My lifestyle before the UFE procedure was…I didn’t really have a lot of symptoms. What I did notice in my early thirties, when I started having cramps once a month, was that each month of each year, the cramps got worse and worse. I got to the point where I was taking ibuprofen for the pain, and finally I started taking prescription ibuprofen for the pain. It was just unbearable.
By the time I got into my forties, they’d invented Aleve®. I started taking Aleve, and that seemed to help, but I was taking like six Aleve a day for two days in a row when the menstrual cramp pains were so bad.
I think the first time I understood I had fibroids was when I was out on a concert tour with a musical artist. I was in my bunk, and I happened to feel a lump in my stomach. I was a little alarmed, but I wasn’t that concerned about it. I thought, well, when I get back home, which was probably going to be in a couple months, I was going to have to go to the doctor and find out what it was. It was on the right side, but it wasn’t on the left side, so I knew it didn’t belong there.
I had fibroids. In my particular case they were on a stem. They weren’t really attached to my uterus, but they were outside my uterus. They were going to continue to grow, and that was how I found out that I had them.
I noticed that my stomach was getting larger. Pretty soon I finally had that four-month pregnancy look, which I didn’t find very flattering at all. I noticed they were getting larger and larger, so I thought, okay, I’ve got to do something.
I did notice that I started to get lower back pain, which I’d attributed to the fibroids, and I did have heavy bleeding. I had no other forms of treatment before UFE. I had no Lupron. I had nothing.
Once I found out about the UFE procedure, it was very easy. The options given to me at the time I found out I had fibroids were a hysterectomy or to have them cut out. I was advised by my doctor that if I had them cut out, they would just grow back again.
When I found out about the UFE procedure, I wanted to find out more. I said this was something that sounded like it was an alternative for me.
The decision for me, between a hysterectomy or a myomectomy was that a hysterectomy was just out of the question. That was not an option for me. The myomectomy was probably what I would’ve settled for. But it wasn’t what I wanted. Then when the UFE commercial came on the radio, and I went to the website, it opened up a whole new world—another treatment option that was available to me.