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I had a sonogram done to check my ovaries and the doctor told me that my lining in the uterus is thick and wants to do a endometrial biopsy. I do not have any symptoms such as bleeding or cramps or any other symptoms that I read which are associated with endomitriies. I am 60 years old and have not had my period for over 7 years.
I went in and had my pap and mentioned even though I had been through menopause that I had had some minor bleeding and they did an endo.biopsy and when they got the report back they told me to get a D&C. When I went for the D&C they told me my uterus lining was too thick (several yrs. prior diagnosed with endomitriosis)and this was to check for cancer and when that report came back they said I had endometrial cancer-and would have to have a total abdominal hysterectomy which I did. When they do a total abd.hysterectomy it also checks the lymph nodes and they remove them in the abdomen as well. I'm glad I had it done and now am cancer free.
Hi ladies....

Ugh, after reading your post I am getting extremely nervous. I am 47 years of age. I went to my gyno doc after having a long episode of bleeding. Had blood work done and pelvic and vaginal ultrasound. Had a biopsy as well. Uponthe pelvic exam, she told me the lining was too thick also. All the blood work came back ok. No problems with hormones, no throid problem ect. Not even close to menopause as of yet. The ultrasound showed 2 fibroids. they are smal and she doesnt feel this is causing the problem because they are small fibroids. Found cyst on ovaries as well. The ultrasound also showed the lining to be 2 times the thickness it should be. The biopsy came back ok. I am still wondering about this. Could there still be pre-cancer or cancer cells in my uterus? maybe the biopsy didnot get enough cells? I am scheduled to have a endometrial ablation and a hysterscopy done on sept. 23. I am getting nervous....Any insight?

Thanks!
Hi Lynne1961

I too am 47 and had a Endo biopsy due to thickening of the Endometrium, all came back clear. My doc wants me to have the Ablation procedure done, but I have mixed feelings about it. I did harmone testing in the office through blood work, and it said all levels fine. I then did saliva harmone testing on my own and it came back that my Progesterone levels are very low, almost making me Estrogen dominate. To my understanding this can cause thickening of the Endometrium. I took the reports into my headache doc and he put me on Progesterone. My OB doesn't tend to "believe" in these kinds of tests. Anyway, I plan to ask my OB if I can have one more TransVaginal Ultrasound before I make my decsion. I would like to see if the Progesterone therapy has caused any shrinking. Please keep me posted on your procedure and how you do with it....I am also in Missouri, St. Louis to be exact!!!
Pam
Hiya Pam.....

Is your doc suggesting a hystercopy test done too? My doctor says the majority of the time it is polyps for the cause. My doc is doing the hysterscopy first and said if anything looks abnormal they would biopsy it right then. I am getting nervous about all this. I donot mind having the ablation done. I am just hoping it is polyps. Another question I have for my doctor is.....having found fibroids in my uterus, is this ablation going to get rid of those? or.....am I facing this bleeding issue down the road due to these fibroids growing? Sheesh...can;t win for losing it seems. She also informed that, 50% of women end up having a hysterectomy down the road. She did not say why but she did tell me that. I guess this is a shot of fixing the issue before going through a hysterectomy. I took progesterone before the ultrasound.....I guess it didn't make a difference. I am just ready to get straightened out....Let me know how you do as well......take care!
I just wanted to say that I had dx. of endometriosis for years and had so much abdominal pain that after I had the hysterectomy that it was such a relief. It made a tremendous difference in how much better I felt! I wanted to point out that I had a too thick lining to my uterus and they told me before surgery that I had endometrial cancer and after the surgery they said it was a severe case of hyperplasia-which is an overgrowth of tissue I guess. I wish I could have had my hysterectomy years earlier though.
Hiya bj08,

Did your doctor do a biospy to determine cancer? I had a biospy and it came back ok. What symptoms did you have? And hyperplasia was found.....that is pre-cancer cells correct? Did that show up on biospy? I have never been diagnosed as having endometrios. I just recently started having bleeding issues. That is what lead me to the doctor. I am scheduled for an ablation sept. 23. I am a little nervous as to what will be found during the hystercope. Hoping it is just polyp's. I do have 2 small fibroids but my doc doesnot feel that is the cause of the problem. She said the lining is about 2 times the thickness it should be.
[QUOTE=lynn1961;3727777]Hiya bj08,

