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Unread 03-27-2006, 04:00 PM
No Real Symptoms , why am I doing this

I felt the same the only painful symptom that I had was lower back pain. And I lived with this back pain for longer than a year before I even decided to complain about it. I felt it was still nothing that I could not live with. And when I went to the gyn for the 1st time we did a s/gram. And it was suggested then that I have a hyst. B/c doc suspected adeno.. So he sent me to have an MRI to confirm. MRI did confirm this. But the symtoms aren't that bad. But I decided I would do the hyst b/c I decided why spend alot of $ on this and that only to end up with a hyst. So I opted to go straight to hyst and be done with it. I'm not big on dwelling on my aches and pains and running back and forth to dr's. So I made the decision to have hyst and move on...
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Unread 03-27-2006, 04:48 PM
No Real Symptoms , why am I doing this


I didn't want this surgery AT ALL. Wanted to minimize the accommodations I was making for my increasing symptoms.

I researched ALL the altervatives and tried some - if you like an alternative approach, I really liked a book by Dr Allan Warshowsky (Healing Fibroids).

One thing I regret already, is that I didn't pursue alternate approaches in time for them to be effective, and my uterus grew so large that I will end up with an abdominal incision and have to rule out a laparascopic approach.

Still, despite that regret, I had to come to this decision at my own pace and accept it in my own way and time.

Whatever it takes for you to get to a resolution is fine - YOU have to understand and endorse the solution.

Ask ask ask until you get there!

Unread 03-27-2006, 04:51 PM
No Real Symptoms , why am I doing this

I am scheduled for a TAB/BSO on May 5th. I have boo-coodles of problems but every day I think, okay, could I stand it a little longer? It have progressively gotten so bad that I might have one week, if I am lucky, a month with no symptoms. The other three weeks are spent prepping for Aunt Flo or lingering Aunt Flo. I am miserable and it is horrible. I am not a whiner, but this has been going on for about six years and the last year has been worse and worse. When I am not having symptoms I think about what if I waited? but when I am in the midst of all the hoop-lah I think why not tomorrow! I was glad to hear you voice your doubts, though. I do not feel like I am the only one any more having those thoughts.
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Unread 03-27-2006, 06:28 PM
No Real Symptoms , why am I doing this

I just turned 40 and my doctor discovered my large fibroid during my annual physical. I really didn't think that I had many symptoms, but after I started reading, I found that I did indeed have symptoms. I was attributing them to other things. My surgery was March 13 and I am 2 weeks post-op today. I am doing great, but still have to rest alot. I am very glad that I had this surgery because my fibroid was large and I was afraid that it would get even larger and make the surgery even worse. Good luck!
Unread 03-27-2006, 07:13 PM
No Real Symptoms , why am I doing this

First- thanks for this post!
I too have no symptoms other then typical peri-menopausal at 42. The question I asked myself, given the history of my 4 sisters.. "What do I want my quality of life to be like for the next 15 years". I have 2 elementary age daughters, am a single parent, working in a sr. management role. I choose a quality of life now. Before the existing fibroids get inevitably bigger, before my out of control hormones turn me into a serious mama mia meatball, before I have to explain to my 11 year old why her mother is a raving loon because she can no longer manage the migranes, bloating and fatigue.
I choose a quality of life and if this is what I think will do it - I am going for it on 4/12 - and I have an awesome doctor that supports a womans choice.
Unread 03-27-2006, 08:56 PM
No Real Symptoms , why am I doing this

All the PMS symptoms and fibroids and bleeding are caused by peri-menopause and can be fixed by taking natural progesterone.

What is happening is the body is oestrogen dominant, even if you have a blood test and it shows your oestrogen to be in the normal range your progesterone would show low. When women enter peri-menopause then menopause oestrogen slowly tapers off but progesterone pretty much stops production and that is why you get bleeding, fibroids. As I said PMS are also due to lack of progesterone as when it comes around to your monthly cycle the progesterone drops off and that is when you get your period and the days leading up to that are your body adjusting to the sudden drop in progesterone.

This is all very normal and treatable. Why are so many women running for a hyst? I don't understand this and get frustrated by it. Fibriods are not a reason for a hyst yet so many doctors offer this as an option and many women take it.

An earlier post said about getting a better quality of life, I have to ask what makes you think your quality of life will be better after a hyst? Has everyone really looked at the potential problems with a hyst? Everything in life is a trade off and a hyst is very serious and the complications and medical problems can be terrible. Many of these don't show up until years later. Personally I am 4 years post op and have never felt worse, look on this website and you will find I am not the only one.

