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fibroids - what were / are your symptoms?

(18 Posts)
hermykne Wed 13-Jun-07 17:18:39

i suspect this is my problem

have heavy periods
that drag on for days

a very dull ache very low in abdomen, on the left side always.
severe cramping even with nurofen.

having a scan next tues but just wanted a quick view from others.

blood tests clear.
smear clear too, last yr.

TIa

citylover Wed 13-Jun-07 21:23:28

really heavy periods with extremely large clots. feeling of bulk in the abdomen - they can actually be felt if you press that area (GP told me this) and I can also feel them. Can 't remember how many or what size had scan about two years ago.

Took Tranexamic acid which I hated, seemed to mess me up even more. WAs offered a hysterectomy or myomectomy but declined.

Became anaemic - ferritin levels down to 6! Took iron and also went to a homeopath both have helped with the heavy periods and Hb and ferritin levels improved.

I also abstain from coffee, tea and alcohol during my period which reduces the flow. PLus now use a mooncup which also helps.

Oh was also offered a mirena coil which I declined. I know I sound awkward but I wanted to explore other options first.

Once you reach menopause they should shrink.

citylover Wed 13-Jun-07 21:23:59

really heavy periods with extremely large clots. feeling of bulk in the abdomen - they can actually be felt if you press that area (GP told me this).

Took Tranexamic acid which I hated, seemed to mess me up even more. WAs offered a hysterectomy or myomectomy but declined.

Became anaemic - ferritin levels down to 6! Took iron and also went to a homeopath both have helped with the heavy periods and Hb and ferritin levels improved.

I also abstain from coffee, tea and alcohol during my period which reduces the flow. PLus now use a mooncup which also helps.

Oh was also offered a mirena coil which I declined. I know I sound awkward but I wanted to explore other options first.

Once you reach menopause they should shrink.

luciemule Wed 13-Jun-07 21:25:07

I was having pretty painless but heavy periods so just asked GP to refer me for a scan.

They found 3 small fibroids, the largest about 3cm but they research reckons that fibroids are oestrogen fed and you produce more oestrogen the more overweight you are.

Therefore, I went on the Camrbidge Diet at the end of january and lost 2 stone. I still want to lose another stone and will then ask for another in 6 months time, when hopefully, they'll have shrunk.

That's the reason that most fibroids shrink or disappear when you go through the menopause - as you have the massive drop in oestrogen!

luciemule Wed 13-Jun-07 21:27:20

That's really interesting citylover- I find too that my period pain is worse when I drink more tea during periods.

I also found that if reduce carbs right down during my period, the pain and bloated feeling is less.

dyzzidi Wed 13-Jun-07 21:29:18

My symptoms are just PAIN PAIN PAIN. I also heve severe endometriosis and adhesions sticking my bladder and bowels together. I have had many surgeries to remove scar tissue adhesions and sections of endometriosis.

I am just awaiting a date to go in and have the blood supply cut off by a radiolagist (sp?) It is hoped this will stop my pain and then i wont need a myomectomy/hysterectomy.

I have had my fibroid since I was at least 16 (first detected) and it has caused me so much pain for so long.

DumbledoresGirl Wed 13-Jun-07 21:31:25

I have had a question mark over my head as to whether or not I have them for years. I think they were first "discovered" when I had an early pg scan with my second baby. But that was 10 years ago now and since then, I have had loads of GPs claim they can feel my fibroids, but scans have always shown nothing. I was told it was possible they might have shrunk to nothing but then I wonder what the GPs are feeling?

I am interested in this thread though, as I have recently started getting painful periods, having not had a painful period since my first pregnancy nearly 12 years ago. A read of medical information told me that if painful periods suddenly occur later on in life, this is usually a sign of fibroids or endometriosis.

At the moment, I am monitoring each month to see what happens. I can't say my periods are that heavy, though one 3 months ago was horrendous for one day, but I have had quite unpleasant pain during my periods for the last 3 months which is worrying me a bit.

luciemule Wed 13-Jun-07 21:42:11

Hi DDG - I too have 2 days of really heavy flow, along with a very low down pain/feeling like the while of my abdomen and pelvis is going to drop out! Also get contraction-type pains, that actually take my breath away,make me feel faint and make me have to hold onto the chair it hurts so much.

Sorry to whinge but was hoping that perhaps someone else had similar pains!

I think perhaps, as the fibroids can occur inside or outside the uterus and in different places, they press on other bits and cause the pains.

