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Ruptured Ovarian Cyst

Hey girls,

Has anyone ever had a ruptured ovarian cyst? If you have what were your symptoms and what did you do to treat it or did you just let it sort itself out?

Thanks in advance 💙

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Excruciating abdominal pain, so bad I went to A and E, and was admitted into gynae ward, had scans etc. Pain settled and I had surgery a few weeks later

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Yeah I had severe abdominal pain, vomiting, weakness, fever etc etc. And I didn’t end up going to a&e cause I couldn’t move to get there. Was surgery the only route?

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I had been scheduled for surgery anyway as it was a large endometrioma.

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Ah okay! I hope it goes well for you, sending loads of hugs x

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This was a year ago for me, so all sorted. (I’ve actually had to have both ovaries removed because of endometrioma complications on two separate ops) It’s also possible to have a torsion of a cyst, that pain is also excruciating and just as you describe, this happened a few times with me before I had surgery. Hope you get sorted soon. The difference when I had a rupture is that the severe pain was followed by days of a very sore abdomen -in contrast the ovarian torsion pain resolved quite quickly, just leaving me feeling a bit ‘bruised’

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Hi sorry to jump on the post. But I have chocolate cysts, yesterday I had lower left side abdo pain, the same side as the cyst I was also vomiting and had to go to A & E the doctor there said it was a urine infection and endo flare up. Did your pain settle on it’s own? As this is a kind of different sharp stabbing pain xx

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Yeah mine was all lower left pain and I have had cysts on the left side before. It did settle down on its own yeah but I’ve still had bad pain since it happened on the lower left (continual pain) and went to GP and they said take painkillers and go home but I don’t feel this is normal. Yeah it felt like someone stabbing me on the lower led xxx

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Hi. Sorry to ask are yours normal cysts or chocolate cysts? I have been reading up on supplements to help reduce cysts. Xx

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No need to be sorry it’s fine 😊 I have had normal cysts before but I’ve heard a lot about chocolate cysts and the pain I had the other day was awful I was trying to tell my partner to call 999 cause I couldn’t move and the pain was so bad but I lost the ability to talk and my vision went as well cause the pain was so bad xxx

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Oh my god. That’s awful. How did you manage after! What sort of cyst do you have now? Xxx

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I’m not really managing well! It only happened on Tuesday and been off work all week so far struggling. I don’t know what cysts I have now because I don’t know for definite that the pain was from a cyst I’m only assuming because of the type of pain it was? Booking another emergency appointment with GP tomorrow and pushing for them to do something cause this pain isn’t right xxx

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Defiantly go to the doctors and demand some tests to find out what’s going on! Also ask for an ultrasound, this was how mine was detected. Wish you all the best and let us know how you get on at the doctors and if u ever need a chat you can always message me xx

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Yeah I’m going to try and do that because they have always been like “take painkillers” and the amount of times I’ve had to demand them to do thing...! Thank you so much for all the advice honestly it has made me feel so much better knowing I can talk to someone xxx

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Hi I had severe abdominal pain.. needed regular pain relief.. pain wad crippling, swollen abdomen. i went from a 'relatively flat' tummy to looking 6 months pregnant. Scan revealed a collapsing cyst.

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Oh god no I’m so sorry to hear that!! What did they do after the scan? Did they let it settle down or did you need surgery? Xx

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the doctors didnt do anything as it consideed a normal functional cyst which would resolve on it own. However i must say my endo is muc worse since this rupture.

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I had a ruptured chocolate cyst 7 weeks ago. I had sudden excruciating abdominal pain, I could barely move and couldn't breathe properly. My husband called 111 and they sent out an ambulance. They didn't know what it was at the time so I had emergency surgery which has lead to me being diagnosed with endometriosis.

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Oh wow you poor thing! How’s things for you now with the pain and everything? Yeah I reckon it might be a cyst but not 100% sure

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This topic is interesting to me.

I have an endo cyst on my ovary.

I asked the gyno if it could burst and he said no, but I was sure it could.

He also said it won't impact on my ovary and its function, even though it has the cyst and it's moved itself to my POD.

I wonder if this is the best advice?

