Bloating With Fibroid Tumors

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What can be used for dealing with a fibroid tumor?
    What type of natural remedy can be used for dealing with a large fibroid tumor? My mother has almost died because she literally bleed to death (menstrauting heavily for months). She became severly anemic with a blood volume level of a mere 3. Normal is 12. She recieved 5 blood transfusions over a 2 month span. They believe it's all been a result of the fibroid tumor in her uterus. She is trying desperatly to get their insurance company to cover it but they are jerking my parents around calling all of this pre existing and saying they wont cover a dime for any of it including the bills already. My parents are already 100,000 in medical bills. They will not cover the surgery until Nov. of this year. What can be taken naturally in the mean time to help her not have the severe pain and bleeding. Her stomach is so bloated she looks like she's 5 months pregnant. She always has pain and she always bleeds so bad. I'm worried so badly about my mom. Someone help please!!!

    • ANSWER:
      If this were my mother I would take her to the nearest ER in the nearest large hospital, I would choose an Teaching hospital if there's one near you. They have the best and the most of all the doctors available to you.
      Many of these hospitals have benefactors that help the needy and if you ask, they will tell you. We did and they had a large benefactor program they did not advertise.
      It took about an hour to O.K. me, and pay all my medical bills for me.
      Whether they do or not, they will help. It sounds like your mom needs help right now, not when she can afford it.

  2. QUESTION:
    I was diagnosed with a grapefruit sized fibroid tumor. Is it OK to wait 4months to have myomectomy?
    It is causing discomfort like incontinence, constipation and bloating as well as a painful period. I was wondering if it damages my organs to wait. I have lived with this for awhile already. I am asking because I get the week between Christmas and New Years off and didn't want to miss too much work. I am not sure how long it took to get to be that size since I hadn't been to the OBGYN in 5 years.

    • ANSWER:
      A grape fruit size fibroid is fairly large. It is causing pressure symptoms too. Your decision depends on what your gynecologist advised you.
      Did he/she suggest to you to get the operation done by a particular date.
      You have a valid reason to get the operation delayed. It is best to meet your doctor and take a decision.
      The only danger is the effect of increasing symptoms due to a delay.
      But I personally believe that the growth of the tumor will not be rapid as it is a benign tumor. ( I presume because you have not mentioned about the biopsy report)
      I am a medical doctor

  3. QUESTION:
    does an ovarian cyst make you eligible for dla?
    looking for advice pls so only answer if you know thanks!!! i have a large fibroid tumour and an ovarian cyst, both cause me to bleeding stop and pain walking, i don't want to waste an ones time if i claim disability living allowance at he high rate, pls help. thanks all.

    • ANSWER:
      Why suffer with this problem?

      PCOS is NOT the result of a DRUG DEFICIENCY. Let's start with that. Many women suffer with this problem for years because of doctors prescribing drugs to treat the symptoms. That is not real health, it is "MAKE BELIEVE HEALTH." Please, do yourself a huge favor and deal with the PCOS problem in a nutritional way and solve the problem.

      When doctors try to juggle hormones, they are attempting to play GOD with out the credentials. Birth control pills are dangerous and have no studies showing long term safety. The synthetic ethinyl estradiol used in those pills is the most stimulating to breast tissue and is 1,000 times more potent in it's effects on breast tissue as estriol (natural estrogen made in the body that helps breast tissue). Estrogens tend to promote cell division, particularly in hormone-sensitive tissue such as the breast. Studies from two decades ago clearly found that overexposure to estradiol increases one's risk of breast cancer. The synthetic ethinyl estradiol is even more of a breast cancer risk because it is efficiently absorbed by mouth and slow to be metabolized and excreted. The longer a synthetic estrogen stays in the body, the more opportunity it has to do damage. NOT A GOOD SOLUTION FOR PCOS! ! ! 1 in 7 women now get breast cancer!

      "Normalizing" hormones by simply giving you synthetic hormone pills violates the basic principle of healing. Instead, whenever possible, you should strive to normalize the hormones using your body's innate intelligence. In your case, by changing your diet, you can start on the road to healing.

      A diet based on the principles of "Nourishing Traditions," a book by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, Ph.D. is the first step in the therapy of PCOS. Your ovaries need the animal fats, and yes, even the cholesterol found in food in order to make estrogen and progesterone, the correct female hormones.

      Swollen ovaries is a condition analogous to goiter, when the thyroid swells in response to iodine deficiency. Goiters often also result in a hormonal imbalance leading to hypothyroidism. In the case of PCOS, the starvation of the ovaries causes them to become cystic, swollen and eventually unable to regulate the synthesis of their hormones.

      The other main dietary trigger for this imbalance is that when the proper dietary fats are missing, they are inevitably replaced by excessive carbohydrate consumption. This results in excessive insulin production, weight gain, abdominal bloating, and eventually will itself cause hormonal shifts. The biochemistry of this process is well described in the book, "The Schwarzbein Principle" which also suggests a diet based on the principles in the book, "Nourishing Traditions," along with a restriction to about 75 grams of carbohydrates per day. More good fats and fewer carbohydrate foods should help in restoring your hormones to their proper balance.

      In addition to the dietary program, there are many natural nutrients that I have been shown in the medical literature to help PCOS. The first is the protomorphogen extract from Standard Process called Symplex F. This is a mixture of specially processed glandular extracts from the four organs that make up the so-called pituitary axis--the pituitary, thyroid, adrenal glands and the ovaries. We now know that these glands compensate for each other, and that they all get ill as a group. I usually recommend taking 1-2 tablets per day for one whole year to help normalize the function of these important organs. You should be able to get the Symplex F from your local pharmacy.

      The final therapy that I recommend for PCOS is a 50/50 mixture of the herbal extracts of Peony lactiflora and Glycyrrhiza uralensis (commonly known as licorice). There have been three studies in the literature showing that this combination of herbs can result in a complete remission in PCOS, and that it does so by normalizing adrenal function and reducing testosterone levels. It is important to use the correct amounts that were also indicated in these studies. I recommend the Mediherb extracts and suggest 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of the mixture, 2-3 times per day. I usually suggest using this mixture for six months with breaks of a week or two every 4-6 weeks."

      Birth control pills are the worst way to deal with PCOS. All that does is give you the "make believe health" and demonstrating very clearly that doctors have NO clue about what they are doing in regard to nutrition and how the body works in regard to nutrition that nourishes the body and does NOT abuse it with drugs.

      good luck to you

  4. QUESTION:
    I'm 21 and can't have kids. Can a fibroid kill you if you don't have it corrected?
    I am 21 and was diagnosed with a uterine fibroid in 2008. If I don't have it corrected what will happen to me. Also why did it happen at such a young age.

    • ANSWER:
      I have one too. I am 48. Fibroids are benign tumors. They cannot kill you from what I know. They can however cause pain, bloating, pain and heavy periods. It can also cause miscarriages. Fibroids can be tiny or grow to the size of a grapefruit. It's good to go for annual sonograms to make sure it's not growing too large. Good luck!

  5. QUESTION:
    What does it mean when you have lower abdominal pain?
    So recently, every time I wake up in the morning, I get a painful lower abdominal pain. It's sometimes real quick. But mostly whenever I go to use the restroom it hurts so bad! Like if i'm starting my period even though I just got off it about 2 weeks ago. It's major cramps when I use the restroom, or whenever I sit down. Should I be worried? What could it might be? Is there a cure? Should I go to the doctor? HELP!
    Oh, and i'm 16 years of age.

    • ANSWER:
      What causes lower abdominal or pelvic pain?

      All women feel discomfort or pain in the lower abdomen below the navel from time to time, for instance, before or during menstruation.
      NetDoctor/Geir Haukursson
      Taking note of certain symptoms will help you and your doctor accurately diagnose the problem, although this can be difficult.

      In many cases it can be difficult to identify the cause of the pain, but noting certain features will help you and your doctor come to a likely diagnosis.

      The most common causes are a urinary disorder such as a bladder or kidney problem, a bowel problem or a condition involving the reproductive system – the uterus, Fallopian tubes and ovaries.
      Type of pain arising from the urinary system

      Pain from the urinary system can indicate such conditions as cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), inflammation of the collecting system of one or both kidneys (pyelonephritis), kidney stones or uncommonly tumours.

      Typical symptoms of infections are a burning sensation when passing urine and a need to empty the bladder more frequently. In addition, pain travelling from the back and around to the front might suggest a kidney infection or kidney stone.

      The pain associated with kidney stones may be particularly severe. The presence of blood in the urine raises the possibilities of infection, kidney or bladder stones or even a bladder or kidney tumour. Both benign and malignant tumours can first make themselves noticed in this way. The presence of blood in the urine always requires further investigation and should be reported to your doctor.

      The duration of the pain will further help you and your doctor to make the correct diagnosis.
      Type of pain arising from conditions of the intestines

      The bowel can give rise to a wide variety of symptoms including pain.

      Constipation and diarrhoea can be painful in themselves, and the change in bowel habit usually identifies the pain as coming from the bowel. Pain from the bowel is often described as colicky in nature. This means that the pain or discomfort comes in waves with little or no discomfort in between the pain.

      Bloating or swelling of the lower abdomen may be present in many intestinal (bowel) conditions including irritable bowel syndrome.

      The passing of fresh blood or altered blood (black motions) from the back passage should be reported to your doctor as investigation is usually necessary.
      Type of pain arising from conditions of the reproductive organs

      Pain might originate from the uterus (womb), Fallopian tubes or ovaries. It is usually felt in the middle of the lower abdomen, above the line of pubic hair as far up as the navel. Occasionally, the pain is more to one side, which is more typical of a pain coming from an ovary.

      There might be discomfort or even pain during intercourse (called dyspareunia) felt deep within the pelvis.

      Pain originating from the uterus is usually worse at the time of a woman's period (dysmenorrhoea).

      Examples of conditions of the reproductive organs giving rise to pain include endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cysts, fibroids and problems related to the early stages of pregnancy such as miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy.

      In any case of sudden, severe, unexplained abdominal pain your doctor should be contacted.
      What will the doctor do?

      Acute and sudden pains are always worrying but chronic pain can also have serious implications and a doctor should be consulted.

      The doctor will ask about periods, passing of urine and bowel movements. They might also ask if there have been episodes of nausea, vomiting, or fever. If appropriate, they may ask questions concerning the person's emotional life - family, friends, work - and their sex life.

      The doctor will want to examine you. This will involve feeling your abdomen and, in addition, an internal examination (vaginal,rectal or sometimes both) may be necessary.

      Further investigations or treatment will be based upon the description of the pain and the findings of the doctor's examination.

      Typically, a urine sample will be requested and tested for any signs of infection.

      If a kidney problem is suspected than an ultrasound scan of the kidneys and bladder will be arranged.

      If a problem with the womb or ovaries is suspected, swabs from the vagina looking for any infection might be performed and an ultrasound scan of the womb and ovaries is commonly performed.

      If a bowel problem is suspected, a sample of the motion is often investigated for signs of infection and you may be recommended to have a telescopic examination of the bowel called an endoscopy.

  6. QUESTION:
    Do ovarian cysts usually need to be surgically removed?
    I was told today after getting MRI results that I need to see an oncologist. I always thought that most ovarian cysts and fibroids are not cancer. I have no symptoms, no pain, no bleeding.
    Do you think I'll have to have that godd-awful test called a 'Hysterosonography?'
    the report mentioned that I should go for a transvaginal sonogram for more information.

