause pain if it pushes on nearby structures, ruptures or bleeds. Pain may also occur if the cyst is twisted or causes twisting (torsion) of the fallopian tube.

      Symptoms of ovarian cysts can include:

      * Pelvic pain - constant, dull aching
      * Pain with intercourse or pelvic pain during movement
      * Pain during bowel movements
      * Pelvic pain shortly after beginning or ending a menstrual period
      * Abnormal uterine bleeding (change from normal menstrual pattern)
      * Longer than usual menstrual cycle
      * Shorter than usual menstrual cycle
      * Absent menstruation
      * Irregular menstruation
      * Abdominal bloating or swelling

      Often no symptoms are noted and ovarian cysts are found only be routine examinations. Usually birth control pills may be prescribed to help establish normal cycles and decrease the development of functional ovarian cysts.

      Simple ovarian cysts that are larger than 5-10 centimetres and complex ovarian cysts that persist should and will usually be surgically removed via laparoscopy (minimal invasive surgery).

      I would recommend that if you are stil having a lot of pain that you go back to your doctor for further evaluation and insist that they perform an ultrasound because even though your doctor (or the doctor at the ER) performed a pelvic, that doesn't show them what type of cyst they are dealing with, how big it is etc. I really recommend you consult with your own doctor or a gynaecologist about this and ask them to answer any questions or concerns you may have. When ovarian cysts rupture, they do indeed cause intense and severe pain, I have had many cysts rupture before.

      I have suffered from many bilateral ovarian cysts over the past 10 years and have surgery 2 times to have them removed (it wasn't anything too serious).

      I hope this helps to answer your question. Good luck :)

  17. QUESTION:
    Should I get a second opinion on Ovarian cysts?
    I went to the hospital yesterday and got told I had an ovarian cyst. The doctor who saw me came in, diagnosed me and left in 1 minute. He gave me some painkillers and said that it was going away even though all he did was touch and press on the area that hurt then he stormed out of the rom and said to the nurses I'm leaving now. It was almost as if he didn't want to see me, and even my parents noticed the same thing. The painkillers havent helped at all, and I was wondering if I should go to another A&E to see if I can get another doctors diagnosis and get one that spends more than one minute on me?

    • ANSWER:
      Your health is detrimental. when you pay and seek for a trusted health professional, you expect a proper diagnosis and a solution to the problem. If you ever leave a hospital or clinic second guessing, feeling discontent and unsatisfied, you have the right to seek a second opinion. You should never feel obligated settling for less and after all, they are at your mercy and you are paying money out of your pocket to receive proper treatment.

      Pain killers or over the counter ibuprofen are only a temporary solution to eliminate pain, it is not a permanent solution to deplete the tumor or a complete proper diagnosis.

      If you find a clinic that corresponds to your needs, just be cautious if the one you choose coincides to your health care provider, as some clinics favor a more popular health care network over others. If you are unsure as to begin where to search for a second opinion, you can ask your primary care doctor for obgyn reference. OR, you can do research on this site, http://www.ratemds.com/ which narrows down the top rated doctors around your area and provides helpful feed backs and or experience from patients.

  18. QUESTION:
    5cm Ovarian Cyst very painful since June?!?
    Hi I am 33 years old and my youngest child is 6. I had sterilisation done at birth ( c-section) of youngest baby. In June this year I ended up in the ER with very bad lower left pelvic pain. I had an ultrasound which showed a 5cm ovarian cyst. They left me go home with pain medication and set up an appointment for November 2nd with a gyne! I think it's to see will the cyst disappear on it's own or have a follow up or something, they didn't really tell me at the hospital and I wAs in too much pain to ask!! Anyway since then the pain hasn't gone, it's still there every day but less severe than the day I had to go to the ER , but over the last 2 weeks the pain is increasing. I went back to my own gp who just gave me painkillers and said well take these as your gyne appointment is close enough so they will check u out fully???? As I said the pain is increasing and I can't even bare to touch my loweredt pelvic area as its so painful! Even when I'm lying in bed on my back and my husband twists in the bed beside me the movement causes me discomfort!!! Are cysts really this painful? Do they usually go away on their own! Oh and I've missed my last 2 periods! Which is unusual for me. My gp did a pregnancy test even though I'm sterilised she said just 'incase' and that was negative of course. My gp also said my left lower pelvic area felt a little more enlarged than the right side ?? Can anyone advise me or make sense if this all??

    • ANSWER:
      A gynaeclogist opinion is mandatory, as some are self resolving or get infected, complicated like polycystic ovaries etc. Since the history is long your gyne is the best judge.

      This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always consult your health care professional for complete information/treatment..

  19. QUESTION:
    Abdominal pain (below bellybutton) - should I be worried?
    Don't know if anyone can shed light on what this could be, but since about midday I've had pain in my lower abdomen which has been getting steadily worse. It's not agony, but it's making me feel a bit sick and the area is quite hard and tender to touch. I had it about 2 weeks ago while I was on my period but thought it was just period pain being a bit unprediactable, but now it's come back I'm not so sure. It kind of makes me want to hunch over - standing and sitting up in a chair make it worse. It's a sort of sharp ache, if that makes sense, and gets worse with big or sudden movements like standing up.

    I'm asking on here first because I'm living away from home at the moment and am not registered with a doctor, AND am in rehearsal for a play full-time, so if anyone's got any thoughts as to what it could be or any remedies, traditional or homeopathic, I'm open to suggestions! Obviously if it rings true of anything nasty (google searches have suggested possible endometriosis?) then of course I will try to get checked out, but it's too late tonight so figured I might as well see if anyone has an inkling.

    Other details...
    1) My friend said the symptoms are very similar to when she had an ectopic pregnancy but I haven't had sex for over a month, have had periods as normal and haven't put on weight, so that seems pretty unlikely.
    2) My diet over the last week hasn't been too great but it hasn't been junk food either, just not much in the way of fibre.
    3) An STD is not impossible but unlikely - I've only had one partner and he said he was clear (and I am 100% sure he wouldn't lie if he knew differently)
    4) Passing water doesn't hurt at all - the other kind did a bit. I don't have diarrhoea or constipation though.
    5) I don't have a headache or temperature
    6) I am a bit sleep deprived at the moment due to there being a mouse loose in my bedroom and being woken up in the wee small hours!
    7) I have no history or family history of endometriosis, PCS, ectopic pregnancy, or any conditions that I know of.

    Any suggestions gratefully welcomed!

    • ANSWER:
      What part of your lower abdomen? It could be gas, ovarian cysts, and a bunch of other serious or not serious conditions. You should get yourself to a doctor right away, don't rule of the possibility of something serious that should be checked as early as possible. Your health is a lot more important than a play.

      Edit: Your description reminds me of ovarian cysts (which I have). Either way, whether or not it is that, you should be checked by a professional to see if it is serious or not, and if need be, treatment options.

  20. QUESTION:
    What is Polycistic overian disease? What are its remedy?

    • ANSWER:
      Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that affects an estimated seven percent of all women. It is the most common hormonal disorder among women. According to experts, the actual number of women affected by PCOS may be as high as one out of ten simply because so many cases remain undiagnosed. Why are so many cases of polycystic ovarian syndrome undiagnosed? Because the symptoms can vary from woman to woman it is often difficult to accurately diagnose polycystic ovarian syndrome. Its symptoms are often heartbreaking both emotionally and physically.
      Most women have never even heard of PCOS, yet it causes a wide variety of symptoms that often affect female reproductive health in ways that can be truly devastating. Although PCOS often affects the reproductive system, it's important to understand that it is an endocrine system disorder. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is often the cause significant long-term health consequences making a quick and accurate diagnosis, followed by proper treatment urgent.

      PCOS is characterized by enlarged ovaries that contain numerous small and painless cysts. Symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome include:

      Infertility

      Irregular or absent periods

      Excess hair growth on the face and/or body

      Male-pattern hair thinning

      Acne

      Obesity

      For more information visit http://womenshealth.about.com/cs/pcos/a/whatispcos.htm
      ______________________________________

      Homeopathic Medicines & Treatment for Ovarian Cysts, Ovary Pain Neuralgia, Ovaritis, PCO (Without any side effects or complications of any sort) :-

      Ovarian complaints after exposure to dry, cold winds; anxiety and fear Aconite Nap 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Stage of suppuration; frequent chill; throbbing and pricking pain Hepar Sulph 30 or 200, 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Burning in ovarian region; constant urging to pass urine Cantharis 30, 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Ovarian neuralgia; intense pain causing patient to draw up double; restlessness Colocynth 30 or 200, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Stitching pain in ovaries on deep inspiration; worse from least motion; constipation and excessive thirst Bryonia 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Throbbing pain, appear and disappear suddenly; great bearing down with feeling as if everything would protrude from vulva; worse slightest jar Belladonna 30, 4 hourly

      Burning, lancinating pain as if coals were burning in the part; relieved by hot application, restlessness Arsenic Album 30 or 200, 4 hourly(3 Doses)

      Ovary swollen, specially right; stinging, burning pain;worse by coughing; loss of thirst and scanty urine Apis Mel 30 or 200, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Chronic ovaritis; lancinating pain; soreness and swelling of breast before menses; intermittent flow of urine Conium Mac 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Ovarian neuralgia, inflammation and induration; the left ovary is attacked first and then the right one. Pain relieved by a discharge from uterus. Neuralgic pain (left ovary)with tenderness; worse pressure even of the clothes Lachesis 30 or 200 6 hourly (3 Doses)

      Swelling and induration of left ovary with stony hardness; violent pain on touch; stools constipated Graphites 30 or 200, 6 hourly (3 Doses)

      Ovary swollen with a diffused agonizing soreness over whole abdomen Hamamelis Virg.Q(Mother tincture) or 30, 4 hourly

      Induration and swelling of ovary with thick, yellow, burning leucorrhoea; patient feels better after eating Iodium 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Stitching pain in the left ovary; thirst with moist mouth; sweating which do not ameliorate Mercurius Sol 30 or 200, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Ovaritis due to suppression of menses after getting feet wet; chilliness and loss of thirst; patient feels better in open cold air Pulsatilla 30 or 200, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Ovaritis due to masturbation; face shows guilt sheepish look, Staphysagria 30 or 200 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine (Cures Par Excellence)

      For more information on Homeopathic treatment of the disease and disorders of the Ovaries please check this link :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/ovary-sym...

