Constipation or cysts?
I have been hurting in my sides for the past week with some
nausea. Sometimes it is on the right side and sometimes it is on
the left. I had a hysterectomy in 1982, but I still have my ovaries. I
have had an appendectomy. Could this be constipation (I have had
some bowel movements), or could I possibly have cysts on my
Yes, it could be cysts or constipation. Also, since you've had a
couple of abdominal surgeries, you could have adhesions. These
are small bands of scar tissue which form on the internal organs
which can sometimes constrict them.
Minor gastrointestinal problems, like constipation or gaseous
bloating, are often much more painful than people think they ought
to be. They often go to the emergency room because they think
something so painful must mean something is terribly wrong.
These problems are very common and not too serious. They occur
on both sides and can cause nausea.
Cysts usually, except in a few cases, occur on one side. They are
difficult to feel, in a woman of normal weight or above, on the
manual pelvic exam. So, the fact that none were detected in
December doesn't mean they weren't there.
In any case, see your doctor about these symptoms to see what
the cause of yours is. Try to notice when they occur, if anything
makes them better or worse. Note what your bowel/eating habits
have been lately. For this, you actually need to take a look at your
stools and note the color and form. If you are still ovulating and
have a sense of where you are in your cycle, any relationship you
note with that would be helpful information for your physician.