You might be wondering, what happened now?
Yeah, it's a short story. After years of not getting checkups and generals done, I finally went and found out I had a rather large fibroid that had taken up residence without prior approval. It had to go. Eviction time, baby! Seriously, finding out I had this…thing... growing inside made sense of the symptoms that I'd brushed off figuring that was just how my body worked.
Well, yes, that is how the body reacts to having an unwanted visitor taking up space where other things are occupying space!! Like my bladder! My poor bladder. It was crowded and unhappy and tried to let me know something was wrong. It's so much happier now, without that thing trying to take over! And I've been putting up with super heavy periods for as long as I can remember. Hello anemia. Nice to see you again. I would usually eat a very iron rich diet around that time to try and alleviate problems.
Anyways, I learned a few things about these growths and dealing with them. In brief:
1. It happens to a lot of women.
2. Not everyone has symptoms.
3. They come in many shapes and sizes and not all cause problems. Mine was big enough to cause problems. The doctor said it was the size of a large softball.
4. Most of the time, they are non-cancerous, so if you ever get diagnosed with one, don't freak out.
5. There are various ways to treat them, depending on the size and lifestyle choices. The treatment ranges from doing nothing, to hormones, to surgery or other procedures. Surgery choices vary also on how big the fibroid is. For example, many can be done laprascopically, in which they make a few incisions and go in with minimal scarring and problems. Mine was big enough that they couldn't do that. They had to cut me open, as if I were having a c-section. I had what is called a myomectomy. This leaves all your parts intact, although a bit scarred. Hysterectomy is usually the very last resort. Repeat, that is the last resort!!
6. If you feel uncomfortable with what the doctor is telling you or the options, find another doctor. Get another opinion. I did. The first doc I went to basically treated it like something I should be able to deal with…"well, if it's not affecting your quality of life, you can just let it be." Mmmhmmm. Yes, this is a viable option, but chances are pretty good that if you have something the size of large softball inside of you, it's creating some problem somewhere (like my poor bladder!). When I asked him about having it removed, he talked immediately of doing a hysterectomy. Remember what I said earlier? That this is the last resort? Yeah, for him it was the first. No thank you. I did not feel confident that this guy would do what was best for me. I found another doctor that went over all the options, and respected my choices. That's the kind of doc you want.
So, a week out of surgery and I am very curious to see what will happen to my body as I heal. Right now I am the same size as I was pre-surgery, but probably also swollen. So, in 3-4 weeks, I might actually see a difference in my appearance. That would be great because I'd been going to the gym faithfully 3-5 times per week and rather than seeing the weight go down, it was actually going up? WTF? Although I am the same size, I am actually down 10 lbs. (Holy crap!!) I didn't weigh myself immediately after coming home, but in the past 3 or 4 days when I have started to weigh myself, I've dropped about 3-4 lbs. My guess is that it must've been affecting my hormones in some way shape or form. I hope that this is the case and that I can continue this trend. I don't expect to keep dropping 10lbs a week, but based on what my diet and lifestyle, I really shouldn't be this big. Yeah, I'm not saying I should be stick thin, but something definitely felt off. We shall see. In the meantime, I am healing, taking care of myself and moving on. I won't be able to work out for a while, 4-6 weeks, other than walking, but nothing strenuous.
The nurse in my pre-op meeting told me I would be so happy after this was done. It's only been a week, but so far, yes, she was 100% correct!
A la prochaine!