You have questions and (with help) I have answers

Added a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page. Guess I should call it AAQ because all asked questions will be there. Started making individual posts of fibroid questions I pulled from comments and search queries. The FAQ page is a listing of these posts.

I have it set up like a mini-forum. You can check the page for questions. Click the link and read the post. Leave comments (thoughts, questions) on that specific topic right there on that post. If you have a question and do not see it listed, leave a comment directly on the FAQ page.

As the number of listed posts grows, I’ll be able to group them and then create sub-pages to keep them organized. Only three questions in there right now but I’m working on other posts. This is a good addition to match people who have questions with people who have answers or experiences. That way, we’ll all learn a thing or two.

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Related Posts:
What’s on your mind? Tell me on the Feedback page.
Starting a new feature to assist in answering fibroid questions
Just changed the name of the FAQ page to Forum
New: Index Page and Related (Fibroid) Posts… Doh!

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UPDATES:
(September 4, 2006) I just noticed this was my 100th post. YAY! When I started, I didn’t think I would this much to say. Looking forward to posting many, many more.

(September 13, 2006) We now have a fibroid discussion forum. Changed the name of the FAQ page to Forum.

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7 Responses to “You have questions and (with help) I have answers”

  1. Michelle Says:

    Hi,

    I just found out that I have a 5cm fibroid. I’ve had pressure in my lower abdomen for quite some time and pain that has become sharper and almost daily.

    I became anemic due to large blood loss during my period and had to be hospitalized and given 3 pints of blood last month. Now, whenever I have my period, I am really worried that I may have to have another transfusion.

    I am in pain almost all the time and have found that the only medication that seems to help is Vicodin (half a pill every 2 hours).

    I appreciate all the information I’ve found, and I would like to know if a 5cm fibroid is considered large enought to have surgery to remove?

    Thank you for your help,

    Michelle C.

  2. fibroid free Says:

    Michelle,

    Oh its not about how large the fibroid is….if the fibroid is causing you pain and the horrible bleeding then ab-so-lut-ly its big enough to remove. Of all the fibroids (largerst 10+ cm) I had, the WORST one was the smallest (2.5cm, 2.7cm x 3 cm). Understand all your options and types of treatment but seriuosly get with your GYN and talk about the options for treatment. Wish you well and post anytime….there are lots of answeres/great advice on this site

  3. EclecticGeek Says:

    Michelle:
    I created a post that talks about the various treatment options. It also has links to the Forum threads on this site with the post-op experiences of many women.

    Just what are your uterine fibroid tumor treatment options?

    My severe blood loss and subsequent anemia is what caused me to finally crawl to a doctor. I know EXACTLY what it’s like to fear your period. When I tell people I was only living a quarter of a life, it was not an exaggeration. It took me a week to prepare my mind to have a period and a week to recover from it. My period lasted a week so that just left one week out of the month to try and enjoy life. You DESERVE to feel better.

    fibroid free:
    Would that be Mr. Grinch? (Starts singing in a bass voice… You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch.)

  4. fibroid free Says:

    EclecticGeek is SO right..you deserve to feel better you shouldnt have to live with period fear. I too like EG had the 10 day period with all the drama pre and post period and maybe the week of “freedom” from bleeding but for me no real break becuase all the other fibroid symtpoms got their chance to appear during that week and living on pain killers is not fun 😦 …..Let us know how you are doing…we are here for you!

    yup that was Mr Grinch…the diabolical submussocal fibroid – he is gone from whoville but he has left a mark I am still trying to heal from…. but life is good since the fibroids are gone

  5. EclecticGeek Says:

    Yep. Didn’t mention my constant backaches and never-ending trips to the bathroom to pee. I sleep like a rock on top of a log now.

    Um. So you know I will spend Christmas smiling while watching the Grinch this year. You WERE a mean one, Mr. Grinch. Fibroid free, I’m so glad you are doing much better!

  6. fibroid free Says:

    Thought I would bring up another topic someone touched on in the Post-AM forum so we can get some infor out there….. If you have surgery you will have scar tissue…so the question is really about excess scar tissue. Many doctors prevent excess adhesions on the uterus in myomectomies by wrapping the uterus with an adhesion barrier…

    Does anyone have an experiene or thoguhts to share about scar tissue or adhesions after fibroid surgery?

    just trying to keep minds sharp and the informed women INFORMED

    Just one more thing to discuss with your doctor

  7. EclecticGeek Says:

    Thanks for raising the topic of scar tissue. I’ll just leave links to the posts where this has been mentioned:

    How are you feeling after your Abdominal Myomectomy?
    Is anyone having fertility issues because of uterine fibroid tumors?

    I think this is also a good point for the “questions to ask doctors” thread. Since you have experience, you can add a great comment there:
    What questions should I ask my fibroid doctor?

    Thanks!


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