    • ANSWER:
      Typically, ovarian cysts are functional (not disease or cancer related) and occur as a normal process of ovulation. During the days before ovulation, a follicle grows. But at the time of expected ovulation, the follicle fails to break open and release an egg, as it is supposed to. Instead, the fluid within the follicle remains and forms a cyst.

      Functional, or physiological, ovarian cysts usually disappear within 8-12 weeks without treatment. They are relatively common, and are more common during a woman's childbearing years (puberty to menopause). Ovarian cysts are rare after menopause.

      Functional ovarian cysts are not the same as ovarian tumors (including ovarian cancer) or cysts due to hormone-related conditions such as polycystic ovarian disease. Some non-functional ovarian cysts must be treated to go away.

      An ovarian cyst can cause pain if it pushes on nearby structures, ruptures or bleeds. Pain may also occur if the cyst is twisted or causes twisting (torsion) of the fallopian tube.

      Symptoms of ovarian cysts can include:

      * Pelvic pain - constant, dull aching
      * Pain with intercourse or pelvic pain during movement
      * Pain during bowel movements
      * Pelvic pain shortly after beginning or ending a menstrual period
      * Abnormal uterine bleeding (change from normal menstrual pattern)
      * Longer than usual menstrual cycle
      * Shorter than usual menstrual cycle
      * Absent menstruation
      * Irregular menstruation
      * Abdominal bloating or swelling

      Often no symptoms are noted and ovarian cysts are found only be routine examinations. Usually birth control pills may be prescribed to help establish normal cycles and decrease the development of functional ovarian cysts.

      Simple ovarian cysts that are larger than 5-10 centimetres and complex ovarian cysts that persist should and will usually be surgically removed via laparoscopy (minimal invasive surgery).

      I would recommend that you discuss all the details such as the type of cyst, size of cyst etc with your doctor/gyno and ask them to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

      I have suffered from many bilateral ovarian cysts over the past 10 years and have had to have surgery 2 times to the cysts removed (it wasn't anything too serious).

      I hope this helps to answer your question. Good luck :)

  7. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to want ot be pregnant so badly that you begin to exhibit the signs and symptoms of an actual?
    pregnant person? i know a girl who is not pregnant, but she has gained 10 pounds, her stomach is completely round, and she is always throwing up. She has been told that she cannot have children, and she has never been pregnant in her life. I told her to go to a doctor but she wont listen to me .Comments?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a condition known as "false pregnancy" or in medical terms pseudocyesis. I have included information below.

      She should definately see a doctor. Her symptoms could be from something else. There are also some serious illnesses that have the same symptoms. I would hate to find out she has some type of cancer and other serious condition and is allowing it to get worse by not seeing treatment. Her symptoms also match ovarian cancer or some type of inflammation or cancer of the intestines. Or perhaps a blockage that is causing the bloating, weight gain, and throwing up. Ovarian cancer has very few symptoms and it doesn't show up on a pap smear. It is aggressive and should be checked out. The best scenario is that it is just false pregnancy and not something serious!

      I wish you all the best in getting her to the doctor.

      Cases of pseudocyesis have been documented since antiquity. Hippocrates gives us the first written account around 300 B.C. when he recorded 12 different cases of women with the disorder. Mary Tudor (1516-1558), Queen of England, was perhaps the most famous of western historical examples, who believed on several occasions that she was pregnant, when she was in fact not. Some even attribute the violence that gave her the nickname "Bloody Mary" as a reaction to her disappointment on realising she was without child. Other medical historians believe that the queen's physicians mistook fibroid tumors in her uterus for a pregnancy.

      The symptoms of pseudocyesis are similar to the symptoms of true pregnancy and are often hard to distinguish from such natural signs as amenorrhoea, morning sickness, tender breasts, and weight gain may all be present. Many health care professionals can be deceived by the symptoms associated with pseudocyesis. Research shows that 18% of women with pseudocyesis were at one time diagnosed as pregnant by medical professionals.

      The hallmark sign of pseudocyesis that is common to all cases is that the affected patient is convinced that she is pregnant. Abdominal distension is the most common physical symptom of pseudocyesis (60– 90%). The abdomen expands in the same manner as it does during pregnancy, so that the affected woman looks pregnant. This phenomenon is thought to be caused by buildup of gas, fat, feces, or urine. These symptoms often resolve under general anesthesia and the woman's abdomen returns to its normal size.

      The second most common physical sign of pseudocyesis is menstrual irregularity (50–90%). Women are also reported to experience the sensation of fetal movements known as quickening (medical), even though there is no fetus present (50%-75%).Other common signs and symptoms include: gastrointestinal symptoms, breast changes or secretions, labor pains, uterine enlargement, and softening of the cervix. One percent of women eventually experience false labor.

  8. QUESTION:
    my friend has been having sharp pain in her vagina and she is a virgin what could it be?
    she has no discharge and no smell but have pains that come and go what could it be?

    although she said her doc said a few months ago she has tiny uterine fibroids on her uterus, and not to worry, but now she has this problem.

    does anyone think they know what it could be?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi

      Uterine fibroids do cause pain but in the abdominal area only- normally when the size of fibroids tumor are small the symptoms are not noticeable. However as they increase in size or numbers symptoms like bloating abdominal pain and excessive bleeding starts. It is best if you start the treatment for uterine fibroids early. It is very simple to get rid of fibroids and shrink them naturally with the help of natural remedies in the initial stages.

      http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Shrink-Fibroids-Naturally---Alternative-Cures-to-Avoid-Surgery&id=4746643

  9. QUESTION:
    Has anyone experienced extreme bloating and nausea when taking the birth control, Trinessa?
    Any information would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      This is what I found for you:
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      Who should not take this medication?

      Check with your physician if you have any of the following:

      Conditions:

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      Allergies:

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      There are other sites dealing with TriNessa side effects, you can find it simply by Googling.

  10. QUESTION:
    If I'm not gaining weight, can I assume my abdominal bloating is not ascites?
    My weight is steady but I've been extremely bloated and uncomfortable as if my entire abdomen wants to expand and feels hard....during the last many days. It's not a bathroom problem.. that is fine and I don't feel gassy. Can I assume it's not ascites if my weight is stable?

    • ANSWER:
      This is something you need to have checked out by a Dr to know for sure because there are so many reasons why you can bloat.
      Several causes of bloating are related to diet. By changing your eating habits, you may be able to prevent or treat bloating quickly, easily, and safely. Eating too much salt can result in retaining water. Eating foods that produce gas, such as certain types of beans and other vegetables, can also result in bloating, as can drinking too many carbonated beverages. Lactose intolerance is another culprit, as many people suffer uncomfortable symptoms including bloating, after consuming dairy based foods or drinks.

      Avoiding foods and drinks that are known to cause bloating is good preventive medicine, but there are also other issues to consider. For example, hormonal changes during a woman’s monthly cycle can leave her feeling bloated. The effect can be mild but sometimes more severe, to the point that clothes feel tight and uncomfortable. Bloat can occur during Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), as well.

      There are many other health related issues that can cause bloating, some of them minor but others more serious. Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be a problem due to trapped intestinal gas, frequent bowel movements, or constipation. Constipation on its own can also result in uncomfortable abdominal swelling as can overeating.

      While some of these issues, left untreated, can lead to serious consequences there are other health problems that should be ruled out such as fibroids and other tumors, cancer such as ovarian cancer, and liver disease, which can create excess fluid. If you suffer from bloating, especially on a regular basis, it is important to discuss it with your health care provider. He or she will need to determine the cause in order to devise a proper treatment plan.

      One tip to prevent bloating is to avoid chewing gum since excessive chewing leads to more swallowed air. A home remedy believed to relieve bloating is fennel tea. It is said to taste like licorice and to have soothing properties. It is imperative that you consult with your health care provider before using any remedies, including herbal remedies, as well as before trying any new medications even if they are available over the counter.

      Source(s):
      http://www.wisegeek.com/what-causes-bloa…

  11. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what problem this is?
    I'm 18. No family or personal history of serious ovarian problems. Not sexually active. 5 weeks ago I started gaining weight below my belly button. My uterus feels bloated, swollen and full as if there's a lot of pressure inside. I need to urinate more often. My period has never been normal but it's not drastically irregular either. There's no pain but just discomfort. Do I have PCOS or something?

    • ANSWER:
      There are usually symptom associated with PCOS, such as weight gain (not just in one area), increase hair growth or male pattern baldness (in women), acne, irregular or no periods, and high blood sugar. If those sound like symptoms you're experiencing, talk with your doctor. PCOS is usually diagnosed through blood tests and treated with diet.

      What you're describing sounds a lot more like fibroid tumors. Fibroid are non-cancer related tumors that are very common in women of child-bearing ages. They are commonly removed surgically, if they grow large enough. Often, when fibroid are smaller, no treatment is given for them at all, and the women can get pregnant and deliver healthy babies.

      I still suggest you go to see your doctor. If you're worried, and feeling discomfort, you should find out what's going on. Even if its something simple, that doesn't require treatment, the peace of mind of knowing that will make you feel better.

  12. QUESTION:
    Natural Remedy for fibroid tumor?
    What type of natural remedy can be used for dealing with a large fibroid tumor? My mother has almost died because she literally bleed to death (menstrauting heavily for months). She became severly anemic with a blood volume level of a mere 3. Normal is 12. She recieved 5 blood transfusions over a 2 month span. They believe it's all been a result of the fibroid tumor in her uterus. She is trying desperatly to get their insurance company to cover it but they are jerking my parents around calling all of this pre existing and saying they wont cover a dime for any of it including the bills already. My parents are already 100,000 in medical bills. They will not cover the surgery until Nov. of this year. What can be taken naturally in the mean time to help her not have the severe pain and bleeding. Her stomach is so bloated she looks like she's 5 months pregnant. She always has pain and she always bleeds so bad. I'm worried so badly about my mom. Someone help please!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I also had a fibroid tumor that was causing me to bleed heavily, but I was lucky enough to have insurance that covered all the procedures I had. The bad part is my insurance didn't cover prescriptions but I got a discount. And it wasn't much of a discount.

      The doctors had me on birth control for a year before I finally convinced them to do something else for me. (The birth control didn't help me at all.) Before he started doing procedures on me, he had to get my blood count up so he put me on Lupron. It's like a temporary menapause and it's an injection you get at the doctor's office once a month or every three months, depending on the dosage. Because my insurance doesn't fully cover prescriptions, I was still going to have to pay around 0 a month to get this injection. I got lucky, and the doctor's office I was going to worked directly with the drug company and was able to get some samples and they gave them to me for free. Maybe you should try talking to your mother's doctor about it.

      To make a long story short, eventually I found a new doctor and got the surgery I needed without having a hysterectomy. If your mother does end up having to wait until November for surgery, I highly recommend having a myomectomy done. It gets rid of the fibroid and leaves everything else intact.

