She started with a physical exam. As I was lying on the table and she started to press on my abdomen, I saw an immediate look of concern show on her face. I quickly responded and said, 'I have uterine fibroids.'
She looked completely taken aback and responded, 'but they're so massive.'
It was hard for me to hear, but it's something I already knew.
I feel them all the time. Whenever I wear a dress and see the bulge around my lower abdomen, I get so frustrated because it makes me look like I don't exercise -- but I do! Anyway.
I had to go through the whole explanation again as to what I've been through and where I stand now. She kept saying that it was really, really important for me to get it taken care of. I honestly don't know what to do.
I am kind of ready to start exploring my options for surgical treatment in other countries, but the thought is scary. I don't want to have to go through surgery and recovery again. I just don't. At the same time, I don't want to continue with this pain on a daily basis (it's been quite bad for the past 6 weeks; I have to get back to my acupuncture. I just haven't had time).
Other than the fibroids, my physical health was fine.
My blood work came back and everything was "perfect" (thankfully) except for my iron levels which she said were on the lowest point of the spectrum. This is mainly because of the fibroids. Since I don't want to go on iron tablets (bad side effects), she's told me to try to eat red meat at least 2 times a week. I have no problem with that!
It's a relief to know that there's nothing major wrong. Although I still have this health condition hanging over me, I'm continuing with what I decided to do in November 2011 - do the best I can to be as healthy as I can. It's all I can do right now. I may not have a solution to the fibroid problem, but I know that I can try to get stronger so that my recovery is less painful, and I can continue to eat as healthily as possible so that I minimize other potential complications from the surgery (if there is one).