My fibroids are small but I have been told that my periods will be stopped for a couple of months and regular ultrasounds will be done to ensure that no fibroids are growing out of proportions or are getting benign or malignant,which again is done through a biopsy.I just thought I will write about a bit of my journey as I spend this time scared.
I told a couple of my friends and they all had scary stories to tell about how some relative didn't take care of themselves and were finally diagnosed with cancer at a later stage and died from it.I had my share of panic attack yesterday night and after a proper informative chat with my husband,he calmed me down and as usual we decided we would embark on every journey or problem together and deal with it with the name of God on our lips.
First of all,I have been suffering from dysmenorrhea for a very long time.Some months are blessed especially after I got married ,things changed and I had many a wonderful painfree periods.I was diagnosed with mild endometriosis and multiple cysts and damaged tubes back in 2002.I had a laparotomy done which was a very horrible surgery to recover from,had to induce menopause for 6 months,spent money like water on good medications.I blew up like a giant air ball because of the recommended bed rest.Then came the phase when trying to concieve was driving me literally nuts and suicide seemed much better than not being able to get pregnant.We stopped all other medications for once and then last year 2012,I was admitted again because of sever pain from cysts.
No medicine was given as such but rather was told to wait and come for another check up to see if the cysts were there or not.Some had gone while was left behind .This year got admitted again.Thankfully a good doctor pointed out I should have been on treatment since last year for my endometriosis.Anyways,now she has given me duphaston tablets to be taken thrice a day for 21 days and next week I go for a ultrasoound. and she will recommend what else should be done.
I was researching info on fibroids so I'm better informed and know what my body is saying.I have had this feeling of in tense pressure on the lower abdomen and difficulty passing gas /wind and passing stool.This too is a symptom with fibroids as I researched.I had not told my doctor about it as I thought that was a different problem altogether.
|What are fibroids?Fibroids are growths on the walls of the uterus. Sometimes, a fibroid is attached to the outside of the uterus by a stalk. Fibroids can be as small as a seed or a pea or as large as an orange or small melon. Although fibroids are called "tumors," they are not cancer. They are smooth muscle growths. About two of every 10 women who have not gone through menopause have fibroids. The technical term for a fibroid tumor is leiomyoma.|
What symptoms do fibroids cause?
Fibroids may cause no symptoms at all, or they may cause pain or bleeding. Fibroids may make it hard to pass urine if they grow large enough to press on the bladder. They also may cause abdominal swelling, pain during intercourse, lower abdominal and pelvic discomfort or pain, and increased uterine cramping before and during menstrual periods. Fibroids also can make it hard for you to get pregnant. Sometimes fibroids can cause problems with pregnancy, labor or delivery, including miscarriage and premature birth.
How are fibroids diagnosed?
Usually, fibroids are found by abdominal or pelvic examination or pelvic ultrasound. Less frequently, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerized tomography (CT) scans are used.
What happens to fibroids after menopause?
Fibroids usually shrink substantially and symptoms may be significantly reduced. Larger fibroids may remain symptomatic if estrogen replacement therapy is used.
How are fibroids treated?If you have fibroids, you may have several treatments from which to choose. The choice depends on how big the fibroids are, where they are, and whether you are pregnant or want to become pregnant.
Watchful waiting may be all the treatment you need if your fibroid is small and you do not have any symptoms. You will need regular visits to your doctor for a pelvic exam to monitor the growth of the fibroid.
Non-surgical treatments for fibroids include hormones and pain relief medicines.
Surgical treatments for fibroids include hysterectomy and myomectomy. Hysterectomy is usually recommended when the fibroids are causing symptoms, when they have grown rapidly or when the fibroids are large (as large as a grapefruit).
Myomectomy is an operation to remove a fibroid tumor without taking out the uterus. The growths may come back after a myomectomy, and repeat surgery may be necessary. If you are considering a myomectomy, be sure to ask the doctor how likely it is that new fibroids might grow after the surgery. You also should ask your doctor how much experience he or she has in doing this procedure. Not all gynecologists have been trained to perform myomectomies.
Another option is laser surgery, which usually is an outpatient procedure. With laser surgery, the doctor uses a high-intensity light to remove small fibroids. Depending on the location of the fibroid, it may be possible to remove it during a laparoscopy. Or, the doctor may put a thin tube called a hysteroscope with a laser through the vagina and into the uterus. The tube may have a small scraper to scrape away the fibroid from the wall of the uterus.