The world is full of stories about people who discover they have a hidden medical condition but were misdiagnosed until it was too late. This includes stories about women who didn’t know they were pregnant until it came time to give birth to the baby.
Keely Favell is a British woman who experienced something very similar. She had to undergo surgery last year because she was carrying around a 57-pound ovarian cyst. The cyst was the size of a small child but even though her pregnancy test turned out negative, doctors continued to insist she was pregnant.
When Favell started gaining weight in 2014, she thought that she might be pregnant so she took a few pregnancy tests to rule out the possibility. She then thought that she was just “being fat” and tried to move on with her life. Her stomach continued to grow, however, and strangers would come up to her to ask about her due date. This led to some rather embarrassing situations and sometimes she would even play along.
In 2016, Favell started to become even more concerned about her medical condition because she blacked out at work. Her doctors said that it was due to work-related stress and she went along with the diagnosis. It continued to happen and her doctor started to blame her acne medication.
The problem was, she stopped taking the acne medication a few months before she had the second episode. She told the doctor she wanted another blood test and once again, it came back negative for pregnancy. Her general physician thought that she was pregnant so he asked for an ultrasound. That is where things took a turn.
When the technician saw what was inside of her, he called for a consult and she was sent for an emergency to CT scan. That is when they discovered that her belly was getting so large because it was actually a huge cyst.
At that point, a high-risk obstetrics specialist got involved. He performed the surgery that cut her from the chest down to the pelvic bone so the massive growth could be removed. When she was able to see the mass after the operation, she named it Mr. Whippy.
As a result of the five-hour surgery, she lost a third of her weight. She also gained the ability to function again.
“I lost sight of how difficult even simple things like driving a car or walking up the stairs had become. Losing my lump gave me my life back – I can’t thank my surgeon enough.”
It is not out of the question for an ovarian cyst to go undiagnosed for an extended amount of time. Some women have pain or discomfort but others don’t show any symptoms. If you feel that something is wrong with your body, however, it is important to be persistent when talking to your healthcare provider.
Some of the common symptoms of ovarian cysts include pain, abdominal or pelvic swelling, abnormalities in your menstrual cycle, facial hair and cramps. It is not always necessary to have surgery if you do have a cyst and some may go away without any interaction.
Keely is now recovering nicely and the doctors told her that she could still have children if she decided she wanted to have them. She is just happy that she can breathe and function as a healthy individual again.
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