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Query from: Asha Mishra, Secunderabad, INDIA, 12/24/07
Topic: DISEASES      Submitted on: Ask Agent
Subject: Uterus Fibroids

I had pain in my abdomen since 4th Oct 07. I went to my doctor, She did Ultra sound of my entire abdomen. The report detected one fibroid of size 58mm by 68mm. She advised for operation and total removal of uterus. I am 36 yrs and have two Kids of 7 yrs and 5yers. I do not want to be operated. Can my fibroid be cured by yoga/pranayam or some Ayurvedic medicine. Can you give some advice - what should i do to avoid operation. Now I am having severe pain in my lower left side of abdomen. Sometimes pain is unbearable and i had to take painkiller tablets like Maftal or combiflam to get relief. I also use Hot water bag on my abdomen to get some relief from pain. Please advice what should I do? Should i undergo operation to get rid of this or is there any other solution?

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Response from: Lathaa Manavalan,   
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Source: health.yahoo.com
If you have fibroid-related pain, heavy bleeding, or a large fibroid that is pressing on other organs, you can consider shrinking the fibroid, removing the fibroid (myomectomy) , or removing the entire uterus (hysterectomy). After all treatments except hysterectomy, fibroids may grow back. Only myomectomy is recommended for women who have future childbearing plans.

To shrink a fibroid for a short time, hormone therapy with a gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogue (GnRH-a) puts the body in a state like menopause. This shrinks both the uterus and the fibroids. Fibroids grow back after GnRH-a therapy. GnRH-a therapy can help to:

Shrink a fibroid before it is surgically removed. This lowers your risk of heavy blood loss and scar tissue from the surgery. Provide short-term relief as a "bridge therapy" if you are nearing menopause. (Fibroids naturally shrink after menopause.) GnRH-a therapy can be used for only a few months because it weakens the bones. It also may cause unpleasant menopausal symptoms.

To shrink or destroy fibroids without surgery, uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) can be used to stop the blood supply to the fibroid. Tiny particles are injected into two arteries that supply blood to the fibroid, which closes them off and blocks blood flow. The fibroid then shrinks and sometimes breaks down. Although there are reports of pregnancy after UFE, these pregnancies have a higher rate of complications than normal. Up to 14% of women have early ovarian failure and sterility after UFE, and other serious complications are possible. UFE is not recommended for women who hope to become pregnant. 14

To surgically remove fibroids, myomectomy can often be done through one or more small incisions using laparoscopy or through the vagina (hysteroscopy). Sometimes, a larger abdominal incision is needed. Myomectomy preserves the uterus.

To surgically remove the entire uterus, hysterectomy is available to women with long-lasting or severe symptoms who have no future pregnancy plans. Hysterectomy has both positive and negative long-term effects

SIDDHA MEDICAL Research Centre reports success in treating uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, menstrual irregularities and other gynecological disorders with the ancient siddha herbal therapy, according to Doctor S. Jayaraman. Medications include aloe, colocynth, pomegranate leaves, and bark of mango, asoka, and jambolunum trees.

You can meet Dr. Jamuna a siddha doctor who has commenced a free clinic which provides free consultation and free medicines at her native place Anakaputhur near Chennai. This free clinic is visited by eminent doctors every Wednesdays and Saturdays who also share with Dr. Jamuna the essence of caring for the uncared. visit http://www.drjamuna.com/aims.htm… Dr. Jamuna has taken up challenging cases like curing Uterine Fibroids, Fallopian tubal blocks, Ovarian cysts just by herbal medication and not through surgery. She insists on non surgical management where the affected avoids the post operative hazards like, infection, etc., and other complications.

Alternative Treatments Many women with menstrual disorders resort to alternative treatments. It should be noted, however, that there has been little research on any whether any have any benefits for fibroids. They can also be expensive, they are not regulated, and, as with standard drugs, they can produce side effects.

Acupuncture. Some women report relief from pelvic pain and heaviness after acupuncture Yoga. Yoga exercises help some women relieve sensations of heaviness and pressure.

Herbal Remedies. Herbal remedies used for fibroids include ginseng or herbal combinations of rhubarb, cinnamon, and sargassum seaweed. It is possible that some herbal medicines may be helpful, but patients should always be wary of unproven claims for quick cures.

visit Alternative Treatments Many women with menstrual disorders resort to alternative treatments. It should be noted, however, that there has been little research on any whether any have any benefits for fibroids. They can also be expensive, they are not regulated, and, as with standard drugs, they can produce side effects.