  13. QUESTION:
    Natural Remedy for fibroid tumor?
    What type of natural remedy can be used for dealing with a large fibroid tumor? My mother has almost died because she literally bleed to death (menstrauting heavily for months). She became severly anemic with a blood volume level of a mere 3. Normal is 12. She recieved 5 blood transfusions over a 2 month span. They believe it's all been a result of the fibroid tumor in her uterus. She is trying desperatly to get their insurance company to cover it but they are jerking my parents around calling all of this pre existing and saying they wont cover a dime for any of it including the bills already. My parents are already 100,000 in medical bills. They will not cover the surgery until Nov. of this year. What can be taken naturally in the mean time to help her not have the severe pain and bleeding. Her stomach is so bloated she looks like she's 5 months pregnant. She always has pain and she always bleeds so bad. I'm worried so badly about my mom. Someone help please!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Try Moreishi's Golden Herb tonic. It boosts the body's capacity to produce T-cell lymphocytes which is responsible for fighting off and dissolving tumors. It costs around 1,500 pesos here in the Philippines. A lot of patients swear by it.

  14. QUESTION:
    1986 my mother was diagnosed w/fibroid tumors, (outside the uterus) are they cancerous/life threatening now?
    My mother has had a continuous problem with bleeding for the past 7 years and her abdomen is bloated also. Could she have them safely removed now or have they turned into cancer tumors? She's too scared to go to the doctor for fear they will tell her she's about to die (she real old fashioned). Thanx for any advice!!

    • ANSWER:
      I'd bet that your mother's fibroids are inside the uterus, not outside. Yes, sometimes they do grow outside, but those do not cause heavy bleeding.

      Fibroids are almost always benign--but they are a nuisance. Basically, they are growths within the muscle of the uterine wall, and/or under the lining. They cause heavy periods, a protruding abdomen (looks like pregnancy), and backaches, among other symptoms. But the real problem is if your mom's periods are so heavy that she's always anemic...out of breath, cold, and lightheaded.

      The most important thing to keep in mind is that many women over 40 have fibroids, although most don't cause any problems.
      Your mom could do nothing now and wait until menopause, when the reduction in hormones causes the tumors to shrink--but the inconvenience and worry that her current symptoms are causing should be reason enough to see the doctor just for a basic exam and a blood test to measure her iron levels.

      If the fibroids need to come out, then there are many surgical choices she can make, depending on how big her fibroids are. A skilled surgeon with experience can often remove only the tumors, leaving her uterus intact. If the tumors are large, your mother could have a simple hysterectomy and leave her ovaries intact. It's important that she find an OB-GYN surgeon with a track record of preserving organs as much as possible.

      There are also some newer methods that involve blocking the blood vessels that feed the fibroids so that they die off in time, but this is usually for women with only a few fibroids. And if heavy bleeding is the worst symptom, your mother might be a candidate for the procedure where a heated balloon-like device cauterizes the uterine lining to stop the bleeding without invasive surgery. This doesn't make the fibroids stop growing, but it does treat the anemia.

      Tell your mother not to worry, and have a check up to see what's going on. Remember--she is in control of any decision, and a second opinion is always a good idea.

      And do read up on the subject. There are many resources online. This condition is way more common than you think. And again--it is almost NEVER cancer.

  15. QUESTION:
    has anyone ever gotten pregnant after a hysterogram even though theyre tubes are tied?
    i have a fibroid tumor lying on top of my cervix.i got my tubes tied in 2004.my doc.only cut 2-3cm out of each tube.i also have 1cyst on my left ovary.i had a hysterogram last month.my bf and i had sex that same night.i also ovulated 2days after that and evey day for 4more days.whhen i had the hsg done last month they used saline water to inflate my uterus.i was told that it could flush out the uterus and tubes.making it easy to become pregnant.i've been very nauseated,tender breast,nipples darkening,tired,constipated,bloated,but for some reason my left side is very achy,i urinate a whole lot.i dont know if its from the tumor,since its on top of my cervix it could be pressing against my bladder.i dont know.its very confusing.do u think theres a possibility that i'm pregnant?serious answers please.thanks alot

    • ANSWER:
      Well, you can get pregnant after your tubes are tied, but I doubt an HSG would effect your tubes since they are actually cut. The saline liquid will flush out debris from your fallopian tubes, but that's pretty much it.

      If you think you're pregnant you should take a test, to be sure. If you're having pain on one side, you could have an ectopic pregnancy which is more common after having your tubes ties, so if it's important you need to get to the doctor.

  16. QUESTION:
    Abdominal bloating?
    I am a thin person but I would say over the last year my abdominal bloating is terrible. I do have IBS but I have never been this bloated. My ovaries are fine (ultrasound) and I do have one small fibroid tumor in the uterus but the doc said this wouldn't cause this type of bloating. Any comments or recommendations? I am 46.

    • ANSWER:
      have them check your liver. liver cirrhosis can cause abdominal bloating. also when was your last colonoscopy?

  17. QUESTION:
    What should I do for period cramps?

    • ANSWER:
      How To Relieve Menstrual Cramps

      Most women experience some degree of menstrual cramps at some point. Cramps can be mild to severe. Endometriosis, fibroid tumors, ovarian cysts, and other conditions may be a contributing factor.

      Here's How:

      1. OTC pain relievers such as ibuprofen or naproxen used around the clock at the first sign of your period helps to reduce the severity of cramps in many women by inhibiting the release of prostaglandins.

      2. Regular exercise such as walking helps to prevent or at least reduce the severity of menstrual cramps for some women.

      3. Oral contraceptives may effectively reduce or eliminate menstrual cramps for some women; however you should consider the side effects of oral contraceptives before using them to prevent cramps.

      4. Zinc, calcium, and B vitamins obtained in food and supplements have been found to reduce cramps, bloating and other symptoms.

      5. Herbal remedies such as Viburnum prunifolium, Scutellaria spp., and Cimicifuga raemosa have an antispasmodic effect that may reduce some menstrual cramps.

      6. A warm bath filled with aromatherapy or a heating pad on your lower abdomen and back is often helpful for relieving menstrual cramping.
      Tips:

      1. Always take painkillers with food to prevent stomach discomfort.
      2. If you don't have a heating pad, you can make one by filling a sock (a men's tube sock works best) with rice and heating it in a microwave over for a few minutes.
      3. Talk to your physician if these tips do not help, there may be an underlying cause. Severe sudden cramps, vomiting, or fever may be a sign of a medical emergency, contact your physician immediately.

      http://womenshealth.about.com/cs/crampsmenstrual/ht/menstrualcramps.htm

  18. QUESTION:
    What should I do for period cramps?

    • ANSWER:
      How To Relieve Menstrual Cramps

      Most women experience some degree of menstrual cramps at some point. Cramps can be mild to severe. Endometriosis, fibroid tumors, ovarian cysts, and other conditions may be a contributing factor.

      Here's How:

      1. OTC pain relievers such as ibuprofen or naproxen used around the clock at the first sign of your period helps to reduce the severity of cramps in many women by inhibiting the release of prostaglandins.

      2. Regular exercise such as walking helps to prevent or at least reduce the severity of menstrual cramps for some women.

      3. Oral contraceptives may effectively reduce or eliminate menstrual cramps for some women; however you should consider the side effects of oral contraceptives before using them to prevent cramps.

      4. Zinc, calcium, and B vitamins obtained in food and supplements have been found to reduce cramps, bloating and other symptoms.

      5. Herbal remedies such as Viburnum prunifolium, Scutellaria spp., and Cimicifuga raemosa have an antispasmodic effect that may reduce some menstrual cramps.

      6. A warm bath filled with aromatherapy or a heating pad on your lower abdomen and back is often helpful for relieving menstrual cramping.

  19. QUESTION:
    What should I do for period cramps?

    • ANSWER:
      How To Relieve Menstrual Cramps

      Most women experience some degree of menstrual cramps at some point. Cramps can be mild to severe. Endometriosis, fibroid tumors, ovarian cysts, and other conditions may be a contributing factor.

      Here's How:

      1. OTC pain relievers such as ibuprofen or naproxen used around the clock at the first sign of your period helps to reduce the severity of cramps in many women by inhibiting the release of prostaglandins.

      2. Regular exercise such as walking helps to prevent or at least reduce the severity of menstrual cramps for some women.

      3. Oral contraceptives may effectively reduce or eliminate menstrual cramps for some women; however you should consider the side effects of oral contraceptives before using them to prevent cramps.

      4. Zinc, calcium, and B vitamins obtained in food and supplements have been found to reduce cramps, bloating and other symptoms.

      5. Herbal remedies such as Viburnum prunifolium, Scutellaria spp., and Cimicifuga raemosa have an antispasmodic effect that may reduce some menstrual cramps.

      6. A warm bath filled with aromatherapy or a heating pad on your lower abdomen and back is often helpful for relieving menstrual cramping.

  20. QUESTION:
    What should I do for period cramps?

    • ANSWER:
      How To Relieve Menstrual Cramps

      Most women experience some degree of menstrual cramps at some point. Cramps can be mild to severe. Endometriosis, fibroid tumors, ovarian cysts, and other conditions may be a contributing factor.

      Here's How:

      1. OTC pain relievers such as ibuprofen or naproxen used around the clock at the first sign of your period helps to reduce the severity of cramps in many women by inhibiting the release of prostaglandins.

      2. Regular exercise such as walking helps to prevent or at least reduce the severity of menstrual cramps for some women.

      3. Oral contraceptives may effectively reduce or eliminate menstrual cramps for some women; however you should consider the side effects of oral contraceptives before using them to prevent cramps.

      4. Zinc, calcium, and B vitamins obtained in food and supplements have been found to reduce cramps, bloating and other symptoms.

      5. Herbal remedies such as Viburnum prunifolium, Scutellaria spp., and Cimicifuga raemosa have an antispasmodic effect that may reduce some menstrual cramps.

      6. A warm bath filled with aromatherapy or a heating pad on your lower abdomen and back is often helpful for relieving menstrual cramping.

  21. QUESTION:
    What should I do for period cramps?

    • ANSWER:
      How To Relieve Menstrual Cramps

      Most women experience some degree of menstrual cramps at some point. Cramps can be mild to severe. Endometriosis, fibroid tumors, ovarian cysts, and other conditions may be a contributing factor.

      Here's How:

      1. OTC pain relievers such as ibuprofen or naproxen used around the clock at the first sign of your period helps to reduce the severity of cramps in many women by inhibiting the release of prostaglandins.

      2. Regular exercise such as walking helps to prevent or at least reduce the severity of menstrual cramps for some women.

      3. Oral contraceptives may effectively reduce or eliminate menstrual cramps for some women; however you should consider the side effects of oral contraceptives before using them to prevent cramps.

      4. Zinc, calcium, and B vitamins obtained in food and supplements have been found to reduce cramps, bloating and other symptoms.

      5. Herbal remedies such as Viburnum prunifolium, Scutellaria spp., and Cimicifuga raemosa have an antispasmodic effect that may reduce some menstrual cramps.

      6. A warm bath filled with aromatherapy or a heating pad on your lower abdomen and back is often helpful for relieving menstrual cramping.

  22. QUESTION:
    can any infections cause an enlarged uterus?
    i went to the doctors on monday and he did an examination on me as i have blood in some of my discarge and sometimes on wiping for the past 2 weeks. he took a swob and he also checked my uterus and its enlarged. i am 22 years old

    the doctor wouldnt tell me what could be causing my enlarged uterus he just said to wait and see what the results were when i get my scan.