I can't believe that so many women are running to treat the symptom and are turning their backs on treating the cause. I also can't believe doctors are still doing this to women. We all have to take a proactive approach to our health and look at the consequences.
Unread 03-27-2006, 09:07 PM
No Real Symptoms , why am I doing this

I absolutely hear you. I read some of these stories with the non-stop periods and anemia and think... jeeze, I must be a whimp for having this surgery!

But here's my deal. I was diagnosed a year ago with at least one very large fibroid, but I had no symptoms. The only reason the doctor scheduled an ultrsound was that he could not get a pap test sample because my uterus was tipped too far back. After receiving the results, my doctor said there is no magic number for what is an OK sized uterous. As long as I was not having any problem, we would "wait and see."

A year later, I was having occassional pain and pressure, but nothing untolerable. BUT I was having bladder control problems. This was embarrassing, and he said it seemed that my uterus felt bigger...So I headed back for another ultrasound. Referred to a specialist... given options.... go on Lupron (and probably still have to have the surgery), have a myomectomy (same recovery time and for what? Don't intend to have any babies) or hysterectomy.... decided the best option was hysterectomy.... OK.

Next - and this is weird - once I finally scheduled the surgery, all hell has broken loose. I have missed work for the pain for the first time. One of my friends said it was just because now I am paying more attention to my body. I DO NOT think so. There are days when I can barely walk because the pressure causes so much pain and pressure on every other organ in the vacinity. Weird that it has happened since I scheduled the surgery, but guess I feel an escalation in symptoms is just a matter of time.

Having said that, I do have a friend on the verge of menopause that is trying to wait it out... the idea being that they may shrink following the decline in estrogen, but if she's wrong, she will have suffered all of these months/years for nothing.

Anyway, I do think it's OK to wait if you are not completely ready. However, there's no reason to believe quick growing fibriods will stop growing... the surgery does become more complicated with an even larger uterus. If it were me, (assuming you can take the time off work) get if over with... it's probably inevitable and it could be harder in the future.

Good luck with your decision... frankly, I'm jealous! You get to go before me.
Unread 03-27-2006, 09:26 PM
No Real Symptoms , why am I doing this

Well, I mean no disrespect to Aus Chick, but think you are better off trusting a trained medical professional. (or several... and do get second opinions!) But fibroids DO cause problems that will injure you in other ways. But, like I said, if you are not ready, find someone (doctor) that will listen to you.
Unread 03-27-2006, 10:07 PM
No Real Symptoms , why am I doing this

I never had any problems with my periods other than cramps the first day that a little advil took care of. I had normal length periods yadda, yadda....then whammo...a ovarian cyst ruptured and I was in the emergency room. After exploritory surgery, it turned out I had massive endo., multiple fibroids and the DR closed me up and said he should take it all out. I never asked for a second opinion, never looked into alternatives (very strange for me because I go to a Naturopathic DR, do acupunture and chiropractic)took almost no time in making my decision to have it all out. Three weeks later I had my total hysterectomy. At moments I wondered if I did the right thing, but after recovery I started noticing that my migraines were less often and less severe, I had fewer lower back aches and slept better. I think I was having symptoms, but I had grown so used to them that it seemed normal for me. I do not regret my decision at all. I was healthy at the time, in good shape, I followed the DR's suggestions after surgery and healed very well.

Follow your own what feels right in your gut...get as much information as you feel necessary...

God bless,

Unread 03-28-2006, 07:49 AM
No Real Symptoms , why am I doing this

Aus Chick posted " All the PMS symptoms and fibroids and bleeding are caused by peri-menopause and can be fixed by taking natural progesterone".
Not all fibroids are caused by peri-menopause unless I was at that stage at 24 yrs old. I had a myomectomy back then
Quality of life....well lets see. I've suffered with migraines my entire life since then. So much that really 2 weeks out of the month were good for me. They didn't know about progesterone creams back then. I scheduled my life around my periods. Vacations, parties, etc. I saved my uterus for a baby that I never had. Here I am 25 years later with a uterus that has grown a fibroid bigger than life itself and I was suffering more and more each day. Each day after this was diagnoised it got worse. There was no quality of life from last Sept up until I had my surgery. Save my uterus was not an option. Progesterone cream to shrink it was not an option. It had already destroyed one ovary and who knows what else it would have done in the coming months. Don't get me wrong, I am very much a part of alternative medicine but there is a time when each of us makes the decision to say enough is enough. I don't like the fact I went through abdominal surgery again so many years later and I'm not recovering as fast as I did when I was 24. It was my decision to make. I had originally requested another myomectomy and the doctor was ok with that. Keep my uterus???? For me....for what....already been down that road. I didn't want to be looking at another surgery 5 years down the road. I am no where near menopause. I am very much looking forward to quality of life now.

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