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Tell me it's going to be okay!! Tell me it's going to be okay!!

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  #1  
Unread 09-02-2011, 09:01 PM
Tell me it's going to be okay!!

Hi guys!
I found out about the fibroids in 2008. In May 2010, I had an endometrial ablation. It was partly successful: no bleeding for about 8 months. Then, bleeding returned and it seemed heavier. I began taking Aygestin and it controlled the bleeding to a certain extent. Last month, I returned to see my dr after noticing my belly really increased in size plus feeling the hard fibroids in my lower abdomen. I did another ultrasound. The dr could tell with his exam that the fibroids increased significantly. Since Feb. 2011 until now, It increased from a 12 weeks to 20 weeks. My uterus is 18 cm x 16 x 13 and weighs 2009 grams. The largest fibroid measures 11 x 12 x 10. There was no possibility of doing a laparoscopic with such a large uterus. So, I'm scheduled for a TAH on Sept 14. I will be at < >. I trust my doctor and I *know* that it must be done! Yet, I feel bad for not making the right decision to have it sooner so I could have a minimally invasive surgery. I assumed the fibroids may stop growing or just grow slowly!

What makes they grow so fast? How big is my uterus in layman's term? Would appreciate hearing from sisters with similar uterus! How did he go for you?


Sonia
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Unread 09-02-2011, 10:01 PM
Re: Tell me it's going to be okay!!

First yes it will be alright. I also had a very large uterus and was told I would have to have it removed via abdomen. I decided to get a second opinion. My new dr recomended da Vinci. Best choice I have made in a while. Either way you are going to feel so much better.
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Unread 09-02-2011, 10:18 PM
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I also had fibroids. It took me almost a year to seek out a second opinion with a non-invasive specialist. By the time I did my fibroids and uterus were so big they had to be taken abdominally. I opted to keep my cervix which they say makes for a somewhat easier recovery (SAH). My DR estimated (based on my ultrasound) that the surgery would take 1 hour (vs. 2hrs. for a TAH).

Once she got in there, she found the fibroids so massive and plentiful that it took her 1 hour just to uncover my uterus. The surgery was a total of 4 hours, my DR couldn't believe how many fibroids there were as the ultrasound from just a few months prior didn't show all of them.

Though I also wish I would have acted sooner, I have no regrets on how it all ended up. Having the surgery abdominally allowed my DR and Surgeon (my hospital requires 2 DRs) to have a clear view of everything inside of me. (I have read some posts where there were complications during less invasive surgeries of other parts being nicked, perhaps because the view is not so clear?) So knowing that they would be able to see everything better and totally remove my fibroids & uterus was worth the incision.

And in the end the incision was much less frightening then I had expected. No surgery is easy, but this was much easier then I had prepared myself for. And not having "crime scene" bleeding and pain anymore was worth it!

Yes, it will be OK!
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Unread 09-02-2011, 11:24 PM
Re: Tell me it's going to be okay!!

My one fibroid is bigger than your uterus (which, layman's terms ish, is 7 inches one direction, 6 inches the other direction, and 5 inches deep: think size of a cantaloupe, when a "normal" uterus is closer to a pear.) It's crazy, isn't it? Our bodies are so powerful, and the things they can do to us aren't always fun.

There doesn't seem to be a clear consensus on what makes fibroids grow: they don't all grow at the same speed even in the same woman, much less respond the same to similar conditions in different women. It'd rock if there was a solid answer to your question, because then we could actually do something about it.

The largest fibroid ever reported weighed 150 pounds! I kind of think there was some exaggeration with that one, but in 2010, a doctor in India did document removal of a 15 pound one, and that's good enough for me to know that they can get pretty insane. The real craziness is that he's not famous for that fibroid being big: he's famous because the fibroid was big and he removed it LAPAROSCOPICALLY.

Is it going to be okay? I sure hope so, because I've got the same dog in this race that you do. I'm scheduled for September 13th.

Honestly, as weird and frightening as this is, I do have every confidence for both of us. Doctors are taught to stop a beating heart, trim around it, and start it up. They can take a working organ from one body and make it work in another body. They learn how to take something out of a human brain while that human is awake and talking to them, so that they know they're working on the right part of the brain.