    • ANSWER:
      There are several causes that lead to uterus enlargement and one of the major reasons is diverse medical conditions. This problem is associated with the severe pain and abdominal bloating as well as causes pain within uterine muscles. The usual size of uterus is just about a human fist while enlargement of uterus leads to swelling of uterus walls and enlarge in size, resulting in bloating. Major causes of enlarged uterus may include:

      • Previous Surgery Complications: The problem of enlargement of uterus can also be a consequence of previous surgery close to the pelvis. A scar left-behind from any such surgeries or operations may result in endometriosis, which is most commonly known as infection. This problem or infection can cause enlarged uterus and swelling of the uterus.

      • Menopause: Another ailment that can lead to enlarged uterus is menopause which occurs because of the changes in hormonal levels. This can often lead to misunderstanding of enlargement of uterus with pregnancy. This problem can also result from the sexual activities however this situation may not lasts for longer time period.

      • Fibroid Cancer: This is a type of tumor, mainly grows in proximity to uterus that in turn can lead to enlargement. Such growths comprising polyps within the area can cause a few misrepresentations on the uterus walls. This can in turn leads to enlargement and swelling of the uterus.

  23. QUESTION:
    How do relieve period cramps?

    • ANSWER:
      How To Relieve Menstrual Cramps

      Most women experience some degree of menstrual cramps at some point. Cramps can be mild to severe. Endometriosis, fibroid tumors, ovarian cysts, and other conditions may be a contributing factor.

      Here's How:

      1. OTC pain relievers such as ibuprofen or naproxen used around the clock at the first sign of your period helps to reduce the severity of cramps in many women by inhibiting the release of prostaglandins.

      2. Regular exercise such as walking helps to prevent or at least reduce the severity of menstrual cramps for some women.

      3. Oral contraceptives may effectively reduce or eliminate menstrual cramps for some women; however you should consider the side effects of oral contraceptives before using them to prevent cramps.

      4. Zinc, calcium, and B vitamins obtained in food and supplements have been found to reduce cramps, bloating and other symptoms.

      5. Herbal remedies such as Viburnum prunifolium, Scutellaria spp., and Cimicifuga raemosa have an antispasmodic effect that may reduce some menstrual cramps.

      6. A warm bath filled with aromatherapy or a heating pad on your lower abdomen and back is often helpful for relieving menstrual cramping.
      Tips:

      1. Always take painkillers with food to prevent stomach discomfort.
      2. If you don't have a heating pad, you can make one by filling a sock (a men's tube sock works best) with rice and heating it in a microwave over for a few minutes.
      3. Talk to your physician if these tips do not help, there may be an underlying cause. Severe sudden cramps, vomiting, or fever may be a sign of a medical emergency, contact your physician immediately.

  24. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had laparoscopy complications? Please read details.?
    I had laparoscopy 1 1/2 weeks ago to remove fibroid tumors and endometriosis. Since then, I have had extreme abdominal pain. Dr. said it would go away but it hasn't (in almost two weeks). Got negative CT scan, Dr. said to keep resting. but now I have a hard, painful lump under and around my belly button. Am taking Vicodin around the clock, but this is sooooo painful. Has this happened to anyone else? Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I could be really reaching but my "bloating" pain didn't go away for about a week or so. When they do that procedure, you are filled with "gas ", and sometimes little pockets of it remain. Maybe that's what you are experiencing. As much as you can, try to be active to work the gas out of your system...if that's what it is. Good luck.

  25. QUESTION:
    Extreme bloating...what's wrong?
    I've always been a slender person with a fast metabolism (i'm 18 yrs. old,about 5'5, and weigh around 112 pounds)...but lately i've been feeling very sad and confused about my abdominal area. I'm not as active as I used to be, which obviously caused a little weight gain, but that's not what I'm talking about. I'm concerned about extreme lower abdominal bloating. I wake up in the morning with a basically flat stomach, then the second after I eat something (doesn't matter what or how much) I feel and look pregnant. This has been going on for a good while and I'm really upset about it... I want to be able to wear tighter clothes again like tank tops without feeling fat. Everyone keeps joking about it, saying things like "oh yea, you're SO huge!" because they think I'm being ridiculous because they think I look fine. I showed my mom my stomach today, and for the first time she actually didn't blow it off, she said we can ask the doctor..but I never trust doctors because they misdiagnose things so much and sometimes just blow things off saying "it's not a big deal". Any words of advice or past reference? I've researched so many things and nothing seems to help..

    Other symptoms (i don't know if they are related to the problem or not):
    - Pain when running (doing cardio exercise)
    - Frequent need to urinate

    Other info:
    -On birth control
    - My mom recently had fibroid tumors removed from her uterus that made her stomach look pregnant (but I don't think that's it since I'm only 18).

    I appreciate any feedback! :)
    I should have included this earlier, but I'm not pregnant. I've had my period normally every month with this problem still being present (like I said, this problem has been going on for a WHILE, like months)... so it's not that.

    • ANSWER:
      See a doctor.

  26. QUESTION:
    does potassium makes cramps go away?
    so i heard bananas relieve cramps, and bananas have potassium in them, so if you eat alot of other foods with potassium in them will your cramps go away?!
    lol i was actually talking about period cramps, but i have muscle cramps too, so good info. i shoulda specified

    • ANSWER:
      If the Leg cramps (Charley Horse) is caused by a low potassium level or hypokalemia.

      However, there are several other causes of leg cramps:

      •muscle fatigue due to Overuse
      •Dehydration
      •Circulatory Problems
      •Extreme changes in temperature
      •Lack of oxygen to muscles
      •Maintaining the same muscle motion or positioning for long periods of time
      •Lack of stretching prior or exercise
      •Electrolyte, hormonal or fluid imbalances
      •Side effects of certain medicines such as diuretics
      •Pregnancy
      =Obesity
      = RLS( restless leg syndrome)
      =kidney failure
      =peripheral artery disease( PAD)
      =Rigorous exercises
      An unusual or a different exercise than what is done normally.
      =Diminished blood supply.
      =Nerve abnormalities.
      =Nerve and muscle diseases.

      What to do when you get a leg cramp? Home remedies:

      Stretch the sore muscle, follow your instinct, your body will automatically guide you in the correct manner.

      Massage the cramped muscle gently in the natural direction of the muscle. This helps relax the contraction and ease the pain.

      A hot shower or warm bath is a good way to relax the muscle.

      Use cold packs on the affected muscle. This relaxes the tensed muscles.

      For a cramped calf muscle, stretch and massage the leg by straightening it and pointing the toes upward, towards the head.

      Use a warm towel or heating pad to alleviate pain or tenderness following a cramp.

      Increase water consumption to stay well hydrated throughout the day.
      Potassium and calcium rich foods will keep the level of these two much required nutrients at optimum levels preventing cramping episodes

      For some women, menstrual cramps are caused by identifiable problems, such as endometriosis or uterine fibroids. Treating the underlying cause is key to reducing the pain. Menstrual cramps that aren't caused by some underlying condition tend to lessen with age and often disappear once a woman has given birth.

      Menstrual cramps( Dysmenorrhea) also may be caused by:

      ■Endometriosis. In this painful condition, the type of tissue that lines your uterus becomes implanted outside your uterus, most commonly on your fallopian tubes, ovaries or the tissue lining your pelvis.
      ■Uterine fibroids. These noncancerous tumors and growths in the wall of the uterus rarely may be the cause of pain.
      ■Adenomyosis. In this condition, the tissue that lines your uterus begins to grow into the muscular walls of the uterus.
      ■Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). This infection of the female reproductive organs is usually caused by sexually transmitted bacteria.
      ■Cervical stenosis.In some women, the opening of the cervix may be so small that it impedes menstrual flow, causing a painful increase of pressure within the uterus.

      Risk factors associated with dysmenorrhea include:

      ■Age younger than 20
      ■Early onset of puberty (age 11 or younger)
      ■Heavy bleeding during periods (menorrhagia)
      ■Never having delivered a baby

      Treatment:
      Current recommendations include not only adequate rest and sleep, but also regular exercise (especially walking). Some women find that abdominal massage, yoga, or orgasmic sexual activity help. A heating pad applied to the abdominal area may relieve the pain and congestion.

      Avoid foods that contain caffeine.
      Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.
      Massage your lower back and abdomen
      Low dose of oral contraceptives.
      Physical exercise can help alleviate menstrual cramps.

      Supplementing your diet with zinc and calcium has been found to reduce cramps, bloating, and related PMS symptoms

      Herbal remedies such as Viburnum prunifolium, Scutellaria spp., and Cimicifuga raemosa have an antispasmodic effect that may reduce some menstrual cramps. Other useful herbs include cramp bark, squaw vine, unicorn root, bromelain, evening primrose oil, and blue cohosh.

      Try taking a warm bath and using aromatherapy or using a heating pad on your lower abdomen or back. If you don't have a heating pad, a heating pad can be made by filling a sock with rice and heating it in the microwave

      Taking time for yourself, relaxing, and letting those around you know that you are not feeling yourself will help by reducing the stress of your everyday life that may contribute to your menstrual cramps.

  27. QUESTION:
    Severe lower abdomen bloating..desperately need help!!?
    I need as many answers as I can get so I can figure this out. I'm 18 years old, 5'5" and weigh 112 pounds (naturally thin, always have been). Here's the issue.. for the past year and a half I've started feeling very depressed and saddened by the way my stomach looks. I wake up skinny but my lower abdomen protrudes out a bit, not really anything big though... here's the problem: after I eat just one thing or meal, my stomach looks huge the rest of the day. It's just my lower abdomen, the top is fine.. but I look pregnant. I hate this because trying on clothes use to be fun, you know? Now I merge towards the looser fitting clothes because I feel fat in tighter shirts. Like I said, I'm a thin person and most see me and think I look fine.. but I know something is wrong. I exercise regularly (I run and do various types of crunches). What could be the problem? I can pinch the amount of fat on my stomach and it's not that much so my stomach shouldn't be this ridiculously bloated. PLEASE HELP! I'm getting an ultrasound in January to rule out if it's anything serious like fibroid tumors or cysts..but what else could it be?! All answers are EXTREMELY appreciated!
    Also, please read my entire question before answering.. I'm tired of answers that aren't related to what I'm asking such as "here's how to lose weight".. I don't need to lose weight, I need to know why I'm having this problem. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry you are having such a tough time and have just reported that daft inconsiderate spam.
      You have obviously seen your doctor, was no information or advice given?
      There is too much to copy and paste. Have a read through the link, although if your doctor has not given any suggestions any that we can give would be based on guesswork which is not really much good to you.

      Good Luck

  28. QUESTION:
    Sharp pain, bloating, cramping after sex
    First of all, I know I need to see a gyno. I'm making an appointment on Monday. I can't even leave a voice mail with them since it's the weekend. I would just like to hear from anyone who has experienced this.

    I have had slight pain on the left side of my lower abdomen for a month or two. It gets much worse after intercourse. I'm thinking possible cyst or fibroid tumor.

    During intercourse I feel the pain grow on the left side of my lower abdomen. After intercourse, it feels like bad bloating all throughout my lower abdomen. The bloating feels like bad gas cramps. I have lower back pain. It's a bit uncomfortable to urinate (after sex) because of the cramping and bloating. There hasn't been any irregular bleeding so far or missed or more-heavy-than-usual periods.

    I'm so scared about what they're going to find. I have ignored the pain for a month or two hoping it would go away. It always hurts the most the day or two after intercourse. Then it subsides to almost non-existent until the next time I have sex when it flares up all over again.

