Andrea recalls when she knew she had a uterine fibroid and describes the symptoms she experienced.
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Hi, my name is Andrea and I was suffering from a very large fibroid. I had been to see several doctors with not a lot of luck. They had given me recommendations of removing the uterus completely, which I did not want to do because I wanted to have a second baby. So I called the Mayo Clinic at the advice of a friend and called the main number. They put me directly in touch with Dr. Magtibay’s team. I went in to see Dr. Magtibay, first consult, very, very accommodating, made me feel very comfortable and gave me hope. I was diagnosed with a fibroid, well it’s been maybe three years prior, so about five years ago. I was living abroad and they said it was about the size of a grapefruit, and not to do anything. It was too risky to try to do a myomectomy and try to remove it. And then I miraculously got pregnant. It was a very high-risk pregnancy because the baby was growing on one side and the fibroid on the other side. The pregnancy was successful. We had a beautiful baby boy, but during the pregnancy the fibroid grew considerably. So it was a very big mass and I had problems urinating. So occasionally I’d have to go into the emergency room for a catheter because it was just pressing on the bladder and basically blocking it at times. So that’s sort of the situation so when I did go see Dr. Magtibay it was a pretty large mass and when he saw me he said that I looked pregnant, but I wasn’t. I just had this large mass and when he did do the myomectomy it turned out that it was nine pounds of stuff.