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Hello all -
I was diagnosed with a single, posterior fundal fibroid about 7 years ago when I was 34. At the time it was about 5.5 cm, and I wasn't much in the way of symptoms so my doctor at the time suggested watchful waiting. For the first few years since its discovery, the size stayed pretty stable, so I was hopeful that I could wait it out to menopause. However, as I entered my 40's it started to grow, and is now about 7.6 cm. During that time I started to experience heavy periods - especially the first two days - I can't go anywhere where I won't have unhindered bathroom access. I became anemic and I basically feel tired all the time. Iron supplements helped a little, but I still feel generally fatigued. I also have some bulk symptoms... I feel some pain and pressure in the upper right area of my abdomen (which is where the fibroid is pushing). I also have experienced increased urinary frequency. I am a classical singer, and noticed that my breath control and support was feeling weird as well, and I can't sing long passages as easily as I used to.
After much thought and mental back and fourth, I went through the work up to be considered for UFE. I would really like to keep my uterus, so hysterectomy will only be considered as a last resort. I had an endometrial biopsy which came back normal, and an MRI. Luckily, I only have one single fibroid, but it is pretty big. My IR said it looks like it is within the uterine wall, though it does distort my endometrium, which is most likely causing my heavy bleeding.
I am scheduled for my procedure on September 11. I'm glad to be doing something about this stupid fibroid, but very very nervous. I have never had any kind of procedure or surgery, so everything about this is new and scary.
I am looking for suggestions to prepare myself mental and physically. Anything I should stock up on to have in the house when I get back? My husband will be with me at the hospital and will be my primary "nurse" and caretaker when I get home.
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