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Both my GP and an ob/gyn insisted that my digestive distress is not coming from fibroids--I have five big ones, which are not painful in themselves. These doctors consider me "asymptomatic" even though I have to pee constantly, and I'm huge.
The digestion question is complicated:
I have a history of IBS--started way before I had fibroids--but it was under control for many years, no attacks. I knew what my triggers were, and mainly stayed out of trouble. In the past few years my IBS has gotten much worse, and I'm bloated and have cramps and not great bowel movments (incomplete evacuation) about half of the time. I was convinced that fibroids have worsened my IBS through pressure on the bowels. Both doctors deny this. Recently I read an article by DoctorOz saying that fibroids DO create digestive problems from the pressure. One of the tell tale signs is thin stools, which I definitely have.
So I would be very interested in hearing from other women with fibroids, as to whether they're having digestive symptoms they think are related to their fibroids. The only "Official" digestive symptom of fibroids I keep coming across is constipation--which is not my case. But I don't see how five large fibroids cannot have an effect on your bowels, which they are pressing against.
Even though I have two women doctors, I have been appalled at how they have not taken any of my symptoms seriously. "Watchful waiting" while the fibroids gorw and grow. I'm 55 and not menopausal and not wanting a hysterectomy but wanting to halt the growth and ideally shrink them. The doctors are not helping because they claim I'm "asymptomatic" but actually I'm in digestive distress about half the time (often preventing me from sleeping) which I feel is (not caused by but) made worse by fibroids.
Would love to hear from anyone who has wondered about similar things.
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