The surgeons operating on us have honed their craft just as carefully as the ones I just described--but at the end of the day, theirs is actually a much easier craft. They are removing something that isn't actually performing a life-sustaining function--something they don't have to replace, in that moment, with something else that has its own set of concerns. It's tricky and it's precise, but it's not touch-and-go-perilous. I couldn't do it; you can't walk off the street and do it. But OB/GYN surgeons do it all the time.

Best wishes to you! Here's to making our way to the other side of all this!
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Unread 09-03-2011, 09:26 AM
Re: Tell me it's going to be okay!!

It feels comforting to read your comments! Yeah, for sure, TAH is a common surgery and doctors can do outstanding things! Good point there!My doctor told me that he has done it a lot since the 1990's and with women with larger uterus than mine! So, that's reassuring! And you are right, the surgeons are highly trained. I seem to vacillate between feeling confident about the surgery and feeling scared and regretting not doing it sooner!

I also do like the fact that the dr will have an open view in there and it might be the safer option with a very large uterus. Btw, I have a phobic reaction with needles so the IV will be quite an ordeal for me. I just need to find myself a nice maternal type nurse and I will feel better

Thanks for the kind support! It makes a difference!

Sonia
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Unread 09-03-2011, 10:59 AM
Re: Tell me it's going to be okay!!

It will be fine.

I was freaking terrified since I had NEVER been in a hospital, much less, had surgery before.

My uterus was 15in long and huge with fibroids. Mine also went from a 12 weeks size to over 20 week within 2 1/2 months. So it wasn't like I had put off surgery for years with a 20 week size uterus. I had put up with a 12 week size for many years strictly because my only bad symptoms was having to pee a lot. BC pills kept everything else under control. I & my doc was hoping I could just truck along with the 12 week size until menopause (I'm 40) but that didn't happen.

She did say fibroids are stimulated by hormones, mainly estrogen, so since I had started hot flashing & night sweats, she figures that gave it a sudden growth spurt. After menopause, you produce a lot less hormones, which in turn, usually makes the fibroids stop growing and shrink.

Mine HAD to go. It was literally growing every week.

It was all worth it and I'm so glad I had it done.
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Unread 09-03-2011, 12:57 PM
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Hi Soniabean, I was reading you are needle phobic and that the IV would be a problem for you! I also have the same problem and my surgeon told me I will
have 2 IVs inserted (one 'just for emergencies') which made me feel
soooo comforted (NOT!). I asked him about options for anaesthesia. He wrote on my admitting form that i would like 'gas induction' and said that way i don't have any needle work done til I'm well and truly in Lala land. So I have been feeling waaaaaay better about that. My pre meds are in tablet form too so I'm hoping I won't see a needle until I'm 'out the other side'. I guess by that stage I'll be begging for them haha! So anyway, maybe you could ask for the same sort of anaesthesia if needles are worrisome for you. My surgery is 5 Sept - TAH. I've never had surgery before so it's a daunting prospect. Best wishes to you my friend ...
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Unread 09-04-2011, 08:51 PM
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Mileena-
Reading your story made me feel better! It is crazy how fast fibroids can grow! Thanks for sharing!

Legal68-
Best of luck on your surgery tomorrow! I will ask for options for the I.V. I was already going to ask for freezing my hand, for their most skilled nurse for I.V.'s, for a butterfly needle, lol
I probably not going to be one of the easiest patient but I will bring nice fancy chocolate for the hospital staff
  #9  
Unread 09-05-2011, 08:09 AM
Re: Tell me it's going to be okay!!

Soniabean,

My big fellow went from 8cm to 12cm in over a couple of weeks. I am having a TAH 9/22 and keeping my ovaries. I wake up everyday feeling so stuffed inside and looking forward to getting it out. I am also very nervous but I know I can't ignore it. I am on a 2 week health kick eating small amounts to try an lose a few pounds and walking to ease the stress and nerves. This site is wonderful and I am so glad to find others with the same problems as me. We are all in this together.
  #10  
Unread 09-05-2011, 10:27 AM
Re: Tell me it's going to be okay!!

It's going to be okay -

I, too, had a 20-week uterus with multiple fibroids, making me miserable every way they could. I was so nervous 2 days before my hyster that I wanted to throw up, but everything went fine. I even got a hernia repair in the deal (had no idea I had a hernia, a big one!) The first week of recovery was the most difficult and the 2nd was not far behind it, but the third week was lots better! Read the pre-op articles here, they have really good advice, and get ready to pamper yourself, seriously!
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