Wednesday, October 1, 2008

I have what?


Medicine Woman - Redux, originally uploaded by biffybeans.

After an ultrasound test yesterday, it appears as though I have some rather large uterine fibroid tumors. These are very common in women of child bearing years, it is not known what causes them, but what happens is that a single cell rapidly multiplies to cause a hard muscle mass to grown on, in or around the uterus. I have several of these, including one about the size of a golf ball.

That golf-ball sized mass is apparently what has been causing my lower abdominal pain, and problematic monthly cycles.

*Sigh*

At one time, the most common way to remove the tumors was by performing a hysterectomy. These days, they can still can be surgically removed, with or without a hysterectomy, can be treated with hormones, or destroyed via high-powered ultrasound waves. But more often than not, nothing is done at all unless they become extremely problematic. They are rarely known to become cancerous.

After digging around on the internet, I seem to be finding that changing your diet to low fat & high fiber, removing meats & dairy that can add hormones to the diet, eating lots of whole foods, (fruits & vegetables) and by adding a variety of herbal remedies can reduce the size of the tumors where they are no longer causing me discomfort..

I need to discuss all of these options with my doctor, but I always prefer to go the holistic way whenever possible.

So right now, I am angry, frustrated, depressed and quite emotional. That being said, I will figure out a way to beat them.

Information in Uterine Fibroids from the Mayo Clinic

Holistic Protocol for Uterine Fibroids

After looking through a number of books on the subject, I've ordered the following two:

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I know women who have reversed the tumours through diet. Another big no-no is coffee.

Stay safe, warm and know others are there or rather here.

Susan:) said...

Aww glad you have answers but sorry you are feeling lousy.

Sounds like you are on the right track with the new books and the holistic search!

Feel better!

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