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Can Stress Cause Fibroids
Does diet affect fibroids? Is it possible to reduce the size by the foods we eat? Does stress cause them to grow?
Yes, yes and yes: Fibroids are a result of high estrogen levels. High estrogen can be caused by excessive carbohydrate intake (via competetive inhibition of glucoronidase enzyme) therefore a low carb diet is beneficial to reduce estrogen and help shrink fibroids. You may also have low iodine, thyroid problems, low progesterone. All of these things should be evaluated. All phytoestrogens should be avoided. ...Read more
Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more
Dx 5 months ago with three small fibroids, 2 of them subserosal and one being 1.3cm intramural with possible submucosal extension. Period is lasting longer than usual thismonth. Have had extra stress and worry this month could it cause longer period?
Yes: Yes it can as well as bleeding between periods. ...Read more
Can extreme stress cause spotting between periods? Abnormal bleed for 1 yr, t/v scan revealed '2cm degenrative fibroid' -could this be uterine cancer?
Yes, unlikely: Yes, extreme stress can cause spotting. Genetic studies have shown most uterine sarcoma (cancer) arise independently except very rare one. Even degenerative fibroid has different genetic pattern compared to uterine cancer. At your age, this is especially rare. Follow-up with your gynecologist for surveillance is however important. ...Read more
Can fibroid cysts and heavy periods cause dizziness, lightheadedness and loss of balance ekg, tilt table. Thyroid, and stress test all good?
Bleeding, anemia: Fibroids, also called leiomyomas are benign uterine tumors (not cysts) that can cause pain and heavy bleeding with your periods. If they are causing very heavy periods, this can lead to anemia and the dizziness, lightheadedness, etc you described. They are easily diagnosed with an ultrasound. See your ob/gyn for this. ...Read more
I have had spotting for almost a year. 2 CM fibroid shown in trans vag scan. Very stressed at work. Brown or red and not mid cycle. Hormone imbalance?
Spotting: These set of symptoms do point toward a hormone imbalance but the problem may be in hormones affected by your increased stress. You need to seek out someone who will do a thorough evalualtion on you including a detailed look at your hormones. Ideally this should include a look at your stress hormones as well. ...Read more
I have fibroids, dizziness, lightheadedness, no balance and chest pains. Ekg, stress, tilt table and thyroid good. Orange juice helps usually. Any idea?
Yes, both can: Complex cysts of the ovary and uterine fibroids can each cause pain. Pain from fibroids is often worse just before or during menses. This pain can be from the sheer size of the fibroids pressing on pelvic nerves to cause pain or due to heavy menstrual bleeding with the passage of clots through the cervix in to the vagina. ...Read more
Genetic: Fibroids are caused by a mutation in the cells that keep reproducing and from the tumors. They also grow in response to estrogen. Some fat turns into estrogen, so a good diet, exercise and normal BMI may help a lot. If your mother had fibroids, you probably will. Big ones need to be treated. If they don't both you, they probably aren't that big. Www. Drschapirointhenews. Com ...Read more
Uterine polyps: Fibroids are not a concern unless a fertility issue. 8 mm is small. Polyps can cause issues with fertility/bleeding and are removed if precancerous. If post menopausal polyps should be removed. 7 cm (not mm) is large. Larger polyp size does increase the risk of cancer. Discuss with your doctor management of the large polyp and whether hysteroscopy should be performed (small polyps are < 1 cm ...Read more
Dumb luck: Maybe a quarter of women of reproductive age have fibroids in the uterus that cause more or less trouble. There are a variety of ways to handle these nowadays, some letting you keep your uterus if that is your desire. ...Read more
Cause cancer, and approximately 40% of women have them. They don't have to be removed unless causing heavy bleeding or pressure/pain. However rare type called leiomyoma sarcoma, grow rapidly, and approximately are 1/1000 of fibroid affected patients.
Rapidly growing should be removed. ...Read more
Had 3 fibroids since 2006. Size stable, range 1.2 to 1.8cm. Two of them indent my endometrium, is it this that caused my endometrium thicken to 11mm?
Very likely but talk to your OB about the possibility of an endometrial biopsy to rule out anything abnormal
good luck. ...Read more
Will a 1.6 x 1.7cm fibroid in the anterior wall need treatment if it causes no problem. I bled for 10 weeks but for past 2 weeks nothing at all. Thnx?
Bleeding: Well, if you are bleeding for 10 weeks then you have a problem. I would wait to see if this is a recurrent problem. If not then don't worry. If you continue to have these prolonged periods then you will probably require some form of treatment. ...Read more
I have recently been diagonized with two fibroids 6 cm and 4 cm. I was told that this is the cause for a rectal pain that I have been suffering from for the past few months. Is there anything (apart from tablets) that can relieve the rectal pain?
Removal of fibroids: If the hypothesis that the fibroids cause the pain, because they are located on the posterior wall of the uterus, the only way to relieve the pain would be by removing the fibroids. ...Read more
They are not related: Fibroids are usually benign muscle tumors that are somewhat genetically controlled and can be found in members of families. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is also a genetic disorder but this is one where there is higher levels of male hormones, Insulin resistance, and abnormal ovulation. Despite the fact that these are both genetic in origin they are not related genetically as far as we know. ...Read more
Unlikely: Anyone can get a uterine fibroid, which is an overgrowth of muscle cells in the shape of a ball. Like moles on the skin, they come in different sizes/shapes; RARELY cancerous. You only need surgery if you have symptoms like pain/pressure/incontinence/bleeding/bloating. Size/location don't matter. Lupron (leuprolide) or embolization are ways to control w/out surgery. US follow up is very important. ...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