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The Year Of Medical, part next - House of Forgotten Thoughts

Apr. 19th, 2016

09:05 pm - The Year Of Medical, part next

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Heyyy, so I've put this off and can no longer put this off: I'm having major but non-terrible abdominal surgery a week from today! After much travail, I'm getting a uterus-b-gone, and I am SO HAPPY ABOUT THAT.

As people have legit reasons for concern here: No, it is very unlikely to be more cancer. Yes, I probably got the condition which currently has me laid up (uterine fibroids) from dinking around with my hormones due to last summer's breast cancer. It's the gift that keeps finding new ways to keep on giving.

(This announcement wasn't so pressing until a few days ago when my surgeon called me personally on a Saturday afternoon to offer me a cancellation slot. So, suddenly I had 10 days instead of a month to nerve up on all kinds of things, including Alerting Social Media.)

I'll be posting a link again to the help site, probably tomorrow, so locals can volunteer to help with care or just show up and visit with me. This is just the "must give at least a week's notice to Everyone" announcement.

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From:randomdreams
Date:April 20th, 2016 05:05 am (UTC)
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Woo hoo uterus-b-gon! I hope it goes smoothly and quickly.
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From:thewronghands
Date:April 20th, 2016 12:11 pm (UTC)
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Best of luck for smooth sailing! I'll be back in town tomorrow, so I'll keep an eye out for the spreadsheet, heh.
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From:eeyorerin
Date:April 20th, 2016 12:13 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad it's being dealt with, but I'm sorry you have more major medical-foo to handle this year.
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From:tsarina
Date:April 20th, 2016 05:59 pm (UTC)
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Honestly the uterus b-gone surgery was one of the best things that ever happened to me. Here's hoping it is great for you!
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From:jinian
Date:April 21st, 2016 03:47 am (UTC)
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Seconded on all counts.
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From:shellynoir
Date:April 21st, 2016 07:25 pm (UTC)
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omg I have to know all gory details. Fibroids are making my life miserable one week a month, and the rest of the month I'm barely dragging myself out of bed. I need to research ferritin. like, a lot.
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From:gement
Date:April 25th, 2016 12:18 am (UTC)
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There are options. So many options. Get thee to an obgyn. They will recommend trying to shrink them, which frankly has extremely variable success rates but can also ease symptoms and make surgery a smaller deal, and also offer the option of taking off/out just the fibroids, or getting the whole uterus gone.

So, yes, get your iron up, but also, I do not recommend putting up with this nonsense. If you have access to health care, I encourage you to use it aggressively here. If you haven't already, get an ultrasound and get a size estimate on those suckers.

In my case, the fibroids made themselves known VERY suddenly, as in overnight, which is not usual. I assume they'd reached a certain size before then, but a tipping point of size + hormones made them balloon ridiculously, and suddenly I was taking every day as a sick day from work due to amorphous but exhausting discomfort. Ultrasound shows a softball and at least two golf balls hanging off my uterus.

I have since diagnosis been on ovarian suppression, which I needed to get on for cancer reasons anyway. It fixes it for some people, and if they have heavy bleeding even stopping that is the beginning of a win. It's not fixing it for me, but it wasn't really expected to. The cancer flavor of ovarian suppression is Goserelin, the obgyn flavor is Lupron.

There is also the option of blocking or zapping the blood vessels feeding the fibroids, which my obgyn said usually only results in shrinkage of about 30% which is not very useful on something the size of a softball. But it can help, and again it can bring the scale of things down for surgery.

They will be quick to tell you that you don't *have* to get a hysterectomy. This is totally true. It is also true that you do not have to not get one. You'll have to weigh your own advantages and disadvantages there. I was like "BE GONE, FOUL ORGAN THAT HAS CAUSED ME NOTHING BUT TROUBLE" so that was not a complicated one for me.

If you do want to be rid of your uterus, you will have the option to keep your cervix or not. Surgical complication rates are about the same either way, as are (on the large scale) patient satisfaction rates down the road re: sex and comfort issues. So, what that will come down to is, do you like what your cervix does for you during sex? If so, you probably want to keep it. TMI: Size queen here, they will pry my cervix from my cold dead vagina, because I want to be absolutely certain of keeping the structural stability and deep sensation.

Feel free to ask more questions! We can make this a super long comment thread.
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