Q&A: Worry Over Symptoms: Ovarian Cancer? Fibroids?

Tami writes:  Hi.  I have had more intense periods for the last several months, and this month I have had break-through bleeding for about 2 weeks.  I have had back pain and am seeing a chiropractor for that.  My last two pelvic exams revealed that I have an enlarged uterus, but my doctor does not seem concerned.  My question is - should I ask him for further testing, or could my bleeding be from chiropractic adjustments?  With what I have read on ovarian cancer - I do seem to have some of these symptoms - although I'm only 34 years old.  Also, what is a fibroid tumor?   I couldn't find it anywhere on this site.

Tami, I'm going to take your last question first.  The reason there isn't a lot on this site about fibroid tumors is that they are not cancerous, but rather a type of benign tumor, also called a leiomyoma .  They are common in women in their 30's and 40's.  Usually, unless they are causing distressing symptoms, fibroids are left alone.  However, the symptoms you mention are all symptoms of fibroids:  heavy menstrual bleeding, bleeding between periods, enlarged uterus, and back pain.  Of course, this does not mean that you have fibroids!  Only a doctor can tell you that.  But it is to say that there are other more probable explanations for your symptoms than ovarian cancer.

As far as the symptoms of ovarian cancer, yours don't really fit the picture very well.  Although it's true that back pain and abnormal bleeding CAN be signs of ovarian cancer, they are not common ones.  Heavy periods are not associated with ovarian cancer, as far as I know, nor is an enlarged uterus.  Therefore, most physicians would first look to other causes for your symptoms.

I'm not familiar with any literature pertaining to a relationship between chiropractic adjustments and menstrual flow or bleeding between periods.

I do feel that it is important for you to find out the causes for your symptoms.  Your doctor might not have been concerned about an enlarged uterus by itself, but now that are you are having more symptoms, the cause should be tracked down.  If by chance you have fibroid tumors, there is good news:  whereas until recently the main treatment is hysterectomy, laser surgery is rapidly becoming the treatment of choice.  I've had two friends undergo laser surgery on their fibroids in the past year and they both say that they results were nothing short of miraculous.

Best wishes, and let us know what you find out!

More info:

Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

Symptoms of Gyn Cancer

FAQ on Fibroid Tumors

More Details on Fibroids

Laser Surgery and Fibroids

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