I had never given a thought to ovarian cancer, and why should I? When it comes to gynecological cancers you hear about breast cancer all the time, but you never hear much at all comes about ovarian cancer. I probably heard the words before it was at some point, but until I was diagnosed with stage 2 ovarian cancer, I was quite ignorant of the signs and symptoms and had no idea what to look for.
As it turned out, I had probably with early warning signs for some time, perhaps years, but I wrote them all to pieces as a normal old signs of getting a little older and entering that time in life when others begin things to bother you or basically so much like a car that reaches the end of fall is the warranty. You know how to do that, the warranty runs out and you’re in the shop every other week.
So I had typical symptoms such as indigestion (never had that before), bloating, changes in menstrual periods (heavier), and some pain in the pelvic area right after my time. It was really a strange symptom I’m after because it was not right with the time of the month, but a few days. But then it was gone, and I would just figure, you know, older, etc.
But then I started with this annoying pain in the leg. It was a kind of radiating pain, so I thought it must do something with a nerve. Sciatica? I did not believe it, because it does not follow the usual MO for this type of nerve pain. Maybe a pulled muscle? Fibroids? Yes, it was I decided, fibroids. I researched all the symptoms and everything added up! A huge fibroid must be pressing on my sciatic nerve and the reason aggravated unbearable pain in the legs. I made an appointment with my gynecologist and she agreed, yes, it must be.
She sent me an ultrasound, where a large mass was seen, so I was immediately sent to a gynecologic oncologist. This is the best person for every type of GYN problems that are beyond the norm because these doctors are very specialized, but it is very scary in the oncologist office wondering if you have cancer to sit. Once I had my exam, my doctor intervention were provided, and soon! My surgery was done 6 days later and the diagnoses was stage 2 ovarian cancer. I was scheduled to begin chemotherapy. I did not want to hear it! All I could was to lose my hair to think about. In the grand scheme of things this is such a small thing, but believe me, if you are facing this, it just seems so awful and terrible.
But there is good news in all of the bad was hidden, and that was that I was only stage 2 ovarian cancer and will not be at a later date, the most often diagnosed (due to the fact that nobody realizes they are a symptom, to be concerned about).
I am happy to say I made it through all that and am now cancer free. But I believe that unless I had pain in my leg I did not go to the doctor would have to have in the foreseeable future, probably not for a long time, as my symptoms were so nonspecific and seemingly very benign, and my disease can go unnoticed and was increasing. So please pay attention to your body’s communication with you and if you is something going on that seems really out of line, they have checked out by a doctor.