After menopause, period pain and spottingo

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I am 53 and have gone through (or still going through) the menopause and haven't had a period for a few years now.  About a week ago I started experiencing 'period pains' and started spotting on my panty liners (very light) so I put a tampon in and when I pulled it out there was very faint brown spotting down one side (not bright red).   Many years ago I was diagnosed with fibroids and I read that they usually shrink at menopause, I will go and see my GP but should I worry?  

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    Hi there, definitely have it checked out, it can be your hormones irritating thr fibroid. Since you have not had a period in years it's officially you reached menopause. Once you have been cleared I suggested bioidentical hormone cream specifically progesterone. Also lugol's iodine is known for shrinking fibroids in general.
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    yes i would get the checked out, but wouldnt be overly concerned about it, fibroids normally shrink after menopause due to drop in oestrogen, however, in some women  they continue to grow, so this could be you, if so, it will cause period type cramping.  When you have had no period for a complete year, you can then class yourself as post, so your symptoms should have declined quite a bit now, but can continue for a further five years after our last period, with symptoms declining as you go, so, you will still have hormones fluctuating, so this could be whats causing your flare up, but check it out to be sure.  i have three firboids, 1 shrunk, and one calcified, but one  continued to grow, and became necrotic, but thankfully it calmed down again and its been fine since.
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    I've got an appointment with my GP this afternoon so will let you know what he says.
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    I went to see my GP this afternoon and he has given me a course of antibiotics for a week, they are called Metronidazole as he thinks it may be a pelvic infection with the fact that the discharge is of a brown colour.  If this doesn't clear it up then i will have to go back and he said i would need an internal examination - hoping the tablets work!
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      Carina

      Did he text you for pelvic infection? I be a little bit concerned if a doctor didn't ask me to make sure was positive. The antibiotic you're taking is very strong and very high on the food chain. If you're going to take it make sure you finish the full bottle as prescribed to avoid developing resistance to any antibiotics