      Homeopathy treats the patient not the disease, complete symptoms of the patient(Mental and Physical) are taken into consideration to find the appropriate remedy which is the most similar to the patients symptoms. When prescribed according to the patients symptoms Homeopathic medicine are known to work very fast and without any side effects or complications of any kind and once cured there are no relapse or comebacks 100% cure. For more either post your complete symptoms or better to consult a reputable Homeopathic Practitioner for the successful treat ment of your ailment. Giving just the name of the disease or disorder is showing someone the tip of the iceberg what lays underneath is what you have to treat and cure. And that is the key to the success of Homeopathic Medicine.

      I hope the provided information proves to be of help. Wishing you the best of health.

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  21. QUESTION:
    We have been trying to conceive, and lately when we have sex, I have been hurting?
    It is the left side that hurts while we are having sex and after. I have heard that as soon as you conceive your uterus swells some. I was wondering if it is possible for me to be pregnant, and all the activity of sex is making me hurt. Anyone know what this could be? It has done it the past two times.

    • ANSWER:
      When a woman feels pain while having sexual intercourse, it is called dyspareunia. Painful sex is fairly common. Nearly two out of three women have it at some time during their lives. The pain can range from very mild to severe.

      Painful sex can have both physical and emotional causes. To understand why the pain occurs, you should know what happens to your body during sex.

      A woman's body follows a regular pattern when she has sex. There are four stages:

      Desire The feeling that you want to have sex.
      Arousal Physical changes take place. Your vagina and vulva get moist and the muscles of the opening of the vagina relax. The clitoris swells and enlarges. The uterus lifts up, and the vagina gets deeper and wider.
      Orgasm The peak of the response. The muscles of the vagina and uterus contract and create a strong feeling of pleasure. The clitoris can feel orgasm, too.
      Resolution The vagina, clitoris and uterus return to their normal state.

      During sex a woman may feel pain in the vulva, at the opening of the vagina, within the vagina, or deep inside. Vulvar pain is pain felt on the surface (outside) of the vagina. Vaginal pain is felt within the vagina. Deep pain can occur in the lower back, pelvic region, uterus and bladder.

      Pain that starts deep inside may be a warning sign of an internal problem. Pain that happens when the penis touches the cervix can have many causes:

      Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
      Problems with the uterus
      Endometriosis
      A pelvic mass
      Bowel or bladder disease
      Scar tissue (adhesions)
      Ovarian cysts

      Pain during sex sometimes can be linked to a state of mind. Emotional factors, like memories or fears, can keep you from relaxing. Some women may feel guilty having sex. Or, some women may be afraid of getting pregnant or getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Sometimes, a past bad sexual experience, such as rape or sexual abuse, may be the cause. All these factors may make it hard to relax during sex. This prevents arousal and lubrication.

      Pain during sex is a sign there may be a problem. Talk to your doctor about the pain so that the cause can be found and treated as soon as possible. Proper treatment can help you enjoy your sex life.
      I'm not saying something is wrong with you, as stated above some woman go through a time when they get pains from intercourse and it's nothing to worry about but to be on the safe side i would be a good idea for you too see a doctor about this and in the mean time take a pregnancy test..
      Good luck!

  22. QUESTION:
    Don't why I can't get pregnant?
    I've been trying to get pregnant and i just can't. I've been having intercourse almost every day,especially during my ovulation. I have irregular periods, Sometimes short (less than 21 days) or long (greater than 34 days) periods. I have high motabilism. I have no problem having sex or no pain during and after sex. But every time we finished, his semen comes out, even tho we tried putting my legs up for a while. I have discharge but I think its normal. I have this small ball like or feels like on both my bikini line and some odd times my left lower abdomen hurts, but not all the time. It just come out of no where. I been trying for almost a year now. I'm 88lbs and 18 year old. I'm young but I just wanna know why i can't get pregnant.

    • ANSWER:
      ok dear,just RELAX AND DON'T STRESS YOURSELF,YOU R FINE.(PLEASE READ MY FULL ANSWER EVEN IF YOU DON'T CHOOSE IT AS BEST)

      you are under weight and need to gain some weight as that will make you healthier in general.But,the problem you are facing is more common than you think.your ovary seems to have developed CYSTS on both sides(it is perfectly curable,so don't worry:-))
      Ovarian cysts are fluid filled sacs that can form within or on the surface of the ovary. Small cysts, quite often form and develop on the female ovaries as a normal part of the menstrual cycle. Usually, they go away on their own, unnoticed without symptom and do not cause harm to the woman. These cysts are most often diagnosed during routine genealogical exams. The attending physician may discuss treatment options to avoid or prevent larger, more painful cysts from forming down the road. If complications arise (symptoms such as abdominal pain and extreme discomfort) always seek professional help(you should too,even though the pain/discomfort you are facing is only occasional).

      Often swelling and pain occurs in the lower abdomen which can be felt externally. By applying a small amount of pressure with the hands around the general region of the ovary experiencing distress. This analysis is usually the doctors first course of action in diagnosing this condition. The protrusion will usually feel like a SMALL LUMP OR BALL UNDERNEATH THE SKIN IN THE MIDDLE/LOWER ABDOMINAL REGION(as in your case). Based on the patients reaction to the doctors touch, the physician can better determine the cause of the discomfort.
      ( To put your mind at rest, the majority of cysts on ovaries are benign (non-cancerous)and since you are only 18,yours is DEFINITELY benign.)

      SYMPTOMS OF OVARIAN CYSTS:-(NOTE that you have some of the symptoms of lower abdominal pain and irregular menstruation)
      *Pain in the pelvic area(lower abdomen)
      *Severe sudden pain is a symptom of ruptured ovarian cysts
      *A sensation of pressure or fullness in the lower abdomen or pelvis
      *irregular or absent menstrual periods
      *Pelvic pain during menstrual periods
      *Pain in the pelvic area after exercise
      *Pelvic pain following sexual intercourse
      *Vaginal spotting or pain
      *Pressure or pain when urinating or having a bowel movement
      *Nausea and vomiting
      *Breast tenderness
      *Weight gain
      *Aches in the thighs and lower back
      *difficulty in conceiving

      Ovarian cysts often affect fertility as they they interfere with normal ovulation or represent a mechanical obstacle for the fertilization process.this is only TEMPORARY and once they are cured a woman can easily become pregnant.

      PLEASE,visit your gynecologist as soon as possible,since she will confirm the problem and will prescribe medication,which will soon rid you of your problems and you will be able to conceive in no time at all...:-D
      (some of my cousins had had the very symptoms and problems you are facing now.they all got treatment and now have kids of their own)

      HOPE I HELPED....TAKE CARE AND GOD BLESS YOU.

  23. QUESTION:
    Ladies, do you ever feel like one of your ovaries is sore?
    It's very odd..buy it feels like my right ovary is sore and has been for several days. It's just a dull pain that feels like where my ovary would be. I didn't have an injury. Has this happened to anyone else?

    • ANSWER:
      An ovarian cyst is one possibility, typically they do not need treatment and resolve on their own but it isn't a bad idea to check in with your ob/gyn especially if they happen often. If your ob/gyn is really good at what they do they can tell you just by touch if you have a cyst. Typically they will recommend an ultrasound just to make sure its nothing more serious or the cyst isn't causing problems.
      Another possibility is that you are ovulating. Some women sometimes get pain when their egg is being released. If the pain is occurring during the middle of your menstrual cycle thats a definite possibility. If thats the case its nothing to worry about.
      It may also not be your ovaries. Dull pain on the right side of your lower abdomen may be related to your mesenteric lymph nodes, or your appendix. If the pain becomes severe and you have a fever over 101 and/or vomiting I'd recommend going straight to the ER because that isn't a cyst. Cysts do rupture sometimes and cause pain, but should not cause fever or vomiting.

  24. QUESTION:
    When having intercourse....?
    it hurts so much that i cant bare with the pain like it hurts deep inside like if i have something there not when the penis is entering nor am i dry i've been to doctors and they tell me everything is okay they dont know what the problem is but today i had a headache and my boyfriend gave me vicodin ( only thing he had) and wow i didnt feeelll no pain what so ever (only good pain lol) i've been searching online to see what i could have but no answers .....im going to another doc next monday hopefully he has the answer i wonder if it would help by me tellin him the pain was gone when i took that pill omgg thank good for that lol this is more like a statement but i would like some opinions
    I don't usually have cramps during my period but i do feel bloated and the urge to pee a lot and i also have a pain on my upper abdominal on the left side i did an ultrasound and nothing showed up

    • ANSWER:
      Painful sexual intercourse, called dyspareunia in medical terminology ; is a common complaint among women seeking gynecological care. Many women report occasional pain with intercourse, but some women have pain with every episode of sexual relations. Although it may take a few visits to a gynecologist or other health care provider experienced in women's health, the cause of dyspareunia can usually be identified and treated.

      There are three main types of painful intercourse. Perhaps the least common is pain that occurs only after intercourse or orgasm. This can be due to uterine contractions from orgasm. Women with this problem may get relief by taking medications like ibuprofen before intercourse, which can block pain from uterine contractions.

      Another source of this type of pain is an allergy to semen, which is actually quite uncommon. After her partner ejaculates there can be an intense burning sensation and redness around the vagina and vulva (the outer "lips" of the vagina). There have actually been a few reported cases of women going into shock after sexual intercourse due to an allergy to semen.

