Uterine Fibroids - Not a lot of pain

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I wouldn't even have noticed it but I had a bug about a year and a half ago and the doctor did an ultrasound and noticed something there. At first I had a CT and I have huge fibroids in my abdomen/pelvis (the largest being about 13.5cm) and it's apparently pushing on my bowel.

The thing is I haven't really had any non-manageable symptoms except my stomach area is big (the fibroids made it click), rumbling (constipation) in my stomach, bloating and pressure in the lower right abdomen (which comes and goes). I have an MRI in August - Doctor wants a better picture of where they are. I had other issues that I wanted to deal with first and I have which is why I waited. But a few days ago, I felt this pain around my belly button and at first I attributed to me working out (I haven't in a while) but it is still there. I only feel it if that area is pressed/pushed. Is this because of the fibroids? This Covid-19 makes going to the doctors complicated. But like I said earlier, it is manageable.

I've already decided I want to get rid of them. I'm 29 and want to have kids in the future. Recommendations would be appreciated.

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    I had 5 fibroids in total, largest one around 10-12cm. My biggest one was located on my right side so I would get pain in that area when touching the area or like you after exercise and a lot of movement. On some days you could see the fibroid as it was pushing out but also pressing on my bladder which was uncomfortable. I had a constant feeling of heaviness which luckily has stopped since my open myomectomy surgery in Jan 2020.

    Before my surgery on 30 Jan 2020, I had a Zoladex injection into my lower stomach to try and help shrink the fibroid before surgery. I'm not actually sure if it shrunk them in the end but it made no difference at that point. I was having the surgery. The zoladex comes with its own set of side effects - very similar to that of the menopause and I was extremely hormonal throughout.

    Not sure what to suggest in regards to pain relief I'm afraid as the only thing that helped me was the surgery.

    I know any kind of health care support right now is slow but I hope you don't feel any worst and things improve soon for you.

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    hi

    I had very similar circumstances as you whereby I didnt realise I had fibroids until I had a general healtcheck including a pelvic exam. Mine were 19cm & 11cm (equivalent to a 5 month pregnancy!). Mine pushed on my bowel and gave me back pain and constipation which i attributed to poor posture and diet. And i thought i had just gained weight over time hence the big tummy. One was towards the right hand side and would make that side ache or hurt. Paracetemol and ibruprofen together were fine for pain relief.

    I had a myomectomy and it gave me so much relief on symptoms I didnt even realise were due to the fibroids! That was 3 years ago and im starting to get symptoms again, so Im worried they've grown back so now wondering if I might have to go the hysterectomy route - I'm 42 with no plans for kids, just dont like the idea of not being in tact.

    I hope you get some relief xx

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    Hi tomi..,

    sorry to hear you going through this especially given the circumstances. im glad to hear the symptoms are not too bad because if you want to have kids u may have to wait to get them removed until after depending on location. As u may know there are risks involved with messing around ure uterus, if it suffers any damage at all.. there goes ure chances of having kids. i would talk to obgyn/gyno and hear what they say first. All the best to you! x

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