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Unread 09-19-2001, 11:59 AM
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I have posted a question once before this, so I am pretty new here. I met with my gyn. last week. He said my uterus is enlarged to 20 week size uterus due to 3 large fibroids. I'm 48; in last several months, have had 2 periods which were very heavy and did not stop on their own. Took two rounds of provera which worked to stop the bleeding. Severe cramping. I've had problems with excessive bleeding and heavy clotting for over 10 years now on and off; had 1 d&c a few years ago, but had not had too many problems again until the past 6 months. I have been putting off this surgery because I have MS and surgery tends to make MS a bit worse, which is my concern. I was told it is not a medical emergency at this time ( as long it does not begin to affect my kidneys) and so it would not be considered irresponsible to wait for a while if that is what I want. Any thoughts or experiences you care to share with me would be greatly appreciated!

I have been reading many of the posts and I have been learning a lot. It is also so reassuring to see all the support and compassion present here. Take care. Thanks for listening.

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Unread 09-20-2001, 09:23 AM
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Dear Wendy,

Welcome to HysterSisters You can do a search of this website using the term *MS* to find other ladies who have had to deal with it when considering a hysterectomy.

You can also look at the Links at the top of this forum to find more info about fibroids & their treatment. Getting 2 or 3 medical opinions is in your best interests before making any decisions about major surgery.

Get smart about your symptoms and your options, and make the best choice for YOU.

Sending huge cyberhugs
Unread 09-20-2001, 02:30 PM
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There's an option I looked at that might help you avoid major surgery. It is a procedure called uterine arterial embolization and it is done by an interventional radiologist. They use a process that is used in heart operations, and in baby deliveries that won't stop bleeding.

They thread a line into the blood vessels that feed the fibroids and then put tiny pellets in the vein to "stop it up." The fibroid loses its blood supply and usually shrinks. The risks are a lot of pain afterwards for about six hours and sometimes they cut off the supply too well or get the wrong vein. I've read that the pain issue has been dealt with by giving just a ton of pain killers. And, if it's an experienced doctor, making mistakes is not really that common a problem.

Of course, this procedure might be dangerous with MS, too. Just thought I'd pass it on.
Sorry you have to deal with MS and yucky bleeding and fibroids.
Good luck and God bless.

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