    Ever experienced this with fibroids, a cyst or another tumor? Please share. I'm going to the gyno ASAP. I just need to hear from people until I can get an appointment.

    Thanks.
    I had a normal PAP about 3 months ago. I was checked for HPV. There is no chance that I could have caught HPV since then. I'm 27 years old.
    Another weird thing is that I have never had much cramping during periods. This pain is new to me. I know it's a bad sign.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you may have a cyst and it sounds like you should be seen immediately, it is extremely hazardous to your body if those pop inside of you and seeing as you have gone two months being unseen you should highly consider a trip to maybe even the emergancy room. If your not having pain right now, i suppose wait until monday but get seen asap!

  29. QUESTION:
    fibroids , can it disappear if u diet an excise .?
    if u hav fibroids an want them to go without operation , i was told that u can diet an excise to get rid of them . what kind of excise ? an what kind of diet would be best . thanks 4 ur ans.

    • ANSWER:
      A uterine fibroid is a non-cancerous tumor that grows in a woman's uterus. Typically it affects women who are 25-35. They can be small or large (so if you have a little pooch in your lower ab, this may be the cause). The fibroids can be on the inside wall of your uterus, or inside the wall there are four types in total all dependant upon the placement of the fibroid. It is EXTREMELY important that you do not let ANY DOCTOR tell you that a hysterectomy (removing your uterus entirely) is the only cure for your fibroids. That is absolutely not true, and often older doctors say this because decades ago, that was true. Today there are several procedures out there that can rid you of fibroids (UFE). In my case, I want to preserve my uterus because I want to have children. Often, the fibroids grow back when you remove them, so because I am not ready to have kids now, I am not removing the fibroids. It is possible, if the fibroids are small, to still get pregnant with the fibroid. So again, my doctor has me on a wait and see.

      There is a great Yahoo group that has three doctors who post regularly on the board. You can ask questions, or just read through the various posts and see... you'll learn a lot. I have pasted a few very informative links. If you have anymore questions after you skim through, you can email me through the links on my profile. Most of all, try not to worry too much, this is unfortunately very common in women, predominately women who are not of Caucasian descent.

      Many things can help you "manage" the fibroids, such as a change in diet (eating less red meat, eating hormone free meats, eating more green leafy vegetables, staying away from anything you find triggers your symptoms - mine are swelling and sugar and red meat cause me to bloat). Exercise.. .etc... basically, taking care of yourself the way "they" always told us to take care of ourselves by eating properly and exercising. These sorts of things eventually (assuming your fibroid is not very large) add to your quality of life. If you are near menopause, the fibroid typically shrinks at menopause because your body produces much less estrogen. Other than managing your fibroids, there are several options out there besides a hysterectomy, which was done for decades back in the day, and today it is considered an EXTREME measure. Below are some useful links.

  30. QUESTION:
    Having My Uterus Removed?
    March 5th is the day, i have fibroid tumors inside my uterus and its causing me mad discomfort. I've been going through this for a couple years now and i am only 25. I have a 5 year old daughter, and i am very much so single. No one wants me to get the surgery because they say "what if you find someone who wants more kids?". But im tired of being in pain. I dont know what to do, kinda torn. Your opinion is very wanted right now.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm 57 and I also had my uterus removed at 25. I'd had 2 ten pound babies a year apart with no period in between and when I finally did get it when my second baby was 11 months old, I never quit bleeding.

      Emotionally, it really wasn't an issue for me. We had 2 children and had previously decided we didn't want any more. My husband had already gone for a vasectomy.

      Physically, after I had the hysterectomy, I felt better than I had in years. They left my ovaries so it wouldn't put me into early menopause. The past 29 yrs without having periods, cramps, bloating etc has been incredible and I have no regrets about having it done.
      By the way, I don't know if it's just me being lucky, but my last blood work showed I was post menopausal and I didn't have ONE of the normal, typical symptoms.
      I understand your dilemma but when your situation is the way it is, you could end up in pain for a very long time. If your situation changes down the road, there are lots of precious little babies waiting to be adopted by loving, caring parents and I know you would love that baby as if it was your own.
      If a new man you meet really and truly loves you and wants to spend the rest of his life with you, I'm sure he will be very understanding and supportive of your decision to go ahead with this. What good is being able to have 10 more babies if you have health issues and are in too much pain to look after them.
      All the best! (and if your doctor hasn't already told you this.........they usually do this vaginally so there are no incisions/scars on the outside.)

  31. QUESTION:
    What can be wrong with me?
    I get my period twice a month. My doctor thinks it's the meds I'm on but I've been on them for 3 years and this only started 6 months ago. My mom thinks it's fibroid tumors. Myself I have no clue but I'm getting scared. I'm 45 and my OBGYN and family doctor said if it was menopause it would get less and less not more. At the same time I'm gaining 1 to 2 pounds a week. I'm always bloated and very tired. Does anyone have any idea what it could be? I pray to God it's not cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      check below - Abnormal Periods - Uterine Bleeding

  32. QUESTION:
    Are these illnesses or symptoms???
    These are NOT Illnesses, but only symptoms that you must learn to ask yourself—“from which of the five causes does it come from???”

    These are the symptoms that were once known as real illnesses; that YOU can now learn to reverse or prevent, and/or improved by yourself with my self-healing methods.

    There are two words that will make this possible to do or impossible to do:
    These two words have a magic all their own –they are magical because they remind me of “Open Sesame” --- once you use these words they open a new life for you if you apply them or close the door to it, they are called: Discipline and Dedication. With out these magical words nothing is possible—I will give you the path to a new life, but you must walk it and never get off of it -- until the day that your real cause-point is found and eliminated.

    Which one do you have and from which cause--point did it come from???

    1. Over-acidity??? 2. The Chemical World??? 3. The Living World??? 4. The Nutritional World??? 5. The Viral and Bacterial World or Microscopic World???

    FROM WHICH ONE OR FROM WHICH COMBINATION???

    Acid Indigestion

    Acid Reflux

    Acne

    AIDS-- HIV

    Allergies -- Intolerance To Certain Foods

    Allergies – Skin

    ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)

    ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

    Agent Orange

    Agitation

    AIDS

    Alcoholic Tremors And Addiction

    Anemia, Low Hemoglobin, Low Blood Volume, Little Or Thin Veins

    Anxiety Disorders

    Arthritis

    Asthma

    Athlete’s Foot Itch That Just Won’t Go Away

    Back Pain -- Body Aches And Lower Back Pain

    Bed Wetting -- Adult
    Birth Defects
    Bleeding Gums

    Blood -- Poor Circulation—Cold Hands And Feet

    Blood Clots

    Blood -- Toxic Due To Overload Of Worm Toxins Or Over-Acidity Or Chemical Toxins

    Bloody Stools Or Rectal Prolapse, Or Blockages In The Intestinal Tract

    Blood Volume – Low -- Causing The Heart Stress

    Body Odor

    Brittle Nails

    Breath --- Bad Breath That Does Not Go Away, And Foul Smelling Gas And Stools

    Bruxism -- Teeth Grinding while you sleep

    Cancer

    Candida Infection

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Cholesterol (Elevated)

    Chronic Fatigue

    Constipation

    Colds -- Frequent Colds, Congestion

    Cold Sores
    Confusion
    Cysts

    Dark Circles Under The Eyes

    Diabetes

    Diarrhea

    Drowsy, Or Tired After Meals

    Convulsions

    Delusions

    Dementia

    Depression

    Digestion -- Impaired

    Dizziness --- Light Headed-Ness
    Eczema

    Emotional -- Excitable Or Un-Controllable Emotional State Or Seizures

    Emotional -- Frequent Or Un-Controllable, Or Un-Explainable Or Un-Justifiable Rage, Anger Or Extreme Aggression

    Eye Twitches

    Erectile Dysfunction -- Inability To Maintain An Erection Due To Low Blood Volume

    Fatigue -- Frequently Fatigued Or Fatigued For Un-Explained Or Un-Known Reason

    Fear

    Fever -- Low-Grade

    Fibroid Tumors

    Fingernails (White Spots, Brittle, Ridges)

    Food -- Intolerance To Fatty Foods

    Fractures--Fast Recovery Time Of Broken Bones

    Gall Bladder – Pain Or Infection

    Gastritis

    Genital Herpes

    Gout

    Headaches-- Migraine -- Chronic Or Headache For No Apparent Reason

    Heart Palpitations

    Heal Wounds-- Fast Recovery Or Fast Healing Time

    Hepatitis-C

    Heart Palpitations

    Heart --Abnormal Rhythms

    Hemorrhaging – Internal -- Unexplained Or Unknown

    Hemorrhoids And Diverticular Disease And Colitis

    High Blood Pressure

    High Cholesterol

    High Blood Pressure

    High Cholesterol

    Hungry All The Time

    Hyperactivity

    Hypotension -- abnormally low blood pressure

    Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

    Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar)

    Impotence

    Infections -- Lowered Resistance To Infections

    Infertility

    Intestinal --- Frequent Intestinal Disorders, Or Intestinal Bleeding, Frequent Gas & Bloating

    Intestinal --- Irregular Bowel Movements, Chronic Constipation, Sluggish Elimination Or Chronic Diarrhea

    Insomnia And Restless Sleep

    Irregular Heartbeats

    Iron-- Increases Iron Absorption

    Iron Deficiency Anemia

    Irritability

    Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

    Itching -- Painful itching in or around anus, skin, penis, vaginal

    Jerkiness

    Joint Pain -- Or Joint Stiffness And Pain

    Kidney Stones

    Leg Tightening

    Leukemia

    Liver -- Pain In Your Liver

    Loss Of Appetite

    Loss Of Smell

    Lymph Nodes -- Swelling

    Malaise -- A General Sick Feeling

    Menstrual Cramps

    Mental -- Difficulty Concentrating, Insanity, Disorientation

    Moles

    Mucus -- Excessive

    Muscle Cramps
    Muscle Pains
    Muscle Tremors
    Muscle Twitching

    Muscles -- Sore
    Muscle Weakness
    Muscle Wasting

    Nerve Disorders

    Nervousness
    Neuromuscular irritability
    Nose Bleeding

    Numbness In Arms And Legs

    Osteoporosis

    Overweight

    Pain -- General Aches And Pains That Migrate From One Place To Another.

    Pain – Universal

    Panic Attacks

    Pica -- Craving To Eat Soil, Paint, Eating Foul Tasting Or Obnoxious Things

    Plaque -- On Heart And Arteries

    Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Breast Soreness, Vaginal: Itch, Bleeding, Pain Or Infections

    Protein Deficiency
    Restless Leg Syndrome
    Restlessness
    Seizure Disorders

    Sensitivity To Light, Or Day Blindness

    Skin Problems That Just Won’t Cure Or Resolve Such As: Rashes, Boils, Pimples, Acne, Sores Etc.
    Sonophobia -- Fear of loud sounds that irritate your nerves
    Spasms

    Stiffness -- Back, Neck

    Stress

    Scurvy

    Sleep -- Needing To Sleep A Long Time, Or Inability To Stay Asleep

    Stomach Pains

    Stomach -- Protruding Belly Caused By Infestation Of Parasites

    Stunted Growth Or Delayed Puberty

    Swollen Legs

    Tension

    Tics

    Tightness

    Tinnitus (Ringing In Ears)

    Twitches

    Twitching Eyelid

    Viruses

    Vision --- Partial Loss Of Vision, Or Total Blindness, Or Pain In Eyes

    Warts

    Weakness -- General -- Or low energy level

    Weight – Excess Weight Or Can’t Gain Weight

    Wombs or open sores that won’t heal or close

    • ANSWER:
      overweight
      swollen ankles
      depression
      joint pain
      ibs
      angina
      chronic fatigue

  33. QUESTION:
    my gyn said i had a Bloated uterus does anyone else have this or know what it is?
    had liproscopic surgury to see if i had endo . came back negative but she said my uterus was bloated i dont see her agian untill the 14th

    • ANSWER:
      It could be Fibroids. A fibroid is a benign tumor that grows in or on the uterus. Fibroids are the most common tumor of the female reproductive organs. They are often embedded in the wall of the uterus, but they may also be attached to the outside, or to the inner lining.

