I was happy to find you all and in the last couple of hours have learned a lot! So, first off, thank you!
I am 53 (as of a few days ago). I had my female exam about 10 days ago and my Dr. said, "I think you have fibroids, lets do an ultrasound."
Well fast forward to my ultrasound. The tech who started it was a orientee. She couldn't visualize anything, got her trainer/orienter. She also couldn't visualize, despite the fact that she applied a LOT of pressure. This meant I had to have a vaginal ultrasound.
She asked why I was having the exam, I told her "My Dr. thinks I have fibroids". Her comment was, "I think you do too."
Well it was interesting as she was talking to the person she was training the entire time. "See, all along there is fibroid tissue, there are the areas that are affected. there are several large fi.....".
She stopped suddenly, realizing I was listening, of course.
I said, "Well, it sounds like my Dr. was right."
She gave me the "Remember, I'm not a Dr. speech," and told me, "I can't say if you have a problem, as I can't make a diagnosis." Yada, yada, yada.
She then started asking me if I had heavy periods. I told her I had before they stopped. She then asked if I had back pain with my cycles. I told her extreme at times, but doesn't everyone?
She then made the comment that she was surprised I could have gotten out of bed during my cycle? So of course I came home and started looking things up.
I have been telling my Dr., that I can't urinate well and am having urgency, which I've never had prior. I told her I felt pressure against my bladder and that it wasn't uncommon for me to have constipation problems, that were getting worse with time. Now I see that these problems are common with fibroids. I also have the tummy fluff! Sometimes it is painful!!
Now a couple of questions please!! I go back to the Dr. Aug. 9. Since I already know my diagnosis (insert a smilie hitting their head v-8 style here), I am wondering if the exams can cause pain? Since I had my Dr. appt and now my ultrasound, I am having quite a lot of abdominal pain.
Can the pressure applied during exams and ultrasounds cause increased abdominal pain?
I know I sound crazy here, but I am also swelling more since then. My bladder feels like I am 9 months pregnant with no room, so it is pushed up against my abdomen! Also, my umbilicus is off center, to the right. I guess it's trying to find room to hang out, since my bladder is in the way.
Is any of this normal? Or is it more in my head? Hum, wait, maybe I don't want an answer to the last question!
I promise not to be so long winded in the future, but wanted to give the background for my questions. Thanks everyone!!!