In 2008, I was seen for lower back pain. My doctor ordered an MRI of the area. It came back that I had scoliosis and a large mass in my lower abdominal area. You can’t imagine what was running through my head. My doctor ordered an ultrasound of my uterus immediately. He called me the next day to tell me not to worry, the mass was a large fibroid.
I nearly ran to the computer to find that uterine fibroids are pretty common among women. They are tumors, but they are benign and usually slow growing. Mine are a little faster growing. Notice how I am now speaking in plural? Yes, I now have three rapid growing uterine fibroids.
Do Uterine Fibroids Cause Pain?
It’s hard for me to answer that question since I have severe scoliosis that causes back pain. I have pain during my periods and have heavy periods. My doctor has stated that it’s a pretty sure bet that the fibroids are causing at least some of my back pain as the largest (11.5cm) is resting near my spinal column.
What Treatment Options Do I Have for My Uterine Fibroids?
I checked out the Mayo Clinic to find out the options for uterine fibroids. Due to my history of lung issues, a major surgery like a hysterectomy is out of the question. My gynecologist suggested a “relatively easy” procedure known as embolization of fibroids.
Note to all male gynecologists: Never use the word “easy” when describing a procedure dealing with any female-only body part.
I ran to the computer again to look up this procedure. It involves an overnight stay in the hospital and some follow-up pain, enough pain to have me hooked up to a pain pump for 24 hours following the procedure.
What Is Embolization of Fibroids?
The embolization process is when a radiologist goes in through the femural artery and guides a tube to the fibroids dropping tiny pieces of plastic into the veins feeding the fibroids. The procedure itself does not take very long. It does not dissolve or remove the fibroids, but it usually shrinks them to nearly half their original size.
I’ve gone ahead and scheduled the fibroid embolization for next week. I know I need to do something to shrink these things. I wish there were a more permanent solution to my problem, but this is better than letting them grow inside me. Hopefully this will help to reduce my period and back pain too.