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Just curious....How many members tried alternatives prior to the hyster? Just curious....How many members tried alternatives prior to the hyster?

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  #21  
Unread 12-09-2004, 10:58 AM
Just curious....How many members tried alternatives prior to the hyster?

My periods have been heavy since they started at age 15. I was on the pill from then, until my 20's. At that point, I tried the diaphram as a form of birth control, but alas, the periods were so bad that a few times I would have sworn I was having a miscarriage. In my 30's (and by now, on the Noval 1/50's) I struggled with every doctor, who thought at my age, I shouldn't be on such high birth control. It was after an ultra-sound found the first fibriod that they quit trying to lower my dosage. Anytime I went to a lower dose, I would bleed all month. It was suggested then that I could have a hysterectomy, but since I thought I might still want children, I opted to wait.

Even on the 1/50's, I would have two or three months of "normal" periods, followed by seven days of hemmoraging.

Finally, this year, I noticed that the heavy periods were coming back regardless, so I went for another ultra-sound. This time I had three fibriods, and a prolapsed uterius. Now being 44, I knew I wasn't going to be having any more children (my son is 14) so this time I insisted on the hysterectomy.
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  #22  
Unread 12-09-2004, 12:08 PM
Just curious....How many members tried alternatives prior to the hyster?

I had endo stage 4, for about 10 years, thats when it was diagnosed, the doctors think I had it since my teens because of the problems I had and my first surgery was 10 years ago.

I won't go into all the details, and the long story, but I have tried several options, and have had 5 different opinions, a couple of them were endo specialists and they all said hysterectomy was my only option. I put it off for about 7 years and because of some major problems could not anymore. I wanted to make sure I tried everything and researched all my options before I made this decision....it was a last resort.
  #23  
Unread 12-09-2004, 12:37 PM
Just curious....How many members tried alternatives prior to the hyster?

I too have wondered recently.... Did I jump the gun on deciding to have my hysterectomy? After reading the post of everyone else. I truly feel I have done the right thing. This past April I was diagnosed with large fibroids. Quite a few. I did my homework. Read all of the alternatives. Which in my eyes just lead right back to a hysterctomy in the end. I asked my gyno her opinion and she said the fibroids multiply and grow larger and larger. So, at that time I decied -- let's take it all out and get it over with......
I thought that all the years I was having the heavy periods, that is was because I had, had a tubligation in 1984..... Duhhh!!??
I guess I should have asked my doctor a long time ago instead of letting myself suffer so long....It is over now and I am alot BETTER!!!!!!
Sincerely, Sunshine 48
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  #24  
Unread 12-09-2004, 12:44 PM
Just curious....How many members tried alternatives prior to the hyster?

Here's what I've tried:

Endometrial Ablation--failed
Birth Control Pills--bled 20-25 days a month while on them--failed
Reproductive Endo. had me try Femara, which is an estrogen inhibitor--failed, fibroid grew from 5.4 to 6.2 cm in 3 months.
Met with IR about embolization--decided it wasn't for me.
Myomectomy--this would be a major surgery also and there was no guarantee that the fibroids wouldn't grow again, so I opted for just one surgery.

Of course, there are other alternatives which I've read about, and from the reading I noticed that the women didn't get much, if any, relief from symptoms by trying (acupuncture, herbs, castor oil packs). So, here I am. I feel good about my decision and can't wait to not live my life around the alien in my uterus!
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Unread 12-09-2004, 01:12 PM
Just curious....How many members tried alternatives prior to the hyster?

