uterine fibroids...please give me info

  1. I did the dreaded gyne visit . I am 46 and I go yearly. I have had three abnormal paps in the last two years, however my most recent pap came back normal

    I thought I may have an ovarian cyst ( had one in 1996) after listening to my S/S of pelvic fullness, intermittent sharp lower abd pain, ocasional pain in the cervix, ( not dyspurenia) bowel changes and increased back aches.( thought this was attributed to my extra aerobics calsses)

    My gyne orderd an U/S

    It turns out there is no ovarian cyst, but I do have a fibroid... it is only 2.3 by 1.8 cm. I have no heavy mense or anemia so this Dx surprised me.

    I wonder what any of you can tell me about fibroids??

    looking forward to hearing from you!!!

    Joy and Smiles *Darla**
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  3. by   Jay-Jay
    Had fibroids for years. No major problems, but unfortunately, they tend to get bigger with the hormonal changes that occur as you approach menopause. I had some backache symptoms, usually premenstrual, treated with naproxyn

    Also had one fallopian tube blocked, and endometriosis. THEN I developed an ovarian cyst the size of a grapefruit, and the gyne recommened an ovariohysterectomy. The other ovary looked postmenopausal already, so I said, "take them both out. I don't want to have to worry about cancer, AND the perimenopausal ups and downs are driving me BANANAS!! (fluid retention, mood swings, unpredictable perionds, etc.) I'm on hormone replacement now, and haven't regretted having it done. I just wish I'd known sooner that I was developoing all these problems, and I might have made more of an effort to have a family before it was too late....
  4. by   renerian
    I had a hysterectomy for a uterus that was something like 80% fibroids. I had almost continual periods, VERY painful heavy bleeding that would not stop for anything they tried, even with bid birth control pills. Most of the time they don't bother people much and are very commom. They sometimes enlarge while you are going through menopause then shrink once the stage is completed.

    I have felt like a new woman and think every women should have the option of a hysterectomy LOL.

  5. by   BadBird
    I had large ovarian cysts and had a hysterectomy and my left ovary removed. I found a wonderful website - Hystersisters.com,
    you can get a lot of information there and chat with other women about different gyn issues.
  6. by   monkijr
    I hope there is more response to this very serious issue. My daughter (19) has been battling the fibroid thing for 3 years now, she is on three different bc pills, and still has menstrual cycles.
    Many have mentioned that this increased with menopause, but who can help me with any info regarding a teenager.
    She is miserable about 50% of the month, I feel so bad for her, recently the Dr. told us that the fibroids were bursting.....????
    What does that mean, where does the fluid go, what's in the fluid? what are her options? These are all questions, we have been asking the Dr. What I am asking here, is "does anyone have experience here with these issues?" I don't believe hysterectomy is an option here, nor has it even been mentioned.
  7. by   Stormy62
    Uterine fibroids grow from the muscle tissue of the uterus. They can grow on the INSIDE of your uterus, which causes abnormal bleeding/heavy periods, or can be INSDIE the uterine wall, or they can be on the "OUTSIDE" (subserous). They say (whoever "they" are) that 1 in 4 women over age 35 have them! I had one last year that grew to 6cm....I had it removed via laparotomy (to large she said to remove via scope)....I have since developed ovarian cysts (totally different)....they treat the cysts by giving the women birth control pills...the problem is, is that the estrogen "feeds" those uterine fibroids. So you fix the cyts on the ovary and "grow" new uterine fibroids in the process! It is all kind of disheartening!

    Do you research, there are alot of sources online. Be leary of the first doctor that wants to jump right in and do a hysterectomy. Sometimes this is necessary or desired by the patient, and sometimes it is not.

    Good luck!
  8. by   darla80
    Thanks to all fo you

    I appreciate all the info I will look at some of those websites.
    I am on my way to work..Flu season and all the sick patients **Gotta run

    **I have a picture of an elephant standing on a beachball with this caption... "The Key to Life is BALANCE"

    I love it

    Joy and Smiles *Darla*
  9. by   2MagnoliaTrees
    I have one small fibroid found during last checkup. Come next June I am having a hysterectomy. I'm not waiting until it gets to the point of hemorrhage, or such severe pain that I've seen some women in.
  10. by   Jenny P
    About a year or so ago, one of my co-workers had severe uterine fibroids. She did not want a hysterectomy, but was having bad problems and had fibroids that were larger than a grapefruit. She had an embolization and cauterization of her fibroids in interventional radiology and is doing just fine now-- and has had no more anemia either. She did lots of research and refused to work with any gyn who used the "H" word. At times she felt like she was battling everyone; but she did finally find a good doc that helped her find the radiologist with lots of experience in this procedure here in this area. She found lots of info on the internet (both pro and con), but she still has her uterus and can still get pregnant if she chooses.
  11. by   CardioTrans
    one website .......... www.hystersisters.com

    I found this site about 2 wks before I had to have a hysterectomy because of fibroids and endometriosis......... its a wonderful site!!!
  12. by   sheilad4
    [B] hi i just had a hysterectomy 9 months ago because of one large fibroid. it had grown to the size of a canteloupe. my advice to you is to get it out by hysterectomy. they keep growing.