Fibroids come in all different sizes from tiny seedlings, barely noticeable by the naked eye, to gigantic masses which will distort and greatly increase the abdomen’s circumference. You may have only a single fibroid, or multiple of them. In extreme instances, multiple fibroids may even expand the already large uterine cavity so far that it can easily add several pounds to its size. Many women actually have uterine fibroid tumors at a younger age than is considered normal. Many doctors consider any tumors or growths outside the reproductive organs to be potentially dangerous.
Submucosal fibroid tumors are most often associated with peritoneal mesothelioma. These are fibroids, which can grow under the lining of the uterus lining, and may grow in areas other than the uterine cavity, such as the sacrum and rectum. In addition to fibroids, there are several other causes of uterine fibroid tumors, including insulin resistance, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and obesity. Other potential causes include estrogen intake, which is thought to cause the fibroid tumor to grow. Some experts believe that tumors stemming from the autoimmune system, and those caused by excessive insulin or obesity, may also contribute to the fibroid growth.
Symptoms of fibroid tumors are usually very hard to recognize. Generally speaking, if you do not have any other symptoms aside from the aforementioned ones, then you are probably not going to have them. However, if you are taking medications that will make your menstrual cycle more irregular or heavy, or you are experiencing symptoms such as fatigue, backaches, heartburn, and pain in the pelvic region, then you may have a fibroid and it needs to be treated. If you feel that you have any of the above mentioned symptoms, or if you have a positive response to hormonal therapy, then you need to see your doctor immediately, because this means that you may have an impending fibroid tumor. Therefore, take care of yourself, and get yourself checked out!