A woman & # 39; seemed pregnant & # 39; before she had a huge mass the size of a watermelon removed from her ovary.
Layla Cummins, 30, said the ovarian cyst, weighing 10 pounds, gave her a big belly and left her exhausted.
The freelance writer from Bristol in 2018 began to feel bloated and uncomfortable around Christmas and was sent to an ultrasound in January.
Doctors found the cyst and expected it to be around 20 cm. But during a removal operation it turned out to be 40 cm long.
Mrs. Cummins had left a large scar on her stomach where surgeons had to cut her open and her ovary also had to be removed because it was damaged.
Layla Cummins looked pregnant before she had a huge cyst of the ovaries the size of a watermelon from her ovary. Pictured before her surgery
Doctors found the liquid cyst during an ultrasound and expected it to be around 20 cm. But during a removal operation it turned out to be 40 cm long (photo)
A large scar was left on Mrs. Cummins' stomach after doctors had to cut a large hole to get the mass out. Pictured after an operation in the hospital
An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled bag that is usually harmless and disappears without treatment.
But rare events that make them big and have to be surgically removed.
Mrs. Cummins said: & # 39; I feel good now that it has been removed, I feel so much lighter.
& # 39; I weighed myself afterwards and I was 10 pounds less heavy. It was absolutely huge.
& # 39; I looked pregnant before it was removed. My doctors were really shocked because until then they thought it was half that size.
& # 39; I couldn't believe it when I saw how big it was, I was so shocked. I am very happy that I asked to take a photo. & # 39;
Mrs. Cummins, who has a partner, Jon Everett, 35, had symptoms just weeks before the mass was discovered.
She noticed that her stomach was swollen and soft during the Christmas period in 2018.
After her doctor felt a hard lump there, he referred her to testing in January.
An ultrasound scan at St Michael & # 39; s Hospital in Bristol revealed a massive growth on her ovary, but doctors weren't sure of the size.
Mrs. Cummins said: “It was really uncomfortable. I couldn't lie on my face at all.
& # 39; It felt like I had stuck a remote control in my side. & # 39;
Mrs. Cummins could not undergo surgery on March 27, during which time she felt uncomfortable but could still go to work.
She said: & I completely lost my appetite and just felt very heavy and tired. I had pains, but it was not painful at all.
& # 39; It was not ideal.
& # 39; My stomach looked huge and I couldn't wait to take it out. & # 39;
An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled bag that is usually harmless and disappears without treatment. But like Mrs. Cummins' mass, they sometimes have to be removed with surgery. (Pictured, her stomach after surgery)
Mrs. Cummins, pictured with her partner Jon Everett, 35 years old, began to feel bloated and uncomfortable around Christmas in 2018 and was sent to an ultrasound scan in January
Mrs Cummins, pictured in the hospital, could not be operated on until 27 March. During the three months prior to surgery, she felt uncomfortable but could still go to work
Doctors removed the mass on her right ovary, assuming it would be around the size of 20 cm.
But they had to cut an extra large hole in her stomach after they realized how big the growth was at 40 cm.
Most cysts in the ovaries are harmless and disappear on their own, but it may be necessary to be removed if it causes pain or causes cancer.
Tests revealed it was not cancer and she went home four days after being admitted.
Mrs. Cummins left a big scar on her stomach, said: “They put a lot of staples in my stomach, but they are taken out.
Mrs. Cummins needed staples over her stomach after the mass was removed
Mrs. Cummins, who was in the hospital for four days, is expected to fully recover in the coming weeks and says that the scare for her health is her # 39; motivation & # 39; has given to become active
& # 39; Hopefully it heals well. It doesn't look great now, but it will heal over time.
& # 39; I got it all clear for things like cancer that was a relief. The tests came back when everything was clear.
& # 39; I still have a great and well-functioning ovary.
& # 39; I have done my own research and it may take a little longer before I get pregnant, but I still have to be able to. & # 39;
Ms. Cummins is expected to fully recover in the coming weeks and says that the fear of health is her & # 39; motivation & # 39; has given to become active.
She said: & # 39; It has motivated me to shift my ass into gear. I feel great now and would like to do more.
& # 39; I feel that I have more enthusiasm to try new things and to be more active.
& # 39; I didn't really feel good with the cyst, so I'm looking forward to getting back to normal.
& # 39; It's funny because I was excited to have a medical condition. I had a natural curiosity and was really interested in seeing it. & # 39;
WHAT IS AN OVARIAN CYST?
An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled bag that develops on a woman's ovary. They are common and usually cause no symptoms.
Most cysts of the ovaries occur naturally and disappear within a few months without treatment.
A cyst of the ovaries usually causes symptoms only if it splits, is very large, or blocks blood flow to the ovaries.
In may cause:
- pelvic pain – this can vary from a dull, heavy sensation to a sudden, severe and sharp pain
- pain during sex
- difficulties in emptying intestines a frequent need to urinate
- heavy periods, irregular periods or lighter periods than normal
- bloating and a swollen belly
- I feel very full after eating only a little
- difficulty getting pregnant – although fertility remains intact in most women with ovarian cysts
Ovarian cysts can sometimes also be caused by an underlying condition, such as endometriosis.
The vast majority of ovarian cysts are non-carcinomatous (benign), although a small number are malignant (malignant). Cancer cysts are more common in women who have gone through the menopause.
Surgical treatment to remove the cysts may be necessary if they are large, cause symptoms or possibly cause cancer.
In some cases, surgery to remove both ovaries may be necessary, in which case you will no longer produce eggs.