This is a different kind of blog post. Instead of a travel story, it’s a surgery story. I knew nothing about an Ovarian Torsion and had a hard time finding information online, so I am writing this to hopefully help someone else out in the future! Although, I hope no one ever has to deal with this kind of pain. Here’s the story…
We had an awesome weekend full of hiking and adventures. On Monday I woke up and felt totally fine and worked until lunch. We made lunch together, ate and were about to get back to work when my stomach started hurting really, really badly.
Ovarian Torsion Pain
The pain was on my left side and Dr. Google told me my appendix is on the right side so I didn’t think that was the problem. However, it was the worst pain I’ve ever had so after about 20 minutes Austin drove me to the ER. They took me back immediately and ordered a CT scan for suspected kidney stones.
After the CT scan, they let Austin come back to be with me. It wasn’t a kidney stone, instead I had an ovarian torsion (where your ovary twists on itself) caused by a dermoid cyst in my left ovary. I had several cysts in my right ovary as well. They would have to operate ASAP. I had an ultrasound first and then they began prepping me for the emergency surgery. I went into surgery about 6pm Monday evening.
Ovarian Torsion Surgery
Going into surgery they weren’t sure exactly what they would find. From what I understand, the torsion had cut off the blood supply to my left ovary so it had to be removed along with my fallopian tube on that side. The dermoid cyst was supposedly larger than a baseball – crazy. Even crazier, I had a dermoid cyst even larger than a baseball on the right ovary too. They didn’t remove my right ovary, but they did remove all of the cysts in it so they won’t cause the same problem on the right side in the future. From everything the doctors have told me and all of our research, my fertility should not be affected since I still have at least a part of my right ovary.
I ended up staying in the hospital two nights and due to COVID-19, Austin wasn’t allowed to be with me. Luckily the nursing staff was nice and took great care of me. They even wheeled me outside on the second day and let me see Austin for a little bit. That was really great since I hadn’t seen him since before my surgery. I will add here that it really stinks to be alone in the hospital.
Ovarian Torsion Recovery
The pain before surgery was the most intense shooting pain I have ever had in my life. It was horrible. As I write this I am two weeks out of surgery and I am feeling better. The 13 staples were removed 4 days after surgery and it was more comfortable after getting those out. I was able to walk 1 mile 13 days out of surgery and 2 miles 14 days out. It was slow going and I was a little sore, but I could do it!
- We are really fortunate that we are camping so close to a hospital. It was only a 15 minute drive to get to Mammoth Hospital.
- We have health insurance that covers us nationwide. If you ever plan to travel full time, I definitely recommend looking into your health insurance options before choosing your residence. We are Florida residents. (We also put our insurance to use when Austin herniated a disc last year)
- The recovery time really isn’t too terrible. From what I understand, I should expect six weeks for full recovery. The fact that I am already able to get around and walk is a great sign to me.
- It’s not cancer! Pathology confirmed that the cysts were benign dermoid cysts so luckily cancer is not a concern.
It is still surreal to have been through this. I had no idea this condition existed or that I had cysts on my ovaries. I’m just glad that we were able to get care and am extremely thankful for modern medicine. I hope that no one reading this ever has to experience this kind of pain, but if you do hopefully this will help a little to hear about someone else’s experience.