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A writer in the UK said they were more motivated than ever to be active and adventurous after doctors removed a watermelon-sized cyst that had been still on her ovary. Layla Cummins, who said that the cyst caused her to look pregnant, told SWNS that she had not noticed that there was something wrong until a few weeks before the growth was observed.
When she was sent for an echo, Cummins said doctors estimated that the mass had grown to about 20 inches, but later they discovered it was double that size.
“It was very uncomfortable.” Cummins, 30, told the news outlet. “I couldn’t lay on my front. It felt like I had a remote control stuck in my side. I lost my appetite completely and felt really heavy and tired a lot. I Had bursts of pain, but it was not really painful.”
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When she was sent for an echo, Cummins said doctors estimated that the mass had grown to about 20 inches. She underwent a surgery on the 27th of March to remove the mass, which was later measured at 40 inches, her right ovary and fallopian tube, which was damaged by the weight of the cyst.
Cummins said she feels so much lighter since having the cyst removed.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs or pockets within an ovary or on the surface. While many women develop cysts at one time the most present little or no discomfort and are harmless and disappear within a few months without treatment. But larger cysts can cause pain in the pelvis, fullness or heavy feeling in the abdomen or bloating. Risks for the development of an ovarian cyst are hormonal problems, pregnancy, endometriosis, pelvic infection or previous ovarian cysts.
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Cummins’ cyst turned out benign, but was left with a large scar on her abdomen. She said that she had a “natural curiosity” to see the cyst after it was removed.
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“I couldn’t believe it when I saw how large it was, I was so shocked,” she told SWNS. “I’m really glad that I asked for a photo to be taken.”
She then said she weighed himself after the surgery, she found that she was 10 pounds lighter.
“I feel great now, I feel so much lighter,” she said.