RachelGS, three years ago I had a dermoid ovarian cyst (considered to be a type of abnormal cyst not the regular cyclical kind that come and go with your menstrual cycle) diagnosed incidentally to a kidney stone. Since the cyst was asymptomatic, I chose to play the waiting game as I was not interested in having surgery on my reproductive organs when I was about to TTC for the second time. I found a reiki specialist, based in Australia, on the internet who talked about having her dermoid ovarian cyst healed through reiki and other alternative treatments. I also did accupuncture through the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine. The cyst (as well as a small uterine fibroid) remained stable in location and size and i was able to conceive our 2nd child a few months after my accupuncture treatments ended.
Just last week, I had a repeat transvaginal ultrasound that showed both the dermoid cyst and the fibroid were relatively unchanged... I will probably do some more accupuncture in the coming months and may also follow up with Reiki again, in an effort to maintain stability (and remain asymptomatic) in these two issues.
The fibroid will diminish at menopause since it needs estrogen in order to grow. I'm not sure about the likely end result with the dermoid cyst as most medical docs believe surgery is required to handle these types of abnormal cysts. As long as I'm not experiencing symptoms that can be attributed to the dermoid, I plan to postpone the surgical option indefinitely. But I have heard that laparascopic surgery (faster recovery, etc.) would likely be the best choice if the dermoid grows and causes problems later.
I also recommend Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom as well as any of the Louise Hay books like You Can Heal Your Body (or your Life), etc.... Hay outlined many physiological symptoms and what they might be related to in the psychogical realm as well as positive mental affirmations to manage these symptoms. Here is some of what she says:
Ovaries: represent points of creation. Creativity.
Affirmation: I am balanced in my creative flow.
Cysts: represent running the old painful movie. Nursing hurts. A false growth.
Affirmation: The movies of my mind are beautiful because I choose to make them so. I love me.
My situation was easier as the cyst was not causing me pain. Your situation is different as you are in intense pain. Similarly though, I had to weigh the issue of medicating myself for the pain of the kidney stone (the original diagnosis that precipitated the ovarian cyst diagnosis) when I was nursing a 14 month old child. There aren't any easy answers but if you are waiting it out for 6 wks before considering the surgical option, it would be great to use that time to research alternative options.... like accupuncture, etc.....
I hope you find some relief from the pain. Trust your instincts and preserving your fertility and look for alternative approaches.