I am a 50 yr. old with 3 fibroid tumors and a cyst on my left ovary. I experience a lot of pelvic pain and discomfort. My uterus is the size of a 3 month pregnancy. My doctor has suggest a full hysterectomy. I am seeking a second opinion and pondering what to do.
My main question is for those of you that have been there and done that. I have gained about 10 or more pounds. The weight is in the abdominal area and I have a bloating stomach that looks like I am 3 to 4 months pregnant. Is this because of the size of my uterus or is it due to menopause?
I have always kept my weight and exercise regularly. I cannot seem to shed these pounds and even if I don't eat or if I eat or drink very little, my stomach is bloated and sticking out.
I might cast my vote for the fibroids instead of menopause. I was 46 when I had my LSH and one of the first symptoms, before I was diagnosed with fibroids, was a bloating in my stomach area. I too do my best to eat right and I go to the gym regulary so the bloated stomach became really bothersome. I found myself leaving the top button on jeans or pants unbuttoned all the time. Also, with fibroids, I expereinced bladder incontinence, and a pelvic pressure 24/7. Like someone was twisting my insides.
In answer to your question...today I get a bloated stomach sometimes at that time-of-the-month, since I kept my ovaries. I still have mild PMS, which is no problem because I am still so glad I kept my ovaries.
On the pressure...no...that disappeared when I had my hyst and my fibroids were removed.
Just do all the research you can. Get that 2nd opinion and a 3rd opinion if you need to. I had a 3rd opinion appointment lined up in pre-op if I had needed it. Drs give us options and we make the final decision.
Also, investigate the alternate procedures such as a UFE. And possibly you are a candidate for a less invasive hyst such as a TVH, a LAVH or a LSH, the surgery type I had.
Go to the *Hysterectomy Checkpoints* link at the top of web site, click, and go to *Pre-Op* area in middle and click. Scroll down and it goes ofver the ~different~ types of hysts.
On weight loss after surgery...I lost my paunch belly from fibroids. Also, I did not gain any weight. I am at a normal weight for my height and I stayed the same weight overall after surgery.
Definitely check out the UFE (Uterine Fibroid Embolization). I was really disappointed I was not a good candidate for the procedure. I had fast growing fibroids, I was at least (5) yrs. out from menopause and both my Drs. felt my fibroids would grow back after a UFE. So, I opted for a hyst instead.
Again, thanks for your reponses. You are really guiding me with where to go from here.
Were you cut open or did they do a less invasive type of procedure?
I am definitely going to look into the option you discussed. I had an appt. set up for Sept. 10th to get a 2nd opinion from a specialist dealing with fibroid tumors, but I got the bad news today that he was killed in an accident this weekend while on vacation.
This is definitely going to slow down my progress in securing a doctor to do the procedure and deciding which procedure is right for me.
At this time I am not certain when I will get another appt., which means that I may have to prolong things for another 3 to 4 months, and I am kinda at the point that I want to seek some form of treatment/surgery sooner than later.
I am glad to hear that things are going well with you.
I am very sorry to hear about your fibroid Dr. How sad. What a loss to your medical community as well as his family and friends.
In answer to your question...I did have a less invasive hyst. I had a Laparoscopic SupraCervical Hysterectomy. I kept my ovaries and my cervix. Just had the uterus and fibroids removed. I had two small hip incisions and a belly button incision. No vaginal work was done. I had surgery in an outpatient facility at 7:30 AM and I went home by 6:00 PM. Some LSH ladies stay overnight.
In my case, I had a textbook recovery. I went back to work at 2 weeks and just took it slow. I got a greenlight for all acitvities - including sex and the gym - at 6 weeks.
Turns out my younger sister just had a LSH last May for fibroids - and like me - she has been very pleased with the results.
Phillis, I have the same issue, I was told a month ago I need a TAH, due to fibroids. At first I thought they were not all that big, but when i went in for the pre op and told him how very miserable I was, with the pain and swelling and my waistline has increased almost 5 inches! He held out his hands to form a large grapefruit as he told me some of my fibroids are pretty good sized, and reassured me he would photograph them when they came out! it is a TAH because of the size and number of the fibroids as opposed to a Vaginal or lap type surgery.
I am 55, have had a mini tummy tuck and have had a perfect size 8 for years, model and do tv commercials too. I have always watched my weight and until this past 6 months, I have had an issue with 10 pounds and an increase in my waistline and my bust has put on 2 inches as well!
I am sure I will drop 10 to 15 pounds in my recovery and plan to do so!
This is NOT me! But I also found out i have a uterus the size of a 4 month pregnancy, and hey, this is about what I looked like at 4 months preg!
I am optomistic once these fibroids are out things will get back to normal for me. A couple weeks ago, they were so swollen, and it was so painful, I was down in bed with ice on my tummy, trying to get the swelling down, PRE OP!!! I also tried a month of progesterone cream to balance the estrogen, and I am not sure if that is what happened, but my fibroids are no longer pushin on my bladder and I am much more comfortable, but I am still having my surgery this Friday, I don't want to go thru that misery again!
I had a TAH at the end of June 07. I am still home recovering. I too was the size of a large cantelope and the pain it caused me before coming out was unbearable. Now that I have had my surgery it was the best thing I ever did. I had it removed through the bikini line area, I kept everything but the uteris, this is the only way to be sure those fibroids don't come back. My surgery was on a Wednesday, I was home by Friday night. I have not taken a single pain killer other than Advil since the Thursday in the hospital and everyday is better than the day before. My tummy still feels funny and is swollen, but not painful.
I am only 41 and can't imagine going through that for longer than the year and half that I did. This recovery is the easy part. Good luck with everything.