What are the symptoms of fibroid tumors?

July 10, 2013

What-are-the-symptoms-of-fibroid-tumors-blog-picAsk any woman who has experienced the symptoms of uterine fibroid tumors, and she will tell you what a toll it can take on your everyday life, making simple daily activities almost impossible to perform. That’s why it is important to understand what uterine fibroid tumors are and their symptoms in order to find the treatment options best for you. These symptoms may be cyclical since fibroids are hormonally sensitive. Even the most minor symptoms should not be ignored, as many may tend to underestimate the severity of the fibroids.

Common Symptoms Of Uterine Fibroid Tumors:

  • Heavy Menstrual Bleeding – Heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding is a common symptom. As a result, some women develop anemia, also known as a low blood count. Anemia can cause fatigue, headaches and lightheadedness.
  • Prolong Menstrual Cycles – These can last seven days or longer.
  • Pelvic Discomfort Or Pain – Women with large fibroids may feel pain or pressure in their lower abdomen or pelvis.
  • Frequent Urination – A woman may wake up several times during the night to empty her bladder.
  • Difficulty Emptying Your Bladder – Occasionally, women are unable to urinate despite a full bladder.
  • Rectal Pressure — Fibroids also can press against the rectum and cause a sensation of rectal fullness, difficulty having a bowel movement or pain with bowel movements.
  • Low Back Pain — Fibroids can 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.
  • Discomfort With Sexual Intercourse — Fibroids can make sexual intercourse painful or uncomfortable.

Location Of Tumors

Something that may determine the symptoms one experiences with uterine fibroids is the location of the tumors. For instance, submucosal fibroids grow into the inner cavity of the uterus are thought to be primarily responsible for prolonged, heavy menstrual bleeding and are a problem for women attempting pregnancy. Subserosal fibroids that appear to the outside of the uterus can sometimes press on your bladder, causing you to experience urinary symptoms. If fibroids bulge from the back of your uterus, they occasionally can press either on your rectum, causing constipation, or on your spinal nerves, causing backache.

When To See A Doctor

If you have any of these signs and symptoms of fibroid tumors listed above, you should contact your primary physician or OB/GYN as soon as possible. A consultation with your doctor can rule out other complications that could cause the above symptomatic conditions.If you have these symptoms as a result of uterine fibroid tumors, you can then have a conversation about all the treatments available to you, including alternatives to hysterectomy.

Looking For More Information On Treating Uterine Fibroids?

Call Acessa Health at 877.412.3828.

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