Post # 1
Hi everyone. I’ve been having a some issues lately and was wondering if any of you ladies could give me some insight. Also, I have already made a doctor’s appointment that will be in a couple weeks, I’ll bring all of this up to her as well.
Anyway here’s the story: Last Summer (2008) I changed my BC pill from Ortho Tricyclen lo to the generic, Trinessa. Immediately after I started taking Trinessa I noticed my mood changed dramatically during PMS. I would get so upset and so deeply depressed, and it just seemed to get worse every month. I thought it was due to Trinessa, so in Febuary (2009) I got a perscription for Ortho tricyclen lo again.
The very next week (BEFORE I started ortho, I was finishing up my last Trinessa pack) some weird things started to happen. At first I had pain when I went to the bathroom so I thought that I was getting a UTI. It only lasted a couple of hours and by the next day it was gone (and I haven’t had any pain since). I assumed it was a cut or something instead. A couple days later I started getting the worst back pain on my left side. This really worried me because I have a moderate case of scoliosis and get a lot of back pain on my right side because I’m a little off-balanced. I’ve never had pain on my left side. I couldn’t go from sitting to standing it was so bad. Over the next week the back pain subsided but my left side (near my hipbone, felt like an ovary) started to hurt. The pain was terrible, I could barely walk or get out of bed. My mom said it could have been a strained muscle but it didn’t hurt when I moved, it just hurt. It felt like something was swollen and something was pressing against it. However, it didn’t hurt to the touch and nothing was swollen. I made an appt with my gyno but she didn’t really seem interested and wrote it off as a bladder infection.
I never took the antibiotics because I knew that that wasn’t right (unless my bladder is near my left hipbone?!) Since that incident I’ve changed my BC but my mood hasn’t changed at all and is still getting worse. Also, my face has been breaking out all through my cycle, not just during PMS. My hair gets greasy much quicker than before. I have little peach fuzz on my face, and maybe I’m being picky but it seems like there’s more of it! My back still hurts from time to time. My left side also still hurts when I’m on my period/PMSing or when I have gas/or have to pee real bad. Finally, I feel really nauseous sometimes. I’m really petite and sometimes get digestive issues, but these don’t seemed to be triggered by anything. I don’t get sick, but it’s annoying.
I can’t tell if all these bodily changes are because I’m getting older and it’s just changing or because of something else. My friends have mentioned that it could be an ovarian cyst, so I’m wondering what you ladies think.
Have you had anything similar? Any suggestions, advice or comments?
I’m anxious to talk to my new doctor and see what’s up down there. I’ll keep you posted!
Post # 3
sounds like you have polycystic ovarian syndrome. I have alot of the symptoms you have and I have had it since I was 18. Go to your doctor and get a blood test. Birth control works wonders for me, but everyones different.
Post # 4
I’m with you there Sammibean6610. I was diagnosed with PCOS a couple years ago. The first cyst I had was in 2005 and I went about my business thinking I had a UTI and I would be seen for it after the weekend at the cabin with my family. Well, my family and boyfriend left the cabin after the weekend was over, and I decided to sleep in and go home later on Monday. Turns out that was a bad decision. I got really sick in the morning and thought I just wasn’t feeling well. I got up to shower and fell over in pain, I am pretty sure I blacked out. I called my mom and she immediately drove the hour to pick me up, rushed me to the ER and turns out my UTI was actually an ovarian cyst that had ruptured. I have NEVER in my LIFE felt anything that painful. Seriously. I say get a second opinion from a different OBGYN. It sounds like PCOS.
Post # 5
i have a friend who has PCOS and she had a few of those symptoms. She started getting facial hair and went on the proper bc and hormone levels to regulate it. BUT, she didn’t have the pain you are talking about.
I have endometriosis and I get searing pains during my period. I used to take prescription painkillers (vicodin, oye) for a week straight and go through a box and a half of super plus tampons. Yep, I’d use 60 over 7 days. Ridiculous, right? The pain would make me nauseuos and the painkillers would constipate me, causing a great deal of discomfort. I had “period pants” for the bloating b/c i got so big each month. So they put me on back to back birth control all the time to control it. I’m NORMAL again and I love it. My PMS mood swings were intense, man. I would be up and down like nobody’s business. They DID find 3 large cysts on my ovaries when they went in to poke around and they said that those tend to cause a lot of one-sided pain. Mine was always more painful on the left and guess where two of those little buggers were? Yep, left ovary. So the pain really can mean something. Don’t want to scare you, just reassuring you that you need to see your gyno
Anyways, long story short, it can be a lot of things and only a doctor can tell you what it is. Both are perfectly treatable (if the facial hair becomes an issue, there’s always laser treatment and it’s not that expensive, just save save save) and stuff you can live with. I hope you get an answer soon!
Post # 6
I used to have problems with ovarian cysts when I was in my early twenties. Had severe pains when they ruptured and like Miss Lily said, it was the worst pain I ever experienced. I also had severe acne then, but no other symptoms. My OBGYN could see some enlarged eggs in my ovaries, but not enough for PCOS. He still put me on a testosteron binding form of BC and since then I had no more problems. Today I have no symptoms whatsoever even off the pill.
