I went to the doctor recently for a routine check-up and received life-altering news. As my physician was tapping my knee, checking my breathing and performing all of the other mundane aspects of a physical, she began to feel my stomach.
“What is that?”
“Are you pregnant?”
My expression was a resounding NO! But that didn’t save me from a pregnancy test. When it came back negative, my doctor immediately sent me to a gynecologist who performed an ultrasound.
Fibroids. These are tumors that are found in the uterus; huge tumors, to be exact. I couldn’t react. I sat there in stunned silence, but my thoughts were moving at light speed. Am I going to die?
At approximately 9 cm (3.5 inches), my fibroid was the about the size of 28-week fetus; which corresponds to about being seven months pregnant. This was not me, not at all!
After the shock, disappointment, and confusion, I decided to educate myself in preparation of my follow-up visit. YouTube was a great resource for me to watch videos of fibroid surgeries. I also looked at pictures of fibroids, read blogs, and learned of fibroid specialists across the country. According to my research, I’ve had fibroids for years. Yes, years.
Three out of four women experience uterine fibroids during their childbearing years. Doctors do not know the cause of fibroids. The good news is that they are benign (non-cancerous) tumors. Formed from the muscular tissue of the uterus, fibroids can be treated through medical therapy or surgical procedure. Identifying fibroids early spares you stress and possible exposure to risk factors such as distorted fallopian tubes and anemia. See your physician if you find yourself experiencing symptoms such as prolonged menstrual periods, pelvic pain, frequent urination, intercourse pain, constipation, and backaches or leg pains.
Since my diagnosis, I completed a pelvic sonogram and had numerous doctor visits in preparation for the next step. This time, I won’t be stunned because I’ve learned so much in this process.
– If your OBGYN does a sonogram and says you have fibroids, ask her or him how big they are and how many you have. At the least, you will have peace of mind. Even if they do not want to answer, be persistent because guestimates are better than nothing.
– Some radiology facilities that perform sonograms may not have immediate appointments. And if you are like me, you don’t want to wait too long so schedule an exam at another facility. Also check with your insurance for other facilities.
– Always choose physicians and facilities that suit your needs. What was most important for me was getting results as immediately as possible. So I opted for providers that could get me in as early as possible.
Living life to the fullest and residing in her third international city, Daenerys is embracing her mid-30’s. Writing is not only therapy, but also provides a creative outlet. A novice blogger, Daenerys is sharing her story with Mommy2Go to help others who may be going through the same experiences.