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Unread 12-31-2001, 04:08 PM
Great question!

Hi Suzanne in Brooklyn,
I can SO relate to your question about whether it's crazy to have a hysterectomy "for things that are uncomfortable but don't actually hurt?" I went through it too, and I will tell you that I don't think either of us is crazy!

I think that when it comes to having surgery and taking out an organ, it's pretty normal to look at whether it is something you WANT to do or something you HAVE to have done. Certainly the decision would be much easier to make if we were told that a serious life threatening condition was involved.

I have an enlarged uterus, many small fibroids and a fast growing one the size of a small grapefruit. But, I wasn't having all the excessive bleeding, pain, cramping, etc, that I had read about, so I figured it wasn't THAT serious. Yes, I am way bloated, a bit anemic, and have to go to the bathroom a lot because of pressure on my bladder (haven't had a full night sleep in weeks), but I thought these were just "manageable inconveniences" that I could deal with...(sort of like the really bad menstrual cramps that use to make me pass out when I was a teenager -- my doctor used to tell me they were "all in my head." *punch*)

I think this site will really help you as you make your decision. I have learned so much here, and after doing other research and talking to my doctor about my condition, I feel fully confident about my upcoming surgery. Each of us is so different, and as someone else has said, it's a personal decision. It was so good to read your post about this because I thought I was the only one who had been confused about how serious something has to be to have it "fixed."
We women are so incredibly strong :muscle:yet so often we feel like we must grin and bear it, tough it out, s*ck it up, and if we don't we are "overreacting" or being weak. Well, I think that needs to be put to rest! Good luck Suzanne.
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Unread 01-01-2002, 10:22 PM
Fibroids with pressure but no pain - what to do

Hi Suzanne in Boise!

I was so happy to read your response. It really is a hard decision. I've done a fair amount of research on current treatment options short of a hysterectomy, and read about a couple of treatments that are being tested now. There's definitely a possibility that I could benefit from UAE, myomectomy, etc. I'm sure they could possibly be of some help to me, and maybe I should be exploring them in greater depth, but I really just don't FEEL like it! I'm just not into devoting much more of my life to this issue. But I don't feel comfortable with the idea of having a hyst. just because this whole thing is a pain in the butt. Oh well, I'm meeting with the

tomorrow morning. Maybe that will clarify stuff.

I'd be interested to hear more about how you came to your decision, (and in what surgery you're having) if that's something you want to discuss.

Take care, and thanks to all who have offered advice/encouragement on this issue.

Suzanne in Brooklyn

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