Symptoms Fibroid Tumors

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Symptoms Of Fibroid Tumors

Fibroids are actually non-cancerous tumors that develop on the inside or outside of the uterus. The cause of fibroid tumors is still a mystery to everyone. But according to studies, estrogen is the main contributor in the development of fibroids. Some physicians note that these tumors are formed once the body reacts to the abnormal level of estrogen. However there are also experts that would contest this belief. Fibroids usually grow during pregnancy and when taking birth control pills since there extra production of the estrogen hormone. Fibroids are also believed to develop when taking estrogen supplements. But the tumor reduces in size the moment a woman reaches the menopause stage. This stage happens when the body stops releasing estrogen.

Around 80% of North American women are victims of fibroid tumors while 40% of Asian women can also be affected. One will determine the presence of a fibroid tumor if you experience the following symptoms – lower abdominal pain and irritation in the bladder part is felt when there is a formation of fibroid. Women can feel sporadic pain while some can experience constant pain. Pain during sexual intercourse can also occur once the tumor is developed near the vagina.

Aside from pain, one can also experience a pressure on the lower abdomen or bladder. Tumors prompt you to urinate often and this is the main reason why the pressure is felt. Some may feel the urge to urinate before you normally expect while others can no longer urinate. Menstrual cycle is also prevalent if you are dealing with fibroid tumors. Expect to have heavy and painful bleeding and women who have this kind of tumor have menstruation that lasts or 8 days or even longer.

Other symptoms of fibroid tumors also include significant weight gain, depression, and mood swings, infertility, and a whole lot more.

Fibroid tumors are also the main reason why women with the age bracket of 30 or 40 have hysterectomies. But not all fibroid victims are courageous enough to seek the help of a doctor. Though only 1% of fibroid tumors are malignant, one should still be vigilant in curing this health problem. Your doctor will advise you to undergo hysterectomy once fibroid tumor is detected. However, this procedure will only be carried out if you have heavy bleeding.

As a member of the female population, it is your responsibility to arm yourself with the right information about fibroid tumor. Anyone can become a victim so it is only right that you are well prepared.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do the symptoms differ between an ovarian cyst and a fibroid tumor?

    • ANSWER:
      I have had both and had no symptoms with either. I believe a cyst can go away on its own and fibroids must be surgically removed. I currently have 4 small fibroids, I had no clue. When I was younger I used to get really bad stomach pains, the doctor said I had an ovarian cyst and the only way to get rid of it would be to go on the pill or get pregnant. Well, at 16 I wasn’t really prepared to do either. I eventually quit having the pains luckily. These are just my personal experiences. My mom had a fibroid tumor removed at age 30 by hysterectomy. Luckily it was noncancerous. You can do some more medically correct research here…

  2. QUESTION:
    Abdominal Myomectomy for Uterine Fibroid Tumors?
    I have done my research, so I am really looking for answers based on the personal experience of other women. PLEASE, serious responses only.

    Background: I’m 34 and I have uterine fibroid tumors, diagnosed by internal ultrasound. 2 of the 3 are quite large. 1 is pedunculated. I know that small, asymptomatic fibroids are commonly left untreated, but in my case, my doctor recommends removal because of the size and my symptoms. My symptoms include pain, enlarged abdomen, bladder/urinary issues, pain during intercourse and even tampon use, dysfunctional vaginal bleeding (like a period, but for 2+ wks of the month, in addition to my week-long, heavy period), etc. My doctor also recommends surgery because removal will increase my chances (from my current state) of being able to conceive later.

    In my case, my doctor determined that the only surgery available to me is abdominal myomectomy. (There are less evasive treatments including medications and laparoscopy, but I do not qualify for them.) This surgery involves a 4-5″ horizontal incision in my abdomen and an incision in the uterine wall once the uterus is lifted out through the incision. If I am later able to conceive, and if I successfully carry a child near term, I will have to have a planned C-section birth a few weeks early due to the weakening of the uterine wall.