Acupuncture. Some women report relief from pelvic pain and heaviness after acupuncture

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Yoga. Yoga exercises help some women relieve sensations of heaviness and pressure.

Herbal Remedies. Herbal remedies used for fibroids include ginseng or herbal combinations of rhubarb, cinnamon, and sargassum seaweed. It is possible that some herbal medicines may be helpful, but patients should always be wary of unproven claims for quick cures. Natural remedies do not cure fibroids, but may relieve the symptoms and help prevent them from growing. A low-fat, high fiber, is recommended. Some foods to eliminate from the diet are dairy products, which increase estrogen; animal proteins, which are high in saturated fats; and alcohol, caffeine, sugar and salt, which deplete minerals and B-complex vitamins that are needed to regulate muscle tension.

A diet that includes foods containing phytoestrogens, a natural source of weak estrogen, helps protect the body from the effects of excess estrogen. Foods that are recommended to eat are whole grains, such as buckwheat, oats, millet and brown rice; foods with essential fatty acids, such as fish, nuts, and flax seeds; fruits and vegetables, and soy, and non-dairy milk, which provide calcium.

The vitamins that are recommended for fibroid patients are vitamins A, C, and E.

Reducing stress and exercising can help relieve the symptoms of fibroids. Relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation help promote well-being.

An informative book on fibroids is "Uterine Fibroids: What Every Woman Needs to Know," by Nelson H. Stringer. M.D.

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Response from: Indumukhi A.,   
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There are alternatives to what your doctor told you. Below, I am going to tell you some of the medical alternatives to removing the entire uterus. This will help you have an informed conversation with your doctor-- and find another doctor if need be. Given the amount of pain you are feeling, you may indeed choose to go the medical route. But I also give ayurvedic options, yoga advice, and diet/exercise recommendations should you decide you wish to try to shrink the fibroids on your own.

Although we don't know what causes fibroids, they need estrogen to grow and begin to shrink when estrogen levels drop as menopause approaches.

Symptomatic fibroids cause pain and heavy menstrual bleeding, sometimes leading to iron-deficiency anemia that requires treatment. You can try to shrink fibroids naturally by changing your diet. If you're overweight, try to lose pounds - estrogen is metabolized in body fat, so the leaner you are, the less estrogen your body produces. Avoid foods that may contain added hormones, including conventionally produced beef and dairy products. Regular consumption of the phytoestrogens in soy and other beans may help, as will regular aerobic exercise, which lowers estrogen levels. Visualization can help as well, taking advantage of the mind/body connection to decrease fibroid size.

Several drugs can shrink fibroids but won't eliminate them, and can cause many unpleasant side effects. One type, Gn-RH agonists, temporarily turns off the menstrual cycle. As a result, estrogen levels fall causing the fibroids to shrink by as much as half. However, when you go off the drug, the tumors usually re-grow. The side effects of these drugs include hot flashes, breast tenderness and decreased sexual desire. Other drugs, similar to testosterone, can shrink fibroids, but cause numerous side effects including weight gain, unwanted hair growth, acne, headaches, depression and anxiety.

The following conventional procedures (short of hysterectomy) are available to shrink or eliminate fibroids:

Myomectomy: Surgery to remove fibroids leaving the uterus in place. Uterine artery embolization: A procedure to shrink fibroids by cutting off their blood supply. Small, inert particles are injected into the uterine artery via a catheter, blocking the local blood supply. The procedure itself takes about an hour, but most women stay overnight in the hospital because of cramping and pain that develop afterward.

Myolysis: Here, an electric current cuts off the blood supply to fibroids causing them to shrink and die. The current is delivered via surgical instruments usually inserted through a small incision in the navel. Focused Ultrasound: In this new, outpatient procedure, radiologists locate fibroids via Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and then direct high-intensity ultrasound energy to heat and destroy them.

You should discuss all your options with your doctor. Each of these approaches has its pros and cons, and where you are in your reproductive years will have an influence on your choice.

Ayurvedic treatment of fibroids

If you wish to treat your fibroids through ayurvedic medicine, you should take this as seriously as you would allopathic treatment: in other words, you should receive the guidance of an ayurvedic doctor just as you have consulted an allopathic physician. He or she will help you follow the guidelines according to your particular dosha and imbalance.