      Fibroids can be any size. The largest recorded fibroid weighed 140 pounds! But normally fibroids are relatively small, ranging from the size of a pea (or smaller) to a grapefruit.

      I'm not giving you a professional opinion, just what i read on the web xx

      please read

      http://www.rkwest.com/hot-flash/?page_id=6

  34. QUESTION:
    My Dr. found 4 large fibroid tumors on my Uterus...Hysterectomy?
    I went in for an ultrasound, because I had severe stomach bloating, pain and cramps, and they found that I had a cyst on my ovary that ruptured. Well during my ultrasound, they found 4 large fibroids on my uterus (an inch or bigger in size each). The biggest one leans right on my bladder, which explains why I urinate so frequently, and also explains why I have such horrible menstrual bleeding with clots etc.....so I guess my question is, should I opt for a partial hysterectomy? I am 33 years old and I have 2 children (and am not wanting any more). Can anyone tell me if they have been in similiar situations, and what they did. If you had a partial hysterectomy, was it vaginally or thru an incision, and how long to recover? I run a daycare out of my home, and do not want to be off work too long! Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      I had one the approximate size of a cueball, like on a pool table (about 2 1/4 inches), and another smaller one. The large fibroid pressed on my bladder, too, and gave me pretty bad periods. My doctor had a wait-and-see attitude, recommending increased dosage of ibuprofen (3 times the package's directions) and making sure I wasn't becoming anemic through blood loss. The option of a hysterectomy was always there, but put off-able month after month. I, too, had my family complete and didn't want more children.

      In the end, I didn't get the hysterectomy, largely because the nature of what I do lets me dash to the bathroom often, and endure a couple of bad days every month. When I became perimenopausal, the big fibroid began to shrink. It's down to about 1 3/4 inches now and still getting smaller.

      Ultimately, the decision for you should be based on how negatively it's impacting your life.

  35. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my stomach? 10 POINTS!!?
    I'm super thin (112 lbs, 5' 10", 16 years old) and I always had a flat stomach with only a little bit of fat, but I had nice abs. After eating, it always bloated up but went back down soon after. One day, it never went back down. It's been almost 6 months. It is NOT my stomach. Only my lower abdomen and bladder that puff up like CRAZY after I eat or drink ANYTHING. I got an ultrasound and all they said was I had a slightly enlarged spleen, and also was prescribed Gaviscon (which isn't helping). Part of the problem is gas, because I laugh a LOT during the day. But my body never used to hold onto air like this, and I'm concerned. What could it be? STD? Fibroid tumor? Or just plain old gas?

    If it is gas, is there anything I can take to get rid of it? I'm desperate... I always look 5 months pregnant after I eat.. I've gone a week barely eating ANYTHING and it still didn't go away. Please help!!

    • ANSWER:
      I dont know what it is but if its gas u should prob try to get it out
      but if this dosent go away you should go to the doctors
      one thing thats not good is that you should eat maybe try yogurt

  36. QUESTION:
    Uterine Surgery... serious only please!?
    Has anyone ever had uterine ablasian (SP?) surgery (where they remove the lining of your uterous by burning it off, also called the NOVASURE proceidure)? I am having it, along with getting my tubes tied, on Tuesday because I have Fibroid Tumors with heavy bleeding. I want to know from REAL people who have had it done what to expect durring the recovery period.

    • ANSWER:
      i had this done last fall to reduce heavy periods. i was at work the next day, and i had a tubal at the same time. my periods now require a tampon or two, i'm still on the same box i had then.........i still have symptoms of periods, bloating, irritability, swollen breasts but just little or no bleeding. i had fibroids too. i will say that the point you are in during your cycle will affect the outcome of the procedure. the more lining that can be removed the less your period will be following it. i recommend it. it's also pretty good for birth control, but they can't promise it.........

  37. QUESTION:
    shrinking fibroids naturally?
    How much extra weight would a fibroid add to my overall weight?

    I'm 12st 6 at moment (evening time dressed) I usually fluctuate between 11st 7 and just over 12, depending on time of month.

    I was told the fibroid was about the size of an apple. Is there anyway to shrink them naturally?

    I heard it was something to do with eostrogen levels, but cant remember if I need to find something to increase oestrogen or block it for them to shrink?

    • ANSWER:
      Fibroids may not acutally add significantly to your body weight. It will cause certain symptoms like bloating, excessive bleeding and pain which will become unbearable over a period of time as the size of your fibroid tumor increases. You have done a wise thing to consider natural fibroids treatment. Although the exact cause of fibroids is not known- estrogen dominance or excessive estrogen in your body is known to be one of the most common cause of fibroids in women. Natural treatment for fibroids concentrates on this aspect alongwith other factors like diet, body weight, physical excercise, accupunture and herbal medicines to provide fibroid cure and shrink them naturally.

      http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Cure-Fibroids-Naturally&id=4677961

  38. QUESTION:
    I have uterus pain.. or is it?
    When I was 3 months pregnant I have had pain in my uterus and it felt like it was falling out. Now she is a year old and the pain is back. But double the pain. It hurts to have intercourse. It hurts to hold my daughter after 5 minutes..Haven't had my period for over 2 months. Took a hospital pregnancy test came out negative. Any time my uterus hurts or trying after intercourse my pelvic area bloats out really far and is hard as a rock and my uterus just hurts.. Could I have a fibroid tumor? Or could it be a tissue that healed wrong?

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    Can Fibroids make you gain weight?

    • ANSWER:
      Not in most cases my mom went through the Same thing and she didn't gainany weight exept she felt bloated and if u would press her stomach u would feel the tumor

  40. QUESTION:
    Really bloated, hard lower abdomen?
    I am on birth control, but my boyfriend and I don't use condoms. I just had my period a couple weeks ago, but when we have sex I have extreme discomfort lately, and my lower abdomen is very hard and bloated. I'm worried. Please help, what could it be and what should I do?
    And you don't think I'm pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      a hard bloated belly could be anything from being constipated to having fibroids. A doctor is going to be able to tell you alot more than we can

      Gas
      Swallowed air
      Pregnancy
      Obesity
      Constipation
      Chronic constipation
      Poor muscle tone (see Muscle weakness)
      Poor muscle tone after childbirth
      Lactose intolerance
      Food allergies
      Food intolerances
      Pregnancy
      Hernia
      Malabsorption
      Irritable bowel syndrome
      Colonic bacterial fermentation (see Colon symptoms)
      Intestinal motility disorders
      Gastroparesis
      Diabetic gastroparesis
      Gas entrapment syndromes
      Splenic flexure
      Hepatic flexure
      Premenstrual syndrome
      Pancreatic disease
      Acute pancreatitis
      Appendicitis
      Biliary disease
      Gallbladder disease
      Gallbladder conditions
      Gas entrapment syndromes
      Splenic flexure
      Hepatic flexure
      Premenstrual syndrome
      Pancreatic disease
      Acute pancreatitis
      Appendicitis
      Biliary disease
      Gallbladder disease
      Gallbladder conditions
      Gallstones
      Short bowel syndrome
      Peptic ulcer
      Ascites - see also causes of ascites
      Malignant ascites
      Intestinal obstruction - causing gas or fluid buildup; see causes of intestinal obstruction
      Partial bowel obstructions
      Small bowel diverticular
      Intestinal adhesions
      Intermittent bowel obstruction - see causes of bowel obstruction
      Volvulus
      Colon cancer
      Diverticulitis
      Diverticulosis
      Ulcerative colitis
      Pseudopsiesis
      Liver conditions
      Cirrhosis of the liver
      Certain heart conditions: (see Heart symptoms)
      Heart failure
      Constrictive pericarditis
      Abdominal mass - see also causes of abdominal mass
      Certain types of tumors or cancers:
      Abdominal tumor
      Gastrointestinal tumor
      Abdominal cancer
      Bowel cancer
      Ovarian cancer
      Ovarian cystadenoma
      Lymphoma
      Fibroids
      Organomegaly
      Ovarian cystadenoma
      Lymphoma
      Perforated viscus
      Some causes of abdominal distention of infants or children include:
      Normal infant pot belly
      Premature delivery (see Small baby)
      Starvation
      Constipation - which may present as runny diarrhea
      Cystic fibrosis
      Celiac disease
      Hirschsprung's disease
      Esophagitis
      Esophageal spasm
      Gastritis
      Epigastric hernia
      Liver abscess of left lobe
      Pyloric stenosis
      Bleeding peptic ulcer
      Pancreatitis
      Hiatus hernia
      Zenker's degeneration
      Dyspepsia
      GERD
      Lactase deficiency
      Pancreatic cancer
      Gastric cancer
      Indigestion
      Parasitic infection
      Pneumonia
      Myocardial infarction
      Tumour
      Subcutaneous lipoma
      Dercum's Disease
      Adiposa dolorosa
      Malignant fibrosarcoma
      Malignant melanoma
      Inflammation of abdominal wall
      Volvulus of the sigmoid colon
      Chronic large bowel obstruction (see Bowel obstruction)
      Megacolon
      Dynamic ileus
      Advanced pyloric stenosis
      Acute gastric dilatation
      Congestive cardiac failure
      Cirrhosis
      Nephrotic syndrome
      Carcinomatosis peritonei
      Tuberculous peritonitis
      Severe chronic constipation
      Malignant peritoneal disease
      Pseudomyxoma peritonei
      Encysted ascites
      Hydatid cysts
      Subphrenic abscess
      Pus accumulation from a ruptured appendix
      Pus accumulation from a ruptured duodenal ulcer
      Perforation of inflamed diverticulum
      Carcinoma of sigmoid colon
      Pelvic abscess
      Gangrenous appendicitis
      Gynecological infection
      Pelvic surgery
      Peritonitis

  41. QUESTION:
    Im Overweight only in my stomach. I am not pregnant?
    could there be a medical problem associated with it?

    • ANSWER:
      Of course there could be. Doesn't mean that there is though. What do you mean by overweight? Flabby or actual bloat?
      How old are you? A large abdomen (only) can be a result of "female problems". Assuming that you are female, have you ever seen a gynecologist? Fibroid tumors, these are not cancer, can cause a puffed stomach. There are also other, dangerous other, reasons that you could have that bloat.
      Pap smears and girlie exams are prudent and responsible. If medical reasons are ruled ou then work on your problem areas with exercise.

