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All the symptoms of OC but no mass

I am 20 years old (almost 21) and I have all the symptoms of oc. I have had constant abdominal pain on the right side now for approximately 1 year and have been feeling exhausted for even longer. As well as over the past 6 months feeling incredibly bloated and full, gaining a stone in weight and frequently passing urine.

I have had two pelvic ultrasounds. One in 2014 and the other back in February time. Both found nothing. I was sent for a laparoscopy to check for endometriosis as I do not have periods at all (maybe 3 a year) unless I am on the contraceptive pill which I am no longer. There was nothing found in my laparoscopy (March).

As time goes on I'm feeling worse and worse, painkillers don't touch me and I'm really scared for my health especially for my age.

If anyone can help or give me advice id really appreciate it. Thank you.


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Oh Amy 🙁 There are lots of conditions which can cause the symptoms you describe, but unfortunately I'm not medically trained so can't offer any real advice other than to recommend you go back to your GP and ask for more tests to hone in on what could be causing your discomfort.

I really hope you can get some answers soon.


HimAmy, I understand your concern. I had symptoms like that for a year, all kinds of tests, including a pelvic ultrasound. It wasn't until I saw another doctor and got a full ultrasound of abdomen and pelvis. You drink a liter of water, then they get you on the table to do the first part. Your abdominal structures are clearer that way. Then they get some images with your bladder empty. I had a grapefruit size mass on my right ovary. I've been a nurse for 25 years. I know the other Doctor messed up. Another cause might be IBS. You should make sure first you had the abdominal pelvic ultrasound, then they can proceed. Let me know,,Nesie237

By the way, I had surgery in 2014, then chemo. All is well so far. Take care

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Dear Amy, you sound very scared and worried. I feel the first thing you need to do is go back to the gp and ask for a full ultrasound/Gynae appointment. It sounds like a good place to start. Friends have had similar experiences that you have and have been diagnosed with fibroids, endometriosis, and pcos. You see, there are so many things that can go wrong with our bodies. OC is rare and please take comfort that your age is with you here. But you do have a definite problem and your gps need to refer you.

Can I add a few other things into he mix. Prior to getting fallopian and ovarian cancer I had ulcerative colitis and an under active thyroid. The colitis is like IBS+. It caused bloating, upset stomach, pain. While an under active thyroid caused weight gain, bloating etc. So you see symptoms overlap sometime. Luckily it's pretty easy to rule out thyroid problems ( with a blood test). I'd definitely push your GPs for a Gynae referral. Good luck Amy. T. X

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Hi Amy - ask for a CA125 blood test. Be strong. Marie


Hi Amy, you have the same surname as my single name so that is a good start. The symptons of OC can be vague but go something like this, Bloating abdomnal discomfort, feeling full and not eating a lot, perhaps constipation so talk to your gp about these symptoms. A guideline for OC symptoms was recently rolled out to all gps in Ireland and UK. You can ask your gp to do a ca 125 blood test and refer you to a gynae for a ct scan. That should give you some idea of what is going on, the ct scan will cover your tummy as well as ovaries and it could show up something quite simple. So this is my advice and do come back and ask us any further questions you may have. Mostly older women get OC but it can occur at any age really. Better to be sure isnt it? Pm me if you wish


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