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      He basically said to take this course and if it doesn't clear up, to go back and then they will do an internal examination (not sure if that is a smear test as well as them 'feeling' around inside).  I've never had this before since my periods stopped about 4 or 5 years ago.  I had a blood test for CA-125 which can detect ovarian cancer and this came back normal.  I paid for this blood test privately as i panicked a bit, i don't really know what it is although the GP did explain what happens with some women after menopause etc.  but haven't really had any issues up until now.
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      carina...........thats good, when i bled with my fibroids, it is a different texture and colour from a period, it is more like infection, brown and more of a congealed consistency, so doesnt flow the same, and  you can tell the difference,  i did get cramping pain, but when i bled the pain was more as if something heavy was resting on my pubic bone, but mine happened during early peri which is more common to happen with firboids than when your post, but its not out of the question for it to happen to some women when post, but its rarer,  i would have thought pelvic infection would be more likely, so yes fingers crossed for meds, no harm though going for scan to double check, incase one has continued to grow, and its gone too big, wouldnt worry about it if that is whats happened as it can settle, mine did after it became necrotic, so, let us know how you go, good luck carina 
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      My last pelvic scan was 11 years ago and it showed up that I had fibroids (not sure how many) and a cyst on my ovary.   Nothing more was done about it (they weren't concerned about it) but could this be due to any of this?  What was done about your fibroids? 
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      Carina............. Yes it could be, but without tests cant answer that, I started with 3 fibroids on my womb not of stalk type, when i was 35, had pain and bleeding and worsening pms, it settled, had nothing whatsoever until peri kicked in bad due to oestrogen being fibroid food, so your at risk of rapid growth, one had calcified so, no problem with that one, one just hadnt grown at all again no problem, but one, and theirs always one, continued growing, and had now outgrown its blood supply due to its size,  when this happens, the blood supply to a section of the fibroid cuts itself off, so the fibroid dies, and becomes necrotic, which is what happened to me, its was only a small section not the whole fibroid, a fibroid is like  atree it has layers, so the dying tissue does not go into your womb as, its necrotic on the inside of the fibroid itself, but what did happen, and can happen is, the dying tissue produces chemicals and its that, that went into my blood stream, and caused a big infection, felt extremely ill, was in enormous pain, in my back, front and hips, low dose painkillers did not touch it, had incredible heat in my womb that travelled as high up as my chin, felt like i had got severe flu, pain lasted 12 hours, next day went to A&E they confirmed what had happend, saw specialists, said had to keep seeing him until it settled, if it didnt would need hysterectomy, became necrotic in Oct 2012, settled Feb 2013  had pain and bleeding off and on during this time, so had to rest, infection took care of itself, was on very high doses of ibuprofen for pain, discharged from hospital outpatients July 2013, had regular monthly scans up until then, fibroid showing signs of shrinking, it had settled so, left it, no trouble since, and for me that was my best outcome, now im post, was in peri for 7/8 years, so, hoping due to declining oestrogen it wont grow anymore.  Good news about necrotic fibroids is, they cannot become necrotic again in the same fibroid afterwards, and cannot move into any of remaining others unless, they themselves have also continued to grow, so that would be a risk, so dont over worry yourself about it, without a doubt you will no if your fibroid becomes necrotic believe me, if your cramping and bleeding and its different, get it checked, and as long as the hospital are keeping an eye, you will be fine, the worst that can happen is hysterectomy, so cross your bridges IF you come to them, and dont worry about what might not happen, i had a cysts but it was drained no probs since, cysts are normally fluid filled, not sure if hey can become infected and bleed, so cant answer for that, it could simply be, that because your in peri its growing, or the hormones are aggravating it and making it unsettled, think its more like to be that, to be honest, but you should always get pain and blood loss checked out!!
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      I am thinking of making an appointment this week to ask if my GP can give me a pelvic examination, i read somewhere that after menopause, a pelvic examination should be routine but i wasn't aware of this.  I did go an see a GP last Sept to say that i didn't feel right 'down below' and would she mind having a look so she did examine me and felt my tummy.  The reason i went was because i felt i was 'leaking' down below but wasn't sure if it was coming from my vagina or bladder, she did say however that my bladder seemed to have dropped down a bit and there's a word for it but i can't remember it but she wasn't concerned about it.  Not sure if that was an actual pelvic examination or is there more to it?  i will ask for one though, hopefully i'll get an appointment tomorrow.
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      Thanks for your info, very helpful.  I went to see my GP on Tues as i've finished the course of antibiotics but it seems my problem has come back so i'm now going to have to have a transvaginal scan which i suppose is a must to see what is going on up there!  My GP said that she thought that fibroids shrank during menopause which i thought so too but maybe not.  I've never been on HRT or anything else, i decided to go through the menopause naturally without taking anything like my mother did. Sorry for the TMI i'm about to give -  I used a tampon today just to see what staining would be on it when i removed it so when it came to removing it, it was very painful and sore when i slowly started to pull it out and i noticed some very faint (but red) blood at the bottom of the tampon, not the top which surprised me.  Not sure what is going on but although i'm dreading the scan, at least they can have a good look what is going on and hopefully i can get some answers. 
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    I also noticed over the last few weeks that instead of being dry down below which is associated with menopause, I get the exact opposite, very wet, watery which I find a bit strange.  I am coming to the end of taking my antibiotics so am really hoping I don't have to go back.  The GP looked at my notes and my last pelvic scan I had was in 2005, so 11 years ago.
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    Hi, now you have mention down below I get pain down there sometimes it goes and come.
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    Just an update really - I thought at first that the antibiotics i was given were working but now after finishing taking the tablets, i seem to be having my problem back so i went to see the GP yesterday and now i'm going to have a transvaginal ultra sound scan (my last one was 11 years ago where they found some fibroids and an ovarian cyst but told me not to worry about it).  I have gone through menopause and it's the first time i'm having these problems since menopause.  I do hope it's nothing serious :-(
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