  42. QUESTION:
    FIBROIDS TUMORS AT THE AGE OF 22?
    Ok this is embarrassing to talk about, but hopefully i can get some help, or some ANSWERS. ok It started with alil pimple or ingrown hair lookin thing on my rear. I tried the prep. H cream for a while thinking it might be hemorrhoids or something. It all seemed to nasty an I really didn't want to tell anyone if i could deal with it. well that was a few months ago and its gotten worse. Now.... my inner walls of my vagina are all swollen and making me feel pressure like endless bloating feeling and random cramping. The inside of my rear is the same. I had to investigate myself by trying to feel the issue with my fingers. I cant barely even fit a finger in my rear and barley two in my vagina. I made an appointment last week for a pap.... But I would just like to know If anyone has had or heard of this before.... and Should I be WORRIED??
    My last period was weird too. I had one heavy day, and a couple spotting days. Yea sounds like PREGO... but nope i took 4 tests, all negative...

    PLEASE SERIOUS ANSWERS ONLY. I REALLY WOULD APPRECIATE IT. ~THANKS~

    ~S~

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, this does actually sound like it could be fibroids. And you can get them at any age; I had some removed when I was 26. You're definitely old enough! But it could also be pelvic inflammatory disease, which can cause infertility and worse. Don't sit around and worry -- just go to the doctor.

  43. QUESTION:
    how do fibroid tumors make u feel?

    • ANSWER:
      I just had an abdominal myomectomy in Aug for a fibroid that was 1cm in diameter then grew to almost 6cm within two months! I felt worn out! I did not have excessive bleeding like most women though. I didn't have a period at all unless it was induced by hormones since I was trying to get pregnant, then the pain was so excruciating. I laid on the bathroom floor one night and cried and threw up several times from the pain. I had horrible bloating as well. Things have been back to normal since I had the myomectomy though. Every woman is different. My mom had several fibroids and she bled constantly, but had no pain with it. Then my grandmother didn't even notice hers which was the size of a grapefruit when they finally removed it. It all depends on the woman and the location and size of the fibroid.

  44. QUESTION:
    I need any and all advice?
    So Im pretty sure you all have read my previous posts if not look them up. Right now my stomach still feels bloated out and when i just touch it it feels like it hurts. Could the fluid from my ruptured cyst have must my stomach ache like this? Also from my stomach bloating out I havent been too physically active since this whole thing started could I just be putting on extra weight? I feel like when Im walking im carrying like this huge extra weight. If I have developed a phantom pregnancy how do I stop it? I need any and all advice
    The thing is I went to the doctor and they tested everything. My blood my urine they did a pelvic exam and a CT scan. Like I really dont think Im pregnant because idt a baby would bring pain like this. Plus I never had sex. But could I have a phantom pregnancy? I was also wondering if maybe it has something to do with my digestive system also.

    • ANSWER:
      I would go to your doctor as soon as you can. I had a similar problem before i had my daughter, and I had fibroid tumors. I had surgery to remove them, and lost 10 pounds. They can cause pain, and depending on the type, can cause weight gain and bloating. Fluid in your stomach can be caused by a cyst ruptering. But regardless, noone can guess what is wrong, you need to go have an ultrasound done asap.
      Good Luck.

  45. QUESTION:
    I've had my period for over 7 days now, and had my 'normal' period just 2 1/2 weeks ago!?
    I was stupid and didn't mark down when I had my period last month, but I am positive that I am bleeding early. I usually have the huge signs, bloating, cramps, gain weight, but didn't this time. Now I have been bleeding for over a week! My periods usually only last 3 days at the most! I haven't started any kind of birth control, and I am not on any birth control pills. I don't take any medication (aspirin, cramp relief,etc.) unless I am close to death. Could this be menopause?

    I am 37 yrs old.

    Periods have been normal since age 16.

    Periods last 3 days, 4 max with just mild spotting on 4th day.

    No birth control pills for 2 years, but had no problems when using them.

    I feel great, but have had little sleep. I haven't been tired. Maybe just some added stress, but I have had a lot of stress before and it never changed my period.

    I don't want to see a doctor while on my period, but I don't have insurance or the money anyway.

    • ANSWER:
      I am going thru the same thing and I am in my 30's
      Go to your OBGYN - you probably have a tumor growth - DONT' WORRY this is normal for women in their 30's. It could be polyps or fibroids or something else which needs a minor surgery.

      If you let it grow you will have more breakthru bleeding and painful ones too. IT can also cause you to not be able to have kids. There is a procedure called DNC which will help remove it. I am getting this procedure done soon. But you know what, it could be any number of things but nothign to be worried about. See the Doctor though.

      This happens to most women, but the rate of this happening the highest is in African women.

      Hope this helps.

  46. QUESTION:
    Help! Abnormal Bleeding.. Could it be endometriosis?
    I am 21 years old. I starting bleeding a week before I was supposed to get my period with the dark brownish blood. I have been on Ortho-tri-cyclen for 4 years and have never been irregular with my periods. I have been bleeding for 9 days now and it is finally slowing down. I have been INCREDIBLY fatigued this entire time with bad bloating and severe low back and right side pain. Took a HPT and it came out negative...
    My mother and I were going to the same Dr. but she just switched gynos and then found out today she has an ovarian cyst the size of a golf ball and endometriosis. I often have periods where I bleed heavily, have severe left leg pain, and pass clots and I am worried I might have endo. I am trying to get in to see the Dr. she went to to figure out what is wrong but I am freaking out in the mean time.
    Please help with any knowledge!

    • ANSWER:
      Endo is genetic. If your mom has it, you are automatically predisposed to an increased risk of having it yourself. However, without undergoing a laparoscopy, there is no way of knowing for sure what's going on. However, you are not alone...here is some info and links to support sites. Good luck and feel better.

      From the Endo Research Center (www.endocenter.org):

      About Endometriosis

      With Endometriosis, tissue like that which lines the uterus (the endometrium) is found outside the womb in other areas of the body. Normally, the endometrium is shed each month through menses; however, with Endometriosis, these implants have no way of leaving the body. The implants still break down and bleed, but result is far different than in women and girls without the disease: internal bleeding, degeneration of blood and tissue shed from the growths, inflammation of the surrounding areas, and formation of scar tissue result. In addition, depending on the location of the growths, interference with the normal function of the bowel, bladder, intestines and other areas of the pelvic cavity can occur. Endometriosis has also even been found in the lungs, lodged in the skin - and as far as the brain.

      Symptoms include chronic or intermittent pelvic pain, dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation is not normal!), infertility, miscarriage(s), ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, dyspareunia (pain associated with intercourse), nausea / vomiting / abdominal cramping, diarrhea / constipation (particularly with menses), painful bowel movements, painful or burning urination, urinary frequency, retention, or urgency; fatigue, chronic pain, allergies and immune system-related illnesses are also commonly reported complaints of women who have Endo. It is quite possible to have some, all, or none of these symptoms. Endo symptoms are varied and often nonspecific, so they can easily masquerade as several other conditions, including adenomyosis ("Endometriosis Interna"), appendicitis, ovarian cysts, bowel obstructions, colon cancer, diverticulitis, ectopic pregnancy, fibroid tumors, gonorrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, ovarian cancer, and PID.

      Despite today's age of medical advances, researchers remain unsure as what causes of Endometriosis. There is NO CURE, despite the continued propagation of such myths by the uninformed who still mistakenly believe that hysterectomy, pregnancy and/or menopause can "cure" the disease. Invasive surgery is the gold standard of diagnosis, and current therapies continue to remain extremely limited, often carrying side effects.

      Mistakenly minimized as "painful periods," Endometriosis is more than just "killer cramps." It is a leading cause of female infertility, chronic pelvic pain and gynecologic surgery, and accounts for more than half of the 500,000 hysterectomies performed in the US annually. Despite being more prevalent than breast cancer, Endometriosis continues to be treated as an insignificant ailment. Recent studies have even shown an elevated risk of certain cancers and other serious illnesses in those with the disease, as well as malignant changes within the disease itself.

      Research has shown that genetics, immune system dysfunction, and exposure to environmental toxins like Dioxin may all be contributing factors to the development of the disease. Endometriosis knows no racial or socioeconomic barriers, and can affect women ranging from adolescence to post-menopause. The disease can be so painful as to render a woman or teen unable to care for herself or her family, attend work, school, or social functions, or go about her normal routine. It can negatively affect every aspect of a woman's life; from her self-esteem and relationships, to her capacity to bear children, to her ability to be a contributing member of society.

      The disease can currently only be diagnosed through invasive surgery, and the average delay in diagnosis is a staggering 9 years. A patient may seek the counsel of 5 or more physicians before her pain is adequately addressed.

      Once diagnosed, it is not unusual for a patient to undergo several pelvic surgeries and embark on many different hormonal and medical therapies in an attempt to treat her symptoms. None of the current treatments are entirely effective, and virtually all synthetic therapies carry significantly negative side effects; some lasting far beyond cessation of therapy. The exception to this is excision; see www.centerforendo.com to learn more about excision as the leading treatment.

      Though Endometriosis is one of the most prevalent illnesses affecting society today, awareness is sorely lacking and disease research continues to remain significantly under funded. For instance, in fiscal year 2000, the National Institutes of Health planned to spend .5 billion on research. Of that funding, only .7 million was earmarked for Endometriosis - amounting to approximately $.40/patient. This is in stark contrast to other illnesses such as Alzheimer's and Lupus, which received approximately 5.00 and .00 per patient, respectively. American businesses lose millions of dollars each year in lost productivity and work time because of Endometriosis. The cost of surgery required to diagnose the disease in each patient alone adds greatly to the financial burden of both consumers and companies alike.

      Once erroneously believed to be a disease of “Caucasian career women who have delayed childbearing,” we know that in fact, Endometriosis affects women of all ages, races and
      socioeconomic status. Endometriosis also can and does exist in the adolescent female population. Far from the “rare” incidence once believed, studies have found that as many as 70% of teenagers with chronic pelvic pain had Endometriosis proven by laparoscopy. Other reports indicate that as many as 41% of patients experienced Endometriosis pain as an adolescent. The illness can be quite disruptive and cause significant dysfunction, especially at a time in life when self-esteem, school attendance and performance, and social involvement are all critical. Many adolescents with Endometriosis find themselves unable to attend or participate in classes, social functions, extracurricular activities, and sports due to significant pain and other symptoms of Endometriosis. Sometimes, teens and young women lack support and validation from both the home and the school; told the pain is “in their head,” that they are “faking it,” that their debilitating cramps are “normal” and “a part of womanhood,” that they are merely suffering from “the curse,” or that they should just “grin and bear it.” Their symptoms may also be dismissed as a sexually transmitted disease, which Endometriosis absolutely is not. Failure to acknowledge and address symptoms early in the disease process can lead to significant delays in diagnosis and necessary, subsequent treatments. Lack of support from family and loved ones can also add to the patient’s pain and fear - at any age.

      Recent studies have also shown that Endometriosis may in fact have an even bigger impact on younger patients than older women. One such study discovered that in patients under 22 years of age, the rate of disease recurrence was double that of older women (35% versus 19%). The study also revealed that the disease behaves differently in younger women; leading some researchers to believe it is a different form of Endometriosis altogether. Surgery, considered necessary to accurately diagnose and effectively treat the disease, is often withheld from younger patients based on the injudicious belief that early surgery somehow negatively influences a young woman’s fertility. Extensive, cumulative research has shown this concern to be unfounded. What can impact fertility, however, is neglecting effective treatment of the disease. Some researchers also feel that symptomatic, adolescent-onset Endometriosis is most often a lifelong problem that will progress to severe fibrotic disease.

