Black Women : Fibroids...

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  1. CarrieMonet

    CarrieMonet Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I know this should be in the health section but since it's something we women have to deal with I thought I'd post it here.

    Today I went to the doctor and after completing my annual pelvic exam my doctor informed me that my uterus seemed to be big. She suspects I may have fibroids even though I don't have any other symptoms. (well, no bleeding issues) Tomorrow I will have a pelvic ultrasound to confirm there existance.

    This is what I don't get...

    My doctor said that if I have them they won't be doing anything about them unless they find cancerous cells. I'm trying to figure out what the point is of diagnosising this problem if they don't have any intentions of doing anything about it. It's not like I plan to start a brand new family considering my daughter just turned 17 yesterday.. they could just remove the uterus, right?

    Has anyone had this problem? What was the outcome?
     
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    My Mother had Fribroids and she ignored them when they were small. Unfortuantely, they grew too large and she had to have a hysteroctomy, I am not a doctor but I would reccomend that if they find them, that you should have them treated before they get ugly.
     
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    Sister Carrie, unfortunately, fibroids are quite common among women and in particular, African American women. I'm not sure but I believe that the estrogen hormone plays a key role in the development and behavior of these tumors. I had them for years and they never became a serious threat until my later 30s early 40s. I was very good about getting my annual paps and each year the diagnosis was different. One year they would have shrunk to barely nothing, the following year they would swell to the point that I could feel them when I walked. Then one year right before my annual exam they were more noticeable than usual. My monthly cycle changed and I suspected what my doctor would be telling me when I went to see him. You know how some men are called "armchair quarterbacks"? Well, I consider myself an armchair doctor. No degree or certification, but I read so much and pay so much attention to my body, that I notice any subtle changes and then go and research the probable causes and treatments. Then when I go to see my doctor, I test his knowledge and often question his degrees! :lol: So, I diagnosed my own condition and knew what the treatment would most likely be...hysterectomy. I was at the age when I knew I wasn't going to have anymore children and I was tired of feeling the way I was and so I wanted the quality of the rest of my life to be better. A hysterectomy promised all of that for me so I chose it as an option. There were some other health factors involved at the time, but they're not relevant to this discussion so I won't bother mentioning them.

    But, I would suggest to you though, BEFORE you decide on any treatment or accept anyone's opinion, ALWAYS get that second opinion from another specialist in the field of gynecology. Hysterectomies are nothing to play with and there are different versions you can choose from and methods to extract the uterus. Understand that there are side affects to any procedure like this so do your homework and study what they are first. Be sure to ask what's involved in every procedure, what to expect right after surgery and during the healing process and what to anticipate long-term. Always talk to women who have had them and get a good cross-section of feedback.

    Oh, and there's one thing the doctors may not tell you that could be a potential side affect because I'm sure it differs among women BUT...because this affects the female hormone, estrogen, you might experience a noticeable difference in your sex life.... :flamet: :tongue3:

    Queenie :)
     
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    you DON'T want a hysterectomy :deal:
     
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    Sista Carrie, as Qeenie has said, Uterine Fibroids are common among African women, and they can be painful... Both of my ex's had them, and they suffered some because of them...

    Queenie, I kinda agree with James... I say that as a human being first, and not as a man... I say that The Creator gave Women the Uterus for more than just Child Bearing... It is a very important organ in the female body, and should not be removed if it does not have to be... Ironically, Sista Carrie, I heard that there are some new treatments for fibroids, whereby they are shrunk to nothing by cutting off the supply of blood to them... Like Manasiac, I am not a doctor, but I would that you'd consult with one, and inquire about the procedure... Please, just don't let 'em be cuttin' on ya, and using you like a guinea pig...

    Forgive my frankness... I worked for 12 years in a Big City hospital, and I saw folk come in brain dead, and instead of advising families to pull that plug, Doctors convinced the family that 24 brain operations might revive the patient... They knew better, the patient's family did not, and the patient was turned into a living cadaver...

    *Ya brotha does not trust hospitals or doctors, and uses them only when completely necessary, but realizes there is a need for them(smile!)*

    Peace!
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    My mothers surgery went without a hitch, but I must agree with the aforementioned posters, it is something that you should to try to prevent if possible.
     
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    Oh By the way, what is the name of that alternative treatment for Fribroids, that does not require surgery that some doctors do not like for women to get because they loose money.

    I think it is a UAE or something like that, but I know that docotors loose like 2000 per head if they permit this procedure and some are notorious for not even telling you because they loose money.

    I cannot remember the name of it, but I am sure your doctor and a second opinion like queenie said could also tell you about it.
     
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    Good Looking out 4 the sisters my brother! :welldone:
     
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    Thanks for the responses from everyone.

    I will have the ultrasound today at 4pm. They will either confirm or deny that fibroids exist in my body.

    I really haven't given much thought to what I will do after I am "officially" diagnosed, I will weigh those options when they are presented to me. I do however work with doctors and nurses everyday and many of them have given me a lot of healthy good advice over the last 24 hours.

    So for now, I will try to be calm about it all.
     
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    This is not cool. LOL! How does that affect your sex life??
     
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