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What caues pelivic cramps post menopause?

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Posted on Sat, 19 Jul 2014
Question: I am a 56 yo, post menopausal female and have been experiencing pelvic cramping off and on for months. My mother had ovarian cancer but survived it. I am aware of my possible increased risk and have had a transvaginal ultrasound which was normal. My dr. then ordered blood work, a CA125 and CEA, both came back normal and well below the allowable limit. Can all of these tests be considered reliable for ruling out ovarian cancer or should I still be concerned? What are some other possible causes of the cramping?
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Answered by Dr. Som Biswas (8 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
DO not worry

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for your query. I can understand your concerns.

DO not worry . You do not have ovarian cancer.

Cramping has nothing to do with ovarian cancer.

Also these test coming negative is sufficient evidence that you do not have ovarian cancer.

Other causes of cramping are lower intestinal causes like irritable bowel disease or colitis.

If its really bothersome you might need a gastroenterologist to see you.


Feel free to consult me directly
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Regards

Dr. Som Biswas M.D. XXXXXXX

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Follow up: Dr. Som Biswas (1 hour later)
I had a colonoscopy 6 years ago, 1 small polyp removed, not the cancerous type. If I had IBS or colitis, wouldn't I have diarrhea or constipation? I don't have either.
Does a normal CEA blood test rule out gastrointestinal cancers? What exactly is it checking for?
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Answered by Dr. Som Biswas (4 hours later)
Detailed Answer:
Dear XXXX
Cramps are never a common component of ovarian cancer.

You certainly do not have ovarian cancer

As to what is causing the cramps the factors can be many. It is difficult to tell without a physical examination.

Even multiple polyps can cause so.

A CEA is done for colon cancer and yes if its normal then chances of colon cancer is less though its not a 100% accurate tumor marker.

You will need repeat checkup and colonoscopy to find the cause of the cramps.
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Brief Answer: DO not worry Detailed Answer: Hi, Thank you for your query. I can understand your concerns. DO not worry . You do not have ovarian cancer. Cramping has nothing to do with ovarian cancer. Also these test coming negative is sufficient evidence that you do not have ovarian cancer. Other causes of cramping are lower intestinal causes like irritable bowel disease or colitis. If its really bothersome you might need a gastroenterologist to see you. Feel free to consult me directly http://bit.ly/drsombiswas Regards Dr. Som Biswas M.D. XXXXXXX