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  #1  
Unread 03-28-2002, 11:47 PM
No symptoms. Need I worry?

I have huge fibroids but no symptoms except a large lumpy feeling abdomen. I suppose I am lucky not to have had any pain or heavy periods - a short cycle but not heavy. It seems daft but I'm worried that they will find something unexpected when they operate. Has anyone else suffered from a lack of symptoms?
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Unread 03-29-2002, 01:42 AM
No symptoms. Need I worry?

Hi Meg,
I had large fibroids - had a hysteroscopy last Nov. The doc wsn't too concerned about the size until one started to grow rather rapidly. Had a hysterectomy last Fri. The doc said that if they grow too fast and too big they can necrose and start to cut off their blood supply.

I would just put yourself into the hands of a doc that you can relate to and trust his/her decision. Of course, ultimately the surgical treatment is your decision.

This site has provided wonderful support for me through my conditions.


Diana

PS the hysterectomy wasn't that bad, however I know they can do other things like a myomectomy if you still want to have children so don't stress.
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Unread 03-29-2002, 05:17 AM
Fibroids

I was told by the sonogram tech that it's not necessarily the size that causes problems, but the location of the fibroids. If they are in the middle area of the uterus (which was where mine were) they would cause more pain and bleeding than if they were on the sides or elsewhere.I was also told the same thing as diana - if they start growing fast it may be a concern. I'm just glad I'm rid of the darn things!
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Unread 03-29-2002, 06:06 AM
No symptoms. Need I worry?

How big is your fibroid? I just got the results from my vag. ultrasound, haven't seen my Dr yet. I'm trying to figure out what 'big' is.. I have 4 fibroids, all aroung 3.5 - 4 cm's.

Did he give you other options, or did he just think a hyst. was the best long term solution considering age, etc..

I am having mild symptoms. Spotting all the time, clotting and cramping with periods. Freq. urination and have been suffering from fatigue for a couple of yrs. Not sure if that's related to the fibroids tho, Dr has has said my thyroid is low, I've been taking synthroid for that, w/o much results. None of the sypmtoms are debilitaing, but not much fun either..

From what I've read, the only sure way to be rid of them is a hyst. Why spend years fighting them, if a hyst is likely in the future anyway? I mean, if having kids is not an issue.

Won't see my Dr for 2 more wks.. arghh...

Good Luck with whatever you decide..

Sherry
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Unread 03-29-2002, 07:51 AM
No symptoms. Need I worry?

I don't know how big the fibroids are. I never actually saw the scan pictures - they probably wouldn't have meant anything anyway. The hospital doctor I saw looked concerned and went to get the specialist to have a prod and the specialist passed me to a colleague in the nearby teaching hospital to do the actual operation, without really explaining why he wouldn't tackle it. They all said they were big and seemed surprised that I didn't really have any symptoms. I think it probably is the position of them that is worrying. I gather if they grow any larger they could affect other organs such as the bladder and kidneys. I have no doubt that I need the operation - it is on Tuesday anyway I just feel a fraud when everyone else seems to have horrific symptoms, and I can't look forward to feeling wonderful afterwards when I wasn't feeling bad in the first place. Can I look forward to being a dress size or two smaller?
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Unread 03-29-2002, 08:09 AM
No symptoms. Need I worry?

Ok, I haven't seen the pictures either. I just got a copy of the report. I think I saw the report before my dr did!

Everywhere I look for info, they use terms like large and small, or the uterus is the size of a 12 wk pregnancy. My report was in terms on cm's. I'm trying to find info on how to compare the two.

Sounds like you're Dr's have good reasons, or they wouldn't be scheduling you so quickly. I'd ask LOTS of questions tho. I think it helps to know why/what things are being done. At least for me it does, that way I feel like I have some control over what's happening to my body..

It may sound silly, but when I first heard the report was positive for fibroids, but before I knew the size, I thought "How much do those things weigh??" LOL

I have read that weight gain can be associated w/fibroids. Don't understand cause and effect, maybe it can cause interfence with digestion, or fatigue can cause it... I dunno, maybe just wishful thinking, but I did start gaining alot of wieght around the same time the other sypmtoms started.

Let us know how it goes and don't be afraid to ask lot's of questions. You deserve to know exactly what they have planned and why..

Sherry
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Unread 03-29-2002, 10:02 AM
No symptoms. Need I worry?

Hi everyone,

I had fibroids too and was cluless as to what the sizes and so forth meant. Here is what I have learned at hystersisters: when fibroids grow to the point that they tell you your uterus is the size of a 10 week pregnancy or more, many docs no longer will do a vaginal hyst ... concerns about uterus size being too large. So an abdominal hyst is done (or sometimes a laparoscopic hyst because then the uterus and fibroids can be removed in pieces).

As far as symptoms, some ladies have terrible symptoms although their fibroids may be very small. It's the location that counts. Fibroids that are growing in the lining of the uterus and into the cavity (submucosal) can cause lots of bleeding and pain. Fibroids growing in the muscle wall (intramural) may not cause many symtoms. Fibroids growing in the outer uterine wall and pushing outside the uterus (subserosal) can aggravate surrounding organs, etc.

A great book about fibroids is: Fibroids, The Complete Guide to Taking Charge of Your Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Well-Being by Johanna Skilling. This book is easy to read and helped me a lot when dealing with fibroids.

Best of luck, ladies. Keep reading and posting and we'll be here for you every step of the way.

Beth
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Unread 03-29-2002, 10:53 AM
No symptoms. Need I worry?

Hi..I am 3 wk post op today for my abdominal hyst, mainly for one large fibroid (8cm by 8 by 7). I had had symptoms, mainly bleeding August through mid-December, but by the time we were scheduling my hyst that had stopped. Besides some trouble with gas I was having no symptoms at the time of my hyst, so I did wonder a little bit about going through with it. Two ultrsounds 6 weeks apart showed that the fibroid was growing measurably though, and then my dr was concerned about the lining of the uterus thickening, and so she did another endometrial biopsy (which started me bleeding again for a few weeks). I am post menopausal anyway and I just didn't want to deal with it all anymore. I didn't want frequent visits for more ultrasounds and or biopsies so the dr could keep an eye on this thing.
So far I am glad I went through with the hyst...I am still in recovery period, getting quite bored, but think I am on my way...drinking lots of water, getting lots of rest, going for some walks and starting to do a little around the house. About a week home from the hospital I was five pounds less than before surgery, but alas that didn't last. I'm about back up there...it's hard to get enough exercise when you are resting all the time.
Best to you and enjoy your castle stay and recovery as a princess!
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Unread 03-29-2002, 11:00 AM
No symptoms. Need I worry?

Does anyone know what size a 10 wk uterus is? I'm trying to coorelate my sonogram report with the lingo on the 'net.

It's 11.5 cm? Is that large?
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Unread 03-29-2002, 12:34 PM
No symptoms. Need I worry?

11.5 cm = around 5 inches? Does anyone know how much a normal uterus weighs? I just had my last post op with my DR and she keeps telling me how BIG it was, what a challenge it was getting it out through the incision, then she told me it weighed 380 grams. I had lots of large fibroids, a polyp, and my tissues were very thick.

All I know is I FEEL GREAT now!
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