Thanks for the information Maria and Linda. I am truly learning more and more each day I also notice that they react to what I eat and I have found that estrogen happens to be found in a lot of the food s that I eat which I now need to avoid.
As everyone else has said, get second and third opinions. There are surgeries that can help with the heavy bleeding that don't require body parts to be removed.
I've had a uterine ablation for my heavy periods. This is where they kill the lining of the uterus. It stopped my bleeding completely. The bad side is that any pregnancy is now considered life threatening. It also makes detecting some cancers harder.
I also had a uterine arterial embolization because of my large fibroids. This is where they block the blood flow to the fibroids so they die and shrink. My fibroids have shrunk considerably and I'm not having any problems. The down sides are it hurts like he!!, it can cause pregnancy complications, and you may have to travel to get it done.
Neither surgery is guaranteed to be successful. So, they are expensive bets to see if they work.
As it has been said, everyone's situation is different. I have them, found out about them last year, and I am also anemic, and have been anemic since 2005. It was not until I was diagnosed with the fibroids did I ever learn a possible cause for the anemia.
From what my doctor told me, he does not want to remove the fibroids, because there are too many of them, and they are intertwined into my uterus--not just sitting on top of it or separate masses in it that can be esily removed, so it's not like they can just remove the masses without causing a lot of scar tissue and damage to my uterus. Last year, I had a surgery--fractional D & C, where they scrape the uterine lining back, in order to try to slow or lessen the heavy bleeding I was having each month during my periods. They also checked the scraped lining for any signs of cancer, which I was found not to have.
The surgery helped to lessen the bleeding somewhat. My periods are not as heavy, but as time has gone on (It's been a little more than a year since the surgery), I have noticed less actual bleeding and larger clots, which is something the doctor warned me that means the fibroids could be growing bigger. At the time they were first discovered, I was told my uterus was enlarged to the size of a 2 months pregnancy.
My doctor told me that the only way my problem could be corrected was to have a hysterectomy, but he does not want to do it right away, only if it comes to a point that I am suffering so much discomfort or pain that I can't function. He's taking into consideration that I am over 40 and I have never given birth. He told me he does not want to take away my chance to have my own children if I might still want that. As I get older, I don't think I will want to have my own children. I am 43, not married, and not in a relationship. Even tho' my doctor said I could possibly still have a safe pregnancy up until age 45, his concern is that the fibroids would cause me to miscarry. He does not see a problem with my getting pregnant, but the likelihood, because of the fibroids, is that I might not be able to carry a baby to full-term.
I had two miscarriages when I was previously married. I don't think I want to go thru it again, and now that I know that it was probably the fibroids that caused them, I think I might be fine with just having the hysterectomy.
However, this is my case and not yours, and you will need to do what you think is best for yourself. I wish you the best of luck!
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30 9/17/12 4:19 P
Ditto! Glad you had that conversation with your doctor.
I actually had a phone consult with a fertility specialist today and even though I need a physical visit \he explain several different options and mention to me that the reason why docs want to do hysterectomies is because it is a quick and permanent fix!!!
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I agree with Ohiogirl. You need a 2nd opinion. There are ALWAYS options! Some are better thn others, but the options are always there.
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30 9/16/12 11:52 A
I was told the same thing by my first doctor..a hysterectomy, but i questioned that procedure for fiborids only-otherwise I was healthy. I got a second opinion and was told that is very common and often unessessary procedure. I opted for the hysterscopy , no removal of organs only removal of fibroids and cleaning of uterus lining -not hysterectomy . No problems since. Talk to your doctor and get a second opinion and find out about other options if you want.
Hi you guys I have large fibroids one the size of an orange the others are significantly large as well. the doctor I saw just said I needed a hysterectomy there's was no what ifs or we could try. I am anemia due to the heavy B......g I have gone as far as 15 days and the pain is awful advil, midol, tylenol doesn't work no matter how much I take. Just got married last year, his brother has a 2yr old and not that I'm jealous they constantly send pictures which is fine but its like a slap in the face sometimes.
As many have already said, talk to your doctor. I currently have a few small cysts and a fibroid and my doc is not worried. I monitor for abnormal bleeding and if so, I have ultrasounds to check them out. These both are normal and can come and go monthly. Your doc will be the best person to tell you whether it's something to take action on or not. Worry won't do anything for you except add stress to your life. Deep breath...call doc.
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30 9/15/12 2:09 P
Everyone is different, for me they caused heavy in between period bleeding leaving me feeling tired. I had outpatient surgery called hysterscopy with great results..Talk to your doctor about options.
The doctor is the only one who can give you advice useful for you. I have them, they aren't bothering (mine are post-menopausal, which is a different situation altogether), but everyone I know who has, has had them has a totally different story.
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I agree. You should start by talking with your doctor. While many people may have had fibroids, people are very different. As a result, symptoms in one person may not be the same as symptoms, reactions or recovery in another.
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4,958 9/15/12 12:26 A
BackNbusiness, there are many variables in your question. the best person to discuss this with you is your doctor. I do not and have not had them, but was in nursing for over 25 years.
Variables include but are not limited to: age, size and/or number of fibroids, any symptoms or adverse complications. Treatment will be dependent on answers to those questions.
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