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Allestaria
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   Posted 6/1/2009 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok I think I can finally give a report on my doctor visit. Even though it makes it more reality then I want to admit.. I guess is what I want to say.

Well the spotting I have is due to my irregular cycle. Which to me was "normal" since I have been "not normal" since it all started. I have 3-4 cycles a year. But the spotting is due to that and the lining coming out on its own cycle. So that is ok and nothing to be concerned with. And just something I will have to deal with. Ok fine no biggie.

Next my uterus is "huge" (doctors words). She even asked "How can you handle lugging that around all this time". My mind went OMG. I'm deformed or something. And I of course didn't answer.
She has said I need to see a gyno for a full examine and an ultra sound as she thinks I have several (hoping) fibro tumors. And that I will most likely need a hysterectomy.
My bladder is tilted forward some. Which explains my need to go a lot.

This woman is very talkative and made the exam go quickly which was nice. But man can she talk. about everything. She jumped my butt for not taking my pills. And said I need counseling. And gave me information on free services we have in the area. Which I thought was only for childern and family counseling but turns out its for everyone!!
Which is some great news.

But I'm trying my hardest NOT to seach webmd about these tumors. I so want to know more about them and what my risks/chances are. But I know it will give me more news then I could handle. It is VERY hard for me not to search this. But I know I shouldn't. But I so want to know more.

I will be making an appt to have this checked into. Though I'm scared big time. Everyone in my mom's side has had to have this hysterectomy done except her. She is so far the first female who hasn't.
What worries me more. Is I had all c-sections. So I know it can't be done the easy way which of course bothers me even more.. I'm only 34. I'm not ready for menopause yet.


SCARED CRAZY.. shocked

Nanners
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   Posted 6/2/2009 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Allestaria,

First off I think I can relieve some of your fears. I was 36 years old when I had a complete hysterectomy due to fibroid tumors. These are NOT cancerous. They happen most often after women have had children and sometimes associated with c-sections. I had two natural births and one c-sect.

They are now talking about women not having hysterectomies for these and instead recommend just having the fibroids removed. I believe they are doing it by lazer if I am not mistaken. That way you would not have to have the hysterectomy.

I personally was so happy to have my hysterectomy. I was miserable like 3 weeks out of every month. Once I had my hysterectomy I just took my little hormone pill everynight and no problems. No more PMS, migraines, cramps, or misery. I still today consider this the best thing I ever did. Because of the little hormone pill I take I do not suffer any of the menopause problems thanks to my little hormone pill. Hope that helps to calm some of your fears. Good luck!
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vestabula
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   Posted 6/2/2009 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi...I had a complete hysterectomy at 23 years old due to recurring, bleeding ovarian cysts/tumors.  They are not cancerous.  Of course I jumped into menopause at that age with 3 little children, twins that were two years old and another that was 9 months...all because I couldn't tell when I was having my period as I was ALWAYS bleeding! Back then, the surgery was more complicated and I have an 8" scar...nowadays it is much less invasive and you will be home in no time...if you even need a complete hysterectomy.  My bladder is tipped also and I feel like I have to 'go' a bazillion times a day.  If you do have to have your ovaries removed, there are hormones to relieve the menopause symptoms...much much lower doses than I was given.
 
Don't search the web...never ever!  I am sure you will be fine and so happy you have an understanding gyno.  Believe me, if she thought this was something more serious, she would treated this immediately.  My neice is a gyno and says she can tell immediatley by the texture and mobility of them if they are fibroid, or the kind I had that were filled with fluid.
 
Feel better and just say NO to Google!
 
Donna
 
 
fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium


Jennara
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   Posted 6/2/2009 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Nanners and Donna probably said the most comforting things you can be told! I know when its me, hearing someone else's story with the same issues I have, oh that helps more than anything! Right up there with good news from a doc! See, your not alone. I think for a lot of us (I know me), we always assume the worst! Then hearing someone else say they have been there and came out just fine, it helps a lot.

My mom had to have the same surgery a few years ago for the same reason. Herse wernt cancerous eather. Dont look it up though. I mean, I bet your just fine and if you look it up, you'll probably just read about the rare times when it is cancerous. Thats what we do. Just wait until you see the doc.

Good luck!

-Jen

Allestaria
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   Posted 6/2/2009 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes it does help to hear some great stories and advice.

It sure eased my mind some. The only thing is. I know a lot of people go through bloating,cramping,headaches etc every month. My 3-4 times a year is no biggie. No cramps, headaches etc. It actually is just a 3 day bother but no pains or anything associated with it.

More so I've had 3 c-sections. Which means I do not get the easy way out. It will have to be surgery. Again. It took so long to recover from those 3 that I don't want to have to deal with it again.
And I'm thinking they will have to cut belly button down. Which is NOT something I want to deal with. As the bikini cut is much easier to deal with.

