Fibroid Pain Management
- Created: September, 19 2011
- by: Katherine Chua
Dealing with uncomfortable or painful symptoms related to fibroids can be difficult. Read inside to learn more about this issue and how UFE can be a solution to the problem.
A significant number of women that have fibroids often experience common symptoms that can hinder their lifestyle and daily activities. These symptoms include: frequent urination, pain during intercourse, constipation, heavy bleeding, abdominal bloating, abdominal pain and/or back ache. The pain that is often associated with fibroids is often overlooked due to a lack of knowledge or by simply dismissing the issue as unimportant. Additionally, the pain that may be associated with some fibroids vary in intensity, leaving it up to the individual to gauge whether the symptoms are affecting daily activities and quality of life, further needing medical attention. At any rate, in the event that the pain is affecting one's daily life, it is necessary to seek medical help.
The pain caused by fibroids can be caused by several different factors. Some women with fibroids experience painful periods, dull aches in their thighs, back pain or constant pressure in the abdominal area that feels like bloating or fullness. These pains each point to a different warning sign noted by the body. For example, pain during a menstrual period may be common for some individuals, but for some with fiboids, this pain may be due to large clots of blood pushing through the cervix. Cramps can also be caused by the uterus trying to force out, or contract, a type of fibroid called a submucosal fibroid which can grow on a stalk in the cavity of the uterus.
Additionally, large fibroids can make the uterus big, leading to lower back pain or pelvic discomfort. Some women with fibroids experience a dull ache in their thighs or develop varicose veins in their legs. This can happen when fibroids become so large that they begin to press on nerves and blood vessels that extend to the legs, causing immense pain and discomfort in the legs. Results and experiences differ from woman to woman; however, it is important to note that if one experiences a sudden change in cycle, pain measure, or if there is a presence of abnormal symptoms, consulting a physician or Ob-gyn is advisable.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization is often a preferable method of treatment for women because it is not only a less invasive approach to more traditional methods of fibroid treatment, but because it also rids patients of their symptoms immediately. Pain associated with fibroids also dwindle within a short period of time after the procedure.