Hello, I would be happy to assist you.
You may have an ovarian cyst that has ruptured since your post mid cycle.
Often the pain from a ruptured ovarian cyst is so severe, women go to the hospital.
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I actually thought that could be it.
As long as you do not develop fever, diarrhea, worsening pain, fatigue, lightheadedness, or palpitations in your chest, you are ok to rest and stay at home. If any of those symptoms develop, you should go to the ER.
Is there anything that could've caused the rupture?
No not at all.
What sort of timeline am I looking at regarding the aforementioned symptoms you outlined?
However, you could also have other issues like uterine fibroids, they can also cause cramping pain. If you're feeling pressure in your pelvis/on your bladder or have pain with intercourse this is a possible cause.
You're welcome. Those symptoms of appendicitis or excessive bleeding from a ruptured cyst (rare) would develop within 24-48 hours.
It may take up to a week to resolve. And frequently you'll start your period as you begin to feel better.
If I end up going to the ER, should I request an abdominal ultrasound or a vaginal ultrasound?
...or if I can get in to see my OB/GYN, should I request either?
When I was pregnant with my third child (two years ago), my OB was watching a couple of cysts that they discovered during a routine pre-natal ultrasound.
(BTW, the pain is beginning to subside as we chat)
If you go to the ER, they will likely obtain a CT scan to look for appendicitis and this can help identify a cyst as well. If you see your OB/GYN, he/she may order a transvaginal ultrasound because this is the best way to look at the female anatomy.
Great. If so, this may have been bowel cramping which may result in diarrhea later.
This could be from a virus or something you ate.
If you get diarrhea, but otherwise feel fine, you don't have to go to the ER. However, if the pain returns and you have fever/diarrhea, you should go to the ER.
However, appendicitis is more common in the teens/twenties.
Yeah... I'm waaaaay past teens/twenties! ;o)
Ok... I guess I'll just wait it out and see what happens next. Thank you for your time and information.
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You're very welcome. Take care.
You, too, Dr. Hearne.