Uterine Fibroids – A Chronic, Painful Condition. But Treatable!

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Uterine fibroids are a pain – literally. I’ve had them for my entire life, and they are no joke. These benign (non-cancerous) growths in the uterus can be extremely painful, and they can last for years or for life. But wit all of that pain, there is some hope. Although uterine fibroids may make you feel like you’re dying, they are not deadly, and they are also treatable.

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Uterine Fibroids – My Story

Uterine fibroids have plagued me for my entire life, starting back from almost my first period. Ever since I was a young woman, I’ve dealt with chronic, intense pain in my abdomen from my fibroids. It’s a searing, burning, cramping pain that consumes my entire mid-section from my stomach all the way into my back. It’s so bad. On a good day, it can be just a dull ache, but when my period hits, it’s like a wildfire coupled with knives in my uterus and back. Even the lack of menstruation because of my pregnancy hasn’t helped to relieve the pain all that much. I still have days when my belly feels like it’s on fire, and I’m not alone.

Every year, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with uterine fibroids. That’s right, this common disorders strikes almost a quarter of a million women every year, and it usually takes a while before it’s diagnosed. Take my case, for example. For years, I thought I just had really bad periods and an “angry” uterus. It wasn’t until I went in for a checkup and mentioned it to my doctor that I started down the path of diagnosis. He did blood work and then imaging of my abdominal area, and fairly quickly he determined that I had uterine fibroids. I was so happy to receive a diagnosis, but unhappy to hear that it was a chronic condition.

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Uterine Fibroids are Treatable

Don’t lose hope! Uterine fibroids are treatable! These growths don’t have to rule our lives. What most women don’t know is that there is a treatment option for uterine fibroids without the need for hormone therapy or having surgery. This procedure is called UFE or Uterine Fibroid Embolization, which offers a less invasive procedure while successfully treating fibroids. The process works by blocking the flow of blood to the uterine fibroids, thus depriving these growths of oxygen and nutrients that help it grow. The procedure lasts less than one hour and doesn’t require an extended hospital stay.

The ❝ Don’t lose your U ❞ campaign aims to empower women and help them take charge of their situation by educating them on all treatment options available. The best thing to do is to make a list of any symptoms you’re having before seeing a doctor. Remember, no detail is too small! Every piece of information can help. So make sure to take note of everything, even if you don’t think they’re related.

Don’t Let Uterine Fibroids Destroy Your Life

Uterine fibroids may be non-cancerous, but they can still severely impact your quality of life. Don’t let them! If you have an “angry uterus” like I thought I had, go see a doctor and ask if they can evaluate you for possible fibroids. Once you have a diagnosis, you’re one step closer to treating this painful, chronic condition.

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Comments

  • candy

    I have heard of this condition but really never knew much about what caused it or how to treat the condition. Learned tons and great you are spreading the word about this for more women to become aware.

  • Kitty

    Uterine Fibroid is something new to me … never heard of this condition before I read this post. Those who are suffering from it should definitely seek help. Thanks for sharing

  • Mummy Times Two

    I’m so glad that you sought the help you needed, being pain really isn’t good.

  • Gemma

    oh my gosh, I’ve never heard of this condition before – really useful to know about all the symptoms

  • Stephany Bissonette

    I suffer from uterine fibroids as well as ovarian cysts. Unfortunately I needed surgical treatment, but I love that there are other successful treatment options for women….there is hope!

  • Olivia

    I’ve never heard of this condition, however this post is amazing for sharing awareness, go you!

  • Patrick

    I have read about this condition and I do feel really bad for you. But on the other hand you are having yourself checked out me. Uterine issues are often overlooked by too many women. I’ll be sharing this on my FB page as well.

  • Sharon S. Lopez

    It’s the first time that I heard about this kind of condition. I am glad that you were able to recover from it. Sharing this article will certainly help those who might be in the same situation.

  • FLAVOUR Seeker

    Thanks for the post, I had no idea how prevalent this condition was – or how painful. I hope your post helps others to reach a diagnosis.

  • Anosa

    I used to and mostly still do have the most painful periods ever, I was checked and found that I don’t have fibroids just a pissed off uterus lol. But this is truly informative

  • Ashvin

    I have never heard of this condition but this is really helpful! I do need to research a bit more and a bit more about it! 200,000 women affected is a lot!

  • Dina Demarest

    That sounds so painful. I had an ectopic pregnancy but man. I hope they’re able to help the people out who have this condition soon.

