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Unread 03-04-2006, 02:55 PM
Fibroid Confusion

Talk to your doctor about your iron levels, they'll let you know whether you need supplements or if you can bump your numbers up naturally. Don't take supplements without your doctors advice, there are adverse effects besides constipation. I was lucky on the iron supplement front and didn't have constipation, but I drink boatloads of water daily and I'm guessing that helped pre and post surgery.

Check out webMD under anemia for a good list of iron rich foods, also if you're needing to up your iron levels drink OJ to help iron absorption, plus you can cook in cast iron. Another good source not noted in the web MD list is Cream of Wheat.

Good luck ladies
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Unread 03-04-2006, 04:33 PM
Fibroid Confusion


I could have written your post. Your symptoms sound just like mine. I also have adenomyosis, so it's hard to tell whether the problem bleeding is from my fibroid or adeno. Know that you are not alone in your suffering from this.


I found that before my ovarian cyst surgery I was very fatigued. I'm sure it was due part to anemia, but also having surgery is so stressful and I was afraid of catching a cold from my students. I found myself cutting back on activities and making sure I got enough rest. Plus, if you've been bleeding a lot, it wears you down. I'd go with what your body tells you concerning your need to rest.

Unread 03-04-2006, 04:37 PM
Fibroid Confusion


Hi again, after rereading your post, the pattern sounds so much like mine, I'd ask your doctor about adenomyosis also. It's very hard to determine if you have it, but it can cause very unpredictable bleeding.

I'm watching and waiting myself and am on the fence as to whether or not to have the surgery. I'm keeping a log of symptoms and bleeding, so I can objectively look at my quality of life.
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Unread 03-05-2006, 11:03 PM
Fibroid Confusion

Yep, had that for about 5 years. My fibroids were on the outside of my uterus and mostly small but caused so much bleeding and cramping. I can't tell you how happy now that I had my LSH (kept cervix and ovaries) 7 weeks ago. I should have done it years ago.
Unread 03-07-2006, 07:52 AM
Fibroid Confusion - Questioning Hysterectomy

I am 53 and not in menopause yet. Regular light periods not much cramping. Watching 3-4 fibroids last 5 years, suddenly they took off this past year. My uterus is 4 month size with multiple fibroids in and outside. Not having excessive bleeding, bladder problems, just pressure and bloting sometimes of the month. Been to 6 Doctors ..not one understood why I wanted to wait and see. Didn't seem a good candidate I was told for other treatments except hysterectomy. Question: How do I make a decision to get this surgery? Should I wait it out until menopause and see? I have had two MRI'S three months apart and size stayed the same between the two. I am eating more carefully, had soem acupunture and homeopathic drops. I feel everyone is pushing me to do the surgery andn it really frightens me. Anyone in my situation or can give a confused frightened woman advise? Thanks!
Unread 03-07-2006, 08:19 AM
re: 53 and fibroids taking off

I can sympathize with you. You're the one who has to make the final decision, so trust your own judgement. Waiting a little longer is unlikely to cause any harm, so if you're symptoms aren't driving you crazy, then waiting seems fine. Doctors worry about fibroids that grow after menopause, since they might have a slightly higher chance of actually being sarcomas. But since you haven't reached menopause yet, that risk appears to be less than 1 in a 1000. A lot of women report that their fibroids begin to grow rapidly during perimenopause, so you're not alone.

I'm in a similar position, even though I'm younger--44. I've lived with fibroids for 13 years, and while they grew slowly, I figured I could wait them out, since they didn't cause heavy bleeding or anemia. But in the past 6 months or so, they've begun growing like mad, and now they're at 18-20 weeks size, and causing a lot of pelvic pressure and urinary urgency, and possibly contributing to recurrent hernias. The surgeons are arguing among themselves about the best strategy, and I'm ready to have them out (most likely via an LSH, if I can find a surgeon experienced with LSH's on this size uterus). But I don't regret watchful waiting for so long.

Perhaps you might try RU486 or lupron (yuk), to see if your fibroids are likely to stop growing when you do enter menopause? If they do respond to lupron, then waiting until you reach menopause might feel more comfortable. Some fibroids don't respond to medically-induced menupause, so they're less likely to shrink at your natural menopause. Knowing one way or the other might make your decision clearer (on the other hand, going through a Lupron-induced temporary menopause sounds pretty unpleasant).

Good luck!
Unread 03-07-2006, 08:33 AM
Fibroid Confusion

Thank you Tiva for taking the time to reply to me. I am very curious about your idea to try RU486 or Lupron to get an idea what I might expect after menopause on my fibroids size. I know nothing about either RU486 or Lupron. Anyone have information about which is better, side affects etc?

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