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Oct 9, 2011 · Uterine Fibroids in Women's Health

I’m 52 years old (peri-menopausal) and have had very heavy and painful periods for a few years now. 500mg of Naproxen were my only relief, but it only worked if I took that at the initial onset of the cramps.

The ultrasound and MRI showed four sizeable fibroid tumors and a few smaller ones with the largest one invading up to 1/2 the area of my bladder, compressing it and causing even more issues. I had constant pressure in my abdominal area and visible bloating from the tumors (my stomach was actually lop-sided).

I just had Uterine Fibroid Embolization 4 days ago and so far, I’m very pleased with my recovery! I was put into a twilight state and I don’t remember much about the procedure at all, which took about 1 1/2 hours.

The only thing I regret is choosing to go home that same day. Even though I had someone staying with me 24/7 for the first 2 days, I should have stayed overnight following the procedure which would have allowed pain management to be administered intravenously. Instead, once I got home, any time I took my meds orally, I vomitted within 15 – 20 minutes so I basically had zero relief from the pain for the first 8 hours.

Once I got the meds to stay down, everything changed and my recovery has been very easy! I am now taking minimal pain meds and feel great with only occasional and minor cramping. I’ll stay down to rest another day and only because I work from home, I’ll get back to work tomorrow but will take it easy for the first 3-4 days.

This appears to be an excellent alternative to a hysterectomy which requires a 6-8 week recovery and is much more painful. The doctor is very optomistic with how well the procedure went and I’m confident I’ll get a lot of relief from this procedure. I’ll repost in a few months with my progress.