What You Need to Know About Degenerating Fibroids
- Created: March 8, 2016
- by: Leah Johnson
You have around a 30 percent chance of cultivating a degenerating fibroid in your body if you are a woman over the age of 30. Here are some of the facts that you need to know about this condition so that you can return to form as quickly as possible.
What are the Symptoms That I Need to Look For?
Degenerating fibroids most often show themselves in the body as a pain in the pelvis, although some fibroids may be completely asymptomatic. It is important for women to receive full check ups once a year, especially after age 30, in order to eliminate the chance that a fibroid may become a huge problem later on. Symptoms may also include urinary incontinence and a constant pressure around the pelvic area as well. During pregnancy, women may also experience a fever, bleeding, and a rise in white blood cell generation.
How Can I Deal With the Symptoms of a Degenerating Fibroid?
Although you should immediately see a doctor, there are some actions that you can take at home if you suspect a fibroid to be the root of your problems. Over the counter pain medication can act as a temporary relief, as a fibroid can cause pain for weeks at a time. Using a heating pad on the stomach area is also a comfort to many people who are suffering from a degenerating fibroid. However, a fibroid may require surgery to remove, and only a qualified medical professional will be able to tell you this. Never substitute any of the above remedies for a more substantive procedure if one should become necessary.
Do All Fibroids Require Surgery?
Thankfully, most degenerating fibroids do not require a surgical procedure or removal at all. Fibroids that are known as “silent and stable” simply need to be placed under the careful observation of a medical professional. The size and the acceleration of growth are important factors in determining whether a fibroid problem is serious, and ultrasound technology is a great way to monitor the situation. Fibroids have been known to cause other conditions such as pulmonary embolisms and other conditions that could be serious and fatal, so under no circumstances should even a silent fibroid ever be ignored.
What Therapy May Become Necessary for the Treatment of a Fibroid?
If a fibroid causes excessive bleeding, then hormone therapy may be required. Provera is an example of a progesterone that can help in this situation. Depo-Provera is a long acting form of the same drug for fibroids that have leaked into the cavity of the uterus. If a fibroid becomes excessively large, then a drug therapy treatment known as a “GnRH agonist” option may be used for temporary relief in order to avoid having a surgery. Synarel and Lupron are drugs that may be used to shrink a fibroid in order to avoid having a surgical procedure during a pregnancy; however, these fibroids will likely require a surgical removal.