I'm so not sure I can deal with this. When I start to think about it. I just want to run and leave this issue behind. My mom says go for it. Get it over with. But I could just break down and cry and never leave my room again.

Then I have to wonder. We worry so much about health issues that a lot of people run to the doctor to have them fixed. I run the other way. As I would rather live without knowing. I think if I let it go it will just go away on its own.
And then I start to think. Why worry so much about my health. So much that I'm stuck at my house wondering if I'll be here tomorrow if I step out the door.
But why live life confined and not happy? I just don't get it. If I so want to live and not die tomorrow. Then I should be out doing things I'm happy doing. And actually living life instead of living in fear of life.
Why should I let what will happen rather I can prevent it or not stop me from living. I have years and years left. I don't want my kids to remember me as the person who never left the house.

If I keep these things in mind I think the surgery will be easier for me. As long as I keep reminding myself that this is part of life. And I need to get it taken care of if I ever plan on getting out of this dang house and living life like I should be. Enjoying every moment I have. Instead of living in fear of it.

vestabula
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   Posted 6/2/2009 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   

Allestaria..I know what heath anxiety can do.  I suffer from it terribly.  I have been told for so long that all my problems are anxiety or fibro related that I don't go to the doctor anymore.  I am 63 years old and 'things' are going to start happening that aren't related to these two conditions.  I look at every lump and bump with such scutiny it drives my husband crazy.  I don't have health insurance as we lost it when we moved out of state so I can't run to the doctor anymore for every little thing...which I guess is good. And let's face it...you probably are to young to remember the 'old days' when you went to a doctor for a sore throat, he gave you an antibiotic and you went on your way.  No more of that.  They are so afraid of law suits they want blood work, scans...a bazillion dollars worth of testing.  I can't afford to do that so like you, I run the other way.  My last set of blood work was $1100.

Please don't worry, my friend.  Anticipatory anxiety is worse than what we go through actually having the procedure done.  If you need to have the tumors/cysts removed then just take a deep breath and realize how much better you will feel when it is over.  I have been where you are at a million times..I'm an old broad!

Take care and try not to anticipate the worst.

Huggies

donna


fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium


Allestaria
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   Posted 6/2/2009 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Donna,

You sure do understand how I feel and what I'm going through. I don't have health insurance either. Instead we borrow my mother in laws card and make monthly payments to her. She has unreal credit so its not way to expensive. And my doctor's office only charges me 75 bucks per visit. Even for my last one. For the pap and examine. So it wasn't so bad it put a dint in the pocket book. But this next visit will. As they are not local. Its an out of state company. But I'll at least go and get checked out. (I hope)

I haven't had blood work done in 9 years. I passed out the last time I had it done. Woke up to them putting me in a wheel chair and forcing me to drink orange juice. I was 4 months prego at the time. Didn't go for my last test. Just couldn't handle a repeat.

Thanks again Donna. You sure make things seems so much better. Even in dark times.

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   Posted 6/2/2009 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Hey there my sweet friend, I googled for you and truly the abdominal approach is most likely the best choice for you.  A vaginal hysterectomy for large fibroids and previous C-sections is probably not  going to work for you and the same with the Lap Hysterectomy.
 
I would write your questions down and talk with the OB/GYN surgeon to find out all the options and then  go with what has to be.  I know it is hard to stay in the moment but it is kind of like being pregnant, once you get pregnant   you know your going to have to  go through childbirth in one way or another.  You have done well with you C-sections so  remember all you have made it through in the past.
 
Benign uterine growths are much more common then you think and there is HRT if you should need it so you won't get thrown into menapouse.  If they can spare your ovaries they will do that.
 
Keep on talking to us and know we support you.
 
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Kitt

 

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Allestaria
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   Posted 6/2/2009 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Ahh thank you Kitt that was so sweet of you to find out more information for me.

I would of course seen the worst of the situation and that would of been it. My mom had the fibroid tumors but she went to menopause and they went away. I still have about 15 years left before I get my change.
I haven't gotten the nerve yet to make the appt. Still trying to soak this in. But I will do that this week. At least hubby is at home all week to support my sudden fear that this is the end. I'm so glad he has such a flexable job!

Big hugs Kitt thank you!!

Nanners
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   Posted 6/3/2009 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Allestaria,

I just want to tell you also, they WILL do a bikini cut if you have the hysterectomy. There is no way they will do the cut from your bellybutton down. So put that thought out of your mind. Also,
remember as I stated above, hysterectomy is not the only option. I have read more and more lately that they are just removing the fibroids now, not the uterus too. So take a deep breathe and know that things probably aren't as dire as your are making them.
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*
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