Uterine fibroid symptoms (not my idea of fun)

I’ve looked at several web pages to compare symptom information. I feel the most comprehensive list is found at the site of the Society of Interventional Radiology. I’ll itemize them here and talk briefly about the ones that bothered the heck out of me.

  • Heavy, prolonged menstrual periods and unusual monthly bleeding, sometimes clots. This often leads to anemia.
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pelvic pressure or heaviness caused by the bulk or weight of the fibroids pressing on nearby structures
  • Pain in the back or legs as the fibroids press on nerves that supply the pelvis and legs
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Bladder pressure leading to a constant urge to urinate
  • Pressure on the bowel, leading to constipation and bloating
  • Abnormally enlarged abdomen

Symptoms of my fibroids:

  • Heavy bleeding. My clots were so huge they could star in their own late-night monster movie.
  • Pelvic pain. It was torture every time my uterus was forced to expel one of the large clots. To relieve the pain, I would munch enough Motrin to fill a PEZ dispenser.
  • Pelvic pressure and heaviness. I always felt bulky and full.
  • Back pain. I could never quite get into a comfortable position.
  • Bladder pressure/frequent urination. In the bathroom just about every hour during the night.
  • Abnormally enlarged abdomen. Someone actually thought I was pregnant and congratulated me! (Although not funny at the time, I’m chuckling now.)

Wow, that looks pretty bad written out. It’s amazing that this was not enough to get me into a doctor’s office to take care of the fibroids once and for all. The thing that caused me to crawl in for help is the topic of my next post.

Note: I noticed on the SIR site that only 10 – 20% of women with fibroids ever require treatment. Well, I guess that just makes us special. 😉

[Added September 17, 2006] Deep vein thrombosis is a rare complication resulting from uterine fibroid tumors. For more information, please see this deep vein thrombosis post.

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Related Posts:
What are uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroid tumors and anemia?
Would somebody tell me how much these dang fibroid tumors weigh?
Sex and fibroids just don’t go together, now do they?

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324 Responses to “Uterine fibroid symptoms (not my idea of fun)”

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  2. Susan Says:

    Hi, I’m new here and just began having problems this past summer when the heavy bleeding/clots started. I found out I had a 5 cm fibroid and am trying bc pills to control the bleeding. Because estrogen in the past gave me migraines and progestin (progesterone?) whatever is in the low-dose pills made me nearly certifiably insane, I opted to try Yaz. So far it’s been great (only on my 3rd month) but my question is this – suddenly this month (3 days ago to be exact) I began breakthrough bleeding which is as heavy as a period (while on Yaz….not heavy like before Yaz). Could this be from the fibroid dissolving? there are just a few tiny clots, nothing like the ones before I started taking Yaz. I don’t like taking it because of the risks, but I can’t see living w/ the bleeding the way it was. I have three children and can’t be confined to my house for 2 weeks a month because if I move the wrong way I will gush. Anyone else had this experience w/ breakthrough bleeding and if it is the fibroid dissolving? Thanks so much — hang in there, all of you!

    • Lena Says:

      Dear Susan,
      The fibroid is a benign tumor of the mussle tissue of the uterine. So it’s basically like part of your flesh and it does not dissolve unless it’s taken out by surgery. The clots are the results of bleeding from the vessles inside the fibroid (the blood cuagulates into the clots before getting out of the cervix). You should definitely see your gyno if you are having clots and abnormal bleeding while on Yaz !!!

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    January 25, 2010 at 11:23 pm
    Hi!
    I stumbled upon this blog after a visit from my OB/GYN in December 2009. She had been my GYN for apprx 10 years! I put my trust into her ability to handle my medical needs. for years she monitored my HPV stats (human Papilloma Virus). I too am a medical provider (pediatrics).. I have to say TRUST YOUR GUT (literally).. After my pre op consultation with her, i left with so many unanswered questions and many of my concerns not met. She was about to sccedule me for a Myomectomy with “possible HYSTORECTOMY”. Normal consent you say …huh? Well it doesnt have to be. I left her office in shock. Im 34 years old and she could not tell me 100% if I would come out of surgery an intact women.. Despite our years of previous conversation for my ‘back up plan”(sperm donor). Her response was ‘ I wont know for sure until I open you up”
    We discussed the shape of the fibriod (on a pendullum or stalk), she would clamp the stalk to cut off the blood supply. We discussed donating my blood prior to surgey because the uterus is very vascualr and bleeding is likely. she couldnt confirm the # of fibriods. “I wont know till I open you up”. Uhh…dont you have and MRI? I questined why she didnt ask for my films. She also could not confirm that she would use sugical glue instead of staples.. She told me a women of my size typically won’t do well with sugical glue. Althought this was my most superficial question, i think she forgot that I too was a practitioner I have adult patients that are post op, GYN , twice my size ( Im 200lbs) and return to thier bed with surgical glue. Her answers didnt sit right with me. She cant take my uterus! So I found this blog while searching for answers. I read the term “RE”. Not until the blog i heard about REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGISTS. These are GYN”S or OB/GYN’s that specialize in procedures to maintain your fertility. REMINDER Iam a NURSE PRACTITIONER with a masters degree. i have never came across this specialty. Through Divine intervintion (long story) I found Dr. Stanley West . He removed my Fibroid 1 big ole honey dew melon size fibroid. made several cuts to my uterus (fibroid too big for the typical incision) removed the fibroid and reconstucted my uterus. According the Dr West if i was ready i can have children in 4 months! Did I tell you he is a “microsurgeon” . I cry because of this divine intervention. The fibriod shape was nothing like my GYN described. I dont know what MRI report she read. Dr West read my MRI report whle drawing pictures. I donated no blood . he said that will cause me to be anemic and cause othe problems for surgery. At St vincents hospital they use a cell saver. My blood loss during sugery is collected and i guess cleaned, and put right back in my IV. I saw it upon awakening from anesthesia. it wasnt alot either. Oh yeah Im home healing sore not really pain. dont get me wrong Im exhausted! But… I got my GLUE to a bikini line cut you cant even see! My sugical opening is closed in 5 layers! Nothing is gonna break free! In this case the glue is cosmetic. His final stitch is right under the skin. This is not the typical closure of GYN thats why they prefer staples its Quick! They go back to thier office or go delivery another baby.. Iwas the only obligation on his work schedule. He had all the time he needed to reconstruct and stitch it back. Please go to a RE!!!!!!!! My sugical consent read “MYOMECTOMY NO HYSTERECTOMY” brought me to tears!

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    • Helen Says:

      Hi,

      I live in the UK and am considering travelling to the US to see Dr. West for a myomectomy for my fibroids. I would love to hear more of your experience if you are happy to be in touch.
      best wishes, Helen

      • Noelle Says:

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        For your reference ~ Go to:

        http://www.drtahery.com
        http://www.fibroidLA.com

        Good luck 🙂

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