Scary abdominal surgery that's still sort of optional.
August 6, 2013 11:11 PM Subscribe
I don't require surgery. Yet.
Yet is the word that I keep thinking. I think I'm better off planning surgery now than needing it as an emergency, which is a possibility (but I don't know how likely).
I have a 8 cm simple cyst just chilling between my ovaries. It was discovered in May due to a (probably) unrelated MRI. Following up with an ultrasound has shown that
a) it doesn't appear to be attached to my ovaries, or anything else and
b) it hasn't changed since May.
Of course, I have no idea how long it's actually been there. My doctor doesn't think surgery is *required*, but is sort of recommending it.
I'm scared. I don't know how to plan for this, or what questions to ask.
posted by anxioushermit to health & fitness (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm asking this under a sock puppet account, since my main one is clearly associated with my name.
I have no idea how to be sure I'm making the right decision. I don't know anyone personally who has had a similar surgery. I have a low pain tolerance and a tendency not to ask enough questions because I freeze up. I haven't had a real surgery in my adult life (unless you count wisdom teeth, but I didn't plan that, I just had to show up - and I can only remember bits of it - although luckily that means I'm sort of familiar with the anesthesia part of things).
I currently have some minor amounts of pain (sort of a cramping feeling). It's hard to tell if it's from the cyst or unrelated. The pain started in the last month, and I've known about the cyst since May. The original test that discovered it was an MRI on my hip. The hip pain predates the knowledge of the cyst by at least six months, with no known cause (still). That pain comes and goes and is mostly manageable but frustrating.
My GYN says she would get the surgery herself, but seems hesitant to completely recommend it. It's not certain that it's needed, and abdominal surgery you don't need is not a great plan. She's referred me to another specialist for a second opinion. I'll be seeing them next week.
I am so scared. I am tearing up just trying to get my thoughts out. I don't know what questions to ask, or what to be prepared for. I'm confused and stressed and the decision is 100% on my shoulders.
In reality, I've pretty clearly decided I should push through with surgery. That's kind of bad, as far as making sure I think it through and get answers to everything I need first.
What should I be asking about? How can I be confident I'm making the right decision (as much as that is possible, anyway)? Honestly, I'd be pretty happy to just get a lot of hugs and reassurance about all this, but I'd prefer not to get any generalized platitudes like "oh it'll be okay" if they're not based on personal experience.