      A third cause of pain after intercourse is a vaginal infection, such as a yeast infection, which can cause a burning sensation within the vagina due to irritation.

      Pain immediately upon penetration or touching the outer lips of the vagina can be caused by a variety of medical problems. For example, herpes infections cause blisters which are very tender to the touch. A scrape or small cut at the entrance to the vagina can create pain.

      Some women have a hymen that does not completely resolve after their first few attempts at intercourse, which can cause an intensely painful sensation upon penetration. Some infections, such as yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis, create irritation of the vulvar or vaginal tissue, leading to immediate pain with sex.

      And, dermatological conditions such as squamous hyperplasia or lichen sclerosus may cause damage to the vulvar skin, making it tender to the touch. Inadequate lubrication may also cause pain. The diagnosis of these conditions requires a thorough gynecologic exam, and, in a few cases, a small biopsy of the skin using local anesthesia in the office.

      Another problem that can cause entry pain is vaginismus, where the vaginal muscles contract involuntarily, making penetration extremely painful or impossible. This may be due to a subconscious response to prior pain, where the body tries to protect itself from pain by "closing off" the vagina, or may be due to psychological pain, in women who have an abuse history or who are fearful of sexual activity. As with any condition with a potential psychological component; anxiety might be a cause.

      Treatment for these conditions is antibiotics for infection, steroid creams for the dermatological problems, a vaginal dilator or minor surgery for a partially intact hymen, and counseling and vaginal dilators for vaginismus. Lack of lubrication can be treated with water-based lubricants (NOT Vaseline, which may be harmful to vaginal tissues).

      Probably the most common type of pain with intercourse is "deep thrust" dyspareunia, where deep penile penetration causes pain. This is common during passionate sexual relations, and can come and go depending on the position used during intercourse. Many conditions can cause this type of pain, including a prolapsed uterus (where the cervix and uterus are "falling out" of the vagina due to relaxation of the tissues that hold them up within the vagina), a "fallen bladder" due to childbirth, scar tissue around the uterus or ovaries (called adhesions), an ovarian cyst (although this is an uncommon cause of such pain), large uterine fibroids (non-cancerous tumors of the uterus), and endometriosis, a condition where tiny implants of blood from the uterus stick to the female organs and cause pain. or a retroverted uterus.

      Many women suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, and intercourse can cause the uterus to hit the intestines, causing pain. Medical studies have shown that many women with this condition are reluctant to engage in sexual relations due to fear of pain or accidental release of gas or feces during intercourse.

      Some of these causes of deep-thrust dyspareunia are difficult to diagnose, and may require multiple exams and even outpatient laparoscopic surgery.

      Laparoscopy, sometimes called "belly button surgery" is an outpatient surgery where a lighted tube is inserted into the belly button to directly view the internal pelvic (female) organs to diagnose and treat problems.

      In summary, a number of conditions can cause painful intercourse. Contrary to popular belief, psychological causes are very unusual, and medical causes are usually the culprit.

      Therefore, women experiencing painful intercourse on a regular basis should seek the care of a gynecologist or other women's health care provider with experience in painful intercourse. With a little detective work and cooperation between the patient and her doctor, treatment can be provided that will lead to a more healthy and enjoyable sex life.

      If you have to constantly take Vicodin to engage in and even enjoy sex, then maybe, you're not ready for sex. Maybe, you should refrain until you're ready. If your boyfiend respects you, he should respect your wishes. He shouldn't rush you. He should be more gentle and patient. Sometimes, sex is purely for a man's pleasure.

  25. QUESTION:
    Can a Pelvic Transabdominal and endovaginal sonogram show endometriosis?
    My doctor asked me for doing a Pelvic Transabdominal and endovaginal sonogram for checking if I do have a cyst. He didn't feel anything touching. I've had problems with my bowel movements and I thought it was because of antibiotics. Now it is working, but it's still a little painful before, during and after the bowl movements. I'm going to a general doctor to do a check up and see if it's just a bowel problem or something else other than gynecologic . My gynecologist said to do the sonogram right after my next period. I was wondering if I do the Pelvic Transabdominal and endovaginal sonogram, is it possible to find out if I have endometriosis? I've felt something contracting inside when I'm urinating (not cistitis pain) and/or have bowel movements. Now that I'm not constipated anymore it hurts much less, but I'm still bloated and have some cramps eventually, even if I don't eat too much.
    I'm 27 years old and I stopped my birth control in October, and after that I started to have lots of pain that goes and back.
    Also, if is something with my intestines, this type of sonogram can find too?
    PS: I had never felt anything like that before in my periods or whenever, that's why I'm worried.
    And sometimes I feel something even when I'm sitting or walking. It's is not pain, it's something, that sometimes can be a sharp pain.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you could very well have endometriosis based on your symptoms. However, you cannot know for sure until you have a laparoscopy done, which is the only way to determine for sure whether you have endometriosis or not as no ultrasound, CT scan, MRI or other test can diagnose endometriosis.

      I was suffering similar symptoms to the one's you are describing, although I experienced the symptoms throughout my entire cycle and when my periods came on, they were so intense and painful that I could hardly get out of bed. I had really heavy bleeding and also feel pain that feels like someone is stabbing me with a knife around my ovaries. I also experienced pain with intercourse, pain with urination, pain with bowel movements, had lower back pain and fatigue.

      I had many tests done, which included ultrasounds, CT-scan, blood tests, swabs, papsmears, X-rays etc, for months (almost a year) and all of those tests came back "normal" and didn't show anything. I was finally diagnosed with endometriosis last year October by having a laparoscopy done and my gyn burned off all the endo implants and removed a small endometrioma (blood) cyst.

      If you do in fact have endo then your best medicine is research. You have to be well informed and be proactive in your treatment process. I have done a lot of research over the past year and a half (even before I was diagnosed) and have talked to many women who were told they "may" have endo or that they do have endo.

      Until you have the laparoscopy done and your gyno says for sure that you do have endo, don't get too concerned yet and don't drive yourself crazy worrying about it. You could have another gynaecological problem all together. Something that is far more treatable like an ovarian cyst as ovarian cysts can sometimes be missed even with ultrasound, especially if a sonography technician is not experienced enough to know about ovarian cysts and sometimes ovarian cysts can t be seen on ultrasound due to their location behind the ovary for example. You could also have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which I also have and which can cause very similar symptoms and pelvic pain to that of the endo. They often are found to go hand in hand.

      There is no cure for endo and the only major medical treatments treat the symptoms itself not the disease. In other words pain management through drugs etc or surgery to burn/excise the endo implants. For IBS there are many treatments available as well such as changing your diet or your doctor could prescribe some medicine for it, which is what my doctor did for me. I was on 4 different brands of the birth control pill for about a year and 3 months before, during and after my endo diagnosis, however I stopped taking the pill in the beginning of September this year as I also have migraines and were experiencing too many migraines, which my doctor thought was caused by the pill and so I stopped. Ever since then, my periods have become much more painful and unbearable again, although I'm only having the severe pelvic pain and symptoms during my period and not throughout the entire month.

      The first thing I would recommend you do is to consult with your doctor/gyn about your options to have the laparoscopy or to find a gynaecologist/specialist that knows a lot about and has a lot of experience with diagnosing and treating women with endometriosis. You may want to make a list of questions you have that you can discuss with him/her when you see them (have a look for some example questions at the following site:

      http://www.endometriosis.org/first-consultation.html

      Underneath is a link to some websites where you can find some great information:

      http://www.endometriosassn.org
      http://www.endocenter.org
      http://www.endometriosis.org
      http://www.gynsecondopinion.com/endometriosis.htm
      http://www.endometriosis.org.au/
      http://www.endo-resolved.com/

      If you have any further questions you can email me direct, the link to my email is in my profile.

      Good luck. :)

  26. QUESTION:
    why does my vagina hurt/burn after sex?
    this is the 1st time it has done this. it feels as if its burning (the bottom part of the opening)
    I know that its not an STI because iv only ever been with 2 guys (they both was virgins)
    It dont hurt when i pee, just a little if the pee goes near it i guess.
    this is the second day its been hurting i dont know how to stop it.
    And i was loobed enuff (4play) and plus we had this extra loobed condom so it deffo ent that.
    please help

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      The reason of Painful after sex can have both physical and emotional causes. To understand why the pain occurs, you should know what happens to your body during sex.

      A woman's body follows a regular pattern when she has sex. There are four stages:

      Desire The feeling that you want to have sex.
      Arousal Physical changes take place. Your vagina and vulva get moist and the muscles of the opening of the vagina relax. The clitoris swells and enlarges. The uterus lifts up, and the vagina gets deeper and wider.
      Orgasm The peak of the response. The muscles of the vagina and uterus contract and create a strong feeling of pleasure. The clitoris can feel orgasm, too.
      Resolution The vagina, clitoris and uterus return to their normal state.
      Types of Pain and What You Can Do
      During sex a woman may feel pain in the vulva, at the opening of the vagina, within the vagina, or deep inside. Vulvar pain is pain felt on the surface (outside) of the vagina. Vaginal pain is felt within the vagina. Deep pain can occur in the lower back, pelvic region, uterus and bladder.
      Vulvar Pain
      Pain can occur when some part of the vulva is touched. The vulva may be tender or irritated from using soaps or over-the-counter vaginal sprays or douches. Other causes include scars, cysts or infections.

      Vaginal Pain
      Vaginal dryness. The most common cause of pain inside the vagina is lack of moisture. This can occur with certain medications, with certain medical conditions, or because you are not aroused. It can occur at certain times of your life such as during or just after pregnancy, while breastfeeding, or near or after menopause.

      Vaginitis. Another cause of vaginal pain is vaginitis an inflammation of the vagina. The most common symptoms of vaginitis are discharge, itching and burning of the vagina and vulva. Vaginitis has many possible causes, such as yeast or bacterial infection.