My fibroid ended up being about like yours, Fibroid Woman, but while I was waiting for it to get that way, I tried these alternatives:

Denial
Wishing & Praying it would go away
Waiting for Menopause (nada/not yet!)
Drugs
D & C

joano
  #26  
Unread 12-09-2004, 02:29 PM
everthing tried

hi started out with cysts polyps,adenymosis (sp) dysf uterine bleeding - ever 20 days,two days blood clots,severe pain - very anaemic.tested for early menopause - hormone levels fine.
had two abnormal smears as well.
went in for d& c,hystroscopy,colposcopy, loop biopsy, and insertion of mirena progesterone coil to see if it would reduce/stop bleeding. took 2 weeks to get over all that intervention.bled for 3 months daily. from 3 months slight improvement 12 days a month without any bleeding/spottin. got sick of it.mirena wa in right place just didnt work for me.due to adenymosis etccouldnt have ablation hence hyst
2 weeks post op,watery bleeding slightly,cant wait till no bleeding at all.
also tried acupuncture,homeopathy, helped but not enough
  #27  
Unread 12-09-2004, 02:29 PM
everthing tried

hi started out with cysts polyps,adenymosis (sp) dysf uterine bleeding - ever 20 days,two days blood clots,severe pain - very anaemic.tested for early menopause - hormone levels fine.
had two abnormal smears as well.
went in for d& c,hystroscopy,colposcopy, loop biopsy, and insertion of mirena progesterone coil to see if it would reduce/stop bleeding. took 2 weeks to get over all that intervention.bled for 3 months daily. from 3 months slight improvement 12 days a month without any bleeding/spottin. got sick of it.mirena wa in right place just didnt work for me.due to adenymosis etccouldnt have ablation hence hyst
2 weeks post op,watery bleeding slightly,cant wait till no bleeding at all.
also tried acupuncture,homeopathy, helped but not enough
  #28  
Unread 12-09-2004, 07:57 PM
Thank You!

Just wanted to thank everyone for sharing. There are so MANY factors involved in making these kinds of decisions, then .........despite our best planning...... our bodies (and how they choose to react) are the true wildcards! It's not easy being a woman, is it? I am proud to have lived my life as one, nevertheless...........
  #29  
Unread 12-09-2004, 08:17 PM
Just curious....How many members tried alternatives prior to the hyster?

I had my last baby (4 c sections) 13 years ago. For the last 10 years I had severe cramping and very heavy periods. I negleted my health for all of those years. I was just so stubborn. I never went to a gyn for check ups. My periods grew more severe as time went on. I was hospitalized 9 years ago with pneumonia. My blood count was so severe way back then,(less than the 5.5 this April) they wanted to transfuse me. Of course I refused it, so I stayed in the hospital for 5 nights, while they got my blood count up with heavy doses of iron. My anemia was more of a problem than the pneumonia. This last years my bleeding lasted 3 weeks every month. I used 3 large bags of overnights and 2 large boxes of super plus tampons each month. I finally went to the office where my sister's gyn is. I saw a male dr. because that was the first appt. avaliable. He didn't lecture me on my neglecting my health. He promised to make me better by doing whatever it takes. After tests and the routine exam he said I needed the hyst. I had fibroids, but my real problem he diagnosed before I even had surgery was adenomyosis. I asked him later on during my recovery if I had came in years earlier could there had been any other options? He said maybe ablation, but that may not have helped either.
My insurance didn't want to approve the hyst. They wanted my dr. to try other options. He said I was so critically anemic that I needed the surgery quickly so I would live. They then approved my surgery. I can't help but think if I would have taken care of my health years earlier it may not have came to this. I have nobody to blame but myself. It was a hard lesson to learn.
Thank God I finally went to the doctors.

Peggy
  #30  
Unread 12-09-2004, 08:27 PM
Just curious....How many members tried alternatives prior to the hyster?

I had one big 10cm fibroid in the wall and a 4cm fibroid inside the uterus that the doc said was probably what was causing the most problem (clotting, moderately heavy bleeding, moderate pain).

The only alternative treatment I tried was birth control pills without the placebos to stop my period. Didn't work.

I was offered a choice between myomectomy or hysterectomy.

Rather than go through all the alternatives myself, I learned from all your experiences, some of which were truly horrible, and decided the hysterectomy was the best choice for me. Nip it in the bud. Skip all the years of agony and go straight to the one cure that will definitely work.
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