  • Beautiful Touches

    I’m very familiar with this condition, although thankfully, I’ve never suffered from it. I so empathize with those that do. You have posted a lot of great information, and I hope that it helps those who have to deal with this in their lives.

  • Laura

    i’ve known people who’s suffer from this condition. Hopefully this treatment is the way forward.

  • Jillian Schleger

    I agree that there are some conditions that Women should be made aware of. It’s so important to have an open communication with your Medical Professional.

  • Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    Thanks for bringing awareness to this very important issue affecting women all over the nation. I have a friend who dealt with this and it was very painful.

  • Tim B

    You learn something new everyday. Something I’d never heard about before but important for people to be aware of.

  • Deborah

    First of all, I’m happy for you that you got a diagnosis. I have no idea of the pain you must have felt but your post gave me lots of insight! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jocelyn

    Thank you for sharing your story. I often wonder how many people go untreated for certain conditions because we think it’s ‘normal’ pain.

  • Lauretta at Home and Horizon

    We should spread awareness that this is treatable. We should not waste our lives living in pain thinking that there’s no cure. Positive disposition is the first step.

  • Ami Rose

    I’ve never heard of this condition before so this was a really informative post for me. I’m glad you’re getting the help you need.

    Ami xxx

  • Jeanine

    Thanks for sharing your story. I had never really heard of these before, and I am really glad to now be informed. Also glad they are treatable!

  • Anonymous

    We are so lucky to live in this day and age of the internet where awareness on topics like fibroids can be spread, doubts can be clarified and treatment options talked about.

  • Viveena Rodrigues

    So glad to live in this day and age where the Internet proves resourceful to spread awareness on topics such as fibroids and treatments available. Good going.

  • Milton Goh

    Ouch that sounds really painful! Good thing there is a treatment available for this terrible condition! Wishing you a full recovery from uterine fibroids!

  • Mrs. Jilly Spellman

    I am so sorry you have to go through this. I am glad that you are educated in Uterine fibroids so you can handle it in the best way possible.

  • Marlene Wetch

    I have never had the Fibroids, I do occasionally get ovarian cysts which as so very painful as well. I am glad to hear that you are finding normalcy with your diagnosis

  • Kimberly C.

    My sister in law has the same problem and it made me realize how serious and debilitating fibroids can be. She sometimes won’t leave the house because of this condition. Thanks for bringing more light to this.

  • Jessica @ Citrus & Delicious

    Uterine fibroids sound absolutely awful, and I’m sorry you had/have to deal with them! Thank you for shedding some light on this subject – I didn’t really know a ton about it before reading here!

  • Amila

    I have some friends who got fibroid but they could totally overcome it.Thanks for such awareness.I learned many things from this post!

  • David Elliott

    Thanks for all of the information about this condition. I had never heard of it before. But I can imagine how painful it could be. I am sure this can be helpful to so many different people.

  • Gideon

    Good to know that this Uterine Fibroids is treatable but so painful to know that you have been suffering from this for so long, my prayer is that God Almighty in his infinite mercy heals you completely.

  • Rebecca Swenor

    This is awesome information on uterine fibroids. It is something we all should know about especially if we have some symptoms. Stories like this one can help so many woman and knowing there is something that can be do to relieve the pain is amazing. Thanks for sharing the information and your story.

  • Rain

    i have family members that suffer from this. I’m glad that women’s health is becoming a topic of conversation. Far too often we suffer in silence.

  • ohmummymia

    I’ve never heard about that condition before but it sounds really painful

  • eazynazy

    omg, i never knew bout fibroid.This is really scary. Thanks for sharing this with us and letting us know what a Uterine Fibroid is .

  • Angela Milnes

    I have not heard of this condition but imagine is is a difficult one to live with. I have polycystic ovaries which are not the same but similar and it’s not fun!

  • Diana Ajih

    I first heard about this condition in one of my science classes in college and then I later learned that my friend’s mom suffers from it. Very informative post. Thanks so much for sharing this info and spreading awareness.

  • Nina

    Wow that’s crazy that every hour 200,000 women are diagnosed! I’m glad, though, that there are ways to live with it.

  • Jasmine Eclipse

    You poor thing! I feel silly complaining about cramps now! I’ve never heard about this, but it sounds awful! I’m so sorry to hear that you suffer from it!

  • Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    It’s my first tie to hear about uterine fibroids. I am so glad to know that it is treatable and women doesn’t have to suffer from it.