      Vaginismus. Vaginismus is a spasm of the muscles at the opening of the vagina. It causes pain when your partner tries to enter the vagina. In some cases, vaginismus is present the first time a woman has or tries to have sex. The pain also may occur during a pelvic exam.

      Vaginismus also can be a response to a fear of some kind, such as being afraid of getting pregnant.

      Deep Pain
      Pain that starts deep inside may be a warning sign of an internal problem. Pain that happens when the penis touches the cervix can have many causes:

      Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
      Problems with the uterus
      Endometriosis
      A pelvic mass
      Bowel or bladder disease
      Scar tissue (adhesions)
      Ovarian cysts
      How Emotions Play a Role
      Pain during sex sometimes can be linked to a state of mind. Emotional factors, like memories or fears, can keep you from relaxing. Some women may feel guilty having sex. Or, some women may be afraid of getting pregnant or getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Sometimes, a past bad sexual experience, such as rape or sexual abuse, may be the cause. All these factors may make it hard to relax during sex. This prevents arousal and lubrication.
      Finally
      Pain after sex is a sign there may be a problem. Talk to your doctor about the pain so that the cause can be found and treated as soon as possible. Proper treatment can help you enjoy your sex life.

  27. QUESTION:
    Help?! my lower stomach is hard!?
    to start off im a virgin, so i cant be pregnant.
    when i touch my lower stomach, basically i guess near my uterus, its really hard when i press on it. am i getting my period?
    quick reply pleasee im rly worried

    • ANSWER:
      The hard pain can be caused due to any one of these reasons -

      1. Uterine Fibroid -

      A uterine fibroid is a leiomyoma (benign (non-cancerous) tumor from smooth muscle tissue) that originates from the smooth muscle layer (myometrium) of the uterus. Fibroids are often multiple and garner the designation of diffuse uterine leiomyomatosis if they are randomly located and many in numbers. There is a malignant form of a fibroid and fibroids can rarely (0.1-0.5%), undergo malignant degeneration into leiomyosarcoma. Additionally there are rare forms of fibroids where the lesions are capable of metastasising without malignant transformation and this process is called benign metastasising leiomyoma.
      Other common names are uterine leiomyoma, myoma, fibromyoma, fibroleiomyoma.
      Fibroids are the most common benign tumors in females and typically found during the middle and later reproductive years. While most fibroids are asymptomatic, they can grow and cause heavy and painful menstruation, painful sexual intercourse, and urinary frequency and urgency. Some fibroids may interfere with pregnancy although this appears to be very rare.
      In the United States, symptoms caused by uterine fibroids are a very frequent indication for hysterectomy.

      2. Endometriosis -

      Endometriosis is a gynecological medical condition in which cells from the lining of the uterus (endometrium) appear and flourish outside the uterine cavity, most commonly on the membrane which lines the abdominal cavity, the peritoneum. The uterine cavity is lined with endometrial cells, which are under the influence of female hormones. Endometrial cells in areas outside the uterus (endometriosis) are also influenced by hormonal changes and respond in a way that is similar to the cells found inside the uterus. Symptoms of (endometriosis) are pain and infertility. The pain often is worst with the menstrual cycle and is termed dysmenorrhoea.
      Endometriosis is typically seen during the reproductive years; it has been estimated that endometriosis occurs in roughly 6 10% of women. Symptoms may depend on the site of active endometriosis. Its main but not universal symptom is pelvic pain in various manifestations. Endometriosis is a common finding in women with infertility.
      There is no cure for endometriosis short of hysterectomy, but it can be treated in a variety of ways, including pain medication, hormonal treatments, and surgery.

      3. Pregnancy (can be ruled out)

      4. Ovarian Cyst -

      An ovarian cyst is any collection of fluid, surrounded by a very thin wall, within an ovary. Any ovarian follicle that is larger than about two centimeters is termed an ovarian cyst. Such cysts range in size from as small as a pea to larger than an orange.
      Most ovarian cysts are functional in nature and harmless (benign).
      Ovarian cysts affect women of all ages. They occur most often, however, during a woman's childbearing years.
      Some ovarian cysts cause problems, such as bleeding and pain. Surgery may be required to remove cysts larger than 5 centimeters in diameter.

      Since you've provided very little info, I can only narrow down the causes to these. Please read each one and identify your situation. Best consult a gynecologist as soon as possible (as the longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to cure yourself). Good luck and hope this helps ^_^

  28. QUESTION:
    Stressed and in pain, can anyone help?
    I have asked a couple questions about this before in women's health. I'm NOT looking for a diagnoses and YES I know I need to see a doctor ASAP. I have an appt. Friday morning but until then I'm trying to find a little peace of mind. Inside my vaginal wall, half way in on the left, is like a little "tunnel" that leads to a round, ball-shaped mass. I know that I have ovarian cysts, but I'm not sure if this is something totally different or not. It is painful when touched, and my cysts have become more painful since I noticed this mass inside. When laying flat in bed, the whole area under my belly button (feels like it might be my uterus) swells up and is very tender and sore to push on. I have researched, mainly on WebMD, and came across fistulas and a vaginal vault prolapse. I am 19 years old and have a child, so cancer is not likely, but a possibility. Anyone with any advice whatsoever PLEASE help me.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh honey, I am so sorry. The mind is very powerful. I can understand that you are stressed. What you mentioned about it being more painful now that you have noticed the mass...is very accurate. When you focus your energy on stressing about a health problem, it almost always makes it feel worse. I have also been having health (teeth) problems that are totally encompassing, and I *can't* possibly put it out of my mind. All that I can suggest is to change *how* you are thinking about it. Instead of worrying about it and making yourself miserable, try to use your own energy to visualize healing yourself. Instead of projecting/manifesting negativity, send positive healing thoughts to your body. Tell your immune system how incredibly strong and smart it is, and how it is fully capable of healing your body. I know it sounds crazy...but it will help you to feel better. When you guide your body to do this, you need to be 100% confident in what you are thinking. Not only will it actually lessen the physical pain that you are feeling, but it will also help lessen your anxiety about it until your appointment. Whatever treatment the doctor gives you, continue this practice. It will help you heal quickly.

  29. QUESTION:
    Appendicitis?...?
    Last night I had very severe sharp pains in my lower right abdomen. I went to the hospital thinking it could be appendicitis. They did blood work and i got a cat scan but nothing showed. I was supposed to see a surgeon today but hes not in his office I have to go back Tues. The sharp pain is gone (for now) but it is still very tender. If its not appendicitis could someone tell me what else it could be. Please.

    • ANSWER:
      Your appendix is a finger-shaped pouch that projects out from your colon on the lower right side of your abdomen. The small structure has no known purpose, but that doesn't mean it can't cause problems. Appendicitis is a condition in which the appendix becomes inflamed and filled with pus.

      The main symptom of appendicitis is pain that typically begins around the navel and then shifts to the lower right abdomen. The pain of appendicitis usually increases over a period of six to 12 hours, and eventually may become very severe.

      Anyone can develop appendicitis, but it most often strikes people between the ages of 10 and 30. Appendicitis is one of the most common reasons for emergency abdominal surgery in children.

      The standard treatment for appendicitis is surgical removal of the appendix. In many cases the surgery is straightforward, and you recover quickly. But if your appendix has ruptured, the surgery may be more complicated and you'll take longer to heal. A ruptured appendix that's not promptly treated can lead to serious complications such as infection. In rare instances appendicitis that results in a ruptured appendix can be fatal.

      Signs and symptoms

      Appendicitis can cause a variety of symptoms that may change over time. The most common early symptom is an aching pain around your navel that often shifts later to your lower right abdomen. As the inflammation in your appendix spreads to nearby tissues, especially the inner lining (peritoneum) of your abdomen, the pain may become sharper and more severe.

      Eventually, the pain tends to settle in your lower right abdomen near your appendix at what's known as McBurney point. This point is about halfway between your navel and the top of your right pelvic bone. But the location of your pain may vary, depending on your age and the position of your appendix. Young children, especially, may have appendicitis pain in different places.

      If you apply gentle pressure to the area that hurts, it will feel tender. As you release the pressure, especially if you do it suddenly, appendicitis pain often will feel worse (rebound tenderness). It will also tend to get worse if you cough, walk or make other jarring movements. This is particularly true if the inflamed appendix is touching the peritoneum the silk-like membrane that lines the inner abdominal wall and enfolds the intestines. The pain may lessen somewhat if you lie on your side and pull your knees up toward your chest.

      In addition to pain, you may have one or more of the following signs and symptoms:

      Nausea and sometimes vomiting
      Loss of appetite
      A low-grade fever that starts after other signs and symptoms appear
      Constipation
      An inability to pass gas
      Diarrhea
      Abdominal swelling

      Fever

      Constipation

      Diarrhea

      Causes

      It's not always clear why appendicitis occurs. Sometimes it's the result of an obstruction when food waste or a hard piece of stool (fecal stone) becomes trapped in an orifice of the cavity that runs the length of your appendix.

      Appendicitis may also follow an infection, such as a gastrointestinal viral infection, or it may result from other types of inflammation. In both cases, bacteria may subsequently invade rapidly, causing the appendix to become inflamed and filled with pus. If not treated promptly, your appendix eventually may rupture.

      Appendix stones

      Viral gastroenteritis

      Screening and diagnosis

      The pain from appendicitis may change over time, so establishing a diagnosis can sometimes be difficult. In addition, abdominal pain can arise from a number of health problems other than appendicitis. Other conditions with abdominal pain that may resemble that of appendicitis include:

      Ectopic pregnancy. Pain may occur from this type of pregnancy, which is one that occurs outside the lining of the uterus.
      Certain ovarian cysts. A right-sided ovarian cyst may produce pain in the same general area as appendicitis.
      Kidney stone. Occasionally, a stone from the right kidney will pass into the ureter, which runs from the kidney to the bladder, and get stuck there. This causes considerable pain that may mimic appendicitis, especially in adults.
      Crohn's disease. This condition, which causes chronic inflammation of the digestive tract, also can mimic appendicitis.
      To help diagnose appendicitis, your doctor will likely examine your abdomen. When gentle pressure on the painful area is suddenly released, appendicitis pain will often feel worse if the adjacent peritoneum is inflamed. Other signs your doctor may watch for include abdominal rigidity and a tendency to stiffen your abdominal muscles in response to pressure over the inflamed appendix (guarding).

