A 28-year-old woman bedridden by a fist-sized cyst waits almost 6 months to have it removed


Natalie, 28, says the pain was so debilitating that she was bedridden and unable to work – her first hospitalization for the pain was in October 2020 and it was not removed until March 2021

Natalie, 28, says her pain was so debilitating that she was bedridden and unable to work
Natalie, 28, says her pain was so debilitating that she was bedridden and unable to work

A woman has shared her pain after waiting almost six months before having a cyst the size of her fist removed from her ovary.

Natalie, 28, says the pain was so debilitating that she was bedridden and unable to work.

The freelancer from London suffered from severe period cramps and heavy bleeding as a teenager, leading to her being diagnosed with anemia.

She was put on the combined pill to relieve the pain, but when she was offered to move to Canada for two years in 2019, she decided to switch to an IUD.

Natalie says she wasn’t sure what the process would be like while she was abroad, so she figured this was the easiest option.

Natalie hopes her story will inspire others to see a doctor when they feel something is wrong



She first joined A&E in October 2020



Natalie told The Mirror: “I used to have stomach pains, kind of like cramps, but I’ve put it down.

“I think we ignore this pain either because something tells us about it or because we’re afraid we’ll be told we’re being too dramatic.

“This pain was intermittent every few months and by mid-2020 it was every day and I was struggling to climb the stairs to work.

“It wasn’t until my then partner and roommate encouraged me to go to the ER that I did and knew something was wrong.”

Medical staff performed an ultrasound on her in October 2020 and told her it appeared there was a mass on her ovary but needed an MRI to confirm this.

Natalie said: “I went to the emergency room all the time and was just given extra strength acetaminophen and sent home.

“In Canada, they don’t offer opioids, so I ended up taking a stronger Ibeprofun — and I later found out that the strain I was taking was eroding my stomach lining.”

Natalie says it’s important to stand up for yourself



When she received the MRI in November 2020, it confirmed that she had a 8 centimeter wide cyst.

Natalie said she had to stop working in October because of the pain and described how the hospital didn’t want to remove the cyst until January.

She said: “All the time I stopped working I could hardly get out of the house, I couldn’t get up late, it was a complete lifestyle change.

“Every time I went to the hospital I was told they could remove the ovary and you could work on one and suddenly the potential loss of one of my ovaries was hard to hear because I’m open to having children. “

At the end of December her visa expired and the operation to remove the cyst was not yet scheduled.

She decided to return to London hoping to have better luck with the NHS.

During this time, non-life threatening surgeries had been canceled due to Covid-19.

Natalie said: “I’m really bad at this point – I can’t sleep from the pain and had to be careful when I was taking my painkillers.

“It was a constant cycle of numbing pain. Before I was very active and cycling around and now I didn’t even have the motivation because I was in agony.”

She continued: “I was in too much agony to work from home, even from a mental health standpoint.

“I had to give in to my body and my pain – but I had to conform to what my body was doing and go through mental and physical conflict. There was nothing I could do.”

It wasn’t until Natalie saw a doctor at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital that she felt heard.

By the time Natalie got a second MRI, it had grown to 10 centimeters.

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Natalie eventually had the cyst removed in March 2021, but the surgery didn’t go as planned.

Natalie said: “It was supposed to be a keyhole surgery, it ended up being the equivalent of a cesarean.”

She didn’t know about the cesarean until she woke up, but was grateful they could remove the cyst while keeping her ovaries in. Natalie was able to return to work in July 2021.

Almost a year later, Natalie is still recovering from the surgery.

Natalie said, “I still can’t be as physical as I used to be, but I was able to start working again and I saw that as a silver lining.”

She hopes that by sharing her story, others — especially women — will be encouraged to stand up for themselves.

Natalie said: “I can empathize with the medical staff because they had so many things and we were in a pandemic and they had so many things against them.

“But that’s not something you just throw in two acetaminophen, and there were so many things that could go wrong with this issue.

“It would have been nice to get some comfort after telling my story over and over and still being told, ‘Well, there’s nothing we can do.'”

Natalie added, “I also feel like women of color are being released from their pain and I will never know if I was seen in that filter but I have to take that into account.

“The size of my cyst and the pain it caused could have cut off my circulation to my ovaries, and then to be told I’ll be fine because I have another one.”

She continued: “Mentally the experience drained me, it was something so ongoing that even though I had support and people in my life it was still an isolating experience.

“I don’t remember much of what happened between October and July, it all blurred on the same day. I couldn’t have a routine and was so discouraged by what was happening.

“The mental health aspect is something that I’ve been dealing with, it’s been one thing at a time. It was either resilience or blissful ignorance that got me through.

“And I don’t know if I’ve had time to process the really scary parts of that experience.”

Natalie added: “There is no one in this world who can know your body as well as you do. So take the time to listen and if it doesn’t feel right then pursue it.”

“They won’t make it a big deal if you don’t, and it’s better if it’s nothing or solvable than something serious.”

“I feel like this is specifically for women. I’ve found that many women have gone through something similar and felt released.

“I would say don’t take no for an answer.

“My life from July 2020 to now has changed so much and it’s heartbreaking to accept when you can’t do something anymore but still need to seize the day.”

A recent survey commissioned by Hana, a birth control pill, found that 44 percent of women choose a birth control method because they don’t need to see a doctor — similar to Natalie’s story of why she decided to switch birth control.

The survey included a sample size of women between the ages of 18 and 45.

Alison Slingsby from, Hanna, said: “This study shows that women feel confident, embrace their sexual desires and are clear about their ambitions for the future. Contraception plays such an important role in their life choices, their sexual identity and their freedoms.”

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