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Hi, I'm 48 yo, have endometriosis, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, pre-menopausal. CA 125 was around 200's then 159 the last one was 210 any concerns?

Hi, I'm 48 yo, have endometriosis, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, pre-menopausal. CA 125 was around 200's then 159 the last one was 210 any concerns?

Likely, no: CA 125 is not recommended as a screening tool for ovarian cancer when used in risk-based stratification. Meaning, assuming that your mom or sister didn't get diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Normal for women with endometriosis to have elevated CA-125. It sounds like your doctor has done Ultrasound to evaluate ovaries as well. Your MD knows your history and risk, likely this CA-125 level is normal ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Fibroids (Definition)

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


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Does endometriosis cause fibroids?

Does endometriosis cause fibroids?

No: These are completely different entities. Both may cause infertility and pain and irregular periods, but there is no relationship between these 2. ...Read more

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How is endometriosis diagnosed? How do I tell if my symptoms are caused by that or by fibroids? What are treatment options for both?

How is endometriosis diagnosed? How do I tell if my symptoms are caused by that or by fibroids? What are treatment options for both?

Surgery: While an elevates ca 125 can be suggestive of endo only surgery can diagnose it. Treatment options include surgery for both. Multiple medical options exist for endometriosis. Since women with endo have a higher risk of ovarian cancer knowing the diagnosis can be helpful long term. ...Read more

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Severe Round ligament pain for 3months. not pregnant. Ultra sound yesterday showed fibroids. Can fibroids cause RLP? Maybe endometriosis ?

Yes: Fibroids can even involve the round ligament, although more likely to have exophytic fibroids growing away from uterus on the side of your pain. MRI shows fibroids to much better detail than ultrasound. Fibroid-related pain is typically worse right before or during menses. Consider consultation with experienced Interventional Radiologist who could discuss whether or not you're a candidate for UFE. ...Read more

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49 yrs f, MRI & ultrasound show 2 small fibroids & cervical polyp. Dr. Sez hvy pain bleeding is caused by hormone flux . Could it b endometriosis ?

49 yrs f, MRI & ultrasound show 2 small fibroids & cervical polyp. Dr. Sez  hvy pain bleeding is caused by hormone flux . Could it b endometriosis ?

Can be from hormones: As a woman gets older, the hormone regulation gets out of balance, and can cause these things. This can influence endometrium growth, and thus result in relative endometriosis, and heavy periods. But this should be limited to your cycle. It is when/if you have spotting and discharge between periods that is more cause for concern, as this is the kind that is more associated with abnormal issues. ...Read more

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I've had 2 children, 1 surgery to remove uterine fibroids and endometriosis. I started spotting today, why does pms/mensus cause nausea?

I've had 2 children, 1 surgery to remove uterine fibroids and endometriosis. I started spotting today, why does pms/mensus cause nausea?

Hormones: There is a rise in hormones called prostaglandins before and during your period, Prostaglandins help stimulate the uterus to shed its lining. Thus, they can cause menstrual cramps. They can also stimulate bowel contractions (peristalsis) which, in some women, can cause nausea. Menstrual cramps may cause further nausea due to the nervous system's response to pain. ...Read more

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Can fibroids and/or endometriosis cause hormone fluctuations? Breast pain and swelling, abdominal pain and swelling, not pregnant.

Hormones screwed up: The out of balance hormones cause the other problems and are first . The underlying problem may be toxins the are causing the entire set of problems. ...Read more

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Is endometriosis same as fibroids ?

Is endometriosis same as fibroids ?

No: Fibroids are solid rumors of the uterus. Endometriosis is when the lining of the uterus is outside the uterus somewhere in your body. ...Read more

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What are the difference in symptoms between endometriosis and fibroids?

What are the difference in symptoms between endometriosis and fibroids?

Complicated: This is a complicated question to answer, but I'll give you some ideas. Fibroids are muscle tumors (benign) and when they are small, so long as they are not invading the lining of the uterus, typically don't cause any symptoms. As they grow they cause pain and pressure. If they invade the lining (even a little) they can cause bleeding abnormalities. Endo causes pain, cramping, irregular bleeding. ...Read more

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I was discover fibroids do I need surgery for it? And my endometriosis measures 0.67cm is that bad?

I was discover fibroids do I need surgery for it? And my endometriosis measures 0.67cm is that bad?

These are good ?s: These are good things to discuss w/ the Dr who did the workup. They need to complete their exam andtesting with a solid feedback session that offers you explanation of findings and recommendations for treatment. They need to tell you alternatives too and pros and cons. That's the only good source of what you seek. Best! ...Read more

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On Dec. 9th I got a biopsy done to see if I had endometriosis and it was benign and I have a fibroid that's 6cm. A week later on Dec. 16th I started my cycle which usually last 5 days but now for the first time my cycle has been on for 13 days. Is this no

On Dec. 9th I got a biopsy done to see if I had endometriosis and it was benign and I have a fibroid that's 6cm. A week later on Dec. 16th I started my cycle which usually last 5 days but now for the first time my cycle has been on for 13 days. Is this no

Biopsy: If you had an endometrial biopsy, the biopsy itself could increase your bleeding. Also, depending on the location of your fibroid, it could also increased or irregular bleeding. I recommend keeping a menstrual diary and then sharing it with your health-care-provider after 3 to 6 months. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap! ...Read more

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What is the difference between endometriosis and fibroids ? And how can I get rid of them?

What is the difference between endometriosis and fibroids ?  And how can I get rid of them?

Fibroids: Fibroids a over growth of mucule within uterine wall. Endometriosis is abnormal collection of uterine lining tissue outside uterus. As to treatment will need to discuss with gynecologist. Multiple surgical and hormonal manipulation. All have risks and benefits. ...Read more

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I have severe endometriosis and I just had surgery to take some fibroids out they want to give me medication to make me go through menopause im 32

Temporary: The medicine will not truly put you in menopause, it is temporary and completely reversible when you stop the drug. The med is for pain mangement; if you don't want to use it, talk with your docotr. ...Read more

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Would endometriosis or fibroids be found during a colposcopy and biopsy?

Would endometriosis or fibroids be found during a colposcopy and biopsy?

No: A colposcopy is for evaluating the cervix and vagina for abnormal appearing areas that could be dysplasia (pre-cancer cells), typically done after an abnormal Pap smear. ...Read more

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I was told that I have uterine fibroids and endometriosis. Does this happen frequently?

I was told that I have uterine fibroids and endometriosis. Does this happen frequently?

Not that rare: Although most of the time these two conditions occur in isolation, most gynecologists have encountered patients with both fibroids and endometriosis. Some patients have lousy luck! ...Read more

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I have to get laparoscopic surgery done to removed endometriosis and fibroids, how painful will it be? Recovery

I have to get laparoscopic surgery done to removed endometriosis and fibroids, how painful  will it be? Recovery

Its hard to say: Everyone's pain tolerance is different. Typical recovery from laparoscopic surgery is about 2 weeks. Assuming no complications. Talk to your doctor about pain medication usually prescribed after surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Fibroid (Definition)

A leiomyomata(fibroid) is a smooth muscle growth in the uterus that is rubbery, binds the female hormone estrogen and can grow to "epic" proportions causing distortion of the uterus. They cause bleeding, and burning pain( aka "fireball tumor") as ...Read more


Dr. Michael Traub
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Endometriosis (Definition)

An abnormal condition where the lining tissue of the uterus, is located outside the uterus. The displaced tissue, just like the tissue lining the uterus, bleeds during each menstrual cycle. Endometriosis can be very painful, and can result ...Read more