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Shrinking fibroids naturally update after years of trying

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It has been a very long time since I did a post. I have kept meaning to do one but just never got around to it. I don’t even remember where things stood at the time of my last update. I am sitting here today, the day before Christmas Day 2013 feeling frustrated. I just finished speaking to one of my sisters. She is going to be getting surgery to remove a growth of some type from her stomach. She said she’s tired of walking around looking like she ate a cow. It’s interesting because whenever I have complained about hating having to walk around looking pregnant she never really seemed to have any sympathy for me. Maybe I only imagined it but I always picked up a little irritation from her as if she felt like I was being thoughtless to be complaining about my protruding stomach to someone who did not have a flat stomach herself. The thing is, my sister was one of the first people to talk me out of getting a hysterectomy back at the beginning of this whole nightmare with fibroids. Maybe I’m being silly but I’m feeling some frustration for having allowed myself to be talked out of getting the surgery when I had the opportunity to do it. One of my sisters who talked me out of the surgery has since gotten her fibroid problem resolved via uterine fibroid embolization because she could no longer live with having a huge stomach; and here is another who has decided she can no longer live with having a huge stomach so she too will be getting the growth in her stomach that is causing the protrusion removed. The difference here is that they have the means to get treatment. I don’t; but I did then when they talked me out of doing it. (Note to my sisters, I love you. I re-read this and see that it sounds like I’m blaming you for my predicament and feeling anger towards you that is unjustified. When you talked me out of having the procedure in the beginning you were doing it out of concern for me and I should not have let my moment of frustration on the day I wrote this post cause me to overlook that very important point. So please forgive me?)

For those of you who might have read some of my past updates who might be wondering where things now stand, I still have the fibroids. My stomach fluctuates in growth depending on what is going on in my life. The juice fasting always helps to reduce the appearance of pregnancy; but it never actually shrinks the fibroids, and it appears it might compromise your metabolism the more you do it. I have noticed that I gain weight very rapidly after a fast these days even while my eating habits have not changed in any way.

Nothing I have tried, and that includes DIM supplements which I have been using for more than 6 months now, has shrunken my fibroids. I wish I could say that my efforts at shrinking fibroids naturally have been successful but they have not. I do believe that there have been many improvements. My stomach is not as large. I am very seldom in pain. I feel much better generally and I’m still here. I believe it was in 2010 that the doctor told me my situation was quite urgent. I was left with the impression that if I didn’t get my uterus out soon something tragic could possibly happen. But I am sitting here feeling better today than I did in 2010. It’s just that I still have fibroids. And my stomach still protrudes.

Are there worse things than having a protruding stomach? Of course there are worse things than having a protruding stomach; but like my sisters, I’d rather not have to walk around looking pregnant when I’m not; and it seems like the only way that is going to happen is if I get a hysterectomy.

While I can’t stand up here and tell you that shrinking fibroids naturally is possible, I won’t tell you that shrinking fibroids naturally is not possible because other people say they have done it. But my experience after several years of trying just about everything is that shrinking fibroids naturally has not proven to be possible for me.

Am I frustrated? Yes. I am frustrated. I still don’t have any health insurance right now. I tried so sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and I was too poor to qualify. As you might recall if you read any of my previous posts, I wasn’t poor enough to qualify for emergency medicaid when I tried to get it in 2010 after I was told I had to get my uterus out post haste. Now I am being told I am too poor to qualify for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and I need to try to qualify for medicaid. I am highly insulted to be quite frank but I guess I just need to face reality. I mean, whatever I may want to think of myself the fact is, I can’t afford to pay $600 per month for health insurance. I simply don’t have it; and my hubby barely makes any money and has no insurance via his job. I work for myself and have done so for going on two decades and in the last few years I’ve hardly made any money at all. Mine is a complicated situation. I won’t bore you with the details, but you can trust that there’s more to my situation than I can sum up in a blog post. But I have to find a way to take better care of myself than this. And yes, that means I need to seriously consider giving up this quest to shrink my fibroids naturally, and trying to find a way to get the surgery I refused when I had the opportunity to get it.

I don’t blame my sisters for the fact that I let them talk me out of getting the hysterectomy. At the end of the day, I was afraid and I was looking for people to convince me to listen to my fears. Right this very moment I do regret that I listened to my fears; but regret is pointless. I did listen to my fears. Now here I am.

I can’t even remember if it was 2007 or 2009 that I first discovered the growth in my stomach. I think it was 2007 because I’ve been battling this problem for more than 4 years. To have your quality of life affected for that many years by growths in your stomach that you can get removed without having to hope that some natural remedy will work doesn’t seem sensible to me right now. Yes, my mother lived with hers and I never heard her crying because her protruding stomach ruined her figure; and it’s not as if getting my flat stomach back is going to change my life somehow. But I am sick and tired of having fibroids. And I don’t think I’m going to waste any more time and energy on trying to shrink my fibroids naturally.

If I ever manage to get the insurance that I need. I am going to get the hysterectomy. And if I die during the surgery, well, I guess that will just be the way my story ends.

I wish success to all of you who are trying to shrink your fibroids naturally.

