Posted by Miss Diane (London, England, United Kingdom) on 06/10/2011
Heres a question that I would love Ted from Bangkok to answer for me. How do I shrink huge fibroids that are pressing on the veins to my legs and put me at high risk of deep vein thrombosis.
According to a vascular surgeon and radiographer, a venogram shows "compression of the illiac venous system" and both he and my gynaecologist reccomend a hysterectomy. My symptoms include leg swelling and cram-like feelings. Other than that, I feel perfectly healthy and am a 'normal', slim 42 year old of afro-caribean ancestry, who wishes to keep her uterus.
5 years ago I was diagnosed with multiple huge fibroids. Other than very heavy periods, I had no real symptoms until 2 years ago when they started causing leg swelling, the diagnosis being compression of veins in my pelvis. As I was at risk of deep vein thrombosis (with 3 emergency hospital admissions), I had uterine artery embolisation a year ago. I can even feel the shrinkage and my fibroids are now the size of a 16 week pregnancy - which is huge, but still smaller than previously.
I live in England and have private health insurance and so have had multiple MRI and CT scans as well as other expensive diagnostic tests to confirm all of the above, and have seen some of the 'best' specialists in England.
I have been trying the sodium bicarbonate and apple cider vinegar remedy (also blackstrap molasses) for 3 months and have far less pain in the legs as a direct result, but I need to shrink the fibroids as I am still at serious risk of deep vein thrombosis. DVT can lead to a sudden death - so this is serious!
Generally, I am healthy, eating a vegetarian diet for 11 years, little junk food, no coffee, exercise twice a week, weigh 58kg (9. 5 stone), usually I am less than 9 stone.
I would love to take my mother on holiday to her home country this summer, but this would mean an 8 hour flight. Long-haul flights and bad circulation do not mix and I have been warned not to do this on risk of DVT. My mother is not getting any younger though, so we may never get another chance to do this holiday together.
Can you give any advise, Ted?
Regards, Miss Diane