Did you experience any early warning signs of ovarian cancer before diagnosis?

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Many women experience early warning signs of ovarian cancer, such as bloating, pelvic pain, frequent urination, unexplained weight loss, etc.

It is very important for women to be able to achieve a diagnosis early with ovarian cancer, so paying close attention to body signs and symptoms is vital.

What were the early warning signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer you experienced? How soon after did you receive a dianosis of ovarian cancer?

Beginning of the discussion - 2/24/20

Did you experience any early warning signs of ovarian cancer before diagnosis?

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I had been experiencing UTI’s and actually started having small spots of blood, I’m 67 and started having cramps.

i went to urologist and I assumed spotting had to do to UTI. They suggested I see gynecologist. On December 30, 2020 I saw gynecologist and was sent for an ultrasound. The ultrasound showed spots and I then had a biopsy and a CA – 125 blood test. The blood test was highly elevated and I saw a gynecology oncology doctor the very next day. He had me do a CT and there was a spot on my ovary.

looking back I had had loose bowels for about nine months and just thought this had to do with my age, I also have bloating.

I am a pretty active adult and I have been tired as far back as the summer.

The good news is that I was seen by the doctor on January 10 and I was operated on January 13. I had my ovaries, fallopian tube‘s, uterus, cervix removed. They did find a mass in my ovary but it was contained to my ovary. I ended up with stage 1C cancer. I started chemotherapy four weeks after the operation so I am done with one treatment.  
I have five more treatments to go. I will be receiving one every three weeks. I am doing OK considering what I’ve gone through since the beginning of the year. Definitely not in my goals for 2020 but we realize what little control we have over cancer.

Did you experience any early warning signs of ovarian cancer before diagnosis?

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@Maddy2gr Hello Maddy2gr, thank you for your comment. Please keep us updated on how you're doing if you're up to it. Wishing you well!

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I had a great week but I’ll be getting chemo on this coming Tuesday, I I was off for a few days after first chem, sore joints, not hungry etc..

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@Lee__R‍ @Maddy2gr‍ I also experienced really bad cramps and digestive issues, but didn't put it together with my period, which I had gotten a lot heavier (I gained some weight in the past year, so I assumed it was linked to that). I thought that I had developed some kind of food allergy, like to gluten or dairy, so I went first went to my doctor, who pointed me towards a gastroenterologist and allergy testing. When that all came back inconclusive my doctor suggested seeing my gynecologist, which in the end resulted in my diagnosis this year. If I had put together my symptoms earlier, I probably would have gotten my diagnosis sooner and would have reduced a lot of stress. But hindsight is 2020, right? 

Maddy is your chemo going well? I will also be going through that after my surgery and I'm worried.

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Hi! Minnymom, my chemo is going ok,

i feel a bit tired and joints are a little sore for the first 4 to 5 days after chemo but then I feel ok and by the third week totally normal.

i have completed 2 treatments, lost my hair but love my new wig.
good luck to you!