Update March 21 2014

I have decided to update this post because I think it could be discouraging to someone who is hoping to shrink her fibroids using natural means. When I wrote this post I was very frustrated about my situation. I was not in the most rational frame of mind.

Having spent the last couple of days looking through pictures of myself that I’ve taken over the last few years, I don’t think that it would be correct to say that my efforts to shrink my fibroids naturally were a waste of time. I think I did have a some success with a number of the remedies tried; and it wasn’t the remedies that failed me (although admittedly some were a waste of time). I failed myself. You see, this isn’t a game that you can decide you’re in the mood to play today but not in the mood to play tomorrow. You have to be committed 100% every day for the rest of your life. Even after menopause when the fibroids shrink, if they shrink, this is about taking care of yourself every day from the inside out–not so you can have a flat stomach but for the sake of your mental, emotional and physical well-being.

Yes, I did have success in trying to shrink my fibroids naturally; but I kept setting myself back by doing things that make the fibroids grow back.

I am now trying to start over again.

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My name is Monica. I have fibroids. My fibroids are large enough that they have transformed my figure into something I am still trying to learn how to live with. In the meantime while I try to learn how to live with my fibroids I am also trying every possible method I can find to try to shrink them naturally because I am afraid of the idea of a hysterectomy. I lived with fibroids from 2007 - 2016. I started documenting my experiences on this blog in 2012. On March 7th 2016 I had a hysterectomy out of concern that I might have ovarian cancer. It did not turn out that I had ovarian cancer. The cancer scare forced the hysterectomy I was trying to avoid, and so, I became fibroid free as of March 7th 2016. I will try to keep this blog up and running in the hope that it will be of some use to others going through what I went through.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Monica,

    I hope you have had some success. I am using ginger, cod liver oil , lemon and wheatgrass to control the symptoms of fibroids and it is going well. I basically cut fresh ginger( a very significant amount) squeeze half a juice of lemon add pineapple juice and wheatgrass and blend. Pineapple juice makes it easier to drink then I take 5 ml of cod liver oil everyday.

    Well, I have had two fibroids surgery and during the last one, 101 fibroids were removed. The sad truth is that 4 years after the last surgery I have been told the fibroids are back. I am determined to fight back and win this time, I do not want surgery. The truth is that no one really understands how to heal fibroids, the doctors can only offer surgeries, embolization etc but they do not deal with the root cause so it comes back unless one is near the age of menopause.

    The combined drink and cod liver oil presented above is beneficial to me in the following ways:
    It has reduced blood clots significantly
    Blood loss has also been reduced signficantly
    My period now last for 3 days.

    I have tried several remedies I read online in the past but this time I asked myself what I need to do deal with the symptoms and prevent them from growing again.

    Lemon is to help my liver so rk better so excess estrogen can be removed
    Wheatgrass is to provide minerals as well as help with anaemia
    Ginger is to reduce the blood clot
    Cod liver oil is to reduce the bleeding

    So far so good, please note I used larger douse of cod liver oil during the first month , when I noticed the signficant difference I reduced my dosage to the manufacturers recommended dosage.

    Wishing you good health and victories in all your endeavours.

    NT

  2. I would just like to point out that the whole point of the Affordable Care Act was so that people too poor to afford medical insurance (like you), would still be covered by insurance – Medicaid, in other words…because the ACA expanded Medicaid so poorer people could also get health care coverage. So yes, you were eligible for health care coverage, but were too proud to apply for it. Anyway, I realize your postings are several years old now, and it’s years later now that I am commenting on your posts. I wish you the best.

    • Thank you for your comment Terri. Just to be clear, you can be poor but still make too much money to qualify for medicaid in your state. We didn’t qualify for medicaid at the time of the writing of this post, and we still do not qualify for medicaid. In fact we just received our formal notification letter that we do not qualify. We receive one every year because we elect to have our information sent to the medicaid office every year that we sign up for the Affordable Care Act. It is a fact that even with the Affordable Care Act there are people who cannot afford health insurance coverage. They simply don’t have the extra funds for an additional monthly expense, and they are over the earnings threshold for medicaid in their state.

  3. Hi Monica
    I just read your message. I am dealing with fibroids as well. For the first time in several years, I had a normal period (without copious bleeding). This is my therapy: Prayer and faith, Vitex capsules, castor oil soaks. I`m not sure if you tried any of these in the past.

  4. I am 70 yrs ols, 32 yrs ago I had surgery on a fibroid in my uterus wall , didn’t want hysterectomy becasue I was hoping to have baby with new husband. well a few yrs later I stared having “lumps” in diferent arts of my body. I did find that pogesterone cream helped reduce some of them but did not shrink them away. I have had lots of trouble with one bothering my heart (arrthymias can’t sleep on left side or back , I will wake up with heart hurting), one pinching my spine causing twitching in legs that result in cramps), when in joints and starts swelling it hurts that is when I use the progesterone cream, and many other places. I found estrogen causing foods makes them grow, like soy products and milk. Surgery is not a opption as I have too many and they are everywhere. Menopause did nothing to stop them or effect the growth.

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