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Unread 07-16-2002, 08:13 PM
endometrial biopsy

Hi, all! I'm so thankful I found this site in April when the my doc and I first discussed the "H" word. You are all amazing women!

I called today to schedule my surgery and my doctor let me know that my FSH level is at 39...and that anything higher than 20 would indicate menopause with no more bleeding. (I'm 44 and have large fibroids with heavy inconsistent bleeding.) She's "concerned", has consulted with a gynecological oncologist, and now i'm scheduled for a endometrial biopsy on friday. ...and i was just getting used to the idea of a hysterectomy. i've, of course, been looking at info on-line about endo/uterine cancer...and while the 'clinical' info is good...i just wanted to hear from some h-sisters who may have heard the same alarming news...and have some personal insights.

again...thanks for all of the warm support i feel just from reading the posts!!

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Unread 07-16-2002, 09:05 PM
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Donna --

I just had an endometrial biopsy yesterday. I've had virtually no symptoms other than some irregular bleeding that took me to the doctor -- and found out I have this huge ovarian cyst. My doc, too, said he wanted to bring in the oncologist -- said even though the chances are very low that it is cancer, he wanted to cover all the bases. I'm all for covering all the bases! Also, I've learned that these gyne/oncologists are much more used to doing the more complicated surgeries in general, and so that is why the docs often bring them on the case -- so don't automatically assume the worst. My C125 was very low (30) but still they want this doc to be on the case.

As for the biopsy -- obviously, you've got more going on "in utero" than I do so I don't know how that will affect the test, but I can tell you that it wasn't bad -- I felt a few seconds of a burning sensation and some mild cramping and then it was over. I had some bleeding that day and evening, and then that was it. Hope it goes as well for you!

Best of luck,
Unread 07-16-2002, 09:50 PM
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Yes, my doctor was also alarmed when my fibroids started to grow rapidly. I'm 53 and have had two endo biopsys. Each time the doctor was concerned and used this test to rule out cancer. It is very common testing. You will still have your hysterectomy. Your doctor is taking every precaution with you.

I only have fibroids and my biopsys were a mere pinch. I did take 600 of motrin prior, I did drive home, I did have a tiny bit of bleeding for the remainder of the day. For me, this test is no big deal. The hardest part is waiting for the test results. It is rather nerve wrenching as the imagination really works overtime.

Try not to worry...but if you do... you know where to come.
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Unread 07-16-2002, 10:37 PM
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Do take motrin about an hour beforehand --- I've had two --- the first by my gp (who didn't know what he was doing - ouch!), the second by my gyn who told me to take 600 mg of Motrin (and she was very gentle!).

Made a world of difference!
Unread 07-17-2002, 10:39 AM
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Hi Donna,
I just had that biopsy on July 12. I have 2 large fibroids that we don't know how long have been there, or how fast they'd grown, I haven't been to the gyn for 10+ years. So, she did the biopsy just to be sure nothing else was there.

I too was very nervous about the biopsy, but it was very quick. The cramping and pinching I had was nothing like the cramps I get which are horrible. It was done before I knew.

My surgery is July 23, and though I'm nervous, I'm ready. This site has helped so much!

Good luck, let us know how it goes.

Unread 07-17-2002, 10:53 AM
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I too had the endo biopsy and took 600 mg Motrin 2 hours prior. It was less pain than bad cramps, a pinch and just spotting. But two days later I got my period (which I had not had in 11 months) so guess it scared everything inside to get going! LOL
My doctor did it because he did not want to open me up (TAH scheduled for 31 Jul) and find cancer.
You'll be fine!


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