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I figured I’d write about my experience in case it’s useful to someone.
I had UFE on 1- 7cm and 1- 9cm fibroid a week ago today. I’m a fairly healthy 36 year old, no kids.
The procedure itself was pretty pain free. It lasted about an hour and I was given pain meds via IV so I didn’t feel much until the very end when the light cramping began. About 30 minutes later, however, the cramping became intense. They upped my pain meds but I didn’t feel like they were working. To make matters worse I had to keep my leg straight for 2 hours when all I wanted to do was squirm. Luckily the pain meds did put me out so that helped.
The procedure was outpatient unless my pain was unmanageable, in which case I would be admitted to a nearby hospital. I had to fight a bit to not be admitted but I was convinced that I wouldn’t be able to heal as well in a hospital. So they sent me on my way with pain meds.
I took the meds as soon as I got home and the pain was intense through the next day. It did get better every day and by the 4th day I was able to stop taking meds. Of course at that point I started feeling the effects of the pain meds on my stomach and I became constipated. They recommended Miralax, which eventually helped.
7 days out, I have a slight dull ache in the thigh where the procedure was done. I also have some terrible intestinal pain I wrote about in a different post. I’m not sure what that’s about.
I’ve had very slight discharge since last Monday. My stomach is not as flat as I thought it would be but it’s also not as hard as it was. I’ve lost 3 lbs though that’s probably just from having no appetite.
Though this is a minimally invasive procedure, the recovery is no joke. You’ll definitely need someone to take you home and stay with you for the 1st few days. If it hadn’t been for my mom and husband I wouldn’t have made it. I took two weeks from work and at first I felt guilty but now I’m happy I did as I was in no shape to go back today due to my stomach pain.
My follow up appt is in 5 weeks and I guess I won’t know if it worked until my next MRI or ultrasound.
Sorry, I know this was a lot to read but I wanted to include as much info as possible. Feel free to ask me any questions. I’ll try to update my progress every so often.
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