Womens Health

Abdominal bloating and ovarian cancer concern

I am 33 years old have 2 kids and have been having menstrual like cramps, pain in my left lower abdomen , sometimes sharp and have abdominal bloating that comes and goes during the day, also urination urgency.

This has been going on for about 2 months on & off, sometimes even when I have my period. I am so scared because all the symptoms seem to be the same as ovarian cancer. Are there other things other than cancer that can cause these symptoms? Please help! I have a gyn exam for next week.

Abdominal bloating can be a sign of ovarian cancer but it is always very slow in onset (over many months) and rarely causes pain and cramps until very late in the disease. Ovarian cancer is usually a disease of the 50s and 60s. I doubt you have ovarian cancer and would bet against it.

Ovarian cysts, endometriosis, fibroids, adenomyosis and infection would be possible. How frequently are you having to pass urine? Does it burn? Do you get up at night to void?

Does pain get worse or better with bowel movement or voiding. Are you on anything for birth control. When was your last pelvic exam? Was it normal?

Thanks for your response. I feel more relaxed already. On the days that I feel the pain and bloating, I urinate 8-10 times a day & have to get up at night because I feel pressure and feel better after I urinate.

When I don't have the pain and I have a bowel movement, the pains seem to start. I can only describe the pain by comparing it to when you get a piece of glass in your finger & your rub your nail over it.

And it seems to be in the area of my left ovary. And the pain comes and goes -- it's not constant. About 5 years ago I had a vaginal sonogram and they told me I had 3 fibroids and one cyst on my ovary that was the kind that comes and goes.

I was never told anything about it except that if I wanted to have any more children I should do so right away because sometimes fibroids get real large and prevents pregnancy.

I don't plan on more children so I never really thought about it again. At my last exam 7 months ago my Dr. said he didn't feel any fibroids and that everything felt normal. I went because I was having spotting between my periods. He said sometimes that happens to women. What do you think of that?

The symptoms you describe are most consistent with large fibroids or ovarian cysts, or possibly irritable bowel syndrome or interstitial cystitis.

Your doctor will check out the urine for infection just to be sure. Probably an ultrasound will be done. If the ultrasound doesn't show an abnormality, the next step would be cystoscopy to look for interstitial cystitis and a gastrointestinal consult to see about irritable bowel.

Table of Contents
1. Pelvic Pain Overview
2. Left sided pelvic pain
3. Upper quadrant pain
4. Abdominal bloating
5. Adenomyosis
6. Ovulatory pain
7. Bicornuate uterus
8. Pain after a c-section
9. Pain and orgasm
10. Causes of painful sex
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