MY FIBROIDS STORY

Nearly all women have uterine fibroids. As many as 80% of the total population of women worldwide have these non-cancerous uterine tumors by age 50. For years doctors had no idea or knew very little about fibroids and how to treat them. The lack of sufficient knowledge on this subject resulted in frequent (mostly unnecessary) Hysterectomies. Majority of the cases go unnoticed and therefore untreated.


Uterine fibroids in some cases doesn’t cause any symptoms and that’s totally fine and the lucky women should actually assemble all their ancestors The Almighty ,The Son and The Holy spirit and thank them for that. For the rest of us that ain’t so lucky, most of the symptoms that we have are actually caused by fibroids , a related issue or the side effects of the medication.


I didn’t have any pain until about five years ago. It was on the first day of my period and I found myself doubled in pain. I couldn’t even bend to pick up something from the ground. I thought my appendix was going to rupture. I was taken to the hospital by a friend because I had no idea what was going on. However I was only given an IV injection for the pain and the doctor ,just like myself assumed it was only period cramps. I suffered from intense ,throbbing pain every other period afterwards. Sometimes the pain is excruciating and other times it’S manageable. But it’s never a no-pain period.


For the longest time, I think it’s since my very first period , I have only ever known my period flow as HEAVY. Other than the pain,the bleeding irked me the most. One time , I soiled my clothes and my desk and everyone in my class bullyied me to near suicide. My aunt Grace who was also in my class gave me her sweater. I tied it across my waist and made my way to the dormitory to change. The rest of the class talked and laughed about it for the rest of the year.


In Highschool, things got worse. I would use super plus size MAXI sanitary towels and would need to change them every hour. I had a period that seemed like it never ended. The 4-day period seemed like a myth to me. Every other month, during my period ,I would end up in the dispensary because of the pain. I would also need to skip classes because I would be so tired,the pain was uncomfortable and the heavy flow would keep me going back for the pads anyway . I however knew nothing about fibroids at the time so I didn’t associate it with anything wrong.


Fast-forward to one year after my major pain episode that was passed off as period cramps, my mother suggested that I see a gynaecologist just incase my symptoms were gynaecological .Turns out, as always, She was right. I had an ultrasound at the hospital which revealed Multiple Fibroids with the largest being 7 cm but he said they were not significant enough to warrant surgery.


My doctor prescribed birth control pills to regulate the hormones. While other women haven’t had issues with the pill, it hasn’t been my cup of tea. It’s frustrating to think that most doctors’ solution to this issue is birth control without telling us the possible side effects.


Along with the terrible birth control pills came another horrible idea.My doctor decided to prescribe another hormonal drug GOSERELIN sold under a brand name ZOLADEX but he chose to inject triple the dose at once. I can’t explain the intensity of the side effects that I had for the entire 3 months and 2 more bonus years . Acne, bloating,headaches,insomnia,moodswings,pelvic pain ,nausea,back pain,leg cramps,abdominal pain, weight gain,constipation,high blood sugar and even depression. Following the terrible and unexplainable side effects ,I got frustrated and switched doctors.


My new doctor recommended new blood tests to test my hormonal levels and thyroid function.I had more ultrasounds and the fibroids had rapidly grown . I also had multiple ovarian cysts. At this point, I was getting excessively bloated . My gynae told me the fibroids were making my uterus the size of a five-month-pregnant woman’s. It took a toll on my self esteem as I have had to wear buggy clothes and sweatpants most times since. My new doctor suggested Metformin for the blood sugar and Inositol for the PCOS. He however recommended the removal of the fibroids as they have been causing havoc lately. I’m currently booked for a MYOMECTOMY. (I’ll tell you how it goes)


Sometimes we silently suffer in pain. Other times we are too embarassed to talk about our symptoms because we don’t understand what our symptoms could be. If you’re anything like me you will get heavy periods, painful periods,frequent urination or inability to empty your bladder,low energy levels and severe abdominal cramps ,I want you to know that there’s help available for you. Don’t settle with the pain.
Love,
Mo.

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