Fibroids in women

FIBROIDS

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that develop in the womb (uterus), a female reproductive organ. They can be as small as a pea and as large as a potato.

Uterine fibroids are common. As many as 1 in 5 women may have fibroids during their childbearing years (the time after starting menstruation for the first time and before menopause). Half of all women have fibroids by age 50.

Fibroids commonly known as “Ebizimba byomu Nabana” in Luganda can be as small as a pea and as large as a potato.

Uterine fibroids are often described based upon their location within the uterus. Subserosal fibroids are located beneath the serosa (the lining membrane on the outside of the organ). These often appear localized on the outside surface of the uterus or may be attached to the outside surface by a pedicle. Submucosal (submucous) fibroids are located inside the uterine cavity beneath the lining of the uterus. Intramural fibroids are located within the muscular wall of the uterus.

The cause of uterine fibroids is unknown. However, their growth has been linked to the hormone estrogen. As long as a woman with fibroids is menstruating, a fibroid will probably continue to grow, usually slowly.

SIGNS

Bleeding; When your menstrual flow gets heavier than usual or lasts longer than usual there is need to worry. If the tumors are near the uterine lining or interfere with the blood flow to the lining, they can cause heavy periods, painless periods or prolonged periods. Women with excessive bleeding due to fibroids may develop iron deficiency anemia.

Back Pain; pain in your lower back, do not over do physical activities, a heated pad when used correctly

Change in Menstraul Cycle; Women need to watch their menstrual cycles closely since sometimes change in them may be a sign of growing fibroids

Back Pain

Another sign of having a fibroid is having back pain. The pain in your back is not usually widespread. It is usually just in your lower back. So take it easy if you are having back pain. Do not over do physical activities because it could make your back feel worse. Put your feet up, and enjoy some relaxing activities instead until your back starts to feel better. A heating pad when used correctly may also help ease your back pain.

Constipation and Urination

If you are noticing some issues when you go to the bathroom, you may have fibroids. Having fibroids are no fun because they can really mess up your bowel movements. Grab a book to read when you go to the bathroom because you may have constipation. Also be prepared to run to the bathroom right away if you have fibroids. Sometimes fibroids make you have to urinate frequently. Having fibroids is almost like running to the bathroom all the time when you are pregnant. Always be near a bathroom if you are suffering from frequent urination.

Abdominal

You know how you can get that bloated feeling when you have your period and it can sometimes be painful? That is the kind of abdominal pain you can get when you have a fibroid. Your belly kind of feels super full. You feel uncomfortable in your abdominal area. Your abdominal area just feels yucky, and all you want to do is settle down on the couch for awhile until you feel better again. That is a sign you might have a fibroid especially if you are not actually having your period.

Emergency

There is a time when you actually have to be really worried that you have abdominal pain. This is when your pain in your abdomen comes on suddenly. When it feels like a sharp stabbing pain in your abdomen you may have a serious issue. Sometimes a fibroid has a stalk growing out of it. This stalk can become twisted. When this happens it cuts off the blood supply, and you have to have emergency surgery to fix it. That is why if you think you might be suffering from fibroids you should seek medical attention from your doctor right away.

 

Fibroids can also cause a number of symptoms depending on their size, location within the uterus, and how close they are to adjacent pelvic organs. Large fibroids can cause

·         pressure

·         pelvic pain

·         pressure on the bladder with frequent or even obstructed urination

·         pressure on the rectum with pain during defecation.

 

Treatment

If you have uterine fibroids but you have few or no symptoms, you do not need treatment. Instead, your doctor will recommend watchful waiting. This means that you will have regular pelvic exams to check on fibroid growth and symptoms. Talk with your doctor about how often you will need a checkup.

If you are nearing menopause, watchful waiting may be an option for you, depending on how tolerable your symptoms are.

 After menopause, your estrogen and progesterone levels will drop, which causes most fibroids to shrink and symptoms to subside.

 

Use food to treat fibroids

Fibroids major cause being improper diets they can be swept out by a cleaning diet.

You do not need sugar in your diet.

Your diet should instead be fibre rich; foods like white rice posho lack fibres instead eat carrots and pumpkins

Dr. Grace Nambatya Kyeyune says taking vegetable and fruit juice can help to remove toxins out of the body. A mixer of nym, carrots and the big onions are good de-toxers. Grate them together and drink. With this combination growing fibroids will clear up.

Every morning one can also take warm water mixed with ginger and lemon, tangerine or orange.While on treatment for fibroids animal products should be put on halt, things like eggs, milk, chicken because they have fats and keep in the body too long.Take skimmed milk and not whole milk

Sources

Dr.Grace Nambatya Kyeyune

http://voices.yahoo.com/5-signs-fibroids-every-woman-know-about-7143230....

http://www.medicinenet.com/uterine_fibroids/article.htm