Hi all- I'm back- I'm 51 years of age and menustrating still like clockwork! My story expanded from just dealing with ovarian cysts--I decided to go bio progesterone 6 months ago and try the modified gerson therapy for my fibro/neuro lyme and gyn issues ( cysts on each ovary, thickend uterine lining with small growths) TONS of pain. It got much worse over the winter and the fibro pain and new joint came like I'd not had in years. My symptoms had been mostly neuro lyme related last 6 years. I was dx'd with fibro 15 years but in last 6 years MS type symptoms-optic neuritis, numbness- got worse on various lyme treatments. Then the gyn issues reared there ugly head. My fibro/lyme has always worsened during my periods. My hemoglobin also was low and I thought it might be the vegan diet I went on /high raw but I was also having heavy periods too. The pain became much worse on gerson- I'm not sure if the coffee enemas were aggravating things (there supposed to help with pain-but not me) I was on gerson for 5 months. LOng story short. I scheduled surgery to have the one and possibly 2 ovaries removed for yesterday. On thursday my blood tests came back at CA125 was through the roof at 854. This is the cancer marker for ovarian cancer-though not reliable. I went into complete panic. It was normal a year ago and my gyn has assured me all along this is not cancer. In surgery yesterday she found no signs of cancer but did find stage IV endometrosis. She took some biopsies and decided to do no surgery since it was day facility and not the main hospital /not a place for more major surgery. She is recommending totaly hsterectomy with ovaries and will remove as much endometrosis as possible and 3 months of lupron shots. This seems very scary to me. But I also recently developed painful breast cysts--estrogen dominance seems to be a problem with me. Shouldn't things be getting better and not worse estrogen wise as I head into menopause. This is all so confusing. I read on wiki that hysterecotomy for endometrosis is only 40% successful? does anyone have any recommendations/experiences they would like to share? And of course I am still concerned about the CA125 which I believe can me an indicator for other issues. That is a mystery. She is having it re-run at the same lab (qwest). Dang this life throws you many twist and turns-I go from MS scares to cancer scares--my doc still seems quite confident there is no cancer but she can't explain the ridiculously high ca125. She said higher than she has seen on any of her ovarian cancer patients. I'm stil wondering if just taking the ovaries and leaving the uterus would be wise for structure purposes? I'm thin and try to be very active. The uterus is large and I think covered in endo-but I've not had a chance to talk to her about what she saw since she talked to my husband after surgery and had to leave before I was alert.