    I know there are risks as with any surgery (blood loss, anesthesia issues, etc.). The possible complications for this specific surgery include infertilization, unexpected hysterectomy, excessive scar tissue, recurrence of the fibroids, etc. For me, my desire for a normal quality of life and my hope of having children both outweigh the risks.

    My questions are:

    (1) How long will this surgery take to recover (i.e., when may I walk and sleep without excruciating pain, return to the desk part of my job, exercise – cardio, situps)? My research says it takes 2-6 weeks to return to work, varying from person to person. I am healthy, relatively active, and have a fairly high tolerance of pain. Can anyone similar to me describe the approximate recovery time?

    (2) What other personal experience can you share (i.e., post-surgery pregnancy, infertilization, surgery complications, recurrence, pregnancy complications/miscarriage, etc.)?

    (3) If you did experience infertilization (not caused by unexpected hysterectomy), is In Vitro still an option?

    THANK YOU!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      I am not qualify to answer your question as I do not have personal experience with Fibroids. I recently did a research about fibroids for a friend of mine and found http://www.shrinkfibroids.net website, which is about personal experience. Perhaps you may find useful information.

  3. QUESTION:
    is this normal for fibroid tumors ?
    i was informed that i had a fibroid tumor in my uterus and that its the size of a 12wk preg. but the only symptoms i have are pain in lower ab. ,pain in lower back and tailbone, and pain in my legs , my periods seem to be reg. and i do bleed a lil heavy when i get them and i some times pass clots the first 2 days . i dont bleed inbetween my periods either at last not yet thank god , i do feel pressure on my pelvic bone , and it has a burning feeling, my breast seem to be hurting and my nipples are burning exspecially when touched . is that normal for having a fibroid tumor? anyways my gyn. told me that i needed a hysterectomy too and well i dotn want to lose my uterus but if ness. i will go , but i am looking into geting that ufe prcedure . the only thing that alarms me is that my doc only did a pelvic exam and didnt go any further to make sure that is what i had and told me that i needed surgry , i find that a bit wierd and scary !if any1 can help pls email @ lilnikki_xo27xo@yahoo.com

    • ANSWER:
      your doctor is 100% correct, but if you’re that concerned that it’s correct, go see another GYN, who will most likely tell you the same thing.

      Fibroids that large can be dangerous, and almost always grow back. You really want to treat this soon. Pain is not an easy thing to live with, and the risk of endometrial cancers is nothing to ignore.

      Yes, it sucks that you may have to have a hysterectomy, but think of the other alternative, fibroids progessing more and more, causing more and more pain, until they eventually could turn cancerous and can kill you. You have to weight the decision.

  4. QUESTION:
    Will a doctor advise trying to get pregnant if a woman has a submucus fibroid tumor?
    I’m writing a story about a woman who has a uterine fibroid tumor (totally benign, but causing all kinds of problems). She will have to have a hysterectomy within the next year or so because of all of the problems the tumor is causing. She wants to have children some day, so I want to know if her doctor would advise her to start trying to get pregnant before her symptoms get too bad.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think a doctor would advise that. It’s too risky for the baby.

  5. QUESTION:
    I have fibroid tumor, do I need to worry?
    I just had an ultrasound last week and my doctor called me at home and told me that she saw a fibroid tumor on my uterus but not to worry it’s little (1cm). Do I really need to be worried or will it just go away on it’s own. My mom had fibroid tumors and eventually she had to get a hysterectomy. I was having symptoms thats why she ordered the ultrasound, but now I feel fine.

    • ANSWER:
      This is something that will be followed by your doctor with annual check ups. Most fibroid tumors are non cancerous. If they continue to multiply it can cause you to have heavier periods, even to the point of a hysterectomy. I’m sure your doctor has advised you well. The tumor is no more then the size of a small pea. Don’t worry, just make sure you follow your doctors advise.



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