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Revenge of the Cyst addendum - Elizabeth Unexplained
Lots of data but no answers
greyautumnrain
greyautumnrain
Revenge of the Cyst addendum
I'm just writing it down here so that I don't forget: Both cysts are on my left ovary. The new one, "Vader" is probably a good 4cm. The older one, "Sidious", is smaller, but I think over 2cm.

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twe From: twe Date: April 4th, 2006 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)
So does this mean you are perhaps less unexplained now? (And is it fixable?)
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: April 4th, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not so much. The cysts are probably the result of the treatments that they've been giving me, not the underlying cause of the problem. They've been giving me Clomid to make me ovulate at a predictable time. The thing is, I was pretty sure I was ovulating already, so the extra push from Clomid was probably (in my mind) unnecesary, and I was producing extra follicles. The first cyst is probably a mostly mature follicle that didn't release its egg properly. When your ovaries are hopped up on drugs and you're injecting yourself with pregnancy hormone to make the eggs release at a set time these things can happen. As for the second cyst, simple ones like that just happen to women. Even normal, fertile women get them.

The theory is that they should go away on their own. If not, then its surgery time.

If I keep having cysts, then maybe we have an explanation of sorts. There is a problem called PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) that is a common cause of infertility. The thing is, my understanding is that its pretty easy to detect, and they should have noticed by now if I had it. I also don't have any of the common symptoms associated with it, like acne or being overweight.

There is also the fact that my lack of a diagnosis is rapidly becoming irrelevant. The closer I get to IVF the less the doctors really care what's causing the problem.
twe From: twe Date: April 5th, 2006 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
my lack of a diagnosis is rapidly becoming irrelevant

Well, it might be psychologically releveant, I suppose.

Meanwhile I still have my finers crossed for you.
enugent From: enugent Date: April 6th, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
PCOS is an interesting possibility, and I could see it not being seriously considered before this because you're thin. But I know I've heard you complain about how easily you gain weight, and you have the irregular cycles. And most PCOS sufferers are likely not exercising nearly as much as you do.

What's your carbohydrate intake like?
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