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I don't want to be too quick on the draw, but I'm 7 days post UFE and the pain is finally gone. No need for a strong dose of ibuprofen (600 mg) or acetaminophen (paracetamol, 1000 mg) today. This drug mix was recommended on one of the more than 30 discussion threads I read through on this site about having a UFE and it got me through the worst of it after my doctor couldn't administer a planned nerve block during my procedure.
I'm so glad I found this board before the procedure since there was little "real" discussion about what I might face after the medical part was done. My IR was very forthcoming with what the procedure would be like but, of course, he left off all the important stuff, such as discharge, hard labor-like cramping, hot flashes, how to avoid constipation, exhaustion, not feeling much like a "woman" and so forth.
Thankfully, several of the people on this board did talk about these things in great detail and it has helped me tremendously! For example, I didn't panic over the slight fever especially since there was no odor with the icky discharge - something you guys warned me about. I wasn't surprised that after four days I still needed some pain meds, and knew I could likely get by with the ibuprofen/acetaminophen combination.
Today, I'm mostly pain free with a few twinges here and there but nothing a deep breath won't get me through. Now, I'm praying I can add to the success stories on here after some time has passed and I lose lots of weight. (Big smile)
Right now, I feel like I made the right choice for me in my situation - 51 yo, 4 healthy, grown kids, one fibroid that was sitting on bladder and causing urgency and back pain and a monthly menstrual cycle that left me anemic and exhausted for the better part of 10 years. Thank you, great ladies, for sharing your stories, your wisdom and your wishes for all of us to be fully healthy women. God bless you all in your journey to better health!
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