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IMG_3466Sometimes when things happen, we get so bogged down by it that we actually need an external force to pick us up. Today, BellaNaija is sharing an uplifting story. It’s a story of hope, inspiration and it has many helpful tips for people who are in this situation.

BellaNaijarian, Princess Mercedes is a  fitness blogger and health enthusiast. She is also a medical student – an aspiring OBGYN! So, when she was diagnosed with having fibroids, she reckoned she could manage her symptoms. Two years after the first diagnosis, she finally decided to go under the knife. Anybody who has health challenges will know that this is never an easy decision to make.

Princess tells us about her experience with a condition that is prevalent with women of African descent in their 20s and 30s.

We hope you are inspired by Princess’ story! Don’t let anything keep you down in the dumpsters. We gat you!

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Symptoms & Diagnosis
My initial symptoms began as intense abdominal pain that eventually got worse with food intake. I was able to visit a physician, who conducted an ultrasound concluding there was nothing wrong with me (big mistake). I continued on and somehow I managed to get over the pain to study for my medical school exam.

One morning, I woke up severely constipated with a huge bulge protruding from my right lower abdomen. Keep in mind that prior to the appearance of the bulge I was experience severe menorrhagia (abnormal bleeding during menstruation). It was so bad that in one day I went through roughly ten sanitary pads and over the counter naproxen pain killers. This time around I decided to see a different physician, who performed a pelvic sonogram and the result was: enlarged non-gravid 18-20 week six uterus with multiple intra-mural fibroids. The treatment options given to me were: Depoprovera 150mg IM (intramuscular) or Myomectomy. I chose neither and decided I would manage my symptoms as I’ve been managing them in the past. I went on this way for two years!

Hesitation About Surgery
Being a medical student prepared me to receive the diagnosis of having fibroids. I was given two options by the physician which I made a decision not to accept any. One of the reasons was the fear of going through with surgery seeing I’ve never had surgery. The other reason was the side effects of the prescribed medication which meant I won’t have any periods for some time coupled with other adverse effects. I was able to shrink one of the fibroids by changing up my diet and working out, I mean lifting weights and doing cardio. In 2015, after another check up with a different physician, I decided to proceed with the surgery. My reason was I had become severely anemic, and it prevented me from studying for my board exams.

Feelings Pre-Surgery
It felt like a huge burden had been lifted from me. My abdomen was once again flat when I laid down, the massive lump was gone. This meant I could not only take my board exams, but I did not have to make silly excuses as to why I couldn’t show up to events with my colleagues. This meant I no longer had to get up every twenty minutes (20) to use the bathroom!

IMG_3826My Formidable Ring of Support
My sisters
God blessed me with three amazing women to call my own. They were understanding, supportive and always praying for me.

My best friend
I’ve know him since first year of medical school and he was right there when I woke up from surgery!

My parents
They did not judge me, my pain was their pain. They did not label me with all the stigmas I was labelled for proceeding with surgery. A lot of people are not properly informed on the various types of surgery options for women with fibroids. To make it simple to digest, the longer you live the fibroids, the worse it becomes, the more likely a hysterectomy has to be performed. A hysterectomy is complete removal of the female uterus! A myomectomy on the other hand is removal of JUST the fibroids in whatever position they might be occupying around the uterus.

A few of my medical colleagues
It surprised me that amongst medical students, especially the ones from Africa or Asia, there was this notion that it was best I left the fibroids until after I had children! Wait a minute! you mean to tell me that despite the vast amount of medical knowledge these students had acquired, some of them still believed it was best to suffer in sever pain rather that remove the fibroids? YES

You Haven’t Quite Decided to Have the Surgery? Here Are Some Things You Can Do
My best advice is to first seek medical help from a well seasoned OBGYN. If he or she does not suit you, then seek another OBGYN until you are satisfied.

Change your diet
I know we love our rice and stew, eba etc! but my dear it honestly pays to eat healthy. You can have our home meals once a week if you miss it that much.

Water
I started drinking a gallon of water a day (I still do) to help my liver out. Fibroids affects the livers ability to detoxify properly.

Research
Visit my blog for more tips www.mindfulofitness.com

IMG_0955Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About the Fibroid Surgery
1. Chapstick
It is very crucial. I repeat, it is very crucial that you bring your chap stick or whatever you use to moisturise your lips because that post surgery dry lips is very uncomfortable and it hurts too. The nurse who provided me with one thought I was informed to bring one as she had to go search for one to give me.