Did your doctor do a biospy to determine cancer? I had a biospy and it came back ok. What symptoms did you have? And hyperplasia was found.....that is pre-cancer cells correct? Did that show up on biospy? I have never been diagnosed as having endometrios. I just recently started having bleeding issues. That is what lead me to the doctor. I am scheduled for an ablation sept. 23. I am a little nervous as to what will be found during the hystercope. Hoping it is just polyp's. I do have 2 small fibroids but my doc doesnot feel that is the cause of the problem. She said the lining is about 2 times the thickness it should be.[/QUOTE]

Hi Lynn - I'm curious as to what you found out. I just turned 53 and am having abnormal bleeding, didn't have a period for 4 months and now it's almost continuous. Doctor wants to do a D&C. I also have 2 fibroids. Did the ablation go okay? Thanks. Becky
Hiya Reba..........

The ablation was re scheduled due to waiting on some test results. I am scheduled to have it done oct. 16. When i saw my doc for the pre-op visit, she did tell me the abalation would not get rid of the fibroids. She also told me 30% of women go on to a hysterectomy later....UGHHHHHH I am not sure what is the cause of the thickened lining for myself. She feels that maybe there is polyp's in the ueterus that may be causing it. Everything else checked out ok as far as hormones ect. So....I will have a hysterscopy and d&c and abalation done on the 16th of this month. She also told me if she see's anything abnormal it would be biopsied right then. It is a lil scary ack I'll let you know how it all ends up.....

Lynn
Hi Lynn,

Please let us know how it goes for you. My doc wants me to schedule a Hysterscopy and ablation do to heavy periods and thickening of the endometrium. I did have a biopsy of the endo and it came back fine. I am a little nervous to have the other procedures done.

Pam
Thanks Lynn for your quick reply. I'm nervous. I guess I should go ahead and schedule the D&C to see if I have cancer, that word is so scary to say or look at. Becky
You are welcome Reba.........I know you must be scared as I am, too. Did you have a biopsy done? I did have a biopsy and it came back ok....but seems I read somewhere that the biopsy is done from a couple of snips of the endometrial lining and maybe the snips the docs get doesn't necessarily get the area <of cancer cells>? Maybe I am just a worry wart? LOL I will be glad to get this behind me and NOT have a period anymore The ablation is supposed to make it to where you donot have anymore periods but I think some women have a light 1. I have been bleeding lots too. Did your doctor mention an ablation to you?

Take care and hang in there,
LYNN
Hi Lynn - My doctor hasn't mentioned an ablation to me yet, I guess we will see what happens after I have the D&C. But I have heard it is a good surgery to have, sure better than a hysterectomy. When I was 50 three years ago I had fibroids and cysts and had a laprectomy (outpatient). I am one of these lucky women that never had problems with periods, they were regular, not heavy, no cramps for years so I guess I shouldn't complain. I am like you, ready to not have periods anymore. My mom is 80 and quit she said around 50 or 51. Take Care Lynn. Becky
Hi ladies..........

Just wanted to let you all know how the precedure went for me today. I had a hysterscopy, D & C and endometrial ablataion. My doc did the novasure ablation. The surgery itself didnot take but about 45 minutes. My doctor didnot find anything abnormal, so that was a very good thing. I was knocked out but not under heavy anethesia which I was happy about as well. Takes so long to recover and start feeling yourself when put under heavy anesthisia.I was not in lots of pain right after I woke up. I started feeling a bit crampy about an hour after I was awake. The nurse gave me pain medication before I left to go home. I will tell you ladies, I was under the impression that I would not be in much pain at all. WELL..........LOL that was not the case after I got home. I was in bad crampy pain. I did finally get the pain in control with the help of my mother HA and pain medication and I am using a heating pad. Tonight, I am not hurting near as bad, i just feel blah. I am bleeding a little bit, nothing too bad. I will let you all know how I feel when i wake up tomorrow. I am thinking I will have a much better day tomorrow,,,,,HOPEFULLY HA

Lynn
Hi Lynne - I'm glad that they didn't find anything unusual. Keep us posted on how you feel. I scheduled my D&C for November 11. The surgery is at 7 a.m. and we have to be there at 6 a.m. (Yikes, I am a night person - HA). I started on some new thyroid medication a week ago and haven't bled since so maybe that was why I had the bleeding.

