WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- For months, a 30-year-old woman from Alabama had been gaining weight, especially in her midsection, even though she tried eating healthy and exercising.
- Kayla Rahn saw several doctors by the end of 2017 but they didn’t have a diagnosis and was only advised to lose weight.
- Finally in May, she went to the E.R. due to unbearable pain and after a CT-scan, it was discovered that she had an enormous 50-pound ovarian cyst.
Kayla Rahn rapidly gained weight last year and her belly kept swelling. It became so big that people would ask her if she’s having twins but unfortunately, she wasn’t even pregnant. She tried to lose weight, but it only got worse.
By the end of 2017, Rahn’s growing belly felt hard and she was also in constant pain, suffering from migraines and shortness of breath. She went to different doctors, but without a diagnosis, she was just advised to lose weight.
In May, when her pain became unbearable, her mother took her to the emergency room of Jackson Hospital. After a CT scan, doctors told her that she has a gigantic ovarian cyst.
“I thought it was fake. I had a growth in my abdomen the size of a watermelon,” Rahn told TODAY.
The ovarian cyst was benign but doctors needed to remove it right away as it was pressing against Rahn’s internal organs, causing her shortness of breath and pain, TODAY wrote.
“I was going downhill,” Rahn said. “I couldn’t take the pain anymore.”
Ovarian mucinous cystadenoma is common but doctors at Jackson Hospital had never seen a cyst as massive as Rahn’s.
“This is one of the largest I have ever seen or certainly removed,” Dr. Gregory Jones told MS News.
Jones, who removed the tumor, is an obstetrician and gynecologist.
Rahn stayed in the intensive care unit for a while as her organs return to their position. Her cyst weighed exactly 50 pounds, according to the pathology report. The doctors had to remove her right ovary as the cyst “basically consumed” it.
Rahn has lost 75 pounds since her surgery on May 26. She’s looking forward to going out in public without people assuming she’s “pregnant.”
“It messed with my self-esteem. I don’t think people should do that … You never know what someone is going through. You never know why that person is overweight,” she said.
It is undetermined how long Rahn had the cyst and why it grew that big. But according to her, she wants to share her story so that others “pay attention to their bodies and seek help when something seems off.”
“Know your body,” she said. “Just be aware of everything. It is best for you to speak up for yourself.”