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Old 07-04-2014, 04:45 PM   #1
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I saw an old thread about thyroids under General Chatter but wanted to get a little more insight into fibroids and weight loss. If you'd look through my posts over the past few months I've been struggling to find a reason for my weight loss being at a stand still. I've been exercising, eating right, and the scale hasn't moved. I've reevaluated my diet, tried eating less, eating more, limiting caffeine, walking more, walking less, weight training, etc. etc. and nothing was working. I have to go back in a time machine now and bring up the fact that over a year ago I noticed my periods started getting bad...pain, heavier flow, lasting over a week. I initially ignored it. Work schedule is pretty full and honestly I brushed it off that just that one period was bad and the next would be fine. Boy was I wrong! The pain has increased, flow has increased, bloating increased, add to the mix more frequent urination, constipation, and fatigue like I've never known! Sorry if this is TMI! I finally took the time and had a pelvic ultrasound done and was diagnosed with a very large fibroid. It explains a lot of my problems, and honestly, it's nice to finally acknowledge all this pain and fatigue are not just in my head! Anyone else have fibroids? Have it effect your weight loss? While I wait for a follow up with my doctor I did pick up some iron pills along with vitamin c to try to combat the tiredness (anemia is a concern due to the blood loss). Along with all of the health concerns weight gain is a concern too. I can't even explain how awkwardly clothes fit! I had noticed my jeans feeling tight but just around my lower belly. Sometimes the problem can get you bad you can appear pregnant. My looks are last on my list of this problem, but the entire situation is frustrating. Anyone else out there dealing with this? If you don't want to post here you can also PM me. I'm interested in hearing others experiences and successes!
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Old 07-04-2014, 05:23 PM   #2
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Ugh sorry Fibroids not Thyroids! I think I right clicked to do a spell check and accidentally changed it!
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Old 07-05-2014, 11:17 AM   #3
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LOL a lot of people read this but no responses! That's OK! Maybe I'll just post some updates here. Sometimes we blame ourselves for not losing weight when there could be underlying medical factors. If this could help anyone at all I'd be happy to periodically update this I should also update my Blog!
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Old 07-06-2014, 06:25 AM   #4
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For anyone suffering through this and the fatigue, I will say the iron supplement is like a miracle for me! I'm taking it along with vitamin c. I'm hoping I can give up that second pot of coffee

I'm still worried as I haven't tried taking iron during my period, so that will be the true test. I've literally had days I could call off work I'm so tired. Keeping my fingers crossed!
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hi! I too am experiencing tough weight loss dealing with my fibroids. You just described my feelings accurately. I started taking iron supplements along with my multivitamin. I am also discovering how different food combinations affect my body. Let me know what has been working for you!
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I have fibroids, and they are growing, but so far have seen no negative health impacts. I have frequent pelvic ultrasounds (history of ovarian cancer in the family), so my fibroids and everything else in there is tracked closely.
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My mum has fibroids. In her late 40s she went back on the pill to help handle them until menopause. She definitely had an iron deficiency, though her iron supplements weren't agreeable and a second doctor disagreed with the prescription.

I don't know how they would affect weightloss?
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I'm wondering now if this isn't what I might have. My symptoms are very similar to yours - very, very heavy painful, periods, getting closer and closer together - lucky to get 18 days apart. I have lost no weight in the last year - I lose a bit and then before my period I bloat up like a huge balloon and there is not enough time in between to lose what I gain. I am perimenopausal. Had my yearly physical this week and have bloodwork on Friday as Dr. was also worried about anemia. He wasn't concerned with my lack of weight loss and told me to focus on how far I've come and how much I've improved my fitness level which bothered me cause I've worked hard to get where I am and there is no reason for the weightloss to have stopped. I've done the same as you - tried eating more, tried eating less, exercised more, exercised less etc.
He is blaming the perimenopause but that just doesn't seem right to me.
Guess I'll wait and see what the bloodwork shows. May just have to wait it out.
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I am actually having surgery next week (Thursday July 24) to remove at least two fibroids. I had all the symptoms you listed and was sent to a Fertility Clinic to talk to a doctor that has experience with removing them. I wondered if they could affect weight loss but have not asked. I know that they can grow and cause you stomach to grow as if you were pregnant so they have to have some weight to them.

The doctor actually put me on a daily iron pill and a prescription vitamin D pill once a day for 4 weeks. Hoping that will help with the anemia too. I am so ready to feel better and not worry about leaving the house. Embarrassing to have a "flood" and go everywhere.
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I had one removed not too long ago, along with two polyps. Wasn't bad at all. Glad it's gone.
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