I am 55 years old and until last Oct 2011 I was having regular periods. Heavy, 7 days, crampy but regular. Right after my birthday I started missing periods, going 6-7 weeks between a period. Periods were lighter, shorter and no cramping. That lasted till March when I had a fairly heavy period lasted 10 days. Stopped 2 or 3 days and then started again. After bleeding another week I had a day where I had blood clots the size of base balls. I'm watching TV and as I get up blood is pouring down my legs. This lasted a couple of days and finally decided I needed to go to emerg. They did blood work and my haemoglobin had dropped to 80. Should be at least 110 - 120.
They had a perlvic ultra sound in emerg. and they suggested I go see my gynaecologist which I did. After 4 weeks of bleeding I went to see gyne and had an endometrial biopsy which turned out to be negative. However, since the biopsy have had severe cramps, every day all day. Take Advil but if it doesn't help will take Tylenol in between. Gynaecologist perscibed birth control pills to stop bleeding. Double dosing. But still bleeding. At the 7 week mark my specialist sent me to emerg. again. Worried my haemoglobin was not improving. I now have an appointment to see a surgeon and they will probably perform an endometrial ablation. Till then I have not been able to work, cannot drive I feel so weak, can barely prepare a meal.
The endometrial ablation was what solved my heavy horrible bleeding. I would have to wear around 5 big pads and a tampon but would have to change many times during the day. It was awful. I had that done 2 years ago and my periods come off an on but very little bleeding now. I am 51.
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Did they mention anything about fibroids? I was having crazy periods. They were very heavy and prolonged. I had an ultrasound which found a large fibroid. My blood levels were so low that my doc said that it wouldn't be safe to do any kind of surgery until they got my levels back up. I was put on iron and was getting lupron shot's (they made things worse!) Do they have you on iron? if not, they should! The day after my second shot I was hemorrhaging so badly that I needed blood transfusions and an emergency hysterectomy. I could literally feel blood gushing out of me before surgery and I was also passing very large clots. I was so scared. Have you considered having a hysterectomy? I am SO happy that I had one. I won't say that it was an easy surgery, my recovery was quite slow and actually it's been 3 1/2 months and I still have pain when I touch the skin above my incision, but it's very manageable and I can do pretty much anything. Not having a period is wonderful! After surgery I was actually so paranoid that any time I felt something odd I was running into the bathroom convinced that I was bleeding, but have not had any since the first week or 2. Sorry this is so long winded. Just wanted to share my story. Don't let them put you off. I don't think my doc realized just how badly I was bleeding until I showed up at the office. I was literally soaked in blood. My doctor was shocked. He was actually at a loss for words. He sent me to the hospital.
Yes, I am on iron. I had to try more than one before I found one that didn't make me feel sick but I always have a wierd taste in my mouth. I do have a rather large fibroid which is located in the wall of the uterus and the doctors has told me they won't remove. They have been telling me that any fibroids will shrink after menopause. A hysterectomy is too much surgery. They have suggested an ablation. In the meantime the bleeding doesnít stop and I am wondering if they will perform any surgery until my hemoglobin is back to normal. I have cramps everyday. My family doctor was upset that I didn't get a transfusion when I ended up in emergency. It's all so frustrating. I haven't been to work in over a month. I can't drive. I don't do groceries. I just started making some meals.
I understand not wanting to go through a hysterectomy, but it literally saved my life. My body was.trying to get rid of it and it was detaching causing me to hemorrhage. There is a procedure called embolization. My doctors considered it until I had lost so much blood that the hysterectomy was needed to save my life. Just prepare yourself for the fact that having one may be your only option.
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