Do you work outside the home? If so, did the doctor tell you when you can go back to work? Just curious. Becky
Hiya Reba73,

Feeling ok this morning. Just a tad bit crampy. Not bad at all and not as bad as yesterday evening ughhhhh....more than anything, I just feel tired. I am sure it was from being knocked out and then the pain medication yesterday. I would love to just go soak in a hot bath but no bath. UGH Just showers at this point. When my doctor was doing all the test to see possible causes of the bleeding, she checked my thyroid right off. And my hormone levels. I do think thyroid issues can cause bleeding issues. So maybe that is what is causing your problems. I go back to see my doc in a couple weeks for a post op visit. I am sure I will learn more about the whole deal when I see her. I am really curious about the fibroids in my uterus. Ok....I need to go rest, so I will let you know later how I am feeling. Dont sweat it though..........OH, I donot work outside my home so that was not 1 of my questions to my doc. Seems I was told to just take it easy for a couple days, which is what I am going to do. I just feel so tired.....blah

LYNN
Absolutely have the procedure. You may catch something before it is too late. I had a sonogram and it showed abnormal growths in my uterus. It was biopsied and cancerous. Not that you should fear such a diagnosis, but your doctor is being proactive and that is commendable.
[QUOTE=lynn1961;3764361]Hiya Reba73,

Feeling ok this morning. Just a tad bit crampy. Not bad at all and not as bad as yesterday evening ughhhhh....more than anything, I just feel tired. I am sure it was from being knocked out and then the pain medication yesterday. I would love to just go soak in a hot bath but no bath. UGH Just showers at this point. When my doctor was doing all the test to see possible causes of the bleeding, she checked my thyroid right off. And my hormone levels. I do think thyroid issues can cause bleeding issues. So maybe that is what is causing your problems. I go back to see my doc in a couple weeks for a post op visit. I am sure I will learn more about the whole deal when I see her. I am really curious about the fibroids in my uterus. Ok....I need to go rest, so I will let you know later how I am feeling. Dont sweat it though..........OH, I donot work outside my home so that was not 1 of my questions to my doc. Seems I was told to just take it easy for a couple days, which is what I am going to do. I just feel so tired.....blah

LYNN[/QUOTE]
Hi Lynne and everyone - I had my D&C yesterday, no pain and slight bleeding so I am happy. They took pictures of my uterus and the doctor removed a polyp which he sas. Waiting for the results from the pathologist, the nurse said it could take about 3 days.
Hiya Reba.....

So glad you finally got it over with and glad you did good. Hope the report comes back ok :) I am STILL bleeding after my sugery....so, my doctor is giving this a lil while longer to see if things gets straightened out. If not....I will have a hysterectomy BLAH.....I've been bleeding since oct. 16 and it just will not go away. I am hoping it will soon and no hysterectomy....So glad you typed a post and let us know how you did.......

LYNN
I've been reading all of your messages and wondering if anyone has had any of my symptoms/experiences. I am almost 42, had my last child at 38. One year later I had the ablation to help with bleeding. My periods are very light, spotting, start and stopping, sometimes bad back pain and vaginal pain. Lately, I am experiencing terrible mood swings, heart palpatations, anxiety, migraines before and after my period, several urinary tract infections, insomnia, and sleepiness after periods. The list goes on. My hormones were checked and I am not producing any progesterone. I also had a ultrasound and my lining was a little thick with fluids. My OBGYN put me on progresterone pills for 12 days each month starting again once I start my period. She is hoping the progesterone will help reduce the lining. I started my period this morning expecting a heavier period than normal but it has stopped. More like heavy spotting here and there. So I go back on Wednesday to do another ultrasound to see if it is helping. My guess the lining will be the same. If it's the same my doctor plans to biopsy and possible hysterectomy. I'm not sure what do to. I really just want my old body back and be normal and HAPPY again. I know I'm not easy to live with having two boys 3 and 6 and a husband wondering what happened to his wife. I've had friends and family that have had a hysterectomy and they say it solved most of their problems and they are very happy they did it. Since I've already had the ablation and D&C 2 years ago I'm not sure why my lining would be growing back. Any advise or experience you could share would be nice.
Thanks for sharing!!!!
Hi Knightsr......

I, too, had a thickened lining. Had a biop and all the blood work to check things out and a pelvic and vaginal ultrasound. I ended up having an ablation on oct. 16 and I am still bleeding. I am wondering if this is right? Did you bleed after the ablation? I am not talking about spotting...I am BLEEDING heavy at times. I went back for a post op visit and the doctor is going to see if this straightens out and if not.....I will have a hysterectomy. She did inform me that 30% of women that has an ablation, it doesn't work and the women it doesn't work on, have to have a hysterectomy. Maybe the fact that you are not producing progesterone is causing all those symtoms? My hormones checked out ok. I am 47 years of age and not even close to menopause yet according to the blood work. I just wish this bleeding would stoppppp! Let us know what you find out......

