Ovarian cyst education

Today, I began my research anew and learned from ovarian-cysts-pcos.com, that what I have firstly is a Functional (physiologic) cyst, and secondly, under that category, it is a corpus luteum cyst.
But I still haven’t found info on how long it takes for a cyst to grow to 4cm in size.

However, ovarian-cysts-pcos.com also tells me the following:

“Rarely, a corpus luteum cyst can grow to 3″-4″ in diameter and potentially bleed into itself, or twist your ovary, thus causing pelvic or abdominal pain.”

Okay, so what I have is considered rare.

This lends further credence to my belief that I should be sent out ASAP for a radiology appointment.

And today is yet another day where I have yet to hear back from my gynecologist.

ovarian-cysts-pcos.com also says the following:

“A recent study from the Institute of Research Pharmacology in Italy analyzed the diet over a ten-year span of 225 women with benign ovarian cysts and 450 women who did not have ovarian cysts.
The researchers discovered that the type of food eaten influenced the development of cysts. For example, they said that women who consumed the most beef and cheese developed the most ovarian cysts. In contrast, consumption of green vegetables provided a strong protective effect. This study makes it clear that what you eat will influence whether or not you develop ovarian cysts.”

The article concludes by saying they’ve written a book chock full of dietary advice, called The Natural Diet Solution to PCOS and Infertility, and notes that the same diet also helps those with ovarian cysts. The book of course is $30.
I might be inclined towards its purchase because they did not refer to their knowledge as “secrets”, nor did they have a website layout mimicking those of scam artists, as the Mary Parker (as mentioned in my previous entry) site does. And, bonus, they gave diet clues in their article.

I also found websites stating that refined sugars and carbs are culprits in ovarian cyst creation. answers.com in particular states

Dietary guidelines for treatment and prevention of cysts include:

  • Eliminating caffeine and alcohol.
  • Reducing intake of sugars, including honey and maple syrup, and refined starches such as white flour products.
  • Increasing use of foods rich in vitamin A and carotenoids; good choices include carrots, tomatoes, and salad greens.
  • Eating foods high in B vitamins such as whole grains.
  • Including a dietary source of iodine such as seaweed for thyroid support.

Nutritional supplements include:

  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids, such as flaxseed oil or evening primrose oil to promote hormonal balance. Essential fatty acids are also found in fatty fish like salmon and trout.
  • Vitamins A, C, and E, and the minerals zinc and selenium. Zinc and selenium should be taken at different times. A good multivitamin and mineral supplement is also recommended.

That site also notes
“Cysts less than 1.6 in (4 cm) in diameter are considered normal in premenopausal women”, which again means the 4cm cyst I have is not normal.

Furthermore, let me state again that this is at least the second month in a row where my period was longer than normal, caused nausea, and behaved strangely at onset.

The answers.com site has a lot of other good info in their article on ovarian cysts, too. Check it out.

There are other websites, too, but the answers.com and the ovarian-cysts-pcos.com sites are the two best which educated me in a manner I could understand.
I was sorely disappointed when I clicked a link from google, which took me into another ezinearticles.com article, and that article once again led to another link for scam artist advertising. There was a time when I had considered ezinearticles.com a respectable site. I just checked my own website to make sure I don’t have any ezinearticles.com links on it. I’m glad I don’t.

So…what now?

I have some info on what to do to avoid ovarian cysts in the future, but I still don’t know how long mine has been growing for, which might give me an idea as to whether it’s going to continue to grow larger. And I still don’t have the radiologist appointment to ease my fears as to the danger that this cyst poses.

I’d like to also note that as of Monday, strengthening in pain on Tuesday, I am ovulating again, and this time, the pain is sharp on the other (right) side.

Every other day since my last menstrual cycle ended on November 9th, the pain is heavy enough that I must go to bed with a heating pad placed firstly on my lower back, then alternating to front pelvic region. I have NOT had my energy back like I always get after a menstrual cycle. I’ve also been very constipated, and I’m normally not this bad after my cycle ends. Plus, with the detox diet I’m on, I should be freeing up. I am having more movements per day, but it hurts. The answers.com site says “Other symptoms of cysts include late or missed periods, feelings of pressure or weight in the lower abdomen, and constipation and problems urinating due to internal pressure from cysts.”

Just so I have it for future reference, two other websites to check out for ovarian cyst info:
http://www.emedicine.com/emerg/byname/Ovarian-Cysts.htm
http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/library/DS/00129.html

I’m called my GYN again, and left another message.

Have I mentioned that I feel like I’ll die before I ever get any proper help?

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