When a 66-year-old woman went to her doctor, they immediately thought she looked pregnant. But as Vicky Lord showed them her distended abdomen and described the symptoms she was experiencing, it seemed the pregnancy was not as impossible as it seemed.
Although there was always a possibility that she had a tumor, doctors could not be sure – until they ran the appropriate tests. Lord was scheduled for an ultrasound. And then they discovered that it was a tumor – a 33 centimeter growth inside her belly.
And they did not know if it was deadly or not…
More tests were needed. But fortunately, they came back negative – the tumor was benign. But just because it was not cancerous, does not mean it was okay to leave in the 66-year-old woman’s body. It was causing difficulties breathing and back pain.
The tumor was pushing on her organs. It induced acid reflux and heartburn. The large tumor was making Lord’s life very difficult and unpleasant.
Eventually, the doctors identified exactly what it was – an ovarian cyst. These are common for women. But usually they do not have such noticeable symptoms. And they are not harmful.
But Lord’s had grown so large that it was impairing her daily functioning. And it needed to be remove as soon as possible.
Although Lord had given birth to four children over her lifetime, she sported a slim figure – until the cyst took that away from her. Despite a healthy diet and a regular regimen of physical activity, she was shocked to notice a 16-kilogram weight gain in just 2 months.
Because the weight gain coincided with the holidays, Lord first thought it might just be from eating too much. But when the pain started and her belly protruded, she knew it was something much more serious.
As Jane Grainger wrote, “I had an ovarian cyst and almost died – it’s very serious.”
Yes, if she did not get the cyst removed, it had the potential to bleed or rupture – especially since it was getting large so quickly.
Tired of getting looks from strangers who thought she looked pregnant, Lord scheduled her surgery with the doctor – she was eager to remove the cyst and get on with life.
“But I knew it was not possible [for me to be pregnant] because I was 65 and had a hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) so I didn’t understand what was happening.”
Ovarian cysts are very common and every year there are about 3 million reported cases.
According to the Mayo Clinic: “Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs or pockets within or on the surface of an ovary… Most cysts don’t cause any symptoms and go away on their own. A large ovarian cyst can cause abdominal discomfort. If a large cyst presses on your bladder, you may feel the need to urinate more frequently because bladder capacity is reduced… Seek immediate medical attention if you have: Sudden, severe abdominal or pelvic pain, Pain accompanied by fever or vomiting.”
What do you think about this woman’s health issue? Have you ever had an ovarian cyst?
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