Food choices for the patient of uterine fibroids is according to the pulse reading, certainly kapha-soothing and perhaps also pitta-pacifying, depending upon the bleeding patterns. In the complications stage, the patient follows a tri-doshically balancing food program. Many such patients find they are truly only hungry twice daily, about 10-11am and about 4-5pm. Reducing food portions is helpful for reducing fibroids. Snacks can be doshically suitable fruits, such as pomegranate, and/or medicinal teas. Bitter, pungent and astringent foods are favored to support the metabolism in reducing its tendency to form fibrotic cellular changes from kapha ama.

To reduce kapha, one should be active before sunrise. The earlier the rising time, the quicker kapha can metabolize itself. Self-massage with a minimal quantity of a light oil such as sunflower oil can helps to invigorate the body. Exercise, beginning gradually and becoming more vigorous over a few months, before 10 am is best. Light sweating before 10am, followed by a warm shower of plain water helps to burn kapha. A second exercise period at the end of the afternoon may be needed, depending upon the degree of kapha deposition into artava. Sleeping early enough to awaken early is a key to reducing kapha.

Plant substances of Kumari, Shud Guggulu, Neem, Ashok, Manjistha, may be prepared and administered orally to reduce the fibroids by drying, heating or catabolic actions via the gastro-intestinal tract.

Warm castor oil packs applied to the lower abdomen will help to ‘melt’ the fibroids and retract the kapha via apana vayu.

Yoga/Pranayama

Give emphasis to yoga asanas that focus on the first and second chakras. Poses such as the Cobra, Bow, Boat, Mahamudra and Gentle Spinal Twists are helpful. Postures that focus on the cardio-pulmonary chakra, such as Cow, Lion and Child help remove the psycho-emotional root causes of uterine fibroids in the heart. Sun salutations bring positive activity to all chakras and may be useful if pitta is not elevated. These postures are best learned from an experienced yoga therapist versed in Ayurveda and Pranayama. Sufficient exercise to the point of light sweating is necessary to metabolize kapha deposits at the deepest tissue level of artava. Avoid sweating during menses and favor restorative poses. Avoid yoga practice on the first few days of flow.

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Response from: Kaladhar N,   
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Abdominal pain has many causes. Uterine fibroids do not cause pain unless there are undergoing a process called 'degeneration' which is not very common.The common indication for hysterectomy is multiple fibroids which are very large causing lower abdominal pain or pelvic pain or causing frequent, heavy menses leading to anemia. Fibroids have no malignant potential. They are always benign. Finding uterine fibroids on your ultrasound study does not mean that it is the causing your pain.It may be an incidental finding. Your doctor should explore other possibilities.What you described in your query ruled out ovarian or tubal pathology and gall stones...which is good. It could be irritable bowel syndrome(IBS) or endometriosis. One common cause of left lower abdominal pain is constipation.There is no diagnostic test for IBS. It is a dignosis by exclusion. Pian of endometriosis is perimenstrual,i.e: around menses. It is diagnosed by doing a procedure called diagnostic laparoscopy and it is done under general anesthesia by OBGYN physicians. Before you are labelled as a patient with IBS, you should undergo colonoscopy. This is a MUST before you start medications for IBS.I am not saying you have IBS. Remember this is a diagnosis by exclusion which means we rule out all possible causes and then at the bottom of the list of causes we will find this IBS. What you need a doctor who is willing to listen to you and do the right thing for you, not for his/her bank account. You should also be ready to give proper history to that doctor. You should be ready to answer the following questions : What triggers this pain ? Is it crampy pain , sharp pain, dull ache or piercing type of pain ? It it associated with fever ? Is this pain post-prandial meaning after eating food ? Is it associated with nausea, vomingor diarrhea ? Does coitus make it worse? Coitus is medical term for sexual intercourse. Are you loosing weight ? Any night sweats ? Any intermittent fever spikes ? Is your appetite diminished ? There are many other questions your doctor will/should ask. So getting/giving appropriate history is very critical. I am an MD in USA. I hope my response is of some help to you.Good Luck !

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Response from: Anastacia of the Mountains,   
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If you have fibroids, but do not have any symptoms, you may not need any treatment. But your doctor will check during your regular exams to see if they have grown.

