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Fibroids

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xjinxyxx Sat 11-Feb-17 21:50:07

Hi as anyone got fibroids , where are they , did u have problems in pregnancy , did u get the removed

TheHuntingOfTheSarky Sat 11-Feb-17 21:54:01

I've just been diagnosed with one 4cm in diameter which is causing very heavy and painful periods. I'm 45, 2 DC, never had any gynaecological issues up to this point. Currently awaiting referral to a specialist to decide what's to be done. In the meantime I'm taking Norethisterone to stop the bleeding. Every time I stop taking that it starts again full-throttle. GP has suggested Mirena coil but I'm reluctant due to many horror stories.

xjinxyxx Sat 11-Feb-17 22:01:52

I'm 34 I found out last week Iv got one 1.5cm on or near my cervix I can't remember , I had a baby 12 wks ago nd not stopped bleeding since , I'm so scared it's cancer , did u have a ultrasound ? How can they really tell if it's a fibroid or cancer 😰 I wanted the iud but couldn't get it In prob cause of the fibroid

tinytoucan Sat 11-Feb-17 22:02:50

I found out I had two when I was pregnant. It meant they wanted me to give birth on the consultant led unit rather than the midwife led one and I was advised to have the injection to deliver the placenta as there is more risk of heavy bleeding with fibroids. No problems since (or during) pregnancy, not sure if they can disappear? I don't think mine were very big though- I didn't need following up afterwards and I think that is standard for larger ones.

tinytoucan Sat 11-Feb-17 22:05:10

Sorry cross posted. I think at least one of mine was 2cm (on my ovary). I think they grow during pregnancy due to hormones so you might find it shrinks.

xjinxyxx Sat 11-Feb-17 22:06:27

How old are you tiny

tinytoucan Sat 11-Feb-17 22:06:52

32. DS is 10 months now.

xjinxyxx Sat 11-Feb-17 22:08:17

I'm been worrying myself sick since I found out last week Iv not ate in days I keep getting panic attacks , are you black or white

tinytoucan Sat 11-Feb-17 22:10:17

Aww you poor thing. Do you have anyone you can talk to about it? I'm white. I have to say I don't know what the risk factors are.

TheHuntingOfTheSarky Sat 11-Feb-17 22:11:06

Well....just before Christmas I started a period that ended up lasting about 20 days. Very very heavy, wouldn't stop, major cramping etc etc. This was after periods had generally been heavier than normal for 6 months or so but still normal length prior to this one (4-5 days). Went to GP 2 Jan, she prescribed Norethisterone to stop the bleeding and said to keep taking it until I got a referral for an internal ultrasound. Had that last Saturday and they saw the fibroid. That's that really. I assume they can tell the difference between a fibroid and anything more sinister but as i don't know any better I'm kind of just trusting them. The GP did say the imaging in the ultrasound want great which is why I'm being referred again, to see if they want to do a different sort of scan I suppose.

I think the thing with fibroids is you can have them for years with no symptoms so they need to be sure it's those that are causing your symptoms in case they're unrelated.

xjinxyxx Sat 11-Feb-17 22:13:12

Tiny dnt go on google cause that's wat I did nd scared myself silly

Matchstickmen Sat 11-Feb-17 22:14:18

After coming of cervette I had awful heavy bleeding for 2 months,finally now having the depro injection. Was sent for an ultrasound and they discovered a fibroid, they said it wasn't large enough to really remove. Before that I have had gyna problems..

tinytoucan Sat 11-Feb-17 22:16:01

No I pretty much steer clear of dr google!