2. Granny Panties
Yes, you read right! This is not the time for Victoria secret type of underwear because your secret is already exposed (lol, trying to be funny here) but you get the gist. Your focus is comfort, so I suggest you invest in affordable granny underwear with lace band so that it rest comfortable on your incision site without causing any form of discomfort. Also make sure you invest in either pants or skirts with elastic or drawstring waistbands.

3. The Pain
I will be honest with you, the level of pain you will experience cannot be described, so please prepare yourself. Of course you will be prescribed some pain medication but i suggest you mentally prepare yourself for all forms of pain you will experience.

4. Socks
I disliked the hospital socks, so it is best you bring your own warm, fuzzy socks and bedroom slippers.

5. Fatigue
This is very common after surgery and may last many weeks. I attempted to start studying on week two post surgery, let’s just say after I almost fell on the stairs in the library, I realized this level of fatigue is no joke. So I respected myself, closed my med books and went home to rest. I made sure I rested until it was time for my post surgery check up with my surgeon (4 months later).

6. Shower
You won’t be able to take a “normal” shower post surgery, at best you will get a wipe down by one of the nurses. Before you are discharged, request that the hospital give you some of the same wipes so you can use them at home (at least for the first three days). No baths please post surgery!

7. Sleeping at home
I don’t mean to sound negative, I just want to be honest as possible. You will encounter discomfort when it comes to sleeping because no position will suit you at the moment. I found out that sleeping on the living room couch with a lot of pillows to elevate my head worked okay. The hospital bed was amazing (I can’t believe I am saying this), but it sure was because it can be adjusted to accommodate you properly.
My first night back home, I slept for an hour! I know this because my FitBit watch tracked my sleep time. On another note, it is a smart idea to invest in one. I was able to track my sleep cycle and how many steps I took per day.

IMG_09358. Pillow
This is for your car ride back home, place the pillow on you abdomen are and then strap on your seat belt. I must warn you that each time the car goes over a speed bump, you may feel a sharp piercing pain.

9. Positive vibes
It’s important you surround yourself during recovery with people who are positive because no one would truly understand what you are going through unless they have had the same surgery, so it helps to have people who are positive around you.

10. Coughing, Bowel movements and Sneezing
Please bend over and gently hold your stomach as you cough or sneeze, unless you just love pain. They (doctors and nurses) advised that bowel movements would hurt, but it was the easiest thing for me to do. Now if you find it hard to poop post surgery, I mean after you get home, I suggest you drink some prune juice as it helps with bowel movements. Also try chewing gum or taking small walks around the house.

11. Patience:
It IS going to take some time to get back to normal, so be patient with yourself. It was hard on me, seeing that I’m very active at the gym I fought hard to be patient with myself. You do not realise how much your core is involved in most of your daily activities until you have an abdominal surgery.

12. Diet
Avoid foods that cause gas i.e. broccoli, cauliflower and Brussel sprouts. Also avoid alcohol and caffeine.

13. Bloating (swollen belly)
This is normal, it will go away after some weeks. In my case, my incision site was heavily swollen up until week 10! I guess for some people that is normal. Surgery irritates the intestines making them retain more gas and stool, but with time it goes away.

14. No Exercise
Wait until after your follow up to begin non strenuous exercise, also ask your physician if its okay. Make sure to use your arms and elbows when getting out of bed, please ask for assistance because you will need it.

15. Walking
This is the best form of exercise post surgery as it helps with circulation. Start slow, you will find out you won’t be able to walk fast anyway. Also by week two, I made it a priority to go to the gym just to slowly (and I mean slowly) walk on the treadmill on a speed of 0.6, and in time i was able to increase the speed and gradually walk a bit faster. Initially I was able to walk only fifty (50) steps in a day! How crazy is that?

Post Surgery Musing
The next 24-hours at the recovery room were quite intense, I just laid in bed and was served liquids mostly, while constantly ringing in for the nurses each time I felt the pain. Trust me, it wasn’t an easy pain. Once the nurse asked me on a scale of 1-10 to describe my pain, I told her “it is not on that scale” and to my surprise she laughed, and just like that we began to chat because just like me, she too had undergone fibroid surgery, and like me, she too was Nigerian and had experienced all the negative labels our people associate with having fibroids and going through with the surgery. It seemed like almost every nurse that cared for me after the other’s shift was over either had fibroid or knew of someone who had and for most, they decided to dedicate their lives helping women who went through the same surgery during recovery. How beautiful!