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Oh really? That’s interesting. Cysts in general do burst cause they then disperse and I’ve had that before with normal cysts but obviously could be different with Endo or chocolate cysts? X

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hi. Hope you're all ok. I didn't know I had endometriosis and got taken into hospital with crippling pain, it didn't ease and they operated to remove my appendicitis but it turned out to be a slow ruptured chocolate cyst that was leaking its contents into my pelvic cavity over the previous months. It couldn't be removed and it went on to cause a lot of pain and hospital admissions but it got removed by a bsge specialist and so far I'm feeling great. Try the Endo diet it helped reduce my pain.

good luck. Cx

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Oh that’s awful, I hope you’re feeling better now??

I have been diagnosed with Endo through a laparoscopy a couple years ago but the pain I had the other day was worse than anything I’ve had and I generally suffer badly. That’s why I’m trying to figure out if it’s just a sever flare up or actually it’s a ruptured cyst or something? I should have gone to a&e and I wish I had but I had no strength to move and because I couldn’t even talk when my partner was asking me questions he didn’t know what to do xx

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hi. Yes I'm pretty much pain free for the moment but I do have it all over my badder and bowel so it'll be back to haunt me I'm sure.

Its horrible being in that much pain, I had to call an ambulance and passed out, luckily id given them our postcode by then! For me the pain was continuous till after my op they did say it's rare for cysts to do that, usually they rupture it hurts for a while and it's then dealt with but don't ignore the pain if it happens again get straight to a&e.

do you have pain killers at the moment? Xx

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Ah okay that’s good!

Wow yeah! The pain was awful and since it has happened my Endo has been worse as well alongside the fact I’ve got zero energy as well. Yeah I will definitely go to a&e should the pain get worse or it happens again!

Yeah I have codeine and also methanamic acid so I can take either but they still don’t completely take the pain away xxx

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I have had two ruptured cysts in the last 6 months the first one i had no idea what was happening i had severe abdominal pain loss of appetite and vomiting i has an emergency lap they suspected appendicitis so had surgery where they found blood in my abdomen from a right sided ruptured cyst which they cleaned up and left appendix in i felt great for 3 months then the pain started again i struggled through it for a month gp was definite it was not another cyst as last scan was clear the pain escalated and again i started vomiting and could eat for over a week i ended up back in a n e they didnt know what was causin pain so opted to take appendix out i found out after surgery my appendix was fine but removed to rule this out in future buti had a ruptured cyst from leftovary this time! My stomach was extremely painful to touch also make sure u persist with gp or go a n e sometimes cysts will sort themselves out but as there was blood in my abdominal cavitythe painjust continued to escalate and surgery was the only option. Good luck xxx

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Oh wow! I hope you’re okay? That sounds awful! Sending hugs 😊 xx yeah I’m having a lot of the same symptoms. Just went to the GP and he said he is 95% sure it is a burst/ruptured cyst but he said just let us do it’s thing and leave it for a while so not sure what to do now? I’m so drained of energy it’s awful xxxxx

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Im getting there still get lots of pain today has been a bad one but im a bit in no mans land at the moment as both times i didnt know i had the cysts and all bloods and scans com back clear 🙈🙈 ive had bad periods and pain for years but gynae doesnt seem interested and gp has just said 'its one of those things that can happen' so going down the coil route to see if that helps if not gonna try private through work as both my surgeries were done by general surgeons so still have no formal diagnosis!!

Most of the time the body can reabsorb the liquid from a burst cyst so even though the pain is excruciating they will wait and see how the body reacts however in the meantime make sure u go to a n e if you get a fever or vomitting as this can be a sign of infection. If there is blood in your abdomen from my experience you will experience nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, bloating and pain in your stomach as well as pelvis its so frustrating/worrying not knowing whats going on inside i hope you feel better soon xx

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I’m glad you’re getting there! Yeah Ive has problems with gynae before and they can be an absolute nightmare! When I initially had bad pain before I had a lap, the NHS gynae clinic refused to treat me because I wasn’t in the age range and didn’t have enough symptoms to suggest Endo. So I had to go private and they were lovely when I went private and they did the lap

For me however he was a gynae consultant and not a specialist in Endo so the Endo came back after 6 months...!

