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    Old 05-23-2018, 08:49 PM   #1
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    Angry Is there any way to shrink a fibroid?

    Just came from the gynecologist today for irregular bleeding for the last few weeks.
    Have been in peri-menopause for a while now. Skipped periods, brown/pink discharge. But last few weeks have had regular bright red bleeding.

    Last March 2017, I had my yearly appt and the gynecologist said I was definitely in peri. She ordered a pelvic ultrasound and mammogram, blood work, etc. Everything came back fine execpt for a "small fibroid on the back of my uterine wall."

    She told me to have it rechecked 4 months later by having another ultrasound but by then my insurance was gone so I didn't do it. It's small, I thought. No big deal. My mom had a fibroid removed in her late 60's.

    Welp, had my apt today but with another gyno in the same office because my doctor from last year retired.

    She seemed surprised the doctor didn't order a biopsy with my pelvic ultrasound last year. She immediately noticed an enlarged uterus and then a large fibroid. Then when I told her the doctor told me it was small, she was a little confused at that also, and tried to show me how large it was.

    She was reading notes from my last years u/s and said my uterine lining was a little thick (I think she said 12.9?) and said we would need to have a biopsy to make sure everything was okay.

    Then she started talking hysterectomy. I am so new at this.
    I have a u/s scheduled for Tuesday and then an appt to see her on June 6 but don't see anything about a biopsy. She wrote that the large fibroid was 4.7 cm.

    Isn't there anything other than a hysterectomy to shrink the fibroid down?
    I have no insurance and unsure what to do.

     
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    Old 05-25-2018, 03:31 PM   #2
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    Re: Is there any way to shrink a fibroid?

    It's concerning she would even mention hysterectomy. But not surprising since hysterectomy is one of the most overused surgeries. Fibroids are very common and don't usually need any intervention. Irregular bleeding is common during perimenopause, fibroids or not. Hormonal meds (contraceptives) or non-hormonal meds such as Rx strength NSAID's or tranexamic acid (Lysteda) can reduce bleeding.

    A 12.6 mm lining isn't thick when you consider it normally gets 16 mm thick.

     
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    Old 05-25-2018, 05:38 PM   #3
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    Re: Is there any way to shrink a fibroid?

    Thanks for your reply!

    In the last couple of days since my dr's appt, I have done quite a bit of research and it does seem that hysterectomy is the "go-to" treatment for a lot of doctors!

    I've watched many videos by doctors and they all say that hysterectomy should be the very last option.
    I'm disappointed this doctor didn't try to at least help me by offering to get my period to stop or put me on birth control pills to see if that would help.

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    Old 05-25-2018, 06:26 PM   #4
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    Re: Is there any way to shrink a fibroid?

    Dear ArizonaChic,

    Your doctor may have her opinion based on experience with other cases, but in no way are you are obligated to accept any one doctor's opinion. Doctors all are as different as any other humans and their own beliefs, just like the rest of us. If I get a doctor that won't listen to my concerns or expects me to just silently obey, I move on. I had an early hysterectomy because my gyno surgeon had family with cancers. Looking back to that time I realize that I should have gotten other opinions. I suggest you do so in order to make an educated decision.

    If you see other doctors you will need to spend the time and money for getting copies of all of your records, and look up specialists in your area and check them out on Yelp to see what others have to say. Then get some other opinions. Be sure to call the office and ask if the doctor is good about listening & explaining his/her view with patients, since you have to live with whatever results there are. This is your choice.
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    Old 05-25-2018, 07:09 PM   #5
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    Re: Is there any way to shrink a fibroid?

    Thank you, I will do that. I will have the ultrasound but I will definitely tell the doctor when I see her on June 6 that I want to try other options first before even thinking about surgery.

     
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    Re: Is there any way to shrink a fibroid?

    One other thing - There is a surgery to remove fibroids called myomectomy that preserves the uterus and its lifelong anatomical, hormonal and sexual functions. But residents are required to do hysterectomies but not myomectomies so many gynecologists don't have the skills to do them.

    In the case of benign conditions, hysterectomy trades one set of (temporary) problems for a whole new set of (permanent) problems and increased health risks.

     
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    Re: Is there any way to shrink a fibroid?

    You go girl!
    Watch out for yourself!
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