I spent two days at the recovery room, after which I was asked to try to get up and walk. This was in essence to prevent blood clots from forming, and also to “motivate” me to use the restroom as i had a catheter placed in, and they needed it to be removed as soon as I was able to pee.

Two Weeks Post Surgery
It took me some time, but slowly and surely I was able to start walking a bit faster, lifting weights, taking short showers, and finally returning my body better than what it was before fibroid. I have followed the workout tips I shared on my blog www.mindfulofitness.com and maintained a healthy clean diet with a few cheat meals here and there.

As women, it is imperative that we assist and uplift each other.

Throughout my entire ordeal with fibroid, it came as a shock that the most negative of comments I received were from my fellow women. Women who were without adequate knowledge about fibroid and its symptoms, or worse what it can do to the female body if left untreated or women who had this notion that “fibroid removal = inability to procreate”. As saddening as it was to have to go through such a stigma constantly, I was determined to prove them wrong that having fibroid was not a death sentence unless you wanted it to be such by not taking the proper actions!

IMG_3823A lot of women are silently suffering, carrying fibroids bigger than we can imagine because of the fear of being labelled wrongly. I find that majority of these women are in “Third world countries” with little or no care to a hospital facility. Again it is imperative that we learn to support one another, they already have it hard and the least you can do is show support no matter how small because it goes a long way.

People often associate fibroid surgery with removal of the uterus, and that ideology is not always the case! There are different types of surgeries out there depending on the amount of fibroids, size and how advanced they may be. This is why it is advised that anyone experiencing symptoms should seek medical help as soon as possible to avoid further complications. Please do not automatically label women battling with fibroids as non-fertile or what have you. As someone who went through with fibroids, I know exactly how a lot of women in this shoe fell. Be a little more kind and understanding towards them.

Almost a Year Post-Surgery
Currently I’m on the road to prepping for my first women’s figure competition and guess who is going to be there to support me amongst my other supporters? My OBGYN Dr. R! It is amazing to know that there are people who genuinely want the best for you. In the short time I’ve known my surgeon, he has motivated and constantly inspires me to keep pushing to be the best I can ever be. To anyone who is battling with fibroids or anything, make sure you find a great surgeon who has the passion for what they do because it makes a lot of difference in your recovery stage. Also take some time to do a lot of research on how to best manage your symptoms before electing to proceed with surgery. I do have some tips on my blog page on some things I did to help me manage my symptoms.

One last thing, if I can do it, you already know it is POSSIBLE and you can do it too. My little piece of advice to anyone who is battling with fibroids is this: DO NOT LISTEN TO THE WORDS OF NAYSAYERS! get the proper help you need, find a good obgyn and get sorted out. You will be okay.

52 Comments

  1. Xplorenollywood.com

    August 9, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Thanks a mighty bunch for this. My doctor says mine is the size of a golf ball so i shouldnt be too worried. every time i go for a check up, i insist on a scan and he reassures me that i shouldnt worry. I have been having some post period pains and sometimes at the end of the period i still flow and my mind drifts to my fibroid, havent discussed this with my doctor, maybe its just me. At this point, i am looking to get knocked up and get the surgery done in the same vein.

    • abi

      August 9, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      At that size your doctor should really be recommending measures to shrink or dry them up. Are you in the UK? I ask because non black or Asian doctors in my experience don’t seem to take fibroids very seriously.

  2. wendy

    August 9, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    The one thing that I will tell people is research! Research! research!. research fibroids, options, and doctors.
    fibroids can mentally and physically disorganize your life!!!

    I went to the greatest doctor. I keep singing praise for him. he is very very very knowledgeable. He takes is time to educate u and listen!
    His name is Dr. Charles J. Ascher-Walsh. Mount Sinai Health System, Ny, Director of the New York Fibroid Center.
    he deserves all the ratings!!!

    Sorry I just can’nt stop praising him!!

    • P.Mercedes

      August 12, 2016 at 2:19 am

      Yes wendy, you are right. Research is crucial for anyone batting fibroids. Everyones symptoms and size/location of fibroids won’t always be the same. What worked for me, may not work for another.

  3. wendy

    August 9, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    “To make it simple to digest, the longer you live the fibroids, the worse it becomes”
    Not for everyone. Some actually shrink or disappear after pregnancy or during menopause.