Yeah I’ve been experiencing ALL of those symptoms... do you also have significant tiredness and lack of energy? Xxx

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Its really shocking how little they seem to help i was very disappointed with my gynae appointment he didnt really want to listen to what i was saying i think he had already decided i should have the coil and that was that he sent me into another room for an internal and dissappeared for bout 10 minutes he had gone to get a coffee!! 🙈🙈so i think if this doesn't work i will definitely be going private!!

I had really bad fatigue when the first one ruptured i was working in an office and even sitting down all day still made me feel wiped out i struggled to keep my eyes open so i think i noticed it more. With the second one i had the same feeling but im now working nights (more manual work also) so thought that probably didnt help but on the plus side no one argues with me when is say i need a nap 😂 x x

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Had chocolate cysts that ruptured. Pain was excruiating. Sudden, sharp as if I'd been stabbed, I remember feeling very faint, dizzy, damp and shaking from head to toe (from shock), just felt awful. First time I didn't go. Just stayed on pain killers 24/7. The 2nd time I experienced the same I went to A&E. They did scans and said there was 'fluid' near my ovaries but nothing they could except prescribe pain killers anyhow. 3rd time was just as painful but again they said it was a cyst that had tortion etc. Did scans but sent me home. I don't go to A&E anymore. When I tried for ivf though, I had to have both tubes removed as there was damage to them and a lot of damage inside - poss from the Endo and the cysts rupturing. I wouldn't wish that pain on anyone. It was as if I'd been stabbed or shot but with no symptoms for anyone to see so others thought I wasn't feeling well as I hadn't eaten etc and it was my fault. I don't think they realised just how much pain I was in. Wishing you all the best xxx

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Omg that’s awful! How are you doing now? I had those exact symptoms of dizzy, shaking, stabbing pain etc and I still have some of it now but the GP has literally just now told me that he thinks it’s a ruptured cyst but I need to just leave it? I’m worried if it has burst and there’s loads of blood or fluid surely that isn’t good for me? Xxxx

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I'm fine now (fingers crossed). I'd say it's happened around 3-4 times for me now. The first time was the worst and even going to A&E and them doing very little or showing 'little concern' made me think it was probably and is probably fine. I can't help but wonder though, if all these 'chocolate cyst' ruptures have contributed to my 'damage inside with my tubes etc?. I had a great deal of pain before Christmas and was considering trying ivf again. I went to the clinic, had a scan and she said 'there was a lot of fluid or blood around my left ovary'. When I saw my consultant after he just said 'prob a burst cyst' just keep taking pain killers. I'm not sure there's much they can do. I guess if they operate and drain any fluid the surgery (even a lap) can cause adhesions and more problems. I found the pain killers 'Tramadol 50mg' work best for me. My GP doesn't like prescribing them, but I swear I carry them everywhere. Nothing worse than being out and experiencing that much pain. They really do work, if you just take 1 or 2 when the pain comes on. Maybe you could ask?

I did have a lap to remove a large chocolate cyst just before ivf, but found out my ovaries didn't function as well as they had before surgery - AMH blood test. Either way, it does feel like you've taken a beating. Rest up, use a hot water bottle and pain killers, listen to your body. xx

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Oh no that’s awful, you are definitely a fighter! Yeah I’ll speak to them and see if I can try Tramadol and see if that helps!

I’m considering a second lap anyway potentially this summer so if anything is wrong from the ruptured cyst then at least they’ll see then...!

Yes I will do, thank you so much for you’re support and advice xxx

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Hi ladies. 2 weeks ago I had a laparoscopy to remove a large endometrial cyst on my right ovary. It was bigger than a tennis ball! It was stuck to my bladder and bowel. Surgeon drained in and peeled it all away. Back in Jan I was taken to hospital with the crippling pain which eased a few hours later. Surgeon told me after my op, that was the cyst slightly bursting and spraying blood out all over me. So she had to wash me all inside too. I woke up with a drain coming out my tummy and a catheter in. Felt like I had been beaten up.

2 weeks on I'm getting there slowly but surely. I'm so so glad that I have got rid of the cyst. It was a constant worry that it would burst!