I really hope it works out for you and that your new doctor can shed some more light on this.
Post # 7
A little update 🙂
The new doctor was great! They did some tests and found a cyst on my RIGHT side, which I kind of knew about (I had pain there when I was a teenager, but it went away after starting BC).
However, this doesn’t explain the pain on the left side. The ultrasound found nothing at all! It still hurts from time to time and I’m baffled as to what it could be. The doctor suggested that it could be something else, like my intestines…but it hurts right where and ovary would be! I’m thinking maybe I had one that ruptured and now they don’t see it? I’m so clueless! I have another appointment in 3 months to check everything again. Thanks for your help!
Post # 8
Your intestines curve right where you are talking about and lie on top of your left ovary! The most common problem people get in this area is intestinal. This might be TMI for some – because of the large prominent curve in the intestine gas and other “stuff” can get stuck and trap and cause extreme pain in this area. So it could have been constipation/gas!?
Are you still getting the pain?
Post # 9
I’m still getting the pain, and it seems to be linked with PMS and my period. It doesn’t seem to be gas or anything else, it just hurts. The pain feels the same as it does on the right side (with the cyst) except it hurts more often.
The pain doesn’t stop me from doing daily things, but it’s definitely uncomfortable. It’s really frustrating because it seems to be linked with my time of the month, so naturally i think it would be in my female organs but it’s not! Hopefully they find the culprit in a few months when I go back for my next ultrasound. :-
Post # 10
The pain in your back could be your kidneys. If you had a UTI or bladder infection, it’s possible that it spread to your kidneys, in which case it should be examined immediately.
Post # 11
Whoa, whoa, whoa! You’re still in serious pain & you have to wait for another check-up in 3 months? What do they want to check-up? How you’ve learned to cope with the pain on your own? I would go back to the doctor & ask for more tests! Did they do a pelvic exam? What kind of tests did they run?
I would be persistent on this one, especially if it’s causing you a lot of discomfort.
Post # 12
@million I’m not sure I ever had a bladder infection. I personally think she wrote it off as that because she didn’t even do any tests. I’m not saying you’re wrong, but I just feel like there’s more to this. I’m definintely going to ask about it though next time.
@Recessionistabride I’m going back to get an ultrasound (not the regular kind, oh no, the one they must have invented in the last couple years…it’s defenitely *ahem* clearer). They’re going to check the cyst on the RIGHT side to see if it’s growing. The pain isn’t terrible (like that one week) but it’s noticable, just like the cyst pain.
I’ve been scouring the internet trying to find info about what could be wrong in that area so I can ask her. Pelvic Inflamatory Disease has some of the same symptoms. I’ve never had an abnormal PAP and the idea of having PID scares me to death because it’s usually a result of an untreated STD. I haven’t been with very many people and never had any problems. However, back in college I was with a shady character. I didn’t know much about his history until the end of the relationship, but he never mentioned that he had any problems either. After being with him I got myself checked out many times just to make sure I didn’t have anything.
I’m hoping it’s nothing serious like that, but I had some trust issues with my last doctor (whom I had for 5 years). So in retrospect, if she cut corners, it wouldn’t surprise me but I’d like to give her the benefit of the doubt.
Post # 13
I agree with Recessionista. You need to press for answers and 3 months is too long to live in pain. I’m no doctor and won’t pretend to know your diagnosis, but please take all of this into consideration and don’t settle for inconclusive answers. FYI – a bladder infection is detected by a urine sample — if your previous doc did not perform this test then her diagnosis was a stab in the dark. Your health is too important and I hope you’ll follow through and demand more tests.
Post # 14
I posted a long post about pelvic stuff a week or maybe a couple weeks ago and I can’t find it now-anyway-drama I’ve had since college. (not to sound conceited) but it’s a good post with lots of info. I have PCOS and I also have endometriosis, and ovarian cysts, and had fertility issues…all of which can be related or not…at any rate, find a good doc who will take your concerns and the way you are feeling (whether not it is “normal” doesn’t matter if it isn’t “normal” for you!) Hugs and God bless sweetie!
Post # 15
I had ovarian cysts. I would have nausea, cramping, and pain on my right side. I went through several rounds of my Dr. doing pregnancy tests (I KNEW that wasn’t it), prescribing acid reflux medication, etc. before he finally ordered the ultra sound…sure enough…ovarian cysts in my right ovary. He immediately took me off of BC (ortho-tricyclene) and just monitored every 3 to 6 months. It has been 3 years now since I have been on BC and not only are my cycles easier to bear…there is not a single ovarian cyst there any longer. Each person’s body is different but 9 years of first depo and then ortho-tricyclene REALLY did a number on my body and my health. Weight gain, fibroid tumors, ovarian cysts, high blood pressure…you name it. Birth control can really do a number on you
Post # 16
ugh, i have pcos (or pos like i like to call it)
but anyway i agree, you need to get back to your doctor asap to check out what couid be wrong on the left side, don’t wait!