  4. Mimi May

    August 9, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Thank God for your successful surgery. Just had mine a month now and I experienced all the tips you mentioned. I thank God I’m strong and ready to resume work next week. I never thought I could overcome it. Was so afraid of the surgery until I summoned up courage. I must not fail to thank my amazing hubby. He stood by me, slept with me in the hospital, cleaned me up. Oh… I didn’t know there’s emotional side of him. He practically shuttled between his job and hospital. Hubby didn’t wish me to die. Doctors had to call him in the theatre while I was opened to show him all my vital organs and location of the fibroid. Shout out to my hubby, Arc G.C. I love youuuuuuuu! We are TTC. We are confident we will overcome.

    • P.Mercedes

      August 12, 2016 at 2:20 am

      Thank you dear! I am glad your’s went well. Its always a plus to have a good support system during this ordeal. Thank God for your husband. I wish you a speedy and healthy recovery.

  5. wendy

    August 9, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    “It surprised me that amongst medical students, especially the ones from Africa or Asia, there was this notion that it was best i left the fibroids until after i had children! Wait a minute! you mean to tell me that despite the vast amount of medical knowledge these students had acquired, some of them still believed it was best to suffer in sever pain rather that remove the fibroids? YES”

    Some doctors will advise you to do so or wait to see if u will have issue conceiving. Everything depends on location, size of the fibroids, and other related issue.

    A very good doctor will be able to layout the options and solutions for you.

  6. bea

    August 9, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    This is really helpful.
    I have been relunctant to go for surgery actually *** because I fear the knifes.

    But there is no stigma in having fibrod in nigeria o. so next time say africa with the exception of Nigeria.

    Almost every woman has it and people go for surgery from time to time especially if your are TTC or it becomes unbearably painful.

    the support system is perfect here too and there is pleanty o knowledge about it.

    • P.Mercedes

      August 12, 2016 at 2:24 am

      Thank you. The decision is yours dear, in my case, i couldn’t continue with it anymore. It was the size of a four month old fetus (one of them) and prevented me from doing a lot of stuff. I also became severely anemic too. My experience from other women’s opinion was quite harsh, not everyone will have something negative to say about fibroids and not everyone will have something positive to say either.

  7. Kayesu

    August 9, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    I am having a procedure called fibroid artery embolisation. I have multiple fibroids, however there is one which makes me about 20 weeks pregnant… if all goes well I won’t need abdominal surgery … fingers crossed.

    • Concerned

      August 9, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      Hi,

      Do you already have kids/are you planning to have kids? You may want to read up on this, as it isn’t always the best option for women who plan to have children.

      “UFE may not be a good choice if you want to get pregnant. It’s possible to get pregnant afterward, but it’s uncertain how good the odds are. This procedure does have a risk of damaging an ovary or the uterus, which would make it much harder to get pregnant. There may be a higher risk for pregnancy problems.”
      m.webmd.com/women/uterine-fibroid-embolization-ufe

      Cheers!

    • Karen walker

      August 9, 2016 at 10:44 pm

      What country are you having this UFE done? I know my surgeon in the US advised against this. Hopefully you are fully informed on the risks associated. You may want to inquire about a laproscopic myomectomy which only requires a few tiny incision as an alternative to UFE. Goodluck

    • Flower girl

      August 9, 2016 at 10:59 pm

      Embolisation has been known to affect future chances to conceive. I was given this option by my UK doctors but after a lot of research I opted to return to naija for the surgery. I went to the Lister Clinic and Dr Amole removed 36 fibroids with the largest the size of a grapefruit. No blood transfusion. I don’t have the words to describe how my life changed post surgery to date.

    • B!

      August 11, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Please can we have his contact details? Thank you

    • flower girl

      August 13, 2016 at 12:39 am

      I’m afraid I don’t recall the actual address. I only know how to get there. They are near Toyin Street in Ikeja. A Google search could help. So sorry I can’t do more.

    • P.Mercedes

      August 12, 2016 at 2:26 am

      Hello dear, please kindly do more research on UFE before you proceed. Wish you Gods grace.

  8. wendy

    August 9, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    The after surgery actually feel better than the pain during your period….. lol…

    All I have to say people, there is nothing to be ashamed of. it is nature. You did not create it. it is not your fault! Do your research and seek for professional help!