TheHuntingOfTheSarky Sat 11-Feb-17 22:17:03

I've also been told I could be entering peri menopause though I'm very much on the young side for that and haven't had any other symptoms. I am moderately worried but am grateful this has happened after having my DC flowers

xjinxyxx Sat 11-Feb-17 22:17:42

The hunting the women that did my ultrasound said she didn't think it was the fibroid causing my bleeding , well this is wats been going on with my had my baby via c sections 8th Nov , bled heavy which is normall it started to slow down at 7 wks pp went on the mini pill omg the bleeding got out of control bled heavy 2 nd half wks stopped the mini pill bleeding started to slow down nd ended up brown discharge had a 4 day break of no bleeding , then got wat I thought was. Withdraw bleed from the mini pill bled heavy 7 days then 7 days of spotting had another break for 4 days now I'm bleeding again but this bleeding feels different like. A normal period but really dnt no

xjinxyxx Sat 11-Feb-17 22:21:05

Can the mini pill really mess women up like this

TheHuntingOfTheSarky Sat 11-Feb-17 22:23:55

I had both my DDs via C sections but didn't have bleeding like you describe. Maybe a little bleeding but only for a few days as far as I recall. It may be that more women experience what you did though, I'm obviously no expert.

My periods had been regular as clockwork all my life though, with no pain and not heavy - that may be a contributory factor if yours have been unpredictable?

TheHuntingOfTheSarky Sat 11-Feb-17 22:25:16

I've never been in the Pill due to blood pressure and being overweight so can't help on that score...

xjinxyxx Sat 11-Feb-17 22:26:12

I'm really thinking it's the mini pill that's done this to me and they have found the fibroid by chance , wish they didn't cause I worrying about everything and the panic attacks are really getting to me

xjinxyxx Sat 11-Feb-17 22:27:07

Where is ur fibroid hunter

GoodyGoodyGumdrops Sat 11-Feb-17 22:28:00

I had a very large one discovered during my 1st pregnancy. It's attached by a fairly slender 'stalk' to the outside of my uterus.

It grew massively during the pregnancy, and was really painful until 3rd trimester, but caused no other problems.

Had investigations after pregnancy and was advised not to get it removed until I was ready to accept that my family was complete, as the op carried a significant risk of needing an emergency hysterectomy. So I left it. Had heavy periods and some discomfort.

Pregnancy no2, and the fibroid continued growing, and hurting as it twisted on its stalk. But it probably outstripped its blood supply, because it stopped growing and stopped hurting - even shrank by the 3rd trimester.

Again, no problems from it, other than heavy periods after dc2.

3rd pregnancy, no problems at all. It did not grow or twist.

I started peri-menopause a couple of years after dc3 was born, and the fibroid started shrinking. I never bothered getting it removed, because it has not bothered me since.

The US scan shows its structure, and whether further investigations are necessary. It's more common to have fibroids after mid-30s than not, so they're virtually normal.

Because of the fibroid I was under consultant-led care for all my pregnancies. But all that meant was that some of my ante-natal appointments were with the consultant. Most of the time I saw midwives, and I had normal pregnancies and normal, midwife-supported births. One was even a waterbirth.

Hope my experience reassures you smile

TheHuntingOfTheSarky Sat 11-Feb-17 22:29:15

Afaik fibroids are nothing to stress too much about. If I were you I'd just go back to your GP and document the whole thing, see what they say. Try not to worry. Remember you're a new mum and you're flooded with crazy hormones - that can't be helping with the panic attacks xx

TheHuntingOfTheSarky Sat 11-Feb-17 22:31:56

I think mine is embedded in the lining at the front.....can't remember exactly what they said now even though it was only last Wednesday blush

BG2015 Sat 11-Feb-17 22:32:15

I have 2 fibroids, one of which is 3.5cm big, which apparently isn't big. Fibroids are non cancerous growths and millions of women have them and don't even know.

I've had prolonged, heavy bleeding since about 2009 and have had Mirena coils which have both worked quite well. My coil failed last May when I started bleeding heavily. I've been taking Northisterone on and off since.

I had an endometrial ablation in September which hasn't worked and I'm now on the waiting list for a hysterectomy.

I'm 48.

GoodyGoodyGumdrops Sat 11-Feb-17 22:33:45

1.5cm is very small. Mine was 11 at its largest. Last US I had it was 2cm.

I tried mini-pill after dc2. Didn't like it. Messed with my head. Don't remember whether it affected my periods, but I kept being convinced I was pregnant, despite having periods or not having had sex.

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