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Old 10-11-2010, 03:51 PM
 
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My friend had the fibroids and also tumors. She had an oblation, and burned them all out. She feels much better, but they have grown back one other time, and she got it done again. No more issues now.
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Old 10-11-2010, 05:11 PM
 
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there's one thing that you should consider when you are trying to decide what to do. The longer you wait, the older you will be, and the more likely you will be to have other health problems.

You are probably the healthiest that you will ever be now. You might be sorry if you wait until the heavy periods make you anemic, or until the size of the fibroid causes problems with surrounding organs.
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Southern Illinois
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I have them too and the doc votes for abation, though I can't really afford it right now, even with insurance. And I guess it's not making me miserable enough to consider surgery, even a minor one, though my doc said that menopause can make bad periods be like hell, and menopause could start any day now as I'm over 50.

Right now I'm trying the herbal route--I'm drinking an herbal tea for women's health--it's called Female Toner by Traditional Medicinals, and taking vitex 2x/day. I'll let you know how it goes. I was doing the vitex by itself for several months (it takes several months to kick in) but I didn't see enough of a difference, so adding the tea--the vitex did lengthen my cycle from 21 to 26 days though, so it did work. What's making me crazy is that 4 years ago, when I was traveling in Australia, I got some kind of women's tea and by drinking occasional cups of it, it made a huge difference. Now I'd have no idea how to get some of that again, but hoping this new combo will do the trick. Oh yes, and another thing I do is take shepherd's purse tincture right at the very start of a period and it lightens it, but I have to catch it early.
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Old 10-12-2010, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Greenwood Village, Colorado
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Going in tommorow for a sonogram to see if it has grown. argh.. I feel pregnant! But I know there is no baby. lol
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Old 10-12-2010, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Tigard, Oregon
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Let us know what you find out!
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Old 10-14-2010, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Miami FL
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Default Looking forward to menopause

I can't find many ladies who like me, have largeish fibroids as their ONLY issue. Guess I can start looking forward to menopause![/quote]

Zoso, sounds like I am in a similar boat as you.... My fibroids are mostly asymmtomatic, just making me feel occasionally bloated and prego-feeling and looking... My situation is that I have 3 fibroids now, the largest is now over 8cm and growing as noted in my last ultrasound. I am 50 now and praying for a swift and gentle menopause where they will eventually shrink (supposedly after 1 year after the last period). But one GYN told me they will only shrink about 5%! (I want to research that fact more.) And I know menopause could also last several years providing more time for growth...

I do NOT want to have a hysterectomy if I can help it. Too many other issues and possible repercusions involved. I'm also trying to look into trying to ward off the growth through eating certain foods that do not 'feed' the fibroids.

If anyone here with experience can address this topic on the matter of natural foods and healing methods so we can avoid surgery, I know we can benefit from the info and it would be greatly appreciated. I am trying to see other specialists also before they get too large, but all these Dr's so far seem to do is push the hysterectomy option. Easy for THEM to say!
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Old 10-14-2010, 09:52 PM
 
Location: playing in the colorful Colorado dirt
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My fibroid was twice as large as both of yours. I wouldn't necessarily rush into it unless they grow a lot or are causing lots of blood loss. I was told they aren't cancerous and will shrink during menopause so you have the option of waiting to make the decision. Mine had to be done abdominally because of its size.
I was fortunate in that I had mine removed when my last child was born. I opted for a c-section in order to have only one procedure done.

I wound up having 5 removed, the largest being about the size of a grapefruit. The up side was Ieft the hospital 15 pounds lighter than I was pre-pregnancy.

Fibroids coupled with endometriosis however have made me severely anemic. If I could go back in time I would opt for a hysterectomy.
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Old 10-16-2010, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Lompoc,CA
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I had a few fibroids but now that Im in menopause they dont bother me. I had heavy periods
for a while,with clotting,etc. But my dr. said time is on my side. So i just waited it out and
now havent had a period in a yr. So hopefully they are shrinking. Menopause has brought on
another problem tho...anxiety. Had to go on Paxil for it, it was sooo bad. Better now tho.
If it isnt one thing,its another....

Greenchili
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Old 10-16-2010, 12:08 PM
 
Location: God's Country
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I had a few fibroids but now that Im in menopause they dont bother me. I had heavy periods
for a while,with clotting,etc. But my dr. said time is on my side. So i just waited it out and
now havent had a period in a yr. So hopefully they are shrinking. Menopause has brought on
another problem tho...anxiety. Had to go on Paxil for it, it was sooo bad. Better now tho.
If it isnt one thing,its another....

Greenchili
I did the same thing, I have seven fibroids and wanted for menopause. Been there done that with hot flashes
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Old 10-20-2010, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Greenwood Village, Colorado
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My doctors nurse called and said my fibroid was 6cm, it went from 4cm to 6cm within a year and I have to go in to talk to her next week. I thought my fibroid was 10 cm but the nurse didn't know why I thought that. She said it was rapidly growing so I might have to have it removed.
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