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Tuesday, August 12, 2008 lschultz, Community Member, asks

Q: can ovarian cysts create bloating?

I have lower right side pain in both the front and back, and I look like I'm five months pregnant; I have nausea, vomiting, a low fever (around 100), shortness of breath, and extreme fatigue.  This started about 10 days ago right before follow-up for staph infection in upper thigh. (The staph infection came from a bee sting.)  


Initially the doctor said she could tell where pain was because I have an involuntary guarding muscle reflex when she presses my stomach around the ovary area.  Then she gave me bottle of Miralax to take over the weekend and said that the bloating would be gone by Monday.  I took the entire bottle as instructed and of course was in the bathroom constantly. 


I went back to doctor Monday and had actually gained 1 1/2 pounds.  I have gained about 20 in the past 2-3 months!  She ran a blood test, CA125, a flat plate x-ray to see my stomach, and a CT scan.  She called last night and said I have a 1.7 cm non-functioning cyst in my right ovary, and that should not be causing the pain.  She also said that my bloating is because I frequently re-use a to-go cup and am drinking from a straw and to stop doing that.  She ended with, "start eating five small meals a day with plenty of water, and call me Friday if you don't feel better."  


I'm extremely frustrated.  While I know that ovaries don't have much to do with intestinal bloating, it all came about at the same time, and none of the symptoms have stopped.  I still feel exactly the same as I did 10 days ago and feel as if I get bigger by the day.  I'm 5 feet tall and my usual weight is around 117-120.  I now weigh 138.5!

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SamJessie, Community Member
12/26/09 3:06pm

You need to go to another doctor! I have read articles from several articles one is I was trying to get pregnant when I was diagnosed with an Ovarian Cyst. I had breast tenderness, bloating (even in my ankles), nausea, severe acid reflux, tiredness, and cramps all the time. I finally went to the doctor when the cramps got so bad I couldn't sleep. 

Sometimes it is better to take your health into your own hands.


Good Luck and feel better

picturepurrfekt, Community Member
11/ 6/10 11:27am

Thank you so much for this post.  I suspect that I have an overian cyst on my left overy.  I have been having pain for about a month and a half now. It comes and goes and is usually worse right before and right after my menstral cycle and around the time I would be ovulating.  I have been having severe bloating and acid reflux as well as upset stomach.  Along with the left pelvic pain I have been having leg pain and numbness and upper back pain between my shoulder blades which I suspect is from the acid reflux.  I have been stressed out as I do not have insurance and have been to the er 3 times with varies symptoms only to be told I had GERD and sent on my way. Frustrating.  I have seen my Gyno and have an appointment next week for an ultrasound. I am praying all the pain is caused from a cyst and not something more serious.  I am glad to see someone else has had GERD and severe bloating with their cyst it gives me hope that thats whats wrong with me.  Thanks again for sharing! God bless!

James Leary, Editor
8/14/14 11:48am



I know it has been a while, but what did the other doctor say about your symptoms?  You have quite a collection of frustrating things going on, so I hope you've found some relief by now.


If you can, please consdier returning to the site and letting us know how you are doing.  I'm sure that your experience could be of great help to others on the site.


I hope you are doing well!





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By lschultz, Community Member— Last Modified: 08/14/14, First Published: 08/12/08