Fibroid the size of a 20 week pregnancy and considering my options
I am a 43 year old woman with no previous history of fibroids. I've always had heavy periods and other symptoms of fibroids but never diagnosed. In the past few months I've developed a rapidly growing lump in my abdomen. Yesterday I had my first appointment with a new OB/GYN and he confirmed that the "lump" in my abdomen was likely a fibroid. A rather large one at that - he gauged it as comparable to a 20 week pregnancy. He did a pap smear and a manual exam only. I am scheduled for a sonogram on Monday and hopefully that will provide a better idea of what's going on.
I did not feel a good connection with the doctor and although he asked many times if I had any questions I didn't feel like I was given much information. I asked him if the rapid growth was any concern and he never said yes or no and just gave me the standard "fibroids are most often benign" patter. Also, after the office consultation, on the table he asked which breast the lump was in!?!? I had to remind him (after all the talk of probable abdominal fibroid) that it was "down there". He was apologetic but....hm. So I'm researching everything now- including my options.
I've been scouring the internet and HysterSisters had answers for questions I have. I'm happy to have found the website! Looking forward to hearing other peoples experiences and advice
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Re: Fibroid the size of a 20 week pregnancy and considering my options
I'm glad you found us and hope that information you gather, as well as support shared with women who can relate, will be helpful to you.
There's a message board on this site called Hysterectomy Options and Alternatives where you can start new threads to ask questions and to ask for support while you're researching your options. You'll find information to research in the Hysterectomy Options Checkpoint and a video about the importance of seeking a second opinion in this link: Give Me a Second. If you do decided to schedule a hysterectomy, you'll be welcome to move over to use the Pre-Op message board.