      In addition, doctors may recommend the following procedures:

      Blood test. This allows your doctor to check for a high white blood cell count, which may indicate an infection.
      Urine test. Your doctor may also want you to have a urinalysis to make sure that a urinary tract infection or a kidney stone isn't causing your pain. If it is a kidney stone, red blood cells are usually seen during microscopic examination of the urine.
      Imaging tests. Your doctor may also recommend an abdominal X-ray or ultrasound scan to help confirm appendicitis or find other causes for your pain. An ultrasound scan uses high-frequency sound waves and computer technology to provide images of your internal organs. More commonly, a computerized tomography (CT) scan is used for confirming a diagnosis. A CT scan is an imaging test that uses a series of computer-generated X-rays to provide a more comprehensive view of your internal organs than conventional X-rays do. It can also help reveal other potential diagnoses if your appendix is not the source of your pain. Because a CT scan produces radiation, it's essential for women of childbearing age to have a pregnancy test before proceeding with the scan.

      Ovarian cysts

      Kidney stones

      Crohn's disease

      Urinary tract infection (UTI)

      X-ray

      Ultrasound

      CT scan

      Complications

      The most serious complication of appendicitis is an infection of the lining of your abdominal cavity (peritonitis). This may occur if your appendix ruptures (perforates) and the contents of your intestines and infectious organisms invade the peritoneal cavity. When this happens, you may suddenly feel better. But soon after, your entire abdomen may become distended with gas and fluid and will likely feel tight, hard and tender to the touch. You'll also have pain throughout your abdomen, but may not have the severe, localized pain of appendicitis. In addition, you may not be able to pass gas or have a bowel movement because of the inflammation. Other signs and symptoms may include a fever, thirst and a low urine output.

      Peritonitis is a medical emergency. If you or a family member develops signs of this abdominal infection, go to an emergency room immediately. Even with prompt treatment, peritonitis can be extremely serious.

      Children are more likely to have a ruptured appendix than adults are. Children don't always have typical symptoms of appendicitis, and parents may delay getting treatment. For that reason, it's best not to take abdominal pain lightly. Even if you suspect a "stomachache" isn't serious, call your doctor just to make sure.

      Sometimes, infection and the seepage of intestinal contents may form an abscess, a walled-off area of infection (appendiceal abscess). The abscess may be as small as a walnut or as large as a grapefruit. Regardless of its size, it requires surgery before the abscess itself perforates, causing peritonitis.

      Treatment

      If you have acute appendicitis, you'll need to have your appendix surgically removed (appendectomy). Your surgeon may perform traditional open surgery, using a single long abdominal incision, or choose laparoscopic surgery, which requires only a few small abdominal incisions.

      In a laparoscopic procedure, your surgeon inserts a laparoscope a pencil-thin tube with its own lighting system and miniature video camera into your abdomen through a hollow instrument (cannula). Only a small incision is needed. The video camera then produces a magnified view of the inside of your abdomen on an outside video monitor. This allows your surgeon to see the surgery in detail. To remove your appendix, your surgeon uses tiny instruments inserted through one or two other small abdominal incisions.

      In general, laparoscopic surgery allows you to recover faster and heal with less scarring. But if your appendix has ruptured and infection has spread beyond the appendix, or if an abscess is present, you'll need a larger incision so that your surgeon can clean the abdominal cavity. You'll receive intravenous antibiotics and will need to stay in the hospital during your recovery.

  30. QUESTION:
    sexual intercourse hurts...???
    okay, well i am not a virgin and i am not new to sex, i had a baby 4 years ago...
    but it's been more than a month that i cannot have sex with my partner due to irritation when we have intercourse...i have to get it out cause the skin inside, where the penis touches hurts, just like it is not wet but it is...i don't know what could be doing that...maybe a vaginal infection? Sometimes it would hurt in my belly but not like that in my vagina...has someone experienced that before? I will make an appointment with my doctor, but would like your advices first..
    it doesn't hurt when i go to the bathroom but there's stuff coming out a lot more than it use too, (sorry)
    sometimes i will feel a lil pression when i go pee, and sometimes it smells weird, like puff wheat...but would a urine infection do that? it's like a friction...like if you are not wet but have intercourse anyway, but worst than that, can't stand it!
    well hurt in the belly would have to be because i can't go to the bathroom by myself...well not that much,...just saying that, because it's the only pain i always had during sex!

    • ANSWER:
      If you re experiencing pain during sex there may be several factors that are contributing to the pain you feel.

      For women there are a number of physical conditions that may make sex hurt, including:

      * Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
      * Endometriosis
      * Ovarian cysts
      * Interstitial cystitis
      * Vaginismus
      * Vulvodynia
      * Some sexually transmitted diseases
      * Urinary infections
      * Vaginal dryness
      * Physical injury and chronic pain

      I have experienced pain with sex for a very long time and was diagnosed via laparoscopy surgery 6 weeks ago with endometriosis. I have also experienced pain with sex in the past when I have had ovarian cysts.

      I would recommend that you follow through with your appointment to see your doctor/gynaecologist for diagnosis and treatment.

      Good luck :)

  31. QUESTION:
    very painful around the belly button?
    Its painful and tender around my belly button and it feels like I have pelvic pain aswell. It almost feels like I am pulling on a rope and im finding it hard to stand up completely straight. When I touch the sides of my belly button it hurts aswell. Anyone have an idea whats causing it or what it could be?

    • ANSWER:
      There are several conditions associated with pain experienced around the navel area. It may be because of issues linked to small and large intestines, or other health problems like hernia, ovarian cysts, or a UTI. I suggest you consult a medical professional for accurate diagnosis and subsequent treatment before it gets worse.

  32. QUESTION:
    Hurting very badly...Help?
    Im going through so much pelvic pain right now. Every move I make I get a sharp stabbing pain right above my pelvic bone. I cant even walk because I Feel like my insides are going to fall out! Laughing or anything else is also hurting me. My hubby was trying to see where I was hurting and just barely touching me made me scream in pain. I know its not appendicitis because I had that several years ago.

    I did have surgery on Dec 2nd to remove pelvic adhesions, endometriosis, ovarian cysts and to unblock fallopian tubes.

    Iam also having slight bleeding.

    I cant call the Drs office. Today is his surgery day so the office his closed. I do have an appointment tomorrow morning (post op) @ 8am. I also cannot afford to go to the ER again.

    Anyone know what might be going on?
    After surgery- I was released from the hospital before I even was able to use the restroom.(2 hours after surgery) I went 5 days without peeing. Due to that I was put on Antibiotics which I finished last Wed. Ive had reoccurring UTIs since October. They seem to come back as soon as I stop antibiotics

    • ANSWER:
      Based on your description and the procedures you've already endured, it sounds like it could possibly be Pelvic Inflammatory Disease or some type of post surgical infection.

      Considering your history and the severity of the pain, I would strongly suggest you contact the surgery and inform them immediately and then go the the ER as soon as possible.

      I understand what you say about your finances but what is more important? Also, if it is a post surgical infection, the hospital's and doctors' insurers have to pay for your treatment anyway.

      In reply to your additonal info; post surgical antibiotics are prescribed for varying periods depending on the nature of the operation and the type of antibiotic prescribed. Based on what you described as your procedures, I would have administered IV antibiotics for four days while you remained in hospital for observation, followed by a prescription for ten days worth of oral AB's. If this was not the case, I think you need to have words with your physician. If they did not prescribe adequate levels and duration of treatment, I would also seek the advice of a solicitor in case you end up requiring further treatment due to this treatment error.

      P.S.

      Buy some Ural from your pharmacy. This will help with the UTI but you still need adequate AB therapy to kill the bacteria involved.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is Micronor-jolivette good for me?
    i am 30 female. i had surgery in 2005 removal of my left ovary for a cyst.In 2007, i was diagnosed to have endometriosis and cyst in my right ovary.My doc put me on Depo.i have a shot every 15 days for that.I stopped depo march 2008 and started Primulot N, also prescribed by my gyne.I took it for 6 weeks and stopped. Now, im on Micronor.My new gyne prescribed me that. I have bleeding for 15days now with clots.My gyne told me its normal to bleed for a couple of months my body is adjusting to my new pill according to her. The bleeding sometimes painful but my gyne doesnt pay attention to that, she told me again my body is adjusting. I want to change a pill but gyne told me the pill i am taking is also a treatment to my endometriosis...but i have ovarian cyst also?is it also a treatment of my cyst?im worried she doesnt disccussed me that.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, this could be a treatment for the cyst too and could be ok for you but I would recommend getting back in touch with her to ask for further clarification about what all is being treated with this medication. And then let her know that this bleeding is really of concern to you because of how much pain it is causing and really want to try another change because of how much this hurts.

      If that doesn't work then I would recommend getting another opinion, preferably from someone that does not share the same office of this doctor to see what they say.

  34. QUESTION:
    Any idea what this could be?
    Throughout the summer I have noticed weight loss. However since mid august I feel as if I have gained weight. I am bloated a lot of the time, and have a problem with either loose stool or constipation. Sometimes I get pain in the left ovarian region. I also have a ruptured cyst on my bikini line, and am currently on treatment for it.
    Today, however, I noticed this morning that my right thigh has several bruises about the size of a fingerprint. Approximately nine are there and they are mostly attached. The skin is tough so I can only assume it is slightly swollen and it is also a bit painful to touch.
    Any idea if these things could be connected or if it's something to worry about or what's going on?!

