• I'm wondering what symptoms others used to seek a doctor's assistance.

    Asked by Carol-Charlie on Tuesday, July 31, 2012

    I'm wondering what symptoms others used to seek a doctor's assistance.

    I was seeking help for extreme back pain. I'd been rear ended twice in my car and broad sided once. I was told my back was the worst the back surgeon had ever seen. I'd been told to wait until I absolutely had to have surgery... so I did. The back surgeon, bless him, ordered an MRI of my lower back. Then he called and asked me to have another one "with contrast" as something didn't look right". Thank God for that man's caring... The day after the MRI with contrast... my family doctor called me. Told me the back surgeon was concerned about something and could I come in for a few tests... They scheduled them for the next day at the hospital. I figured out what they were looking for... I'd listened to Gilda Radner, I'd thought to myself... dang.. if I ever get cancer it will be ovarian... with my bad back and other female stuff, I'd never spot the symptoms,. I told him if they came in and said my doctor wanted to talk to me. I had ovarian cancer. They did. I did!

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    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      I had also decided old age meant fat. I kept saying to my husband "I sware I wasn't this fat when I was pregnant"... (That's another symptom too...) along with gas and bloating, cramps... It's so sneaky.

      about 6 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      I found out that I had ovarian cancer because I suddenly had bad abdominal pains whenever I moved and then a day or two later fever. I thought I might be having an appendicitis or some kind of infection. That is why I went to the doctor. My doctor admitted me to the hospital and after several tests the hospital doctors diagnosed me as most likely having ovarian cancer which was confirmed via surgery.

      about 6 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      My first diagnoses with Hodgkins, I had no symptoms that I knew about. I went to the dr. because I had allergies, runny nose. He asked, "how long you had that lump in your neck?" Thats how it started, the first two times, dr. found a lump.

      third time, I woke up one morning and had a sore spot behind my ear. Another lump, but small. This one I found.

      about 6 years ago
    • Bellamore's Avatar

      My only sympton was extreme fatigue. But before subscribing any supplements, my new holistic doctor (i had just switched from my old western medical doctor) did a complete set of labs and sure enough it showed up in my blood work. I've had the tumor for at least 15 years!

      about 6 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      I went in yet again for some abnormal bleeding. Dr decided to do a hysterectomy this time; all cancer markers that he took (ovarian and uterine) were normal. Much to his shock, he found my ovary encompassed by a tumor that had originated in my appendix.

      about 6 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      My first symptom was pain to my left ear, then it became difficult to swallow. I had dental work done, so I didn't pay much attention to it. Within a few months, I felt a hardness at the base of the tongue. My ENT felt it and said we had to look at it right away. Within 2 days they did a biopsy and I was told I had squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue.

      about 6 years ago
    • Jeana1975's Avatar

      Carol, I'm only 37 years old, but have been diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer with a tumor the size of 30cmx30cmx20cm. It has grown considerably over the passed few months. My symptoms are as follows: I have had twisting, burning, stabbing pain in my groin as well as a massively bloated stomach, lots of pain associated with that. Constipation, a marked interruption of digestive system (I wouldn't have a BM for days, I got full quickly, I could only eat tiny amounts). Constant feeling of being extremely heavy, feeling like there's water in your throat, but there's not, difficulty breathing as if you cannot take a full breath to relax your diaphragm. Nausea, sometimes vomiting. But mostly my huge stomach, and the pain associated with my girly parts brought me into my new Gyno, and she ordered a battery of tests including a CT Scan, labs and chest x-ray. Please go and get checked out, especially if your having weight gain, gas, bloating and cramps in addition to back pain. It could be benign as an ovarian cyst, and I pray it is. Best of luck to you, Carol. I wish you all the best.

      about 6 years ago
    • avonlea02's Avatar

      In mid-February of this year, I was putting on a pair of jeans, newly washed (so they were a bit "shrunk" by the dryer) and laying on the bed to zip them up. I felt a huge, lemon-sized mass above my waist as I did this and wondered what in the world it could be?! I went to my OB/GYN, who felt it could not be related to that since it was so high up. However, she ordered an ultrasound. I went to my family doctor, who added a CT scan to that, and within a few days, I had the shock of my life, with Stage IIIC ovarian cancer (although they probably didn't stage it until the surgery).

      I had noticed that around Christmas, I got full faster than I expected, and hadn't been able to eat as much of the holiday "goodies" as I normally do. Since I could stand to lose a few pounds, I thought this was great, and didn't give it any thought at all as to it being a bad thing. All of the "symptoms" for ovarian cancer are pretty much things I'd experienced, anyway, as a woman (especially one my age!). I had no idea about how silent ovarian cancer is...or that I had any risk at all of getting it. I wish I knew more about this cancer then, and had paid closer attention to my "symptoms". Maybe I would have caught it at an earlier stage. But ultimately, I suppose it was a good thing that the metastasis was there or I would never have found out about the primary site at all!

      about 6 years ago
    • Shelli's Avatar

      My Mama had been going to the doctor for about a year or more complaining of all of the symptoms of ovarian cancer, bloating, feeling full, irregular bowel movements, gas. Every time she would go, he kept telling her it was diverticulitis (sp?), would give her medicine and send her home. We couldn't talk her into going to a different doctor unfortunately, and she kept getting the same thing every time she would go back to the same one. He finally tried to tell her it was in her head, but he would do a ct scan basically to "shut her up" (although he didn't put it to her that way). So he did a scan without contrast. My sister works for another Dr. that is a big wig at the hospital here. He went in and read the scan and saw something he didn't like, so he told me sister to have my Mama to get her Dr. to do another scan with contrast. When they did the one with contrast, he went in and was standing there with another doctor reading the scan, and the other Dr. said boy her left ovary looks pretty bad. And the Dr. my sister works for said, that's not her ovary. It was a mass of cancer. She was diagnosed stage IV, on the 8th of February 2008. She lost her battle to this beast 13 months to the day later on the 8th of March 2009. Had we known what to look for a year and a half earlier, we would have definitely had her at another doctor's office or something. My sisters and I do what we can now to get the word out about it to let everyone know what the symptoms are so that no one else gets sent home time and again like our Mama did!!!

      almost 6 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      I had shortness of breath as the symptom I was aware of. Looking back I could see it started about a month earlier. I felt like I gained weight so thought the shortness of breath with exercise was due to that. I had moved into a new living situation with different meal patterns and decrease in exercise. Turns out it was increasing ascites (fluid in the abdoment) and pleural effusion - -fluid around the lining of the lungs cramping my lungs. No pain, no lumps.

      almost 6 years ago
    • thebluebird11's Avatar

      I was 44, otherwise healthy, started noticing that when I got up from my chair (I worked at home on the computer), I felt like a "pulling" pain in the right lower abdomen, like where your appendix is. If you've ever been pregnant, it kind of felt like those pulling pains you get and the OB tells you that the uterus and ligaments are stretching as the baby moves and grows. I didn't think much of it, but little by little, over a few months, the pains became more frequent (occurring if I turned over in bed, got in/out of car, etc), and a little more annoying. But not painful. And no other symptoms whatsoever. No bloating, gas, GI type problems, nothing. I almost thought I was imagining it, making nothing into something. But I went to the doctor anyway, since I was due for a Pap test, and I mentioned this problem, so he offered to do a sonogram, and the rest is history.

      almost 6 years ago

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