When do you know that your fibroid is degenerating? What does it mean for the fibroid to degenerate?
How can I tell if my fibroid is degenerating on its own?
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that arise on the muscle of the wall of the uterus, cervix or ovary. Roughly 40% of women develop fibroids, causing fibroids to be a great public health concern. Some of the symptoms of fibroids may include : urinary incontinence, pelvic pain and pressure, and excessive pain.
When the fibroid is degenerating, pain is the most common symptom. The process of degeneration usually occurs when the fibroid grows so large that the blood vessels “feeding” the fibroid can no longer supply it with oxygen and nutrients. The pain of a degenerating fibroid is often localized at the site of the fibroid and can last up to two weeks.
Another type of degeneration of the fibroid, however, is known as necrobiosis and typically occurs during pregnancy. In addition to symptoms of pelvic pain, necrobiosis may cause a fever and a blood lab may indicate an elevation of white blood cells. Not as often, but still likely during degeneration, a patient may witness bleeding.
If you suspect that you are experiencing fibroid degeneration, visit your doctor to ensure that you receive medical attention. To find out more about fibroids or the Uterine Fibroid Emblizaiton procedure, please contact the Fibroid Treatment Collective at 866-362-6463 or by requesting a free phone consultation. Additionally, you can find us on Twitter @fibroiddoctor and on Facebook at facebook.com/fibroids.
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