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a doctor

  35. QUESTION:
    URGENT!! Please help.?
    For the past two weeks, my menstrual cycle has been on & off with heavy bleeding. I woke up this morning with a dull but sometimes sharp pain in my abdomen & sleeping on and off. Im really tired, killer migraine & I will only eat cold foods. I looked up my symptoms online & it brought me

    Ovarian cysts
    Abscess
    Lactose Intolerant (I already know I have that)
    Pelvic Ulcers
    Gallstones
    Constipation (I have been to the bathroom lately, easily)
    abdominal aortic aneurysm
    Diabetes.

    My mother is telling me to go the emergency room but I keep telling her no because I have a huge fear of hospitals & I don't want to have anything wrong. I also don't want to have those expenses on hand. Right now she telling me to call the Nurse line to find out what should I do or what i have just by telling them my symptoms. I am 18 & I do have insurance.

    Thanks in advance!!!
    Thanks for replying back. I responding to some of your questions.

    My period has been on & off for two weeks with moderate/heavy bleeding in between. I have only used a tampon twice when Im at school.

    I am not sexually active, Im still a virgin so an STD isn't the problem.

    As far as having a fever, it has fluctuated from 96.7 to 98.0 in the last 7 hours.

    I have been going to the restroom without complication and it seems normal.

    I will only eat anything cold or refrigerated & fruits & NOT sweets, sodas or anything salty. Ive vomited once last week by trying to eat anything else.

    My cycle has been irregular since I was 13 (that's when it started). I will only get it once every 3 or 4 months. My last one was in May but I will have cramps/abdominal pain in between.
    Thanks for replying back. I responding to some of your questions.

    My period has been on & off for two weeks with moderate/heavy bleeding in between. I have only used a tampon twice when Im at school.

    I am not sexually active, Im still a virgin so an STD isn't the problem.

    As far as having a fever, it has fluctuated from 96.7 to 98.0 in the last 7 hours.

    I have been going to the restroom without complication and it seems normal.

    I will only eat anything cold or refrigerated & fruits & NOT sweets, sodas or anything salty. Ive vomited once last week by trying to eat anything else.

    My cycle has been irregular since I was 13 (that's when it started). I will only get it once every 3 or 4 months. My last one was in May but I will have cramps/abdominal pain in between.

    • ANSWER:
      DId you use Web MD?

      OK, are you positive this is a menstrual issue and not bleeding from your bladder/kidneys? You see, to me, this will help isolate where the blood is coming from. You can look at abdominal aneurysm, diabetes, gallstones, and ulcers IF it is in your Urine. If from your vagina, as in your period, then we have a higher risk for Ovarian cysts, since the blood MUST come out of your vagina, not your bladder/kidney's. Following me?

      I left out abscess because, it means infection. And, I'm leaning this way right now. First, do you use a tampon or pad? Have you used a tampon since, or just before, your symptoms started? I ask due to the risk of having Toxic Shock Syndrome, from using tampons. And, this is my worry. The bleeding could be your period, as normal. But, if left in too long, it could cause the symptoms of shock, and needs treatment. The pain, migraine, and all could be from the infection/problem here, as it's poisoning your system. Do you have a fever? If so, what is it?

      Cysts are also a risk, if from your vagina. The pain could be in your ovary, or near it. Again, my thinking is a fever.

      Now, worse. Are you sexually active? Had any STDs or a check up lately? You could have an infection in almost any part of your reproductive system, that could "leak" out of your vagina. Again, though, my thinking is a fever should be present.

      If it is in your urine, then we have a possible from inside, and higher up, and it's coming through your kidneys and bladder. If in your stool, which is the back side, then we have another option, of course. But, we're pretty sure this is in the front, so... Diabetes is possible, but I'm not thinking a common with these symptoms.

      A loss of a lot of blood will cause tiredness. Pain is usually over the problem area, but not always. Hey, there's a lot to take into account here.

      The cold foods imply, to me, you have a fever, even though you did not say so. Also, I cannot look at you to see if there is something else that may help me to determine if there is something else that may fall into place. I can't touch you to locate pain, or tell if you have a fever, either. Nor can I use a thermometer to tell.

      Now, look. My advice, see a doctor. If you don't want to go to the ER, then call and see one tomorrow. But, if this is TSS, or an infection, the longer you wait means the more risk of it being fatal. Lactose Intolerant, Gallstones, constipation, and diabetes are not immediately fatal, but can cause damage the longer you wait.

      OK, you're 18 and can do what you want. You have insurance, so money isn't a complete factor. Yes, it hurts to pay the bill that is in the hundreds when they do nothing, but it's better than the alternative. It could cost you a LOT more. So, my thinking, listen to mom. She's got experience, knows you, and has some age on her side too. This can often do more than a doctor can. So...

      No, I"m not a doctor. What I am doesn't matter. But, where I have been has given me some insight into things like this, and my insight says go to a doctor. It's Saturday night where I am, and no doctors are in tomorrow except in the ER. It's your call, but I watched my wife die in a weekend, from sepsis, so...

      Just take care of yourself, OK? This isn't about points or money, it's about YOU. So...

  36. QUESTION:
    Was it endometriosis?
    I'm wondering if I had endometriosis that went undiagnosed, or if other people have had the same period problems I used to have, without there being a problem.

    After I had a baby, the symptoms eased up, but prior to that, I had very heavy periods.

    I went through an ULTRA tampon every 30 mintues for at least 3 or 4 days of my period, and had to use super-plus the rest of the days. Periods were usually 7-8 days for me. The cramps were crippling. I literally couldnt move, eat, or talk, when they hit me, and pain killers didnt touch them.

    Do those things mean there was something wrong with me? I never saw a doctor, just lived with it. Has anyone else had periods like that and been fine? I'm in my second pregnancy so it doesnt seem to have affected my fertility. But could there be some kind of problem that doctors have missed?

    • ANSWER:
      Endometriosis, ovarian cysts, hormonal issues, Adenomyosis and fibroids are all a possibility, along with a number of other factors/causes. Were it in fact Endo, it is likely that the symptoms would have - or will - ultimately return, as pregnancy is not a cure. However...having said that, if it has not affected your fertility and you are feeling ok now, your best bet is just to be aware in the future that if it happens again, you should see your doc to discuss tests, diagnoses and treatments accordingly. Good luck with the pregnancy and be well!

  37. QUESTION:
    sick guineea pig?
    I have a 4 year old female guineea pig and she's been acting very strange lately .She is not eating,makes weird noises all of the sudden , and she just sits there :( i dont know ..maybe its the maiting season?i have no ideea..i am worried ! help me guineea pig lovers

    • ANSWER:
      Health

      A parti-colored guinea pig suffering from Torticollis, or wry neckCommon ailments in domestic guinea pigs include respiratory infections, diarrhea, scurvy (vitamin C deficiency, typically characterized by sluggishness), abscesses due to infection (often in the neck, due to hay embedded in the throat, or from external scratches), and infections by lice, mites or fungus.[86]

      Mange mites (Trixacarus caviae) are a common cause of hair loss, and other symptoms may also include excessive scratching, unusually aggressive behavior when touched (due to pain), and, in some instances, seizures.[87] Guinea pigs may also suffer from "running lice" (Gliricola porcelli), a small white insect which can be seen moving through the hair; the eggs of these lice, which appear as black or white specks attached to the hair, are sometimes referred to as "static lice". Other causes of hair loss can be due to hormonal upsets caused by underlying medical conditions such as ovarian cysts.[88]

      Foreign bodies, especially small pieces of hay or straw, can become lodged in the eyes of guinea pigs, resulting in excessive blinking, tearing, and in some cases an opaque film over the eye due to corneal ulcer.[89] Hay or straw dust will also cause sneezing. While it is normal for guinea pigs to sneeze periodically, frequent sneezing may be a symptom of pneumonia, especially in response to atmospheric changes. Pneumonia may also be accompanied by torticollis and can be fatal.[90]

      Because the guinea pig has a stout, compact body, the animal more easily tolerates excessive cold than excessive heat.[91] Its normal body temperature is 101 104 F (38.5 40 C),[92] and so its ideal ambient air temperature range is similar to the human's, about 65 75 F (18 24 C).[91] Consistent ambient temperatures in excess of 90 F (32 C) have been linked to hyperthermia and death, especially among pregnant sows.[91] Guinea pigs are not well suited to environments that feature wind or frequent drafts,[93] and respond poorly to extremes of humidity outside of the range of 30 70%.[94]

      Guinea pigs are prey animals whose survival instinct is to mask pain and signs of illness, and many times health problems may not be apparent until a condition is severe or in its advanced stages. Treatment of disease is made more difficult by the extreme sensitivity guinea pigs have to most antibiotics, including penicillin, which kill off the intestinal flora and quickly bring on episodes of diarrhea and death.[95]

      Similar to the inherited genetic diseases of other breeds of animal (such as hip dysplasia in canines), a number of genetic abnormalities of guinea pigs have been reported. Most commonly, the roan coloration of Abyssinian guinea pigs is associated with congenital eye disorders and problems with the digestive system.[96] Other genetic disorders include "waltzing disease" (deafness coupled with a tendency to run in circles), palsy, and tremor conditions.[97]

  38. QUESTION:
    Is anyone here a professional gyno? help me please?
    I have never had a pap and I am 23 years old. I am scheduled for a pap this tues. I am so effing scared I am dying of cerv cancer it is not even funny. here are my symptoms

    Occasional bleeding between periods, usually brown in color had this for 3 months. Minimally red, but usually brown. lighter

    Brown discharge, thickish

    Pain during sex, but this has been like this for 4 years, usually only on my side, think it is due to ovarian cyst or something.

    occasional dull burn in right thigh every once a month or so, could be from sitting on it but I do not know

    felt up there, feels a little roughish on one side, but smooth mostly.

