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Hi guys

Need advice...im 33 years old, have bad periods (all my life) and have recently had bad lower pelvic pain, mainly on.right hand side. I went to the docs as thought it was water infection as been needing to go to loo alot more, and waking at night. Pee sample fine but doc said she felt something when she felt my tummy, suggested endo (cant spell it) at first. Dose of 6 antibiotics and went back. Dis an internal exam and still felt something... (started to get worried) doc suggested ultrasound as wanted to check my overies were ok. Had ultra sound on Tuesday and got a bit upset as sonographer definitly said there was a mass there (scary word). Did suggest fibroids...had blood test as well. Just waiting. Still have stomache pains.

Emma

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    Almost certainly fibroids! They're extremely common, and the sorts of symptoms fit right in. Fibroids are benign 99.9% of the time, so don't worry too much!  
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    Hi Emma sounds like Fibroids as you seem to have all the symptoms. Try not to worry easier said than done I know
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    Hi Emma, could be fibroids, could be an ovarian cyst. I've had both (multiples), and yes they're almost always benign. Hope you get a definite answer soon x
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    I do not recall the medical name, but you can also get fairly severe abdominal pain from stressed or rupturing arteries (or something like that). Think of it like large unwanted varicose veins. Point is, I think you have to get 2 opinions, and your ObGyn isn't going to like that (tough luck). Go to an IR, Interventional Radiologist. They do several procedures ObGyns cannot do and they are non-invasive, i.e. No root rootering. Every major city has a few good ones. Just search your city online or ask your largest hospital. But do not assume your ObGyn is giving you the complete, objective facts, because they are not. You are money to them. 
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    Could be fibroids, I have them too and get lower abdominal pains. Pain on my right side of abdomen, bloated, abdominal pressure, heavy bleeding during periods. I also had an ovarian cyst at age 28 on the right side. Had it removed. Fibroids is 6 cm, doctor also called it a pelvic mass upon doing examination.  Don't worry ....
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    Thankyou!

    I know it properly is just that but still worries you. Want to get rid of the pain as well as its annoying and dosnt hurt me all the time. Any ideas of what the treatment might be? Not had any discussions as yet.

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      Hi it depends if it's Fibroids or something different. If it's Fibroids and they are large you may be offered a Total Hysterectomy and no other choice if this happens my advice is to get a 2nd opinion (Gynocologist tell lies to force you into a hysterectomy as they like doing them). Do loads of research and make sure you are given All the choices of treatment which are Myomectomy, uterine fibroid Embolisation and Hysterectomy. They do offer medication but they cause hot flushes and can't be taken long term only to shrink fibroid prior to surgery. UFE is done by Radiology so Gynocolgist won't recommend it and may even try to put you off it.

      If it's not Fibroids then ignore this post

      Good luck whatever you decide x

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      If it's a ovarian cyst they will remove it or if it's fibroids some doctors can offer you to have artery embolisation to shrink it or myomectomy operation, it all depends on the findings. Some even go for hysterectomy. I had artery embolisation in 2005 the fibroids shrunk. last year I started having heavy bleeding and pain and went for a scan  this fibroids has  start to grow again. I'm  In perimenopause and the doctor said it's the hormones. Let us know how you get on we are here to support you...

       

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    Going to ObGyn's exclusively for advice and options is a big mistake. IR's (Interventional Radiologists) are experts on fibroids and are the only type of doctor who have a non-invasive procedure for them. I suspect many people reading these posts may not have heard of IR's and might think "the guys who read charts??!!". That is not who IR's are. IR's are one of the most important medical professions at most major hospitals. They typically get called in when patients are in real trouble or when other doctors screw up.

    If you take the time to research IR's, you will be blown away at how many fantastic procedures they do, including shrinking fibroids almost as easily as going in and getting your nails done, they have a breakthrough varicose veins procedure that is going to replace the current way, they have a non-invasive procedure for women who have severe abdominal pain due to internal abdominal artery issues, they have a non-invasive procedure for people with severe back pain due to cracks in their spine. This is just a small fraction of what they do. An IR saved my wife's life when she went in for surgery, the doctor doing the work at a top medical facility knicked her bowel and cause her to go septic which then caused "fistulas" (really bad bacteria that drills through your body parts. She was too weak to go through another surgery. A top IR Doctor in Chicago went non-invasively through her arteries to the fistulas, cut off their flow of blood, and killed them. 

    Type these words into search: "city(a major city near you) UFE IR" and see what comes up. You might also types in "non-invasive". This means NO SURGERY. It also means the least impact to women's body parts and hormones.

    Good IR's do hundreds and even thousands of fibroid procedures.

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      Hi Bill you are so right. I was talking to a gentlemen today about my UFE and he told me that his wife had the same procedure but on her liver where a shadow had been discovered and they cut off the growths blood supply along with chemo so they could avoid surgery. It's amazing what they can do.
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      Thanks Patricia, That is one of several good examples. An IR I know is doing a non-invasive procedure on a woman >100 years old who has fairly severe internal organ blockage. No one else would touch her due to age and frailty. 

      If I find the time and the way to post it, I'd like to post all the procedures and examples for this blog site that IR's do in hopes that it will educate women and men on the possibilities. Thanks Patricia and others for helping things along!

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