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Are Fibroids Palpable
Fibroids vary a lot: Uterine fibroids are benign muscle growths in the uterus. They tend to grow until a woman reaches menopause, at which tine they begin to shrink. Some fibroids can be so large as to mimic a 5-month pregnancy! others are small enough to be seen only on ultrasound, and cannot be felt by the examiner. If you believe you are feeling a fibroid, please get an exam to be sure of your findings. Lgromkomd. ...Read more
Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. 1 of every 3 women of child-bearing age have these tumors and up to 80% of african-american women have fibroids. They are often asymptomatic but they can also cause significant symptoms. It is the most common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Pelvic pain and increased urinary frequency ...Read more
Can be: Feeling a fibroid depends on its size and location and not whether or not your bladder is full. To be felt the fibroid has to be big enough and be located in the front part of the uterus. Because the bladder is located in front of the uterus, these fibroids will often compress the bladder to cause increase urinary frequency and nocturia (waking up at night to urinate). ...Read more
Dying fibroid: When a fibroid outgrows its blood supply, areas of it can die off. This event can be very painful to a patient, even causing her to go to the Emergency Room. For degenerating fibroid (s) on the right side, this can even simulate appendicitis. Degenerating fibroids often eventually calcify which can be detected on pelvic imaging (exs. X-ray, CT scan, ultrasound). ...Read more
Not enough info: Fibroids are very common benign tumors. They are found in a woman's uterus and can be discovered during a routine pelvic exam or pelvic ultrasound. If there are no symptoms (exs. Heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, increased urinary frequency) no treatment is necessary unless it is determined that the fibroid is preventing a fertility patient from getting pregnant or causing her to miscarry. ...Read more
Not necessarily.: Many, many women have fibroids as they get older. Most don't even know they have them. If you are having symptoms due to them, like heavy periods, etc., then they may be worth treating. Discuss your options with your doctor. Very very rarely, a fibroid can become cancerous. See http://womenshealth. Gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/uterine-fibroids. Html#g ...Read more
Large Fibroid: I'm not sure what your question is? This is a large fibroid the size of a baby's head. It can be removed by myomectomy without much difficulty. You are only 37 years old and it's to soon to remove your uterus unless you are finished with childbearing. Check out www. Chicagofibroid. Com for more information about fibroids. ...Read more
Uterine growths: Fibroids are benign growths of smooth muscle of the uterus. They are not precancerous, however, they can cause symptoms. Some symptoms of fibroids include abdominal pain and heavy vaginal bleeding. They can be treated with hormonal medications or surgery if they are extremely bothersome. ...Read more
Benign tumor: Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. They are benign and non-cancerous. They're often asymptomatic but can cause disabling symptoms in some women which will require treatment. Fibroids are particularly common in african-american women. Up to 80% of these women during childbearing years have fibroids. Fibroids tend to occur earlier, be larger, and more numerous in these women. ...Read more
Benign uterine tumor: Fibroids are growths, usually ball shaped, that are made of uterine muscle. To doctors, a tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue and does not necessarily mean cancer. Fibroids are benign, or non cancerous. They are more dense than normal uterine muscle and can cause pain, pressure, bladder or bowel symptoms, painful sex, and/or heavy, painful menstrual periods. ...Read more
Yes: Fibroids are benign tumors of the uterus made up of smooth muscle and fibrous tissue. They are hard and firm to the touch. When they are located in the front of the uterus they can be felt by the patient or the physician on physical exam. They can enlarge a woman's uterus like a pregnancy and its size is often compared in those terms. ...Read more
In the uterus: Fibroids are benign muscular growths that can occur in the wall of the uterus. They can occur on the inside of the wall, right in the middle, or on the outside. Commonly they cause no symptoms, but they can cause pain and/or bleeding, especially if they are large. ...Read more
Fibroids need to be treated only if you symptoms like heavy or irregular bleeding, pain, feeling a mass or fullness in your abdomen etc.
There are many ways of treating fibroids depending on your age, fertility issues and location of fibroids. Myomectomy, hystrectomy, possibly through laparoscope, uterine artey embolization and uterine ablations are commonly prescribed treatments.. ...Read more
Can: Uterine fibroid growth depends on several things, such as certain hormones, but also how hormones balance each other. Trauma can also affect fibroids as well as pregnacy. Usually fibroids have spurts of growth rather than constant growth. ...Read more
Can cause problems: Fibroids are non-cancerous growths of the muscular layer if the uterus. They are hormonally driven and can grow in size and cause problems for many women. They can cause pelvic pain, urinary symptoms, and constipation if a large enough size. They can also cause abnormal bleeding and heavy periods. ...Read more
Usually not: A uterine fibroid grows from the muscle tissue of the uterus. They are abnormal tumors, of course, but they are not cancer. If they are imbedded in the uterus, they can't move, but they can grow huge and push things around. Occasionally, a fibroid is on a stalk outside the uterus, or has attached to something else near the uterus... one might think these latter fibroids can "move" or have "moved". ...Read more
About half of women with fibroids have no symptoms.
The most common symptoms form fibroids is heavy menstrual bleeding - flow heavier and/or longer and often with clots.
If the fibroids enlarge the uterus it can push on other structures and cause urinary frequency, discomfort with sex, constipation, and/or back pain.
In some women fibroids can interfere with fertility. ...Read more