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fibroids after menopause

I'm 59 years old and have had fiborids for a long time including pendulated (on a stalk). I've been suffering for over a year with terrible gas,cramps and pressure on the rectum. No weight loss/gain, bleeeding or other symptoms. I feel miserable most of the time. I've been to the gastroenterologist, have 2 colonoscopies, tests for lactose intolerance, celiac disease, blood work ect. The discomfort is below my belly button , not in a specific area. Since I have these fibroids my gastro doc thinks it may be the fibroidsl Ive have 2 opinions frm gynecologists. One says it is not the fibroids, the other thinks it maybe and that a hysterectomy may alleviate my symptoms but gives no guarantees.

I hate the thought of unneccesary surgery but I am miserable on a daily basis.

Any advice/opinions out there?
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replied March 20th, 2009
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Having gone through so much of this pain myself, I would lean towards the Hysterectomy...I never realized until I recovered from this surgery, how badly that I needed it...When you learn to live with pain, it kind of becomes an every day thing...Then you have your problem taken care of and wake up feeling good...It is then that you realize how great life it...

I hope you are feeling better.

Regards,
Caroline
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replied March 23rd, 2009
Thanks for the Reply!
Did you have the hystercomy after menapause? Did you find anything to make you feel better while you were waiting to have it?
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replied March 23rd, 2009
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I had the Hysterectomy because of the terrible fibroids...This was at 47 and I don't think I had any signs of menopause yet....All I knew was that I was just about bleeding to death each month....Sometimes didn't even go a month between periods so I could have started already...I was terribly anemic....Immediately after the surgery I started to improve...

Before the surgery they filled me with iron pills and some iron rich food....It was pretty fast after the tests were done....

Caroline
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