  9. Otinkpu

    August 9, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Great piece and I gather from it that you have been able to remove the fibroids without damage to your uterus. Just a piece of advise, you have not mentioned trying to have children. If indeed you do want to have children some day, please do not waste too much time. The womb scars a lot after surgery and one of the things that fibroids do best is grow especially in a young fit woman producing the hormones that make them thrive. It is only a matter of time before they return. Wishing you children if they are your desire IJN.

    • P.Mercedes

      August 12, 2016 at 2:27 am

      Hello dear,
      Thank you, i sure will keep that into consideration.

  10. Hotchick

    August 9, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Okpo Okpo princoco, I had no idea… But I am glad you are post surgery and doing well.

    Well written. Going to visit your blog ASAP xxx

    • P.Mercedes

      August 12, 2016 at 2:27 am

      Thanks dear,
      I appreciate it.

  11. Deegirl

    August 9, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    I know someone that has fibroid as massive as 9months pregnancy but she doesn’t want to do surgery…..she is currently using fibrofit by forever living product…….i pray it shrinks

  12. HCP

    August 9, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    “To make it simple to digest, the longer you live the fibroids, the worse it becomes”
    This statement is FALSE! INCORRECT! IT HAS NO SCIENTIFIC BEARING. NO PATIENT, NO FIBROID IS THE SAME.

    My pet peeve is when incorrect medical “opinion” is given.

    Fibroids thrive in estrogen rich environment. The risk factor for fibroids: primarily genetics. Eating rice and stew or eba has nothing to do with it—–suggesting that it has something to do with it is irresponsible.

    NO PATIENT, NO FIBROID, NO SURGERY IS THE SAME. Pls follow your hospital/dr’s instructions.

    Depending on your hospital/Dr, it is okay to take a shower 24 hrs post-surgery. Do not take a bath—–as in do not soak in a tub. Again follow dr’s instructions.

    Esp. if you had open abdominal surgery, I cannot fathom a Dr encouraging you to get on a tread mill no matter how slow you set the treadmill. That is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

    A patient’s pain level post surgery depends on: your tolerance for pain, how good your Dr is (Yes!! There are procedures that can be done pre-surgery and immediately post-surgery to minimize pain), and how good your hospital is at managing pain.

    The decision to have surgery is multi-faceted including such things as pt’s symptoms, location of fibroid, age, medical history. Get a DR you trust. Get a 2nd opinion (or as many Dr’s opinion as you need to be comfortable). OBVIOUSLY, there r women (with fibroids) who conceive and have full-term babies without any problems.

    My only advice: if a patient is on opioids for pain control, make sure you are on a stool softner!

    P.S: I have yet to experience any “stigma” associated with fibroids. I find that women are quite open about their experiences with it.

    • Karen walker

      August 9, 2016 at 10:37 pm

      I disagree with you on your last point. I had a myomectomy before marriage and you would not belive how many negative reactions I got from older nigerian women. My own mother even advised me against disclosing the nature of my condition or surgery least people think me unable to bare children

    • Flower girl

      August 9, 2016 at 11:06 pm

      There is a huge stigma around women suffering from fibroids. Some families will put pressure on their men to ‘ensure ‘ a woman can get pregnant prior to marriage if she’s honest about having fibroids, in the past! I experienced it personally. Some women will imply that fibroids are some indication of a wayward lifestyle. Trust me it’s those same people who say they’ll pray for you. And btw your tone is unnecessarily harsh. Thank you.

    • P.Mercedes

      August 12, 2016 at 2:55 am

      Hello dear,
      You are right. I experienced some of the stigma, Those who do not experience it are “lucky” i guess and therefore won’t be able to relate. Thank you for sharing this.

    • P.Mercedes

      August 12, 2016 at 2:33 am

      Thank you for your opinion,
      I shared MY experience to encourage other women. Of course not everyone will experience the same symptoms, nor have the same size of fibroids, hence why this is my own experience. Also in regards to eating our home food, I choose not to eat them on a regular when asked to by my physician to clean up my diet plus going into body building one has to be strict with what he/she chooses to consume, so that also plays a factor in my diet of choice. Am certain most women know that fibroids strive in estrogen rich environment, hence why physicians advice their patients to reduce the consumption of foods that enhance estrogen. My physician never instructed me to walk on a treadmill, I made that choice, and it worked for me. If anything, being active has aided me in my quick recovery. Once again, this is just my own experience, it does not mean that every woman out there will experience the same thing.