Please keep pushing you GP, I got messed about for months. Finally when I got referred to a gynacologist I got answers and things moved quickly. I hope you're ok. I know how exhausting and debilitating it all is xx

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When the cyst burst and sprays blood everywhere do you need to get that sorted in hospital? Or do you let it just sort itself out?

I hope you’re feeling a bit better now??

Yeah I have a specialist who I see but can’t see him for weeks now so it’s a bloody nightmare. Just so drained and exhausted with the pain and the condition in general xxxxxx

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We didn't know it had sprayed blood until my laparoscopy to remove the cyst. That would have happened January and my cyst got removed 2 weeks ago and that's when she discovered the blood sprayed.

She gave me an internal ultrasound in January which showed the cyst clearly. She said if a cyst bursts the pain continues, it doesn't ease plus you would have a temp etc.

Do you know what type of cyst you have and what size it is??x

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Ah okay I understand what you mean!

No I have no idea at all because when I went to the GP he said “I’m 95% sure a cyst has ruptured/burst so just go home, relax and take painkillers so I’m kinda back at square one and just monitoring it xxxx

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Hey hun, sorry to interrupt on this reply but another similarity to me. I was admitted in December with a lot of pain. They told me I had a bad infection so wouldn't do lap there and then whilst I was admitted...Said my insides would habe been too soft and was too risky to go in?? They said infection was not Endo but PID which my GP still says it's Endo and lap next week will finally confirm. Just wondering if this is what happened to me in December..that it was actually a rupturing endometrioma cyst that has been going on since then. They diagnosed cyst by US in Sept 2017 they said it was 7cm probably choc cyst. When I had US in Jan after the episode in hosp it had shrank to 3/4cm. Maybe this is another sign that it had been cyst rupturing??? It had shrank because of that. I had a temp for a while too. Maybe when they do lap next week they're going to find parts of the cyst all over and sprayed blood same as you. Pains from that point in December have never gone away for me either Xx

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Mine never shrunk at all it kept getting bigger , however had sprayed everywhere. That's why they gave me a good clean inside. You will soon find out Mrs. They will get you all sorted. It's so so good knowing the cyst is away.

I had ultrasound, then internal ultrasound then MRI which helped Doc Kumar massively!! They only reason I got the MRI is because my CA125 was very very high and at that point she put me forward for the MRI then the second blood test came back normal. Huge relief!!!!! They said after the lap that the reason i was doubled up with pain in Jan is because it had sprayed out blood. So scary xx

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I have recently been diagnosed with endo.

I also have various fibroids in uterus and cyst on ovary

I was crippled over in pain one day, pass out level pain. I went home from work. Put heating pad on and debated going to emergency. I lay down for a few hours, heating pad helped some. A few hours later I got up to go to bathroom. I felt like an hot release radiating from my ovary.

It literally felt like something under pressure burst and I could feel hot liquid dispersing. The stabbing pain subsided within an hour to a more constant even pain

I’m certain a cyst burst.

I didn’t do anything or go to hospital. Pain eased a bit but my ovary constantly hurts.

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Oh wow sounds like you’ve taken a beating with that 😔 yeah I felt the same, using heat on the area did help but I was just in so much pain it was unreal.

That all sounds so familiar to me and the GP said to me he thought a cyst had burst or ruptured. But to go home and monitor it. My Endo pain has been a lot worse since that though xx

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I had a ruptured ovarian cyst in November. The pain was so bad I couldn't walk. Had stabbing pains in my abdomen and my bottom and a constant full feeling. I went to a and e. I was there two nights and on morphine and other pain relief. They gave me a internal ultrasound that was excrutiating to check for any fluids in my pelvic area and blood etc this was never followed up. It Took me a week to 10 days to feel right again. But my stabbing pain continued intermittently and eventually I was referred for a diagnosis lap and endo removed. But no endo or chocolate cyst found on my ovaries. Hope this helps!?

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Oh no sounds awful! I hope you’re feeling a bit better now?

Yeah I was the same had those stabbing pains and lost the ability to walk. GP says it’s a burst or ruptured cyst but there is nothing he can do.

Thank you for the information and sharing part of your story. Always here if you ever want a chat 😊 x

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