Medications If you have fibroids and have mild symptoms, your doctor might only suggest pain medication. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, or other painkillers such as acetaminophen can be used for mild pain. If pain becomes worse, your doctor can prescribe a stronger painkiller.

Other drugs used to treat fibroids are called gonadotropin releasing hormone agonists (GnRHa). These drugs can decrease the size of the fibroids. Sometimes they are used before surgery, to shrink the fibroids, making them easier to remove. Side effects can include hot flushes, depression, not being able to sleep, decreased sex drive, and joint pain. Anti-hormonal agents, such as a drug called mifepristone, also can stop or slow the growth of fibroids. These drugs only offer temporary relief from the symptoms of fibroids; once you stop the therapy, the fibroids often grow back.

Surgery If you have fibroids with moderate or severe symptoms, surgery may be the best way to treat them. Here are the options:

* Myomectomy - a surgery to remove fibroids without taking out the healthy tissue of the uterus. There are many ways a surgeon can perform this procedure. It can be major surgery (with an abdominal incision) or minor surgery. The type, size, and location of the fibroids will determine what type of procedure will be done. Talk with your doctor about the different types of this surgery. * Hysterectomy - a surgery to remove the uterus. This surgery is the only sure way to cure uterine fibroids. This surgery is used when a woman's fibroids are large, or if she has heavy bleeding, and is either near or past menopause and does not want children. There are various types of hysterectomy that differ in how invasive they are. Sometimes, if the fibroids are large, a woman might need a hysterectomy that involves cutting into the abdomen to remove the uterus. If the fibroids are smaller, the surgeon might be able to reach the uterus through the vagina, instead of making a cut in the abdomen. * Endometrial ablation – the endometrial lining of the uterus is destroyed. This surgery controls very heavy bleeding, but afterwards a woman cannot have children. * Myolysis – a procedure in which an electrical needle is inserted into the uterus through a small incision in the abdomen to destroy the blood vessels feeding the fibroids.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a treatment that cuts off the blood supply to the uterus and the fibroids so they shrink. UFE is proving to be an alternative to hysterectomy and myomectomy. The recovery time is also shorter, and there is a much lower risk of needing a blood transfusion than for these surgeries. Many women can have UFE and go home the same day. There is a small risk of infection in the treated fibroid, but these are usually managed with antibiotics. Recent studies also suggest that most fibroid tumors are not likely to re-grow after UFE, although more long-term data is needed.

Not all fibroids can be treated with UFE. All patients must first be evaluated with ultrasound or MRI to make sure the fibroids will respond well to this treatment. Doctors called interventional radiologists perform UFE. The best candidates for UFE are women who:

* have fibroid tumors that are causing heavy bleeding * have fibroid tumors that are causing pain or pressing on the bladder or rectum * don’t want to have a hysterectomy * don’t want to have more children

Sometimes after UFE, the particles that are put into the fibroids to cut off their blood supply have traveled to the ovaries. In a few women, the ovaries then stop working for a short time or permanently. Although researchers know that UFE may affect how ovaries function, they are unsure of how exactly UFE affects fertility. If you want to have children in the future, you should talk with your doctors about the small, but definite risk of UFE causing you to go into early menopause. Too few women have gotten pregnant after UFE for researchers to know if there is an increased risk of pregnancy complications.

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Response from: anita bhatt,   
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Until very recently, a woman with growing uterine fibroids was considered a candidate for hysterectomy (removal of the uterus). However, treatment by hysterectomy in a woman of reproductive age means that she will no longer be able to bear children and hysterectomy may have other effects, both physical and psychological, as well. A woman considering hysterectomy should discuss the pros and cons thoroughly with her physicians. More and more, physicians are beginning to realize that uterine fibroids may not require any intervention or, at most, limited treatment. For a woman with uterine fibroids that are not symptomatic the best therapy may be watchful waiting. Some women never exhibit any symptoms or have any problems associated with fibroids, in which case no treatment is necessary. For women who experience occasional pelvic pain or discomfort, a mild, over-the counter anti-inflammatory or painkilling drug often will be effective. More bothersome cases may require stronger drugs available by prescription. Are you facing a hysterectomy? Learn the facts about hysterectomy and alternatives before you decide whether hysterectomy is the right choice for you. It is critical to understand when hysterectomy is elective surgery and when it is necessary to save your life. Although hysterectomy may provide relief from your condition, it's important to explore all alternatives before you choose hysterectomy. Reasons For Hysterectomy Hysterectomy is not optional for some conditions. These conditions include invasive cancers of the female reproductive system; severe infections, such as PID, that are unresponsive to treatment; severe hemmorhaging; or rupture of the uterus. Other conditions that may be helped by hysterectomy include uterine prolapse, endometriosis, fibroids, chronic pelvic pain, or certain cases of hyperplasia. Hysterectomy Alternatives Most physicians are trained to see the uterus of little value other than for the purpose of childbirth. If your physician has recommended a hysterectomy for a non life-threatening condition, you owe it to yourself to explore your alternatives. Before choosing hysterectomy you should carefully explore hysterectomy alternatives that may be available to you so that you make an informed decision about what is best for you. Many times, conditions for which your healthcare provider suggests hysterectomy are successfully treated with alternatives to hysterectomy that include less invasive surgeries, pharmacological treatments, and observation.