  13. mrs chidukane

    August 9, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Not every fibroid presents a problem. Some of mine shrunk after I had my first child. However, my friend hasn’t been able to conceive again because hers have grown and the position is really bad. In all, listen to your doctor. I’m glad your surgery went well. ,

    • P.Mercedes

      August 12, 2016 at 2:36 am

      Hello dear
      you are right. Not all fibroids are the same. In my blog, i stated that i was able to shrink one of them (the smallest) with proper diet and exercise. However the remaining, especially the biggest in size made me very uncomfortable to say the least, hence why i proceeded to take them all out. I pray all goes well with your friend. Thank you.

  14. Sarah

    August 9, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    I discovered that I have fibroids when I went for the 12weeks scan during my first pregnancy. I never experienced any pain before then and after. I now have two kids born through vaginal delivery and never experienced any discomfort. My doctor allayed my fears by telling me that the fibroids are located outside the uterus. The only advice he gave me was to adopt a healthy lifestyle and only opt for surgery if it becomes painful.

  15. Wendy

    August 9, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    U might want to reconsider if u want kids…plus do ur research…..I cannot stress the research part enough…

  16. Dennis

    August 9, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Congrats i am very proud of you

    • P.Mercedes

      August 12, 2016 at 2:52 am

      thank you

  17. Scaredddd

    August 9, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    I’m having my surgery done in a few weeks and scared out of my mind. My doctor is a little scatterbrained (e.g. she sometimes forgets to send over my prescriptions, she never showed me my scans from my MRI) so that hasn’t alleviated my fear. The position of one of mine (I have 7 massive fibroids from my last MRI and they keep growing) is near my blood vessels so Dr is going to have to be extra careful to keep my uterus intact. I am also going to need a blood transfusion since I’m very anemic. May God be my healer and comforter. Thanks for this article though, it’s so nice and weirdly comforting to know I am not alone. All the best with your competition, rock on girl!!!!

    • P.Mercedes

      August 12, 2016 at 2:38 am

      Hello Dear,
      Thank you. I totally understand how you feel, my prayer is that everything in regards to your surgery goes well. Try to be calm, think positive and pray (it helped me a lot). keep me updated and i wish you a healthy recovery.

  18. Flower girl

    August 9, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    From my extensive research I agree with the lady.
    A healthy lifestyle played a significant role in my victory over fibroids. I quit drinking, avoided red meat and ALL processed foods even diet soda. I don’t eat chicken skin due to the high hormone levels it has. I swapped the normal household cleaners for natural cleaning products. No insecticides, hair dyes or relaxers. And crazy as it sounds I don’t use synthetic hair extensions. And I stayed away from ALL soya products. The estrogen levels in soya are ridiculous and will grow cysts like fertiliser.

    • P.Mercedes

      August 12, 2016 at 2:42 am

      Thank you dear,
      I also adopted the same approach. After i got the fibroids taken out, i decided to get rid of more items around the house especially if they aren’t organic. Yes! chicken skin is another big one. At the end of the day, you are entitled to do what works best for you, especially to ensure that they do not come back. Keep up with the healthy life style, it take a lot for one to be dedicated to do that. Wish you all the best

  19. Dammy

    August 9, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    I can totally relate to this post… have pratically lived all my life with bad period pain but not until wen i relocated to london 15yrs ago i was digonized with fibroid well been a naija girl and our african mentality i thot am in trouble, who’s gona marry me? LoL.
    Okay let me tell you something theres no way i can described the pain i was goin thru, it was so bad i cant go to work during my period. My GP was really good but the fear of surgery was a killer not when the worst happned to me last year i lost a 5months pregancy bcos the fibroid was growing bigger than the baby alsas i suffered miscariage,believe me it was the worst time of my life. Went thru child labour and push the baby out, it terible and painful then it down on me have to get it out. This time it wasnt about my choice anymore bcos there was conplication after the misscariage so i was taking from st Goeges to st thomas and i met this amazing DR jolaosho very old man but lot of experience. He talk me thru the surgery bcos the fibroid needs to be taking out to save my life, the surgery was done but it was taking out thru viginal no open cut to stomach. It was stil painfull and basically went thru lot of the synthom u mentioned but it way better than been cut open.
    Pls and pls if you have fibriod and it giving u bad vibes for a good life style pls take it out, it better to be safe than sorry and do i mention i changed my life style…… went from sise 16 to size 8…. yes i do it for my life sake. You cant be unhealthy wit fibriod and yes pls drink water water and water LOL
    Am taking this year off n try for baby again next year but the most important thing is the surport of my man, my family n friends they all show me love n surport during my ordeal but i thank God for giving another chance of life.
    Princess kalu thank u for this piece, God bless you darlyn xxx #teamfitfam

    • B!

