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What hospital would you be going through? Did the CAT scan say how many centimeters it is? Don't be in shock, it's really so common that I think that it's more uncommon if you don't get fibroid cysts in your lifetime! I think I read that 50% of women between the ages of 30 and 50 have fibroid cysts. Most of them are removable in the office, like outpatient surgery. Mine is unusually large (like a cantaloupe) this is not common, and this is the only reason they have to do a hysterectomy on me. The reason I asked about the hospital you would be going to is because you need to ask them if you can speak to someone who does health insurance counseling, tell them what your situation is, what you were diagnosed with and that you need help finding insurance that you can afford.

I hear you about the time off work not paid etc. I've been dealing with this issue for a month or so now and have not finished any jobs in the meantime, which means I don't get paid. So this is one of the reasons I'm hoping to have the surgery a couple weeks later so that I can get caught up on my business (and of course, get paid too!).

The supplements might make you feel better, but they won't help the discomfort from the fibroid nor will they lighten your periods (at least I don't think so, I actually haven't been on my supplements long enough to have a period yet, so I'll let you know if I get my period before my hysterectomy otherwise we'll never know!). Any doctor should take you for a brief office visit to discuss your problem and do a round of blood tests. Discuss ahead of time that you have no insurance and see if they will negotiate a discounted rate for your visit and your bloodwork? I was surprised that my blood tests were not really that expensive - I have to pay for a bit more than half of each of them (my current insurance negotiates a rather large discount - it does not pay for any of this). My balances are in the low $100 range so I think most of them were around $220 or something in total. I'm hoping they will allow me to make payments on these since I had 5 of them done and I saw 3 specialists plus my regular doctor twice (plus ex rays and a sono-hystogram). You won't have to see all the specialists and have all those rounds of blood work most likely. I was an extreme case, a month ago I felt like I was wearing a 110 year old body, I felt like I had bone cancer and arthritis and my blood work was all messed up... so they had to do extra rounds and send me to specialists but that's probably not going to happen with you so I don't want to scare you. Anyway what I'm trying to say is that maybe you can have a consult with a PC and she can order one round of blood-work based on your symptoms, tell her what's going on and that you suspect anemia etc. The office visit may cost you a bit more than $100 and maybe the blood-work will be in that vicinity also? Or maybe you can come up with a figure that you can afford and ask if they'll see you and if you can make payments or something.

Oh, and the first thing my 'substitute' doctor had me take was prenatal vitamins. Then my regular doctor came back from maternity leave and said she would have said iron 3X/day but that I should get in to see the gynecologist immediately, then the hematologist. Then the hematologist said iron 3X/day but I could keep taking the prenatal vitamins too since I thought they were making me feel better. Don't take iron 3X/day without having your blood tested though because you can overdose on it if you don't need that much! I needed that much. I think I'd start out with prenatal vitamins once a day and try to get in to see a PC, and talk to somebody at the hospital that can counsel you on the health insurance piece. Good luck! Keep us posted...

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