TYPES OF SURGERY FOR FIBROIDS

What Is an Abdominal Myomectomy? Myomectomy means the surgical removal of just the fibroid, with reconstruction and repair of the uterus. This procedure is excellent for women who wish to maintain their ability to have children, or who just prefer to avoid removal of the uterus. The standard method of performing a myomectomy is by laparotomy, making a 4-6 inch "bikini" incision just below the pubic hair line. The covering of the uterus overlying the fibroid is cut, and the fibroids are separated away from the normal uterine muscle. Following this, the remaining normal uterine muscle is sewn back together. This procedure takes about 1-2 hours to perform, depending on the number and position of the fibroids. The hospital stay is 3-4 days.

What Is Myoma Coagulation? Myoma coagulation, sometimes called myolysis, is a fairly new surgical procedure developed to shrink fibroids without removing them. The procedure is performed through the laparoscope and uses an electrical needle that is passed directly into the fibroid. When the instrument is activated, it delivers high-temperature energy to the tissue and destroys both the fibroid tissue and the blood vessels feeding it. The procedure takes less time than either abdominal or laparoscoic myomectomy because no tissue needs to be removed and no suturing of the uterus is necessary. At the present time, myoma coagulation is not being recommended for women who wish to have children. Two potential problems exist. First, some women have been found to have formed scar tissue around the uterus after myoma coagulation, and this might impair future fertility. Second, the strength of the uterine wall following myoma coagulation is not known. Because of the potential risk of the uterus tearing during labor, we advise that women do not attempt to get pregnant after they have had myoma coagulation What is Uterine Fibroid Embolization? Uterine artery embolization (U.F.E.) is a non-surgical technique that shrinks fibroids without removing them. The procedure is performed by an interventional radiologist (an M.D.) who guides a long thin catheter (tube) into the blood vessels that supply the uterus while monitoring the process under x-ray. Small plastic particles are pushed through the catheter until they form a blockade to the blood flowing to the uterus. Fibroids have a limited supply of blood vessels, and with the blood flow blocked, the fibroid cells start to die off. The surrounding normal uterine muscle has a better blood supply and is able to survive. Deprived of blood, nutrition and oxygen, fibroids shrink like prunes for the three to six months following embolization, and the symptoms from the fibroids often lessen as well.

As for the YOGA to treat fibroids, i think that would take a longer time for treatment and since u have unbearable abdomen pain, better it is to go for allopathy treatment.

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Response from: M Manju,   
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Hello Asha, Fibroids are common, benign growths of womb (uterine) muscle. They are present in around 1/4-5 of white women and 1/2 black women. They are most common toward the end of the reproductive years. They exist sometimes singly, but most often are multiple and range in size from microscopic to filling the whole of the lower abdomen! They are more common in obese women and those who have no children, there probably is some genetic determinant and they are less common in smokers.

Most fibroids do not cause symptoms, but overall symptomatic fibroids account for about one third of all hysterectomy operations. If the fibroids aren't causing any symptoms and are relatively small (less than equivalent to a 14-week pregnancy) then it is quite reasonable to just observe them in the first instance. It is important to repeat a scan or examination in 6 months time to rule out rapid growth (something which would prompt removal). Women who are near the menopause will often not need surgery as they will shrink once the level of the hormone oestrogen declines.

