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    Fibroids, abdominal gas and weaknes
    mamaaddey posted:
    Hello, I am new to this and would like to know if there are any women out there who have fibroids and have experienced excess stomach gas symptom caused by the Fibroid. My gas symptom is so bad, it spreads to the chest and causes HORRIBLE chest pressure.

    I'm 38 and have had a fibroid for over 15 years. Since it never really bothered me except for the heavy periods with large clots, I sort of dismissed it as "normal" and will go away when I reach menopause. Unfortunately, the past year has been hell for me. I developed stomach gas problems that are so bad I sometimes mistake it for a possible heart attack (I have a cardiologist who has done all sorts of EKG, Stress test and Echo on me and ruled out heart disease). The gas symptom is a 24 hour event and is making my life so miserable. I can't tolerate the gas in my chest. I've seen a GI Dr. who did an endoscope and ruled out ulcer or any kind of stomach disorder. I even have tried all sorts of medications for reflux/gas like Nexium, Prilosec, Maalox, Gas-X, Zantac, etc. but NONE of them helped. I eat very healthy and avoid foods that are acidic and cause gas. To make matters worse, I started feeling very weak and couldn't pinpoint my weakness to anything specific until I took a blood test and realized my Hemoglobin level was about 8 indicating Anemia. I have been on Iron supplements and even went for an iron infusion once. The weakness disappeared. My Hemoglobin level went to a 11.3. Recently, I went into an ER for heart palpitations and saw that my hemoglobin level is now a 10.9. Is this level low enough to cause weakness related to Anemia? I am at my wits end with all these stomach gas issues. I saw another Gastrointestinal specialist last week, he did a stomach exam on me and said he said my Fibroid is huge (uterus dilated to 24 weeks pregnancy size) and it's possible my Fibroid is causing my stomach gas issues. I was shocked. Is it possible for a fibroid to cause THIS MUCH problems especially the excess gas in my upper stomach that radiates to my chest?? Someone help!!!
    CalGal37 responded:
    Mamaaddey, I'm not sure that a fibroid can directly cause gas issues, but if the whole of the uterus is pressing on other organs it can cause a lot of misery and pain. So I suppose it's also possible for the uterus to be pushing upward on the small intestine and for that, in turn, to be pressing on your stomach - but the gas???? Maybe if the fibroid is pushing on a portion of the large intestine it's retarding the movement of fecal material. If the product of digestion sits in the large intestine long enough, the bacterial action on it could result in increased gas production - such as is reported by some who experience constipation.

    As far as the 'heartattck feeling,' I wonder if that could be like 'heartburn' that pregnant women get during pregnancy. If the stomach is pushed out of the way by the expanding uterus, and out of it's normal structural position, acid can more easily enter the esophagus and cause discomfort.

    But I'm not sure where in the heck the anemia would fit in,
    MirkaD responded:
    I had GERD so bad I ended up in the ER thinking I was having a heart attack. The Antacid meds make it worse. Your body needs acids to aid in digestion. I would try avoiding chocolate, caffeine, carbonated drinks, onions, tomatoes, fatty foods, and fried foods. Drink lots of water and exercise DAILY for 30 minutes. Make sure your food combinations are in balance between your acidic and alkaline foods. Too much or less of either one can really throw your body off balance.
    An_201035 responded:
    I am having the same issue. I know I do have fibroids and they run in my family. I had a myometcomy 3 years ago and they have grown back. I have the gas situation too and wondered at first if it was something I had been eating. I went to 2 Gastorinterologists and the first recommended that I change my diet which I did and try shedding some pounds, which I also did, but nothing helped. I also had an endoscopy which showed everything was normal. I had gone on the antacids and been using OTC stuff for the gas like Phayzme and Gas-X to no avail. It would seem like certain times of the day it was wors, especially after I eat lunch. The only thing the diet modification did was make the smell less strong, but it is still bad and most embarassing. The 2nd GI that I saw said the fibroids DEFINITELY play a role in the gas because depending on where they are, when the stomach naturally expands after eating, the fibroids are creating added pressure and gas which forces itself out.

    I have been reading blogs like this to try and find relief for my own situation, but from my reading people who are in the same boat often don't complete relief either until menopause (which is no where close for me) or a hysterectomy, which I have wanted, but my Dr. thinks I'm too young for because I may want kids someday, even though I know I don't want kids.
    msmith111 replied to An_201035's response:
    mamaaddey I experienced exactly what you're describing the last few weeks and my Dr did an EKG which showed my heart was healthy- I started Prilosec and that didn't help. My mother had fibroids so I asked the doctor if my heavy, irregular periods and the pressure and discomfort I was feeling in my chest and abdomen could be related to fibroids. I had an ultrasound yesterday and I do have fibroids. I'm certain that this is all related- especially since my abdominal discomfort has decreased once my period stopped.
    I wouldn't hesitate to link the two and consider having those fibroids removed. I'm seeing a gyno right away to discuss my options. Good luck and thanks for your post- it was helpful for me to see other's are dealing with the same thing as me!

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