Fibroids

This is a brief account of my experience of uterine fibroids.

I suffered from heavy menstrual bleeding for many years and became anaemic, my haemoglobin levels were dangerously low and as a result I had to have blood transfusions on a couple of occasions.

On examination it was discovered that I had several fibroids one of which was 16cm in diameter.

I used progesterone cream, rubbing it on my skin as my research showed that it could minimise the size of the fibroids, shrinking and dissolving them by balancing the excess oestrogen levels in my body.  My periods improved slightly but nowhere near the normal levels they should be.

I was fitted with a MIRENA® which is an hormonal coil that slowly releases levonorgestrel into the womb in order to control the heavy bleeding.  This plastic coil is not an actual treatment for fibroids.

As the fibroids grew I became aware of pain in my pelvis, there was a dragging sensation and I wanted to pass urine with increased frequency.  I discovered that this was due to the fibroids pressing on my bladder, reducing its size and capacity. I had to wear a catheter on several occasions as it became too painful to go to the loo normally.  The bleeding was still extremely heavy and the MIRENA® must have become dislodged as it hasn’t been located since!!

I had an endometrial ablation whereby a surgical balloon is inserted under local anaesthetic and heated thermally to destroy the lining of the womb (the endometrium) in order to help relieve heavy menstrual bleeding.  This did not have the desired effect for me and so it was recommended I have a Uterine Artery Embolisation. I was awake during this procedure and given pain medication.  A radiologist used a high-definition x-ray camera to help him position a 2mm catheter through a small incision in my groin.  He then inserted a plastic material called polyvinyl alcohol which resembled tiny particles of plastic, through the catheter to block the artery supplying blood to the fibroids so that they would shrink.  The first part of this procedure was relatively painless but when he repositioned the catheter to the second artery I was in so much discomfort that it was unbearable.

Finally I had an hysterectomy after years of refusing one.  I’d had problems with cervical cancer for many years and when it was discovered I had dead cells in my uterus I was left with little choice. Biopsies were taken during the operation and no cancer was actually found.

Through all of this medical intervention, i decided to educate myself in order to help myself.  What could I do to get well?  I did a lot of research and discovered how other factors had an influence on this condition.  The proper nutrition is important, eating well is vital.

Unresolved issues in my past also contributed and these were areas I needed to address even though I initially shirked from facing them.  My past had influenced and shaped me into who I had become.

Svetlana Kogan, MD, an holistic internal medicine specialist in New York  states that

“If you’re not expressing emotions completely, that’ll create stagnation, and that can cause an accumulation of substances in certain areas, like fibroids. And then you have to explore that and deal with it.  Every woman has a weak spot, and because stress causes hormonal fluctuations, for some women it could manifest in fibroids”

Stress was indeed an area that was a prevalent factor for me given that I also had IBS which is another stress related condition.

 “Many of the fibroid and endometriosis patients I see in my medical practice complain of major stress along with their physical symptoms.” She goes on to say that “Growth in the size of fibroid tumours is also seen during times of stress.”  Susan M Lark, M.D.

Debbie Shapiro in her book ‘Your Body Speaks Your Mind’ connects fibroids to feelings of shame, guilt, conflict or hurt concerned with all aspects of nurturing. Perhaps we feel uncared for. We may be fearing change and want to keep everything as it is.

Leslie Kenton links fibroids to frustrated creative energy. She says they can represent

“hard, immovable anger or deep frustration”.

Christiane Northrup, MD, (Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom) and Caroline Myss, PhD, feel that fibroid tumours represent a woman’s unborn or suppressed “creativity” that accumulates through life and relationships.

Hypnotherapy helped me enormously as it helps relieve pain, accesses the unconscious mind and any deep seated beliefs, plus the total relaxation that comes from hypnotherapy will help with any stress.

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