DumbledoresGirl Wed 13-Jun-07 22:14:55

My pains are very definitely unlike anything I suffered from when I was a teenager or in my 20s. Then, I would get a feeling of discomfort that would gradually build to a pain and I had plenty of time (maybe as much as an hour or two) to decide if it was getting too bad and take painkillers if it was.

The pains I am getting now come on very suddenly - as you say, almost like a contraction, building and becoming sharp with seconds. I can't describe this exactly, but I feel a bit sick and my whole abdomen feels "ill". Also, I found this month that if I sat quietly, the discomfort wasn't as bad as when I was walking around.

It is very odd. Does it sound like fibroid symptoms to anyone?

hermykne Thu 14-Jun-07 11:26:31

dumblesoresgirl
how long does oyur period last?
i had a scan 7 yrs ago and nothing showed up for the same pain, but 2 children later and long periods of breastfeeding its only the last 15mths this has started again, and i really ignored it til i said hold on there must be a solution to this .
and the pain as you describe is exactly what i have.

i have a feeling they wont see anything nxt tues at the scan.
but i might try the alternative route then.

easywriter Thu 14-Jun-07 11:35:16

Rather oddly, I definately have fibroids. The biggest one is lika pom-pom atop my uterus (and was 12cm diameter at the end of my last pregnancy) I also have another, unfortunatly I can't remember how large but 5cm seems to ring a bell, in the wall of my uterus but near the top. (Both are near the top).

I have no real symptoms at all. I'm not here to gloat I just would like to know more about them as I've been told that nothing will be done until I'm sure I've finished my family but in the meantime I can't get life insurance because of them even though my doctor has explained that they are 'harmless' (sorry I want to say benign or malignant but I always forget which is which.

cremolafoam Thu 14-Jun-07 11:48:34

i have fibroids in the wall of my uterous. Two are 2cm in diameter and one is the size of a grapefruit( so very large)I have had dreadful pain, bloated feeling,pressure on my bladder causing me to run to the loo all the time and heavy blood loss which lasts about 10-12 days.Also anaemic and so have had to take iron for months on end. used to faint duing my period as a matter of course.
Also had fertility problems.

Various treatments have included
a D&C
a coil(i got an infection) a myomectomy( fibroids grew back)
a dye test to see if my falopian tubes were blocked( they are)
a course of Decapeptyl(brings on a menopause)(worked for a while but did'nt last)
offered a hysterectomy( not ready for that really)
All of the above were not possible whilest i still had hope for IVF treatment.
All IVF treatment faied so now i am on the POP pill and antdepressants.(also suffer from PMS- the real deal)

I have not felt better in years.And actually feel like I am moving on with my life. No blood loss at all. No pain. No moodiness.I feel like I am finally free of the slavery of the fibroids.

easywriter Thu 14-Jun-07 11:53:03

But what are they? Why do some people have pain others not? Sorry, I feel like I'm hijacking this thread but is there more to know than they are harmless cancerous growths.

Should you be worried if you have them?

cremolafoam Thu 14-Jun-07 11:57:47

no - not worried. thousands of women have them without any symptoms at all.
here

hermykne Thu 14-Jun-07 12:06:30

cremalofoam

poor you, thats was pretty hard going.thanks for link

easywriter Thu 14-Jun-07 12:15:55

Fantastic site Creamolafoam. Thankyou!

DumbledoresGirl Thu 14-Jun-07 13:19:32

Hermykne, my periods are about 6 days in length but that is unchanged from pretty much all my life. I did have one horrendous one recently that went on (full bleeding not just smears of blood) for 10 days but so far that has been a one-off.

I try not to worry about fibroids but I do know that some people can go on to have cancerous growths as a result of the fibroids so I am not sure they are always as entirely nothing to worry about as is sometimes made out. Even so, I am not going to the doctor because I feel I need to build up a clearer picture of any changes. I have been in and out of GP surgeries and hopsitals for so many minor gynaecological complaints that I feel now I would need a very good reason before I went again.

Kellylc1982 Fri 31-Jul-15 15:35:03

Hi wonder if anyone can offer advice
I'm currently awaiting a scan. I've had lower abdomen pain and now request urination. I had c125 blood teat so hoping that's ruling out ovarian cancer. My Dr suggested maybe fibroids but my bleeding has been normal. Does anyone still think this is fibroids. I'm sick with worry

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