If fertility is desired or for other reasons hysterectomy is not wished, a myomectomy can be performed. This is still major surgery, where the fibroids are individually removed and the uterus reconstructed. It has the advantage of preserving fertility and is most useful where there are one or two large fibroids. A woman must understand that haemorrhage from the operation can sometimes be significant and occasionally a hysterectomy must be performed to control bleeding. Within 20 years of myomectomy, about 1 in 4 women will undergo hysterectomy most often for recurrent symptomatic fibroids.

Hysterectomy is the definitive treatment for symptomatic fibroids. Most often this will need to be carried out via an abdominal incision, though a skilled vaginal surgeon may be able to perform a vaginal hysterectomy following medical treatment to shrink the fibroids before the operation. Most abdominal operations will be carried out via a low 'bikini-line' incision, but if the uterus is large, an 'up-and-down' vertical incision may be needed.

Submucosal fibroids which project into the uterine cavity may be removed by passing a telescope into the womb from down below and chipping away at the surface with a hot wire loop (hysteroscopic resection). This is a day-case procedure avoiding major surgery, but completion may require more than one operation.

Another option which is being developed in some areas is uterine artery embolisation. This involves a radiologist passing a very thin catheter into a blood vessel in the groin and guiding it toward one of the arteries that lead to the fibroid. The small artery is blocked off leading to shrinkage of the fibroid. Long term results of success of this treatment is not yet available and very few women have become pregnant afterwards. If the fibroids aren't causing any symptoms and are relatively small (less than equivalent to a 14-week pregnancy) then it is quite reasonable to just observe them in the first instance. It is important to repeat a scan or examination in 6 months time to rule out rapid growth (something which would prompt removal). Women who are near the menopause will often not need surgery as they will shrink once the level of the hormone oestrogen declines.

If fertility is desired or for other reasons hysterectomy is not wished, a myomectomy can be performed. This is still major surgery, where the fibroids are individually removed and the uterus reconstructed. It has the advantage of preserving fertility and is most useful where there are one or two large fibroids. A woman must understand that haemorrhage from the operation can sometimes be significant and occasionally a hysterectomy must be performed to control bleeding. Within 20 years of myomectomy, about 1 in 4 women will undergo hysterectomy most often for recurrent symptomatic fibroids.

Hysterectomy is the definitive treatment for symptomatic fibroids. Most often this will need to be carried out via an abdominal incision, though a skilled vaginal surgeon may be able to perform a vaginal hysterectomy following medical treatment to shrink the fibroids before the operation. Most abdominal operations will be carried out via a low 'bikini-line' incision, but if the uterus is large, an 'up-and-down' vertical incision may be needed.

Submucosal fibroids which project into the uterine cavity may be removed by passing a telescope into the womb from down below and chipping away at the surface with a hot wire loop (hysteroscopic resection). This is a day-case procedure avoiding major surgery, but completion may require more than one operation.

Another option which is being developed in some areas is uterine artery embolisation. This involves a radiologist passing a very thin catheter into a blood vessel in the groin and guiding it toward one of the arteries that lead to the fibroid. The small artery is blocked off leading to shrinkage of the fibroid. Long term results of success of this treatment is not yet available and very few women have become pregnant afterwards. pls refer this link: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/… As medication only shrinks it you can opt for operation.It has no risk Now-a-days these are ver common so dont worry.