      While it is possible to become pregnant with Endometriosis, the key is to obtain early, effective treatment such as that offered by specialty treatment centers like the Center for Endo Care (see www.centerforendo.com to learn about the success of excision as treatment). Hysterectomy is not a cure for Endometriosis. Any disease left behind by the surgeon (whether by design because he or she 'couldn't get it all' or accident because they don't recognize the disease in all manifestations) will continue to thrive and cause pain and symptoms. It does not matter if the ovaries are removed or if HRT is withheld; Endo produces its own estrogen-synthesizing enzyme known as aromatase. Thus, it enables it's own vicious life cycle and sustains the disease process. You would be better off getting all disease truly excised from all locations at a specialty center like the CEC (www.centerforendo.com).

      Due in part to the efforts of foundations like the ERC, research is ongoing in some places as to the causes of Endometriosis and potential cures for the disease.

      For more information:

      http://www.endocenter.org
      ERC home

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/erc

  47. QUESTION:
    Diverticulitis??? Can this cause tenderness anywhere in your abdomen?
    Wondering in stead of me worrying about colon cancer, (im 33) I was wondering if diverticulitis can cause bleeding in bowel movements (every time) not always alot but always some, and I have tenderness and pain in a couple different spots, maybe right at or a little above line of belly button but off the right side and left.. I do have colonoscopy scheduled for Mar... 23... Geeessss I m so nervous.

    • ANSWER:
      Diverticulitis typically does not cause blood in stool. The type of bleeding and pain you describe can be caused by a combination of hemorrhoids and fibroid tumors. Try to stay calm and eat plenty of greens, lentils and drink 8 glasses of water a day. If your pain and bloating is determined to be caused by fibroid tumors, then make sure you eat plenty of tomatoes and other foods that reduce fibroid tumors.

  48. QUESTION:
    Ectopic pregnancy and misscarriage questions?
    When an ectopic pregnancy occurs how much bleeding does one get if any?What symptoms also...My period is irregular and this month I was two weeks late.Took a pregnancy test that came back neg.I have had spotting for the past few days and now im having what seems to be my regular full period,along with little tiny clots (just a few each time I check).The blood varies for bright red to a little bit darker in color.I have been reading that ectopic pregnancy somtimes will not register as a pregnancy with a at home test,and now im worried that may be whats happening to me,or even a misscarriage.I am going to my Dr. tomorrow...But im just curious if anyone has any advice...If I was to be preg. I would be at 5 weeks.I would be very happy to be pregnant! Could that even be a factor or a chance?

    Also-Im having mild cramps,and have felt bloated for a week or so now,and my lower back seems to hurt some...other than that I dont really have any symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      I recently had an ectopic pregnancy and it was a horrible experience for me and my family as it is a very serious medical condition. Here is some info and symptoms on ectopic pregnancy. An early ectopic pregnancy often feels like a normal pregnancy. A woman with an ectopic pregnancy may experience common signs of early pregnancy, such as:

      Ectopic pregnancy, also known as a tubal pregnancy, is a potentially life-threatening form of pregnancy in which implantation of the fertilized egg occurs outside the uterus. About 97% of ectopic pregnancies occur in the fallopian tube. The remainder implant in the abdominal cavity, on the ovary, or within the cervix. Heterotopic pregnancies occur in one of these areas, while there is also a pregnancy in the uterus. Approximately 100,000 ectopic pregnancies occur each year. Approximately 1 in 66 women will experience this type of pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy is a very serious condition. When the pregnancy grows in these abnormal areas, it can easily cause massive, rapid bleeding, and even death.

      What Causes Ectopic Pregnancy?

      The most likely reason for the occurrence of an ectopic pregnancy, is damaged Fallopian tubes. This can be due to a number of things:

      history of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or other sexually transmitted diseases-which accounts for about 30-50% of all ectopic pregnancies (ampulla damage)

      history of pelvic surgery (scar tissue outside the tube may causes constriction on the tube)

      history of tubal surgery

      fertility being restored through the reverse of tubal ligation

      tubal ligation itself

      tumors or cysts in the tubes

      fibroids in the uterus (which block the tube's entrance into the uterus)

      endometriosis of the fallopian tube

      smoking (may damage the ampulla of the fallopian tube)

      assisted reproduction techniques (IVF, GIFT, ZIFT, superovulation)

      history of ectopic pregnancy

      congenital defects in the structure of the tubes (e.g. exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES) in utero)

      hormonal imbalance (excessive levels of progesterone or estrogen may interfere with the contractions of the fallopian tube)

      there is also a slightly increased risk of a pregnancy being ectopic in the case of a women conceiving while having an intra-uterine contraceptive device (IUD) in place. While there is a higher percentage of ectopic pregnancy in IUD users, the IUD does not cause ectopic pregnancies. Rather, it functions to prevent uterine pregnancies, so that any fertilization that does occur results in an ectopic pregnancy

  49. QUESTION:
    My doctor told me I have a fibroid, what does this mean for me?
    My doctor had me have an ultrasound for bad pain and excessive bleeding during periods. It revealed what she said was a very large fibroid, especially for my age of 22. She said it was about 3 inches or so big. I have to now see a gynecologist about this, but I am worried.

    Does this mean I will have to have surgery to remove it? Is this what caused my pain and bleeding? Can it get bigger? Can birth control shrink it? Will this cause me problems in trying to conceive?

    I'm so concerned, anything to help me out would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Fibroids are benign tumours, which grow on the outside, inside or within the smooth muscle in the wall of the uterus. They are not cancers. In very rare cases, a rapidly growing fibroid may become cancerous. This happens to one in a thousand pre-menopausal women, although the risk rises to one in a hundred for women diagnosed with rapidly growing fibroids after menopause.
      Types of Fibroids
      Fibroids are described according to their location.

      Subserosal fibroids grow on the outermost layer of the uterus.

      Intramural fibroids grow inside within the wall of the uterus.
      If you have been diagnosed with fibroids, work with your doctor to decide what symptoms you can live with and what can be done to moderate your symptoms.

      If you take estrogen, you may want to stop taking it as this can potentially reduce the size of your fibroids. If you use hormone therapy or a medication that contains estrogen, talk to your health-care provider about stopping it. You may also want to avoid foods that have hormones in them, such as processed foods, non-organic eggs, meat and dairy products.

      You can also join Le Club and receive support from other women in our moderated online discussion groups. You are certainly not alone: approximately 30 percent of women over the age of 35 have fibroids, and as many as 50 percent of Black women have fibroids.

      Here are some tips for coping with symptoms, such as heavy menstrual bleeding, urinary frequency, constipation, back and abdominal pain, and pain during sexual intercourse:

      Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

      Nuts and dried beans are a great source of iron.
      Heavy menstrual can make you anemic, which can make you feel tired and short of breath. If you are experiencing heavy bleeding, you should eat iron-rich foods, like cream of wheat, lean red meats, liver, dried beans, nuts and seeds. You may also want to consider an iron supplement. It is wise to have your hemoglobin levels (the iron-containing component of blood) monitored regularly.

      To cope with heavy bleeding, some women wear both a pad and a tampon or double up pads, with one further forward on the underwear and one further back, so they have a double thickness in the centre. Heavier pads designed for women who have just given birth are another option, but both of these options are bulky and often uncomfortable. If you are experiencing heavy bleeding for an extended length of time, talk to your doctor about treating your fibroids.

      Over-the-counter pain relief medication, like ASA (Aspirin), acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil), can help relieve cramps and bloating and may also reduce blood flow. If these drugs are not effective, talk to your doctor about stronger alternatives.

      The hormonal birth control method Depo-Provera stops many women (50 percent) from having their period. Depo-Provera may also help prevent the growth of fibroids. If you are not trying to get pregnant, this may be an option for you.

      Some women also find that reducing their stress can help stabilize their menstrual flow.

      Urinary Frequency
      This problem is hard to prevent, but it may help to be aware of when and how much you drink. Avoiding liquids after 6 pm can help prevent having to get up at night.

      Constipation
      A high-fibre diet can help reduce or eliminate constipation. Whole grain breads and cereals, legumes and many fruits and vegetables are high in fibre and may help with this problem. Psyllium-containing laxatives are mild and more appropriate for long-term use than other laxatives. Drink plenty of water, particularly if you are using a laxative. When having a bowel movement, elevate your feet slightly on a stool and relax your pelvic floor muscles to make it easier.

      Back and Abdominal Pain
      Over-the-counter pain relief, like ASA (Aspirin), acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil), can help relieve pain. Resting with a heating pad on the area where you feel pain may also help. If your pain is a constant problem, you should speak to your doctor about treating your fibroids.

      Pain During Sexual Activity
      Pain during sexual activity usually occurs because your partner is pressing down on your abdomen, or because the fibroid is positioned so that it is being pressed on during penetration. Experimenting with a variety of sexual positions may help you find one that is more comfortable and enjoyable for you.
      Treatment

      Most fibroids cause no symptoms, do not interfere with pregnancy, and do not need to be treated.

      If your fibroids cause mild symptoms, they may require no treatment either. Your doctor should simply keep an eye on them to see if they are growing.

      Fibroids require treatment when they are extremely large, making it impossible to get pregnant, or causing symptoms which substantially reduce your quality of life. Which treatment is right for you will depend on the size and location of your fibroid(s), your age and how close you are to menopause, and whether or not you woul

  50. QUESTION:
    what is a fibroid verus polylp? they said its along my endometrium.?

    • ANSWER:
      A uterine fibroid is a non-cancerous tumor that grows in a woman's uterus. Typically it affects women who are 25-35. They can be small or large (so if you have a little pooch in your lower ab, this may be the cause). The fibroids can be on the inside wall of your uterus, or inside the wall there are four types in total all dependant upon the placement of the fibroid. It is EXTREMELY important that you do not let ANY DOCTOR tell you that a hysterectomy (removing your uterus entirely) is the only cure for your fibroids. That is absolutely not true, and often older doctors say this because decades ago, that was true. Today there are several procedures out there that can rid you of fibroids (UFE). In my case, I want to preserve my uterus because I want to have children. Often, the fibroids grow back when you remove them, so because I am not ready to have kids now, I am not removing the fibroids. It is possible, if the fibroids are small, to still get pregnant with the fibroid. So again, my doctor has me on a wait and see while suppressing my menstrual cycle.

      There is a great Yahoo group that has three doctors who post regularly on the board. You can ask questions, or just read through the various posts and see... you'll learn a lot. I have pasted a few very informative links. If you have anymore questions after you skim through, you can email me through the links on my profile. Most of all, try not to worry too much, this is unfortunately very common in women, predominately women who are not of Caucasian descent.

      Many things can help you "manage" the fibroids, such as a change in diet (eating less red meat, eating hormone free meats, eating more green leafy vegetables, staying away from anything you find triggers your symptoms - mine are swelling and sugar and red meat cause me to bloat). Exercise.. .etc... basically, taking care of yourself the way "they" always told us to take care of ourselves by eating properly and exercising. These sorts of things eventually (assuming your fibroid is not very large) add to your quality of life. If you are near menopause, the fibroid typically shrinks at menopause because your body produces much less estrogen. Other than managing your fibroids, there are several options out there besides a hysterectomy, which was done for decades back in the day, and today it is considered an EXTREME measure. Below are some useful links.

bloating with fibroid tumors