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Jan82 03-02-2012 03:47 PM

FNH and birth control pills
I was diagnosed with FNH two years ago. I had one 4 cm mass on my right lobe of my liver. I finally had it checked again, it had grown to 7 cm. and possibly a small one. They are now telling me to stop taking the birth control. I am on birth control for health reasons. Cysts on ovaries and very heavy long, and frequent periods. I am very concerned about what I should be doing? Has anyone else had these problems?


Lilac Wine 04-23-2012 01:07 PM

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I have what they think is focal nodular hyperplasia. As far as i've been told, they don't think birth control and focal nodular hyperplasia cause issues. The one that is hormone related (birth control) is hepatic adonema. Have they diagnosed FNH for sure?

My mass was found June 2011 and here I am ten months later with a diagnosis of about 90 percent chance it is FNH. I get an MRI in October. I have already had a CT scan and two ultrasounds. I did go off the pill just to experiment if it has shrunk or not. So far it has stayed pretty much the same so that is a good indication that it is FNH.

brittanyaus90 07-09-2012 02:35 AM

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I've known about my lump for just over 6 months now. I've been taking the pill for 5 years now and my doctor told me the pill does not make FNH grow and that it was just a myth, as far as I'm aware its just adonema that is affected by the pill. I've had two MRI's and both showed mine was still the same size and I continued to take the pill.

I would be getting a second opinion.

Jan82 07-09-2012 07:06 AM

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Thank you for the info. I got a second opinion. We decided to switch the Bc. Just in hope it will stop growing. I just had another MRI and it has gotten bigger since January. I have pain everyday. But they are not going to do anything. They probably not even check it again. I will have to live with the pain I have.

AtomicDani 07-09-2012 09:39 AM

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I also have a FNH at about 9cm. I'm having surgery to remove it in 3 weeks. I asked if I had to be taking off of birth control and was told no. FNH should not be affected by birth control. Good news for me!

Lilac Wine 07-09-2012 09:46 AM

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Keep us posted on how the surgery is, AtomicDani.

Jan82 07-09-2012 10:29 AM

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Good luck on your surgery. Let's us know how it goes!

Lilac Wine 07-09-2012 10:39 AM

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My most recent ultrasound is showing that my mass has shrunk a tiny bit in the past year. Not sure if this is correct, or it is reading error, or it is because I have lost some weight. Guess we will find out when I get my MRI in October. I hope it is a FNH and not a adenoma

AtomicDani 07-09-2012 05:53 PM

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Thanks! I'm super nervous but ready at the same time. :)

brittanyaus90 07-10-2012 03:43 AM

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Hi Jan. I'm the same, they won't do anything with mine and I have pain every day. I'm currently on prescription pain killers and sleeping tablets, also anti depressants. However mine appears to have stopped growing. If yours is still growing I think they should be doing MRI's at least every six months! Did they give you a reason why they aren't going to do anything? Are you taking any pain killers.

Jan82 07-10-2012 07:08 AM

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They said they will not check it anymore because of the type of tumor it is. It will not kill me so there is no reason to check it anymore. I am not currently taking any pain meds. It is a very localized pain. It is pushing against my ribs. They know it had grown in the last six months. Did you see a gastro or a hepatogist?

AtomicDani 07-10-2012 10:16 AM

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Wow, I'm surprised your doctors are not going to be watching your mass. Mine was 2cm when first discovered and 6 years later it is 9cm. Since mine is clearly growing, I was told that it is best to take it out soon. Mine takes over the left side of my liver and I guess it is an easier surgery then if it starts to move over to the right. They also said they do not want to wait for it to get bigger and need a liver transplant instead of just a resection. My pain and symptoms may or may not have to do with my FNH but if I plan on getting pregnant it may be an issue having it. Good luck! Hopefully yours will not grow any bigger.

Jan82 07-10-2012 11:17 AM

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Well good luck. Mine has grown 3 cm in two years. It had grown half a cm in six months. Mine is on my right lobe. I guess if I am still have the pain in about a year one of the docs may want to check it. I am just very frustrated with all of this. But good luck with all you are dealing with.

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