    Does not bleed easy when touched

    Post- coital bleeding happened only ONE time, bout 3 months ago for about 2 days.. when intermenstrual bleeding started.

    this one scares me the most, I used a mirror and checked out my inner vagina to see what it looks like and there were oddly shaped dark pink fleck looking things on my cervix. I heard this means the last LAST stage of cervical cancer, when it invades other organs like your brain and stuff.

    I am so scared, I am crying, I just want someone to talk to me who knows anything. Am I dying? Do I probably have it or probably something else?

    • ANSWER:
      I am not a doctor, but I did some research...

      "Abnormal cervical cell changes rarely cause symptoms. But you may have symptoms if those cell changes grow into cervical cancer. Symptoms of cervical cancer may include:

      Bleeding from the vagina that is not normal, or a change in your menstrual cycle that you can't explain.
      Bleeding when something comes in contact with your cervix, such as during sex or when you put in a diaphragm.
      Pain during sex.
      Vaginal discharge that is tinged with blood."

      I am so sorry you are so scared. :( Keep in mind there ARE treatments; even if you do have cancer it doesn't mean that it's just over for you! You can fight and have the help of well-educated doctors.
      HOWEVER, don't let yourself worry too much. You have an appointment which is good; you are doing something to take care of it. But for now, try not to worry or stress too much. After all, for all you know, you could be perfectly healthy. So be as happy as you can. Good luck on your appointment.

  39. QUESTION:
    endometriosis- i have jsut found out i have it- pretty scared any other sufferes out there?
    hi, I have recently found out I could be suffering from endometriosis- i saw my gynae and had a scan and it revealed my right ovary has moved behind my uterus- i'venever screamed so much when he touched it! now he says i could have endo- i'm only 17 but pretty scared of the effects on fertility- the pain in really bad but i can deal with that as long as i have the chance of having children- sorry to be so deep but i'm really worriesd about this- i have my laproscopy in November, and i'm so scared. is there any other women out there with this condition ?? if so could you give me some info on what happens in the op and also the chances of infertility, my gynae din't want ot discuss it! thank you i appriciate any answers.x.

    • ANSWER:
      Diagnostic tests like CT scans, ultrasounds, etc. do not confirm a true diagnosis of Endo. However, it is entirely possible that you have it. You will know for sure after your upcoming lap. You will definitely want to read the following and check out the links below for a TON of info:

      Join others who understand at the internet s largest electronic support group: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/erc
      *note - be sure to check out the "files" there, as they have free laparoscopy info manuals and lots of "how to cope well with Endo" type of info

      Girl Talk, for young women with Endo
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ERCGirlTalk
      *note - they have an awesome "Girl Talk Kit" for free also, discussing Endo in younger patients and treatments, etc.

      Endo Research Center (www.endocenter.org) literature states (reposted here with full credit to them):

      "About Endometriosis:

      With Endometriosis, tissue like that which lines the uterus (the endometrium) is found outside the womb in other areas of the body. Normally, the endometrium is shed each month through menses; however, with Endometriosis, these implants have no way of leaving the body. The implants still break down and bleed, but result is far different than in women and girls without the disease: internal bleeding, degeneration of blood and tissue shed from the growths, inflammation of the surrounding areas, and formation of scar tissue result. In addition, depending on the location of the growths, interference with the normal function of the bowel, bladder, intestines and other areas of the pelvic cavity can occur. Endometriosis has also been found lodged in the skin - and even the brain.

      Symptoms include chronic or intermittent pelvic pain, dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation is not normal!), infertility, miscarriage(s), ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, dyspareunia (pain associated with intercourse), nausea / vomiting / abdominal cramping, diarrhea / constipation (particularly with menses), painful bowel movements, painful or burning urination, urinary frequency, retention, or urgency; fatigue, chronic pain, allergies and immune system-related illnesses are also commonly reported complaints of women who have Endo. It is quite possible to have some, all, or none of these symptoms. Endo symptoms are varied and often nonspecific, so they can easily masquerade as several other conditions, including adenomyosis ("Endometriosis Interna"), appendicitis, ovarian cysts, bowel obstructions, colon cancer, diverticulitis, ectopic pregnancy, fibroid tumors, gonorrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, ovarian cancer, and PID.

      Despite today's age of medical advances, researchers remain unsure as what causes of Endometriosis. There is NO CURE, despite the continued propagation of such myths by the uninformed who still mistakenly believe that hysterectomy, pregnancy and/or menopause can "cure" the disease. Invasive surgery remains the gold standard of diagnosis, and current therapies continue to remain extremely limited, often carrying side effects.

      Mistakenly minimized as "painful periods," Endometriosis is more than just "killer cramps." It is a leading cause of female infertility, chronic pelvic pain and gynecologic surgery, and accounts for more than half of the 500,000 hysterectomies performed in the US annually. Despite being more prevalent than breast cancer, Endometriosis continues to be treated as an insignificant ailment. Recent studies have even shown an elevated risk of certain cancers and other serious illnesses in those with the disease, as well as malignant changes within the disease itself.

      Research has shown that genetics, immune system dysfunction, and exposure to environmental toxins like Dioxin may all be contributing factors to the development of the disease. Endometriosis knows no racial or socioeconomic barriers, and can affect women ranging from adolescence to post-menopause. The disease can be so painful as to render a woman or teen unable to care for herself or her family, attend work, school, or social functions, or go about her normal routine. It can negatively affect every aspect of a woman's life; from her self-esteem and relationships, to her capacity to bear children, to her ability to be a contributing member of society.

      The disease can currently only be diagnosed through invasive surgery, and the average delay in diagnosis is a staggering 9 years. A patient may seek the counsel of 5 or more physicians before her pain is adequately addressed.

      Once diagnosed, it is not unusual for a patient to undergo several pelvic surgeries and embark on many different hormonal and medical therapies in an attempt to treat her symptoms. None of the current treatments are entirely effective, and virtually all synthetic therapies carry significantly negative side effects; some lasting far beyond cessation of therapy. The exception to this is excision; see www.centerforendo.com to learn more about excision as the leading treatment.

      Though Endometriosis is one of the most prevalent illnesses affecting society today, awareness is sorely lacking and disease research continues to remain significantly under funded. For instance, in fiscal year 2000, the National Institutes of Health planned to spend .5 billion on research. Of that funding, only .7 million was earmarked for Endometriosis - amounting to approximately $.40/patient. This is in stark contrast to other illnesses such as Alzheimer's and Lupus, which received approximately 5.00 and .00 per patient, respectively. American businesses lose millions of dollars each year in lost productivity and work time because of Endometriosis. The cost of surgery required to diagnose the disease in each patient alone adds greatly to the financial burden of both consumers and companies alike.

      Once erroneously believed to be a disease of Caucasian career women who have delayed childbearing, we know that in fact, Endometriosis affects women of all ages, races and
      socioeconomic status. Endometriosis also can and does exist in the adolescent female population. Far from the rare incidence once believed, studies have found that as many as 70% of teenagers with chronic pelvic pain had Endometriosis proven by laparoscopy. Other reports indicate that as many as 41% of patients experienced Endometriosis pain as an adolescent. The illness can be quite disruptive and cause significant dysfunction, especially at a time in life when self-esteem, school attendance and performance, and social involvement are all critical. Many adolescents with Endometriosis find themselves unable to attend or participate in classes, social functions, extracurricular activities, and sports due to significant pain and other symptoms of Endometriosis. Sometimes, teens and young women lack support and validation from both the home and the school; told the pain is in their head, that they are faking it, that their debilitating cramps are normal and a part of womanhood, that they are merely suffering from the curse, or that they should just grin and bear it. Their symptoms may also be dismissed as a sexually transmitted disease, which Endometriosis absolutely is not. Failure to acknowledge and address symptoms early in the disease process can lead to significant delays in diagnosis and necessary, subsequent treatments. Lack of support from family and loved ones can also add to the patient s pain and fear - at any age.

      Recent studies have also shown that Endometriosis may in fact have an even bigger impact on younger patients than older women. One such study discovered that in patients under 22 years of age, the rate of disease recurrence was
      double that of older women (35% versus 19%). The study also revealed that the disease behaves differently in
      younger women; leading some researchers to believe it is a
      different form of Endometriosis altogether. Surgery, considered necessary to accurately diagnose and
      effectively treat the disease, is often withheld from younger patients based on the injudicious belief that early surgery somehow negatively influences a young woman s fertility. Extensive, cumulative research has shown this concern to be unfounded. What can impact fertility, however,
      is neglecting effective treatment of the disease. Some
      researchers also feel that symptomatic, adolescent-onset
      Endometriosis is most often a lifelong problem that will
      progress to severe fibrotic disease.

      While it is possible to become pregnant with Endometriosis, the key is to obtain early, effective treatment such as that offered by specialty treatment centers like the Center for Endo Care (see www.centerforendo.com to learn about the success of excision as treatment). Hysterectomy is not a cure for Endometriosis. Any disease left behind by the surgeon (whether by design because he or she 'couldn't get it all' or accident because they don't recognize the disease in all manifestations) will continue to thrive and cause pain and symptoms. It does not matter if the ovaries are removed or if HRT is withheld; Endo produces its own estrogen-synthesizing enzyme known as aromatase. Thus, it enables it's own vicious life cycle and sustains the disease process. You would be better off getting all disease truly excised from all locations at a specialty center like the CEC (www.centerforendo.com).

      Due in part to the efforts of foundations like the ERC, research is ongoing in some places as to the causes of Endometriosis and potential cures for the disease. Our organization will continue to push for more widespread research into the many facets of the disease, and ultimately, a cure.

      For more information:

      http://www.endocenter.org/

      Endo Self Test:

      Not sure if you have Endometriosis? While pelvic surgery is the only current way to definitively diagnose it, symptoms can lead you and your doctor to suspect the disease. Review the following and consider if any of these common symptoms apply to you. Review your answers with your gynecologist for further discussion.

