Hey There! It’s Angie! When I was diagnosed with fibroids, I wanted to know as much as possible, as soon as possible. I wished that there was a simple outline of basic information about fibroids, as well as my immediate options that I could access without having to browse through a thousand web pages, most of which are not even relevant to the Kenyan contest. I hope these summary pieces do help you, the reader get an overview of what it means to have fibroids, and what you, or someone you care about can do.
This is the best illustration of the different types of fibroids that I have so far. For further research, you can click on the link above and learn more.
Intramural fibroids>>> are the most common types of fibroids, and they grow in the wall of the uterus.
Subserosal Fibroids>>> grow on the outside wall of the Uterus. These, as they grow larger, one can actually feel them. If you feel a hard mass pressing against your bladder, you need to go for a checkup as soon as possible.
Submucosal Fibroids >>>grow almost to the surface of the uterine lining. These have an ability to crowd the cavity of your uterus and usually cause heavy menstrual bleeding and potentially, anemia if not managed.
Pedunculated Fibroids>>> are not that common. They grow on small stalks, outside or inside the womb.
In case you are wondering, yes, it is possible to have more than one type of Fibroid.
How Fibroids are diagnosed;
In my case, when I went to see my doctor, she first used her hands to examine my abdomen, and once she could feel the mass herself, she sent me for an ultra sound. They did an external ultrasound at first, and then a Transvaginal ultrasound (inside the vagina), to confirm that there wasn’t any fibroids growing inside the uterus.
Brooke* did an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), which in my opinion is much better because you get to have that full body examination, and any other conditions you might have may be captured then. If you have a good Medical Insurance (even NHIF) or Kshs. 10,000-15,000 at hand, you’ll want to just go the MRI way.
X-ray- Use of electromagnetic energy to produce images of bones and internal organs on film.
*These are not all diagnostic methods for fibroids, but they are currently the most common used by hospitals in Kenya. You can look up more ways here http://obgyn.ucla.edu/fibroids or, even better, consult your trusted medical practitioner for options.
Now, am certain that all diagnosis are based at the hospital, but after a lot of research I have realized that the solutions are not entirely clinical. Here are the options that you may need to consider after your diagnosis.
If you just had a fibroid diagnosis, chances are that you are experiencing some or all of the symptoms shared previously. Your options will depend a lot on your symptoms, and how they are affecting your life.
Painful menstrual periods; The best way, as documented by most researchers for managing painful periods, even for women without fibroids is physical activity. You can choose to exercise, even at home for at least 30 minutes a day, or fill your day with activity; walk around the office more often, join a group of friends in a sporty activity, or even take long walks before or after school/work. The options here depend on your schedule.
Taking pain relieving medicine is fine as well, but not as effective as exercise. (Trust me on this one!)
Surgical Treatment for Fibroids
Doctors can do various procedures to rid you of the fibroids:
- Hysterectomy; Surgical removal of your entire uterus (suitable for women who do not desire to have children). You will definitely need to be okay with losing your uterus for good.
- Myomectomy; Surgical removal of just your fibroids. This procedure is suitable for women who still want to conceive. However, further investigations into your lifestyle need to be done, in order to prevent recurrence of the fibroids, since the procedure does not take care of the root cause of fibroid growth.
- Embolization; this procedure is extremely uncommon in Kenya. Discovered in 1975, the procedure involves cutting off blood supply to the fibroids, causing them to shrink, without having to undergo a hysterectomy or a myomectomy. Research doesn’t clearly state if this procedure is safe enough to allow women to conceive and have a normal pregnancy. For more information… fibroids.com
There are other holistic (characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease.) approaches to managing and/or treating fibroids. For the average Kenyan, managing your diet, and incorporating exercise and physical activities in your LIFE is very, very important, whether you have gone through the surgery or not. Some links on this are listed below;
That is all for today,we hope that was quite informational and will help someone out and save them a lot of time on research .We Care! ❤
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