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What is causing my constant menstrual discomfort?

By April 13, 2013 - 7:54pm
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so a while ago after being very diligent with my doctor, I had a CT Scan done on my abdomen. The results showed a cystic appearance on both of my ovaries. Being a General Practitioner, He just prescribed pain killers and birth control to help with the extreme pain I was having. Since he was a doctor I just listened and didn't ask any further questions. It helped for a while but now I have hit a wall.

I have had menstrual irregularities since I was 15. The pain would be so strong that I would vomit, become feverish and even pass out sometimes.

I am now 20 and my symptoms have changed quite a bit. I now have a steady constant pain throughout the month even when I am not on my period. Not severe. Kind of like a sharp stab, it lasts for a few seconds then goes away. This happens a few times a day. I have also noticed that my belly is a little bloated as well. I am usually very fit but I honestly don't have the energy to work out as often as I used to. My back is also in constant discomfort, some days worse than others. Its more like strong pressure and sometimes it will turn in to pain.

I don't know if this is related but I have also been experiencing problems in the gastro- intestinal area. I pass gas very frequently definitely more than normal and don't have very many bowel movements. I would assume that I am probably constipated

I'm planning on finally speaking to a gynecologist about the problems I am experiencing, but I would like to go prepared since I am a self pay. So not having insurance limits how many visits I can take since it gets pretty expensive.

Any suggestions on what this could be? I honestly believe it can't just be cysts

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Hi Trinity,


Welcome to EmpowHER.  Here are some of the symptoms of ovarian cysts.  


  1. Lower abdominal or pelvic pain, which may start and stop and may be severe, sudden, and sharp
  2. Irregular menstrual periods
  3. Feeling of lower abdominal or pelvic pressure or fullness
  4. Long-term pelvic pain during menstrual period that may also be felt in the lower back


It’s important to let a specialist, such as Gynecologist know of your symptoms.  He might suggest having imaging tests done to know what can be the cause.




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