      Do you experience so much pain during or around your period that you find yourself unable to work, attend school or social functions, or go about your normal routine? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you have any relatives diagnosed with Endometriosis? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you find yourself with painful abdominal bloating, swelling or tenderness at any time in your cycle? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you have a history of painful ovarian Endometriomas ("chocolate cysts")? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you have a history of miscarriage, infertility or ectopic pregnancy? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you experience gastrointestinal symptoms during your cycle, such as nausea or vomiting and/or painful abdominal cramping accompanied by diarrhea and/or constipation? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you have a history of fatigue and/or a lowered immunity (i.e., "sick and tired" all the time)? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you have a history of allergies, which tend to worsen around your periods? _____YES / _____ NO

      If sexually active, do you experience pain during sexual activity? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you suffer from autoimmune diseases or other conditions (i.e., thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, chronic migraines)? _____YES / _____ NO

      Have you ever undergone pelvic surgery like a laparoscopy, in which Endometriosis was suspected but not definitively diagnosed?
      _____YES / _____ NO

      If you have answered "yes" to one or more of these questions, you may have Endometriosis. Talk to your doctor about getting an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment today. Dull aching and cramping can occur during menstruation in many women and teens, due to uterine contractions and the release of various hormones including those known as prostaglandins. However, period pain that becomes so debilitating it renders you unable to go about your normal routine is not ordinary or typical! Pain is your body's way of signaling that something is WRONG. If you are suffering from pelvic pain at any point in your cycle, an Endometriosis diagnosis should be considered.

      Know the Facts:

      - Endometriosis can affect women and teens of all ages, even those as young as 10 or as old as 85!
      - Hysterectomy, menopause and pregnancy are NOT cures for Endometriosis; in fact, there is no definitive cure!
      - Delayed childbearing is NOT what causes Endometriosis; in fact, no one really knows for sure what causes the disease, but research points to multi-factorial origins like heredity, immunology and exposure to environmental toxicants!
      - Endometriosis can only be accurately diagnosed via surgery; diagnostic tests like MRIs and ultrasounds are not definitive!
      - GnRH therapies like Lupron should never be administered in those patients younger than 18 yrs. of age or before a surgical diagnosis!
      - You CAN live well in spite of Endometriosis. WE ARE HERE TO HELP!" ~ www.endocenter.org

  40. QUESTION:
    Recently, it hurts during and after sex.?
    I've been having sex for almost 6 years. My current boyfriend and I have been together for almost a year and we have never had a problem.

    Lately, during sex whenever he is on top or behind me (both positions we have enjoyed before), it feels like a sharp pain stabbing my stomach. It hurts so bad I cry and after sex it hurts to go to the bathroom, lay on my butt or even move sometimes. This is regular vaginal intercourse, not anal.

    I'm not sure if I should go to the doctor or wait it out or what it could be.
    Thanks, I'm making an appointment with my doctor, I guess I was just hoping it might be something less serious.

    I don't know if it makes a difference, but it doesn't hurt when I'm on top? I guess because I can control the depth then?

    • ANSWER:
      http://hubpages.com/hub/When-Sex-Hurtsgo here

      Painful Sex: Causes and Solutions 1-3

      1. How it hurts: You feel a sharp, stabbing pain on one side of your pelvis during deep penetration. You may also feel a dull ache during your period.

      The possible cause: An ovarian cyst -- a fluid-filled growth that affects about 30 percent of premenopausal women.

      What to do: Most cysts are harmless and disappear by themselves within two or three menstrual cycles, says Canavan. Your doctor will probably do an ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis and ask you to check back two months later if sex still hurts. In the meantime, take 400 mg of ibuprofen one hour before intercourse to relieve discomfort and try having sex with you on top, a position that allows you to control the depth of penetration.

      2. How it hurts: Your genitals feel itchy, irritated and sensitive, especially to the touch. After intercourse, your vagina looks red and inflamed, and feels as if it's on fire.

      The possible cause: A yeast infection, which triggers pain during sex in about a quarter of sufferers. Don't wait until you see the telltale cottage-cheese-like discharge before seeking help. "It's a myth that this discharge always accompanies a yeast infection," says Elizabeth G. Stewart, M.D., an ob/gyn and coauthor of The V Book. "Sometimes pain is your only clue." Other possible culprits: feminine hygiene sprays, scented pads, perfumed soap or bath oils -- all of which can irritate your vagina.

      What to do: See your ob/gyn, who will confirm whether you have a yeast infection, and if you do, will prescribe medication. As for skin irritation: No woman should use feminine hygiene sprays, because they often trigger rashes. If you have sensitive skin, buy unscented sanitary pads, use only mild, hypoallergenic soaps and launder your underwear with fragrance-free detergent. An over-the-counter cortisone cream or Vagisil can relieve tenderness and itching.

      3. How it hurts: Your perineum -- the area where you may have had a deep tear or an episiotomy when giving birth -- feels taut, tender and painful during initial penetration.

      The possible cause: Rigid, hard scar tissue due to that tear or episiotomy. Women who have either during childbirth are 80 percent more likely to report painful sex three months later than those who didn't experience tissue damage during delivery, reports a study from Harvard Medical School.

      What to do: Massage the painful area once a day for a few minutes using a water-based lubricant. "This helps desensitize the nerve endings and makes the skin more pliable, easing penetration," says John F. Steege, M.D., an ob/gyn professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. If the area is very sensitive, ask your doctor for a prescription cream with lidocaine, a numbing agent that will make intercourse less painful. Still no relief? Consider minor surgery to remove scar tissue.

      4. How it hurts: During sex, it feels as if his penis is bumping into something. You may also have heavy periods, spotting, back pain and an increased need to urinate.

      The possible cause: Uterine fibroids -- areas of benign tissue that grow on the uterine wall. Women with fibroids are almost three times more likely to report painful sex than those without them, and up to 40 percent of women in their 30s and 40s are plagued by these growths. Researchers aren't sure what causes fibroids, but many believe estrogen stimulates their development.

      What to do: Get an ultrasound to see if you have fibroids, which range in size from a pea to a grapefruit. Once their size and location is determined, your doctor will discuss treatment options with you. Hysterectomy is the most effective way to remove them, but there are less invasive options, such as having an IUD inserted to shrink growths or uterine fibroid embolization (a nonsurgical treatment that shrinks fibroids by blocking blood flow to them).

      5. How it hurts: His penis doesn't easily glide inside you; the friction of thrusting is painful and leaves your vagina feeling tender and irritated.

      The possible cause: Vaginal dryness, which plagues 25 percent of women at some point in their lives. Common culprits: antidepressants or the Pill (either can lower libido, making it tough for you to get aroused and lubricated), breast-feeding (when nursing, estrogen levels are low, leading to dryness) or menopause (your production of estrogen, and thus lubrication, may drop).

      What to do: Use a water-based lubricant, such as K-Y, during sex.

      6. How it hurts: Your genitals burn and sting, nearly all the time. Both foreplay and intercourse are painful; so is riding a bike, inserting a tampon and sitting for a long time.

      The possible cause: Vulvodynia -- a painful condition that can affect the entire vulvar region or, in some cases, is concentrated at the vaginal opening. The problem appears to occur when vulvar nerve endings become irritated. Although experts aren't sure why, vagi

  41. QUESTION:
    swollen lymph node for 3 months?
    Hi, I am wondering if anyone can give me any advice?

    About 9 months ago I went to the docs with 3 lumps on my neck on the right side, he ordered a full blood count and chest xray which all came back normal and the lumps went down after a few weeks, the doc said they were little swollen lymph nodes and could have been there as a result of an infection i was unaware of (i did have sunburn just before they came up.) so I thought no more of it.

    Then, about 2.5 months ago, one of the lumps came back, it is only small, about 1cm, fairly move-able and painless and is on the right side of my neck about in the middle. After what happened before I decided to leave it a while and see if it went down, well it hasn't. When I first had the lumps I googled it (silly I know!) and was worried about lymphoma so I am very familiar with the symptoms now unfortunately and it is making me worry again cos of this lump returning.

    I do have night sweats, they are not drenching though, more like I wake up and the back of my neck and back have a sheen on, I don't need to change bedclothes and my sheets are not wet.

    The other thing is that I have back pain quite a lot, I have suffered with this sporadically for a good few years but it has recently been more often, mainly the upper back.

    The lump on my neck has not grown at all in size since it reappeared 2.5 months ago so I keep putting off going to the docs in case it's nothing, especially seeing as I had blood tests and xray 9 months ago and they were all fine.

    I guess my question is - should I be worried and is it worth going back to the doctors? Sorry for rambling but I wanted to give as much background as possible.

    I should add that I am 33 years old, normal weight etc etc. I have been know to worry about things for no reason too in the past which is another thing stopping me from going back to the docs.

    • ANSWER:
      My advice is to go to the doctor, even if you think you might just be overworried. It will help you get a grip of the worry at the very least.

      Ok, now relax a bit. At 33 years old, and a woman, the night sweats aren't nessicarily a sign of lymphoma, they could just as easily be a sign of premenopause, or from ovarian cysts, fluctuating hormone levels. You can also get enlarged lymph nodes that recur and never return to normal size, either from scarring of the lymph node or just from changing as you age.

      For the more disturbing answer, lymphoma can go quick enough that it wouldn't be noticable 9 months ago. My husband had Hodgkins lymphoma, diagnosed when he was 36, and noticed it in a lump in his neck that was about an inch across. He let it go a couple months out of fear, then when he was sent to an oncologist, where xrays showed a tumor that was almost 6 inches long descending into his chest cavity from the node in the neck. Thankfully he went and saw a doctor, went through treatment, and is still here 22 years later.

      Myself, I have two enlarged lymph nodes in my lower right jaw, they aren't painful and move if I touch them. They've been enlarged for the last 20 odd years and appeared seemingly overnight. The doctors figure the lymph nodes thickened after scarring from recurring tonsilitis, oddly enough


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