      August 11, 2016 at 10:32 am

      … Hello Dammy,
      Your story has given me hope as I have not until now decided to have the surgery. I look so pregnant people keep asking me.
      Please furnish us with Dr Jolaosho’s details. Is he in Nigeria?

    • P.Mercedes

      August 12, 2016 at 2:47 am

      Hello dammy,
      thank you. I am so sorry to read about your miscarriage. Fibroids can be quite tricky when left to grow. I am glad you are taking adequate measures in regards to this. You are also right about the pain, unless one goes through what you experienced, they will not be able to understand. My pain level was crazy, it prevented me from walking upright sometimes. Gods grace in everything, wish you the very best.

  20. miroslav

    August 10, 2016 at 12:44 am

    Great story Princess. Glad you never let yourself be discouraged.

    • P.Mercedes

      August 12, 2016 at 2:48 am

      Thank you dear,
      I appreciate it.

  21. B

    August 10, 2016 at 3:31 am

    Princess, great write up! I applaud your courage in sharing your experience. Glad you are healed and on your way to fitness competition. Jisike

  22. Lamp

    August 10, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Please dammy can I have Dr jolaoso’s no or address. Thank you

  23. Lara

    August 11, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Very educative post. Thanks for sharing your experience @princess. It was discovered I have fibroid during my first pregnancies but God helped me through, I had Virginia delivery, I didn’t removed the fibroid then I took in again. I don’t know if the fibroid is still there or it has string but I think I will visit my Dr soon for check up. My period is normal, I have never experienced any serious pain but I think it will be good if I go for checkup. Thanks

    • P.Mercedes

      August 12, 2016 at 2:50 am

      Thank you Lara,
      for some women, it does shrink. However my best advice is to visit your physician for a check up. Size and location of fibroids vary from woman to woman, some women can have very small sized fibroids and experience no symptoms, others may not be so lucky. Stay on top of it, get checked out often so that it doesn’t take you by surprise like it did to me. Wish you all the best.

  24. Tola

    August 11, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Great post! I admire you candor. @HCP you are coming off a bit strong. the lady is simply sharing her experience, i do not recall reading in her post that all fibroids are the same. She states research is important to anyone experiencing fibroids. The choice to eat rice and stew or not is hers. she did not state that it causes fibroids. Let her be, it take a lot of courage for anyone to be this open with issues so personal. There is a stigma on women who have fibroids, especially in our country.

    • P.Mercedes

      August 12, 2016 at 2:51 am

      Hello dear,
      Thank you.

  25. P.Mercedes

    August 12, 2016 at 2:17 am

    Hello dear,
    you are most welcome. I suggest you continue to follow up with your doctor. I pray everything goes well with you.

  26. Dammy

    August 12, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Hi everyone sorry 4 late reply, Dr jolaosho is a uk based doctor. Last i heard of him he’s now senior consultant at lewisham hospital, women health ward.
    If you live in uk and want to take ur fibroid out st thomas hospital is the best place, thier women health department is A’class plus discuss with ur GP and ask about viginal method. It safe n a little bit pain less than been cut open.

    @P.Mercedes thanks alot darlyn, i feel much better. I went from 8days heavy bleeding pain period to 4 normal days wit no pain after the surgery. Taking my fibriod out is the best decission of my life. Am glad i did.
    Pls ladies kindly speak to ur GP if u live in london and my naija ppl i think general hospital wil be better than small private hospital or asked ur family doctor.

  27. Ella

    January 9, 2017 at 5:23 am

    Hi P. Mercedes, I have fibroids and Io am thinking about having the myomectomy surgery. Because of the size and location of the surgery I would have to have an abdominal myomectomy. I’m also into fitness. How has your scar healed after the surgery. How soon were you able to get back into the gym. I know it will take time and everyone’s situation is different. Thanks again for this article. More women need to know about fibroids. I’ve found out so much since my diagnosis last June.

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