Monday, April 30, 2007

Fibroids and Endometriosis?

In response to Deb's question about endometriosis testing on my post about infant potty training, no, I haven't specifically had tests for endo. But I did have two HSGs and have been opened up twice -- once for my myo and once for the c-section and nothing was mentioned -- not even on my medical records. Some of my other online fibroid sisters have had endo and fibroids though -- so it is a possibility. In the book The Infertility Cure both conditions are dealt with in the same chapter -- so similar can their causes be.

I've had painful ovulations before, the first one that I recall was back in 1996 when I was just about doubled over in pain at work -- a stressful computer start-up -- and I ended up going to the emergency room just to make sure I didn't have appendicitis. Wanna know where that pain was? The same location as my fibroid showed up years later. I had an ultrasound at the time and it came back clean. After all the acupuncture I've had done I think that partially the pain comes from some form of blood stagnation in that area -- and too much stress will divert the blood flow from your reproductive organs so it it possible that its all related.

Since my c-section I've occassionally felt a few jabs of pain in that area -- which is where Twyla, my new big fibroid is located. It's not too bad so I'm hopeful that she's not going to be an issue.

Lately I've thought, as people respond in surprise when my partner and I mention that we're planning on starting to TTC again later this year, that another factor besides it taking so long and the miscarriages, that also the fibroids I have are another consideration. One good thing for the moment now though is that breastfeeding suppresses estrogen production so it is possible that my fibroids will shrink substantially until my period shows up again. The reduction in estrogen also causes me to have dry skin, so dry I have hives on my upper arms, and it also dries out the girly bits so that sex is a bit uncomfortable. There's no winning.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for responding. You should be greatful that you have not had to experience this scraping. My dr did use lidocaine so it could of been worse.I should find out the results in 2 weeks. At my last visit the dr found 3 new fibroids- they are small. I was stunned because I had the hsg in feb and my reg ob did not see any. He wants me to pg by this year. I need to ask where they are located, but he doesn't seem to be too concerned. I am! I know that you were successful but it still scares me. Good luck trying for number two!

Ellen said...

I don't know how I surfed to this site, but I had to leave perhaps a helpful comment. I come from a line of women who had to have hysterectomies in their early 40s for fibroids, etc....

I did some research on this and there is a new, safe enzyme available in a supplement that dissolves fibroids:


You owe to yourself to try it before you have any more surgeries!

p.s. No, I don't work for the company. :^) Good luck!