An Alabama woman who thought she had inadvertently gained weight discovered that the extra mass was actually a 50-pound. ovarian cyst.
Kayla Rahn had been dealing with abdominal pain and breathing problems for months, but thought the problems were due to her gaining weight.
"I could not even go to my car without losing my breath." The Alabama-based Rahn, 30, said WSFA 12.
Doctors also assumed that she had just gained weight, saying her problems would be rectified if she was working to lose something that Rahn already did.
"I tried to lose weight for about a year, but I gained weight," she said. "I really looked like I was 9 months pregnant, we went to dinner and somebody asked me if I had any twins, it was frustrating and rough."
The pain soon became too strong to be ignored In May, at her mother's insistence, Rahn went to the emergency room, where a scan showed she had a massive cyst in one of her ovaries.
Rahn said it was a relief to hear that something was wrong and that she was not me just increased.
"I remember telling my mother that she was crying and that they wanted to fix it, I knew something was wrong," she said in a press release she shared with the people.
Doctors rushed Rahn into an operation at Jackson Hospital and successfully removed the cyst. Dr. Gregory Jones, a gynecologist who was present for the operation, was shocked by the size of the cyst.
"This is one of the greatest I've ever seen or safely removed," Jones said in the press release. "We are very happy that she was fine."
Fortunately, the cyst was benign, and Jones said the technical name for it was mucinous cystadenoma.
Rahn said she feels free again.
"As soon as I got home and made a difference, I tried every shirt I wore and it was great," Rahn said. "I could not wear this dress that I have in a year."