I am recovering from having an ovarian cyst removed. It is still quite a shock what happened and still doesnt seem real. I went to the Dr's in Jan 06 with a bloated tummy, I thought i had IBS, the Dr gave me an internal, and said straight away that i needed further scans. I was confused, but went along, and over a period of 1 1/2 months went for blood tests, CT scans, ultra sound scans etc.
It was discovered that I had a cyst on my left ovary 30 cm big, i was shocked but confused, i put the painful periods, down to being a woman thing, and thought my tummy which was growing slowly was through eating to many cakes.
i was a active healthy 30 year old, and felt that i now had no control over my life, i was tearful and depressed.
I went into hospital march 06 to have4 the cyst, my ovary, a tube and appendix removed. The cyst was so big that the cut was made bigger than they imagined, it is from above my tummy button to below my bikinni line.
Noone can prepare you for this and i really do think there needs to be more info on cysts from the patients point of view instead of just facts and figures, as this would have really helped me.
I know they say recovery time is between 6 -8 weeks but I'm having around 10 weeks off.
I am a nursery teacher so the thought of going back to work at six weeks and being hit in the stomach by a child or crawling on the floor brings tears to my eyes.
I can drive next week, and i intend to slowly get my life back to normal, treating myself to a new hair cut, buying some new clothes (because my cyst weighed over 1 1/2 stone so I've dropped 2 dress sizes), and feeling like me again.
I went into a bubble for 3 months and need some me time.