I'm so glad I found this group! I ended up finding Daily Strength by joining the Ovarian Cancer Support Group, because I had abdominal pain, cramping and digestive problems which can be symptoms (but of many other things besides, of course). The women there were beautiful and kind and supportive, and they all had ovarian cancer; it was heartbreaking. I was scheduled for an ultrasound, but there was a long wait and I was so anxious, and the group really helped me. Meanwhile, a doctor at the clinic had sent a stool sample to the lab, and it came back positive for Blastosystis Hominus, a gastrointestinal parasite. There WAS something wrong with me, and the parasite certainly explains my symptoms. However, the previously scheduled ultrasound is coming up next week and I'm going to have it even though it's probably just the parasite. Now I'm getting antsy about ovarian cancer again, and the symptoms, which come and go, are very bothersome right now. My whole pelvic region feels hot and uncomfortable and my digestion is all messed up. While I'm worrying about cancer, the parasite itself is quite a problem. The treatment of choice is flagyl, which I had a horrible reaction to years ago, and won't even considering taking. Also my research has shown that flagyl often doesn't kill the parasite, and that it just gets stronger with repeated doses, and is then immune to other treatments. My doctor says to just take flagyl and gravol, but I'm thinking I may just have to learn to live with the parasite. Most people get this particular parasite after visiting third world countries, and it's been over 10 years since I've been anywhere in the third world, so I could have been carrying this thing asymptomatically for ages. Anyhow, I'm complicating my life with these multiple fears and it's too embarassing to talk about. It's nice to know there's a safe place where people understand what it's like. Any words of support would be welcome. Thanks, Ani
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