My Hysterectomy Story: The Discovery

I mentioned yesterday that I will be having a hysterectomy.  Here is the beginning of My Hysterectomy Story:

Early in December 2015, I woke up to my 5:45 alarm and remember feeling that I had to pee really bad. I put my hand on my lower belly and felt a huge bulge. My initial thought was that I had one really, really full bladder! I went to the bathroom to relieve myself and climbed back into bed to get a few more zzzz’s before my snooze alarm went off again after the 8-minute window. I laid on my back and put my hand on my lower abdomen again and still felt my belly distended. I was concerned, as I knew that was not a normal feeling. At this point, there was no waiting on my snooze; I was fully awake with worry as what I could be feeling in my belly.

In the quiet of my house and with a cup of coffee, I started Googling my symptoms:

  • Bulge in lower belly 
  • What could cause tumor in lower belly 
  • Lower abdomen feels swollen

 Etc…

The results that popped up made me scared at first (does that surprise anyone????). But as I was somberly perusing the results that Google produced, one topic caught my eye: uterine fibroids (for more information, click here).

This topic rung a bell because when I was pregnant with my 3rd child in 2009, I made a trip to the hospital for early labor at about 20 weeks. During this hospital stay, I had an ultrasound which showed a healthy baby boy and at least one 4cm fibroid, which the latter most likely was the cause of the contractions I had experienced. Pesky little thing!!! (the fibroid, not the baby! Ha!)

These fibroids also showed up in some ultrasounds with my 4th pregnancy, but other than having some pain from them during pregnancy, I hadn't had any other issues except for these.  I just forgot that I had the issues since they only showed up in pregnancy.

So, when I felt this bulge in my abdomen, I figured the reasonable cause was that it might be a fibroid rather than cancer or some other radical medical condition. After this self-diagnosis, I shared my concerns with my husband and we agreed that I needed to make an appointment with a local OB/GYN.

At this point, I was optimistic, yet still a bit fearful, of what my diagnosis actually was going to be.

SEEING THE GOOD:

  • I was in the comfort of my own home when I discovered my bulging abdomen
  • I found some relief to the worry of what it could be by googling symptoms and being wise in my assessment of what it could be
  • Remembering that I had a history of uterine fibroids.
  • Having a patient husband who listened to me and encouraged me to seek help



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