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May 12, 2017 · questions about uterine fibroids. in Women's Health

@shuaishuaiforxiuqin, Please check with a variety of gynecologists regarding fibroids. Interestingly, their advice depends on their personal stance on surgery. In response to question 2, there is the Myomectomy to remove the fibroids without removing the uterus. A friend said her fibroids returned, so this is not a guarantee for everyone. Some women have hysterectomies and their internal organs shift because the uterus is missing.

In response to question 3, here is my experience.

GYN #1: An Asian male was very obsessed with the Davinci surgery for hysterectomies. His eyes lit up as he described how the robot worked. He said it was a great piece of machinery and his plan was to become the leading expert. I told him I did not want surgery. He became upset and told me my life was at risk, the fibroids would damage my kidney and I would end up on dialysis if I did not schedule the surgery. His warning of dialysis terrified me and I left his office crying.
GYN #2: He was in disbelief when I told him what #1 said. He said #1 was wrong to try to bully a patient into surgery by instilling fear. He said I would not die or end up on dialysis, but I should consider surgery.
GYN #3: He was very honest. He said his practice was successful, so he did not need to perform surgeries for money or status. He did not see any reason for me to have surgery. He suggested complementary alternative medicines, depo-provera shots, or birth control pills to control excessive bleeding.

May 8, 2017 · Digestive Health issues or Women Health issues? in Digestive Health

Thank you, @jamienolson. Yes, I have constipation. I will review the conversation at the link you provided.

Apr 30, 2017 · Digestive Health issues or Women Health issues? in Digestive Health

@muffincat, Thank you for the information. I have wondered if exercise causes something inside to shift. I might be an odd case that needs a ‘think outside the box’ type of doctor.

Apr 30, 2017 · Digestive Health issues or Women Health issues? in Digestive Health

Hello Teresa,
Thank you for the information. I will reinstate my journal of daily food intake, activities and sleep habits.

Apr 28, 2017 · Digestive Health issues or Women Health issues? in Digestive Health

I am 53-year-old Black woman Dx w/ Graves Disease (hyPERthyroidism) in 1999. I was Dx w/ uterine fibroids around a year before or the same year. A few years ago I was Dx w/ hyPOthyroidism. I’ve always been slim, but over the past 5 or 6 years, my belly has continuously expanded. My belly is larger than it was at the end of my eighth month of pregnancy many moons ago. My menstrual stopped and menopause started approximately 8 years ago. I have had numerous of abdominal ultrasounds and even a couple of uterine ultrasounds. I’ve had an MRI, an upper gastrointestinal series, x-rays, and I think I had an endoscopy and colonoscopy.

NOTE: My maternal family members tend to have large stomachs, so I think heredity, menopause, and thyroid issues could be contributing to my condition.

When I exercise, my belly gets larger and I experience pain and discomfort in my low right back and right side. Sometimes I try liquid diets, no carbs, no sugar and other tricks. I have lost weight in my arms, legs, and buttocks, but exercise and diet do nothing to decrease my waist. This convinces me that something is wrong. My butt and hips are small and I can wear a size 4 – 7 in pants, but I can’t because my waist is too large. Pants that fit my belly do not fit my butt and hips. I try to buy elastic waist palazzo pants whenever possible. Every so often, I find stretchy jeans or wear leggings. I have to buy X-large blouses and sweaters to accommodate my large belly. Embarrassingly, it is becoming more difficult to camouflage my belly as it protrudes from tighter fitting tops. If I zip, button or tie belts on my coats, I look like a pregnant woman.

Sometimes the bloating is so bad, I can barely move, pants won’t fit, and it’s difficult to eat. Even though I may be hungry and haven’t eaten, I feel extremely full. The extended belly puts pressure on my chest and I suffer from acid reflux and constipation. I can fix constipation when I overdo it on fiber with nuts, fruit, veggies, and lots of water. I can’t do this regularly because I feel too full to have nuts, fruits and water in addition to meals. Sometimes I have a difficult time swallowing water because I feel too full. On other occasions, I am starving and can eat a horse because it feels like I have plenty of room in my belly. I really feel doctors are missing something critical despite all of the tests I have had. I continuously complain and some insensitive and incompetent doctors dismiss my serious symptoms by saying, “women your age gain weight in the stomach, so exercise more.”

What are possible diseases or disorders I could be suffering from?
What specialist should I consider seeing and what tests should I request?
Are there any foods or drinks I could consume to help my condition?
PLEASE HELP!