LYNN
Hi Knightsr and Lynn - Sorry Lynn, last time I spelled your name Lynne.

Knightsr - I'm wondering if your mood swings, anxiety, migraines etc. could be due to perimenopause symptoms, I don't know much about not producing progesterone and I don't know why the lining would grow back but I guess it can. I don't blame you for wanting to be happy again and have your old body back. I didn't start having problems until I was 50, I just turned 53 and before that had no cramps, periods very regular, etc. We have 2 sons, ages 20 and 18 and after I had them my periods were the same. It's weird how our bodies can change overnight. I had my D&C 2 days ago and should have the results Monday when I go to the doctor for a post-op visit. I hope it was just the polyp that was causing my irregular bleeding.

Lynn - I sure hope your bleeding stops soon too. Are you anemic? You have been bleeding for a long time, I worry about you. Keep us updated.

Knightsr and Lynn - I wanted to tell you that both of my sister-in-laws had hysterectomies in their mid 30's and also some co-workers of mine have and they said it's the best thing they did, they feel so much better. I can't imagine anyone wanting one but I would if things didn't get any better. If my test results aren't good, I'm sure that's where I will be heading. Becky
Reba73 - Thanks for responding.
I am definately perimenopausal. I almost think having my tubes tied and then having the ablation sent me there early then expected. I never had bleeding or inconsistent periods before. Maybe turning 40 (2 years ago) really made a difference. I can't imagine going through this for another 10 years.

I was taking 10 mg of lexapro but I hated the way it made me feel sometimes (lazy, low libido, didn't care if the kids were jumping on the couch or off their bunk beds.. ha ha). I stopped taking it about 2 weeks ago when I started the progesterone hoping it would solve my anxiety and mood swings. I think my husband is ready for me to get back on it. Since I've been taking the progesterone I can finally sleep without medication and my chin is no longer breaking out. I still have other symptoms like psoriasis that I had when I was a kid and then it came back after I had my 4 year old. It may have been after the ablation, not sure. I got back on Wednesday to have another ultrasound to see the status on my lining. Since my husband is self employed (realtor) and we have individual insurance with a huge deducible (it's been met for 2008), I asked if we could do get this stuff check out this year and not dragged it into next year spending another $5k in Jan/Feb time. I assume that my doctor will do the ultrasound and if it's not reduced then she will biopsy. From there not sure. Thanks again for responding.
After I had the ablation I had spotting and cramping but it didn't last long. I think it's strange that you are bleeding. I understand an ablation is where they caurterize the uterus, which reduces the blood vessels. You should feel the difference quick (or at least that is what I thought) and should not be bleeding. After my ablation I had super light periods. Mine never went away. My period is a spotting game. Heavy spot, stop for a day, spot again, stop, and so on. Only a little red at first and then turns brown. Light day tampon is all I need and one box will last 2 periods. I would check with you doctor again.
Knightster and Lynn - I wondered how you ladies were doing. I went for my follow-up appointment from my D&C almost 2 weeks ago and no cancer was found. Lynn - I hope your bleeding stopped. Becky
Knightsr:
I think it's true what you are saying about having your tubes tied and having more perimenopause symptoms. I was just reading about that in "The Wisdom of Menopause" by Christianne Northup, MD. There is a hormone interruption when the pathway from the ovaries to the uterus is stopped when the tubes are tied. I had never known that before. It seems strange, but that's what she says.
[QUOTE=bimbi48;3723633]I had a sonogram done to check my ovaries and the doctor told me that my lining in the uterus is thick and wants to do a endometrial biopsy. I do not have any symptoms such as bleeding or cramps or any other symptoms that I read which are associated with endomitriies. I am 60 years old and have not had my period for over 7 years.[/QUOTE]

I am 72 - I am waiting for a D & C right now. At my yearly exam I explained my bottom felt 'heavy' and I had pain in my back, groin and pelvic area. I had no bleeding, discharge at all - just the heavy feeling and related pains. After ultrasound (showed thick lining [30 ml] and fibroids), CT scan (normal) and a biopsy (negative) I was told I did not have Cancer. D & C is in Nov and that will go to biopsy.





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