It all started Friday morning. I had some period-like cramps in the morning while getting ready for work. I thought it was odd since I was only on CD14 but I shrugged it off and took a midol. While getting ready I got really dizzy and almost passed out, so I called into work. I stayed home and was feeling pretty good until about 3:00pm when the cramps came back really intense. So intense that they went down into my thigh muscle and I could barely walk. I took some Pamprin and tried to wait it out but I was in so much pain that I called J to come pick me up and take me to the doctor.
He came and got me and we headed to the ER. By the time we went there the Medicine had kicked in and my pain was almost gone, so I decided to forego the ER and just go to the Urgent Care. We went and explained my history so they sent me to get an ultrasound. The ultrasound didn’t show us much, just that right ovary was inflamed and the cysts were between 2 and 4 cm each. I went home reassured.
I was wrong and so were they.
On Saturday morning the pain started again but far more intense. Worse even then when I had the ruptured cyst. We rushed to the ER and after a very scary ultrasound the doctor came into see me. My ovary was so inflamed that is was 13 cm plus the 3 small cysts. Ovaries are usually 4 cm. She told me that I was facing a surgery, we just had to figure out what kind. She sent for a consult from an oncologist to see if it was Ovarian cancer. I have never been so scared in my life.
Turns out they cleared me for cancer, so my doctor decided that we needed to go in and do a laparoscopic proceedure and drain the cysts to see if we could get the ovary to shrink down. I have never had a surgery in my life, and I was terrified. They were talking to me about all the risks of the anesthesia, scaring, and possible complications. I had to sign all these waivers. My husband stayed with me as long as possible and by 10:30pm I was knocked out and headed to the OR.
When they got inside the found my right ovary had suffered from Torsion, basically it had been so heavy that it twisted around, not once but five times. It was black from the lack of blood supply. It was also dead. They tried to twist it back to see if they could get any blood to it. Before going under I asked the surgeon to do everything possible to save the ovary. It was not possible. They removed my whole right ovary and tube.
I am sitting in my hospital bed right now still recovering. I have pain at the incision sights and there is also a lot of gas in my abdomen left over from the surgery. I feel a little numb about the whole thing. Apparently last night after I woke up J informed me of the loss of my ovary and I cried for 45 min. I have no recollection of this.
The OB/GYN that operated on my said she believes that I still have a good chance of getting pregnant after I recover. Apparently the left ovary will take over for the right and ovulate every month instead of every other month (If I can get regulated that is). That is good news, but I can’t help but feel a little empty. Like a main part of me has been snatched away. I thought we had seen the worse when the cyst ruptured, but apparently I was very, very wrong.