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Female question regarding Enlarged Uterus
January 17, 2007
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Juanita
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Went to the Dr yesterday & during a routine exam, she proclaimed I have "quite the enlarged uterus". Sent me for some blood work today. She said that I, more than likely, have some fiberous tumors in there. I asked her about if they would want to biopsy or take an internal peek, but she said no, to see how my blood comes back - that these types of tumors are very common amongst women who have had a couple of pregnancies & are late 30's to early 40's.

Can anyone tell me if they've had the same thing? I'm a little nervous.

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Juanita

January 17, 2007
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Hi Juanita ~ No, I didn't have the same story but please keep us posted, let's see what the diagnosis will be. I will get back to you later. Good luck,

Matteo

January 17, 2007
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Juanita,

I have fibroids in my mid 40's. They are very common in women, not life threatening at all, and almost half of all women have them. They are not generally worth doing anything about unless you are having problems with them.

The problem I had with fibroids is that they caused immense menstrual bleeding as they became worse and I became kind of anemic. I finally did have surgery for this. No, I did not have a hysterectomy. There was no need to take my otherwise healthy uterus out. That is not usually the surgery of choice. I had a rather simple surgery that took an hour or so called an ablation. They scaped the outer lining of the uterus under anaesthesia, there are other options if it gets worse. I had surgery late morning and I went out to eat that evening and stopped all the bleeding.

But, I am giving up an advanced scenario that took a long time to develop. This may not even happen to you at all. I don't think you need to worry.

January 18, 2007
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Hi Juanita

My situation is almost exactly the same as that of Gracenotes...similar age, similar problems, similar symptoms and outcome. I had to have a relatively simple operation because of the extreme bleeding which led to anaemia but other than that there was nothing sinister whatsoever.

It is very common; try not to worry

January 18, 2007
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Thank you all for your input. I shall try to wait & see, and not worry too much. However, one thing I forgot to mention above was that during my 2nd c-section, the surgeon advised me not to have additional children due to my excessive scar tissue from the 1st c-section. He said he had to carefully scrape the scar tissue away from my bladder. This lends concern for I wonder if this enlargement is what she thinks it is. Will have to mention the scar tissue issue to the Dr in 2 months when I have another appt.

Again, thank you for replying. I am hoping it is all something perfectly normal.

Juanita

January 18, 2007
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keeping my fingers crossed for you Juanita

hope youre doing ok otherwise

January 18, 2007
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I hope you are okay. My doctor had me get tested because he said I had an enlarged uterus. Turned out to be nothing. Just a large uterus.

January 18, 2007
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Hi, it's a shame that your doctor just said enough to worry you, and if you're like most, you didn't think of questions until you got home.

The uterus is a muscular organ - think of how it enlarges during pregnancy - and it will stay large after having babies. Fibroids are just growths, not cancer, that some women habve, especially in their 30's or later, especially women who have had babies, and for an unknown reason, more common in African-American women.

The blood work is probably just to check your hemoglobin (or iron), and she may have drawn a "tumor marker", which is a blood value which becomes abnormal if you have an abnormal growth. It's cautious medicine, that is not bad, but try not to worry. She'll let you know if there is cause to worry.

SO (RN)

January 18, 2007
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thank you for your replies...

I am anxiously awaiting my blood results. Like you said above, no, I didn't start thinking of questions until I got home, chores done, and the kids settled. Scar tissue is also something I'm wondering about.

Due to added stress in my life right now, my periods have been off schedule and extremely heavy... or at least I thought stress was the culprit. Could be both knowing my luck.

Anyway, my Dr is supposed to mail me the results, and I have a follow up in 2 months. She said maybe putting me on birth control may help. We shall see.

I appreciate all of you re-assuring me this is something common. It does help a bit.

Thanks

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