I hope you don't mind me posting as I'm not yet diagnosed, but I am very worried. I'm a 43 year old Mum of 2 boys and have, for the last few weeks, been experiencing some slight bloating. This has gradually got worse to the point where I am extremely uncomfortable much of the time - tummy feels full and bloated - more heavy / fluid than gas - and especially full after eating. I am also battling with fatigue.
I am also struggling right now with some very low dragging pelvic pain and low back pain - I have had these symptoms intermittently for 2 and a half years but they have always gone away and I have had long periods of time pain free. I had a full Gynae work up just over a year ago - all was normal - inc a trans-vaginal scan where the ovaries were visualised and were 'normal'.
The symptoms I am experiencing all seem to point to one diagnosis, but I am wondering if this could also point to a benign ovarian cyst or other conditions. Do they also cause bloating, fluid retention, pain? I have a history of functional ovarian cysts (had surgery on a ruptured cyst almost 2 years ago) I have never experienced fluid retention / bloating like this though.
GP has done CA125 and I am waiting for results - hopefully tomorrow or Friday - but I have no idea what to expect or think. If it is high, does this mean definite OC? If it is low, does it rule OC out? I am seriously scared re the prognosis of OC and the fact that I need to be here for my two young boys. Can anyone offer any words of support / reassurance? The waiting is truly awful.