Fibroids Pain Symptoms
A recent study shows: about 20% to 80% of women develop fibroids by the time they reach age 50. Numerous conditions can cause pelvic pain and/or fibroid pain. Pelvic pain and back pain are symptoms of fibroids. Endometriosis adhesions, infection, the back disease could all be the source of pelvic discomfort. A trained fibroid specialist should recognize subtle differences which may signal another problem. This is why it’s vital to have regular checkups and a good working relationship with your doctor.
Fibroid Pain Symptoms Vary
Fibroid pain may be mild or extreme, constant or just occasional. It can flare up during sexual intercourse, bowel movements, exercise, or your period. Pain often radiates down the leg. Discomfort may also result when an enlarged uterus puts pressure on adjacent organs, such as the bladder or bowel. A specific type of fibroid, called ‘pedunculated’, grows on a stalk and causes severe pain if the stalk is twisted.
Fibroid Pain Relief
If your pain is, in fact, being caused by fibroids, there are several avenues of fibroid treatment options available. Hormone therapy for fibroids may slow bleeding, and possibly the growth of fibroids for a short period. Traditional surgeries for fibroids include:
More recently, fibroids can be addressed without surgical intervention.
- Uterine Artery Embolization, is a non-surgical approach which shrinks fibroids by blocking their blood supply. Unlike hysterectomy or myomectomy, no organs or tissue is removed. Embolized fibroids will not regrow as is often the case with myomectomy surgery.
Still, have questions? We can help.
If you are showing signs of fibroid symptoms and think you have fibroids, schedule an appointment for a professional diagnosis. One of our fibroid surgeons will talk to you about your symptoms and perform a pelvic exam. We may order further testing including an imaging procedure such as an ultrasound. If fibroids are diagnosed we will discuss the best fibroid treatment for you. Here at the Fibroid Treatment Collective, we offer free consultations in-office or over the phone. Feel free to contact us for more information. To learn more about fibroids, visit our homepage.