Pelvic Pain & Pressure
While uterine fibroids can cause a variety of symptoms, they may not cause any symptoms at all. However, the most common symptoms of fibroid disease is pelvic pain and pressure. The short list below outlines some of the most common complaints of women with these symptoms.
Women with large fibroids may feel heaviness or pressure in their lower abdomen or pelvis. Often this is described as a vague discomfort rather than a sharp pain. Sometimes, the enlarged uterus makes it difficult to lie face down, bend over or exercise without discomfort.
A less common symptom is acute, severe pain. This occurs when a fibroid goes through a process called degeneration. Usually, the pain is localized to a specific spot and improves on its own within two to four weeks. Using a pain reliever, such as ibuprofen, can decrease the pain significantly. However, chronic pelvic pain can also occur. This type of pain is usually mild but persistent and confined to a specific area.
The most common bladder symptom is needing to urinate frequently. A woman may wake up several times during the night to empty her bladder. Occasionally, women are unable to urinate despite a full bladder.
These symptoms are caused by fibroids pressing against the bladder, reducing its capacity for holding urine or blocking the outflow of urine. Treatment for bladder problems can provide great relief.
Low Back Pain
Rarely, fibroids press against the muscles and nerves of the lower back and cause back pain. A large fibroid on the back surface of the uterus is more likely to cause back pain than a small fibroid within the uterine wall. Because back pain is so common, it is important to look for other causes of the pain before attributing it to fibroids.
Fibroids also can press against the rectum and cause a sensation of rectal fullness, difficulty having a bowel movement or pain with bowel movements. Sometimes, fibroids can lead to the development of a hemorrhoid.
Discomfort or Pain With Sexual Intercourse
Fibroids can make sexual intercourse painful or uncomfortable. The pain may occur only in specific positions or during certain times of the menstrual cycle. Discomfort during intercourse is a significant issue. If your doctor doesn't ask you about this symptom, make sure you mention it.
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Fibroid Treatment Center Reviews
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I’m so glad I found you guys before I had my surgery. I was having so much bleeding that I thought the only treatment was hysterectomy. You really did provide options for me and help me keep my uterus. Even the procedure was better than I thought. Every person in your office was great and made my experience wonderful.
I wanted to thank everyone at your office for helping make my treatment effortless. Everybody was nice to me and made my husband and I feel comfortable about the embolization procedure.
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I had no desire to have surgery for my fibroids. Thank you Dr. Harris for taking the time to help me! I’m able to get back to a normal life, with more energy now that I’m not anemic and bleeding so much. It was so lucky to find you on the internet. Everything was just as you had told me.
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