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Appendix vs. ovarian cyst?

Posted by roosmom

I was wondering if anyone could narrow down the difference between an appendicitis and an ovarian cyst? I have a history of ovarian cysts and was recently diagnosed with an enlarged liver and spleen. My doctor ordered a CT scan to be done but I still have 2 days before I can have it done. I do not want to go to the ER but am in a lot of pain. Any advice would help!
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Your appendix is a vestigial appendage hanging off your large intestine at the cecum in the right lower quadrant.  It's not used for much these days.  However, stuff can get lodged inside it causing inflammation and infection which you and I know as appendicitis. Traditionally, the solution is surgery.  Classically speaking, appendicitis presents with abdominal pain that starts at the belly button and migrates down to the right lower quadrant, accompanied by fevers/sweats/chills and nausea/vomitting.


Your ovary is a very useful organ for producing both eggs and hormones.  You should have two, one in each lower quadrant.  Every month, several eggs (cysts) compete to become the dominant follicle which then might become fertilized into a fetus and born 9 months later.  Depending upon the size of the cyst, it may or may not be painful.  Some women report monthly ovulatory pain called mittelschmerz.  Tubo-ovarian abscesses, a complication of pelvic inflammatory disease, itself a complication of sexually transmitted diseases, are also quite painful.


An enlarged liver may be painful but the pain is typically right upper quadrant.  There's quite an impressive list as to causes of liver enlargement with alcohol and infection ranking high up there.  However, obesity can also do this, too.  


In the end, if your pain is getting worse, seek medical attention immediately, whether at the ER or your family physician's office.  Good luck!

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