Question by : So scared that my symptoms may be of ovarian cancer… Please help!!! 10 points!!!?
Okay, I know I’ve posted several questions about this, but I can’t stop worrying. I’m 21, by the way.
For the past two months, I’ve had the following symptoms (almost constantly):
– low back pain
– occasional pelvic pain (can be constant or intermittent).
– occasional heartburn
– slightly increased frequency in urination (I notice that I have to go often in the morning, but this is also when I take my Citrucel. I combine the 1 tablespoon of Citrucel powder with at LEAST 12oz. of water, so I’m sure this must have some effect on the frequency, right)?
Now, here are the conditions I know I have:
– IBS (constipation-predominant). I’ve had IBS since I was about 16, and I just went to a new gastroenterologist on Dec. 23rd. He did a rectal exam and said that my large intestine was totally normal. He said that, obviously, bloating and constipation are common complaints. He asked me to take Citrucel fiber supplement once daily (1 tablespoon). I’ve been taking it for five days now and I’ve had a bowel movement every day except today.
– Hyperthyroidism. I’ve also had hyperthyroidism since I was about 16, and I increased my medication (by doctor’s orders) from 1 pill to 2 pills per day. I just had blood work done about a week and a half ago, and my levels are stable (TSH is still a little low). I also had a CBC done, and that is stable as well. However, I’ve read that having hyperthyroidism can increase your risk of ovarian cancer by 80%. I do plan on having iodine ablation over the summer so that I will be hypothyroid.
I’m also a DES-exposed granddaughter, and I’ve read that this could increase your risk of gynecologic cancers. I’m very vigilant about going to all of my doctors, especially my gynecologist. I went to her on July 15th for my annual pelvic exam/pap smear, and she said that everything was normal.
I discussed my symptoms with the PA at my physician’s office, and he did not seem concerned. He said that the back pain could be due to something as minor as poor posture (although I don’t personally think I have bad posture). My GI doctor did not seem concerned either.
Right now, I think I’m experiencing PMS. My breasts are sore and have been for about two days, but I am due for my period on January 4th, so I’d assume that’s why. Could IBS also contribute to pelvic pains around my navel? They’re not severe, but I can notice them.
I made an appointment with the nurse practitioner at my gynecologist’s office for January 10th. I was supposed to go on January 3rd, but I wanted to reschedule just in case I started my period a day early. I’m absolutely terrified that what I’m experiencing is due to ovarian cancer. I have NO family history of ovarian cancer (or breast cancer, for that matter), but I’m still scared. I know my grandmother had one ovary removed at age 16, but she said that it was due to a mass on her ovary that was not cancerous. She’s 90, so this occurred in… 1937? My cousin has also had issues with cysts, but is otherwise healthy.
I know I’ve gotten some feedback from some of you on this site (and THANK YOU for that, honestly), but for some reason, I’m still so scared. I will voice all of my concerns to the nurse practitioner at my appointment, but does anyone honestly believe that I have anything to worry about? My parents think I should stop worrying and that I’m okay, but I’m still so nervous. Please help, reassurance would be great! Thank you!!!
Answer by me
having read all of that, i think you’re just worrying too much. do discuss all your concerns with the nurse practitioner, but honestly, i think it’s not cancer. good luck.
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