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Response from: Geetha Gopakumar,   
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Fibroids are benign uterine tumors, usually multiple, but sometimes single, found in about 20% of all women over 35. They rarely grow after menopause. Only 0.5% of all fibroids develop into cancer. Fibroids may be so small that you never even know you have them or so large that it appears you are in the early stage of pregnancy. Fibroids are discovered either during a routine pelvic exam or when symptoms develop, such as abnormal vaginal bleeding, discomfort, heaviness, or increased urinary frequency due to the fibroid(s) pressing on the bladder. Diagnosis of fibroids is confirmed by pelvic ultrasound.The vast majority of fibroids grow as a woman gets older, and tend to shrink after menopause. Obviously fibroids that are causing significant symptoms need treatment. While it is often easier to treat smaller fibroids than larger ones, most of the small ones never will need to be treated. So just because we can treat fibroids while they are small, it doesn't follow that we should treat them. The location of the fibroids plays a strong influence on how to approach them.There are not any currently available medicines that will permanently shrink fibroids. Often heavy bleeding can be decreased with birth control pills. There are a number of medications in the family of GnRH agonists, which induce a temporary chemical menopause. In the absence of estrogen myomas usually decrease in size. Unfortunately, the effect is temporary, and the fibroids rapidly go back to their pre-treatment size when the medication is discontinued. Mifepristone, better know as the 'French abortion pill, or RU-486, also cause a significant decrease in size of myomas, and often stops abnormal uterine bleeding.Many cases of uterine of fibroids are due to an excess of estrogen in the body. Therefore, we often advise decreasing red meat, chicken, and other dietary sources of estrogen. It is the job of the liver to break down (conjugate) estrogen. If the liver is sluggish or overworked (which can happen whenever the body needs to detoxify substances such as fats, caffeine, alcohol, drugs, or chemicals of any kind), excess estrogen can build up. A combination of herbs and amino acids can help the liver detoxify more efficiently. A multiple vitamin and mineral is always important, and if the woman is bleeding a lot, it's essential to make sure she's not anemic and have her take iron if necessary. Castor oil packs to the abdomen, following the directions of Edgar Cayce, may help fibroids as can a variety ofWestern, Chinese, and Ayurvedic herbs. We always recommend daily visualization to send healing light and love to the uterus For women with fibroids, mind/body medicine focuses on significantly reducing stress. This is vital because stress can interrupt the development and release of eggs (a process called ovulation). When this process doesn't happen, the body's level of estrogen remains unnecessarily high, precipitating fibroid development. Mind/body medicine offers many therapies that teach relaxation and how to lower stress levels, including:

forms of guided imagery and creative visualization meditation yoga (including breathing exercises and stretches) biofeedback dance therapy hypnotherapy spirituality Here's an example of a relaxation breathing exercise that would be part of a guided imagery regimen:

Wearing loose clothing, lie down or sit in a comfortable chair. Slowly close your eyes. Begin breathing deeply and slowly. When exhaling, imagine tension effortlessly flowing out of your body with each breath. As you inhale, picture yourself filling your body with fresh air and energy. Continue the slow, deep breathing for as long as you are comfortable.

Sofar as regarding yoga particularly pranayama exercise/therapy for patients with fibroids as a step to cure/control it - visit this site : http://www.yogajournal.com/practice… http://www.yarravilleyoga.com.au/wr…

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Response from: Kavitha Srinivasan,   
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Dear Asha,

The treatment of uterus fibroids depends on the severity of symptoms, the patient's age, whether or not you pregnant, the desire for future pregnancies, your general health, and characteristics of the fibroids. Some women may just require monitoring of the fibroid. This requires pelvic exams or ultrasounds every once in a while.

From your query, you are not pregnant. But if you require future pregnancies, removal of uterus is not an option for you. That is a decision only you can make.

Also uterus removal may cause variations in blood pressure and depression in some woman. Extreme caution should be taken before the surgery. Please take all the necessary tests if you are going for the surgery.

In case, your fibroid does not require a surgery, hormonal therapy involving drugs such as injectable Depo Leuprolide is prescribed to shrink the fibroids. This medicine reduces the production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. The hormones create a situation in the body that is very similar to menopause. Side effects can be severe and may include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and loss of bone density.Hormone treatment may last several months. Fibroids will begin to grown as soon as treatment stops. In some cases, hormone therapy is used for a short period of time before surgery or when you are expected to reach menopause soon.

You are the best judge of your condition. All the best.

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Response from: minmini R,   
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hi, There's no single best approach to uterine fibroid treatment. Many treatment options exist. In most cases, the best action to take after discovering fibroids is simply to be aware they are there. Because fibroids aren't cancerous and usually grow slowly, you have time to gather information before making a decision about if and how to proceed with treatment. The option that's right for you depends on a number of factors, including the severity of your signs and symptoms, your plans for childbearing, how close you are to menopause, and your feelings about surgery.

Before making a decision, consider the pros and cons of all available treatment options in relation to your particular situation. Remember, most women don't need any treatment for uterine fibroids.

Any way you may go to surgery than any other treatments lke Yoga. Yoga wil give solution slowly and since you are in severe condition you should opt surgery than yoga.

to know the detail of the types of surgery available for this problem visit http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ut…

Dont fear. take care of your health

All the best

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Response from: Kristine Barredo,   
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I hope you are doing better already. In response to your query, I personally think that you should consider having an operation. 58mm by 68mm is a size which is a cause for concern already. You should also think about the long-term effect of this situation. You can opt for Myomectomy which is an operation aimed at removing the fibroids only and not the uterus. I can be a minor or major operation depending on the size or location of the fibroid. Another option is the Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). This procedure cuts the supply of blood to the uterus allowing the fibroid to shrink; the recovery rate is also shorter. But not all cases can be treated with UFE. However, if I was the one in your situation I'd go for Hysterectomy which is what your doctor prescribed. This is a sure fire to treat your uterine fibroid.

