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A silly question maybe, don't know where to ask A silly question maybe, don't know where to ask

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Unread 10-16-2005, 10:59 PM
A silly question maybe, don't know where to ask

Hi all!

I'm new here and have been browsing here for about a week or so now, and I'm sooo glad I found this site! I've just found out about 1-2 weeks ago I have a fibroid tumor on my left side. I haven't got to talk to the regular doctor yet, just his assistant. I see him on the 26th for a surgery consult for a hysterectomy. I didn't know where to ask this, if it's in the wrong place, I'm so sorry.

I was wondering of anyone could tell me about about how big a fibroid is that's double the size of the uterus? I'm kinda scared and a little bit freaked out to know something is growing in my body that shouldn't be. I guess I just need some sort of idea of how big that thing is that's invading some space in there, and I haven't a clue since I was told that's what was wrong but no details! Also, will a fibroid on the left side cause sharp shooting pains on the right side as well? I have been suffering from that for a couple of days and not sure what's going on or if that could be a reason why.

I have/had tons of other questions but thanks to this site and you ladies, alot of those have been answered just by browsing and reading everything I can.

Thanks for the help, I really do appreciate it!!
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Unread 10-17-2005, 01:40 AM
A silly question maybe, don't know where to ask

Hi Kaley;

No question is too silly! You are Pre-Op so this is where you should ask your questions. Post-Op ladies frequent both boards.
If you have never had children, a uterus would be about 8 cm long by 5cm wide by 2.5 cm thick.
In a woman who has had a child, those measurements are about 9 by 6 by 4 cm.
As for the other question, I'm sorry I don't know. With me answering this post it will get bumped back to the top. Hopefully someone will come along to help answer the rest of your question.

Take care and best wishes to you!

Sybie
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Unread 10-17-2005, 06:23 AM
A silly question maybe, don't know where to ask

Thanks Sybie

I've had 2 kids, both by c-section. Thanks for saying it wasn't a silly question! I hate not knowing the full details about things and still have over a week before I see the doctor and can ask him. It's just something that's nerving me some and what better place to come to and ask, then here. I think waiting to know everything and/or what's gonna happen is the worst part. Thanks again for your help!!
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Unread 10-17-2005, 09:44 AM
A silly question maybe, don't know where to ask

There are no silly questions around here.

It sounds like you want more details, which is good. I'm not sure what your surgical consult entails but definitely get more details about your specific condition, why a hysterectomy is the recommendation (ask why other alternatives aren't an option) and the type of procedure he plans on doing.

It is also always a good idea to get second or third opinions as well.

Best wishes and s
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Unread 10-17-2005, 10:13 AM
Hi - I had an abdominal myomectomy four days ago.

Hi, I'm 39 and after 10 years of heavy periods, I had an abdominal myomectomy four days ago to remove a 6 inch fibroid that was covering the entire top of my uterus. I had a great doctor and a wonderful hosptial experience, and I'm so glad I did it. I have some fatigue and discomfort, but nothing compared to what I expected.

Is abdominal myomectomy, or some other alternative procedure, something your doctor can consider?
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Unread 10-17-2005, 11:21 AM
A silly question maybe, don't know where to ask

Kaylie,

You have found a wonderful site. And the sisters are right. There are alternatives sometimes to hysterectomy. These are questions you will have to ask the doctor. And this is a wonderful place to start looking for those options. Educate yourself and ask your doctor questions. And the ladies are right, a second opinion is always wise and if it differs from the 1st, well maybe even a third opinion isn't out of line.

When I was told I had a large fibroid, I too freaked out! And it turned out that I had 3 that were growing rapidly. But don't panic.

I know from my own research and experience that fibroids are almost always benign (non-cancerous). And there are alternative treatments too for fibroids. Hormone therapy to shrink (they usually do this on there own once menopause is reached), myomectomy (spelling is usually wrong on that for me! ), which is just taking the fibroid out, embolization (spelling again?) which is doing something about the feeding of them. There are so many factors and each one of us is different. At least you found this site and no matter what course of treatment you persue, you can become confidant that you are an active particpant in your treatment and have made the best choices for yourself.

I did this and although my best option was hysterectomy (problems for 11 years and fibroids since December), it gave me the "peace" of knowing I had tried everything else and explored all other options, first. You will also find many sisters here that have had success with alternative treatments for fibroids.

My advice is write your questions down so you don't forget when you get to the doctor. Especially ones about alternatives. And then seek a second opinion.

Your being a smart woman, exploring your options. And the sisters are always here for loving support no matter what you and your doctors decide.

Take care,
Theresa
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Unread 10-17-2005, 12:40 PM
A silly question maybe, don't know where to ask

Thank you ladies so very much for all the help and advice! I really do appreciate everything!

I've been having problems at least 8 years with long periods, but have had trouble with them since I can remember. We just found the fibroid about 2 weeks ago, which is my own fault cause I wouldn't go to the doctor. My family doctor had did an ultrasound about 2 years ago but it wasn't the internal one, and didn't see anything. We thought maybe it was my hypothyroidism causing the abnormal bleeding, but when it just got worse, we knew I had to go find out what was going on. So I finally had enough and went to a gyn. I'm done with having kids and have had a tubaligation *spelling?* done as soon as my youngest daughter was born, 8 years ago. From everything I've been researching it kinda looks like a hyster may be my best option... I'm just trying to visualize how all of that will be, and trying to visualize that thing growing in there that ain't suppost be.. Kinda scary!

You ladies are truly remarkable and I thank you for all the help!
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