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Response from: Sarmistha Bhattacharjee,   
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Hi,

I really feel sorry for your situation. Please note that whether to undergo an operation or not depends on the condition of your fibroids.

Sometime with age these go away , Oral medicines also can help to som eextent , but no if the size of the fibroids are too big. In recent time even surgeries have become non-invasive like th laparoscopies .

Pls avoid painkillers as they might be of help in getting rid of the pain but in due course of time they cause more harm .

I would suggest that you visit a good gynaecologist with your case history and medications that you have undergone and then decide what to do based on the doctors guidance.

You and your family have to take the call based on what is good for you.

But I would surely say that you are lucky as you have 2 kids . There are many women in this world who fail to concieve because of such issues .

So be brave pay heed to what the doctor says and take care !!!

Regards

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Response from: sheela gajapathy,   
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Hello asha mishra,how are u?i got to know that ur suffering from fibroid uterus!Asha fibroid is one which will keep increasing in size until u stop menstruating.it ll bother u by ,severe back pain durin periods,increased flow during each cycle,shortening of cycle length ,this ll lead u to anemia, tiredness etc.Ill definitely advice u to undergo surgery at htis point of time.if u think u have completed ur family ask for the options of surgery u got to make urself safe from other disease of elderly from ur consulting doctor.i have lso heard about other medicines which ll just relieve ur pain temporarily but thats not going to get rid of ur problem permanently.so i would advice u to go to doctor get her advice immediatelyif u can.Take care Asha,if u have any other queries u can post ill be glad to help u out on it....

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Response from: Hitesh ,   
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i will advise you to go for operation. You cannot remain on the chair thinking that your problem will be solve. Yoga is ya good but you should not have a deep belief in that. I just give you example : if you get Fever, what you do Yoga or go to doctor. This example shows that we go for doctor even for Fever so why not abdomen.

But take care that you are going with right type doctor team, otherwise it's not good. There are many fake doctors in India. So try to go reputed and known doctor and solve your problem.

The advice is from heart and mind, final decision is your.

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Response from: PRANAB PAL,   
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I understood your condition.Since you have kids I do not think you need more issues.If you do not want no more issues I will suggest to undergo operation in this circumstance.You do not fear ,it will not hamper your sexual life.After undergoing opration and when you will recuperate and back to normal life you will have again sexual life.I think it wise to undergo opearation in this circumstance as early as possible.

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Use following Homoeopathic medicines for a week and then report my email id is ********@*****.*** Medicines to be taken Aurum Mur. Nat. 3X 2 tablets every two hours. Aletris Farinosa Q 2 drops in 5ml water every hours Mag. Phos. 3X 4 tablets every two hours (Buy a phial of each medicine of the company named “Dr. Willmar Schwabe India Pvt. Ltd.”) All the above three medicines are to be taken together every two hours.

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Response from: Ms saipriya r,   
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hello Asha , sorry to hear abt ur problem , but there is a cure with out going through an operation , i would suggest u go to www.YogaPranayama.com… in that u will find the cure to ur problem it is an Ayurvedic Medicines from D Y M Trust which is very reliable hope it works for u

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Response from: Yadhunath Kanmani Pazhanivel,   
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Hi Asha,

What your doctor advised is correct. It is best for you to undergo surgery for uterine fibroids to get relieved permanently and also get screened for recurrence of the uterine fibroids which can be dectected earlier and treated fulgratively.

Regards Yadhunath Kanmani

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Hai Asha, The best way for you to get rid of pain is doing operation .Dont afraid to be operated.since your pain is unbearable undergo operation immediately.After operation you will surely have no pain.After a month you will lead a normal life.

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Response from: agalya bala,   
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Hai,

Check this website.It has good info about the Uterine fibroids.

http://health.yahoo.com/women-gyn/u…

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Response from: TAMILARASAN P,   
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Hi,

Best way is to cure now and then try to avoid by prvention measures.

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