Let me just say that I have nothing against male FSUers reading and commenting, but do so at your own risk.
And the question is: fibroids. Have you had them, what did you do about them, if anything, and so on.
I finally went to see a GP about the awful cramps I've been experiencing throughout my cycle (but not during my period). The doctor thought it might be a cyst and sent me to have an ultrasound. The sonographer told me I've got fibroids. I'm going back to the doctor next week to get full results and discuss the next step. Since I deeply resent the mostly out of pocket nature of local health care (having grown up with free universal healthcare), the more informed I am to start with and the fewer times I've got to go back the better. So, please contribute to my knowledge pool.
The background to this is that symptoms do not quite add up in my brain based on internet research. It's supposed to be heavy/painful periods, but my periods are very light and nearly pain free. My current symptoms are strong pains and cramps, it kind of feels like my uterus is being twisted into knots. They start soon after the end of my period and do not ease off until a couple of days before the next period. Mid-cycle they get can get so bad I can't move, at other times it's more like constant abdominal discomfort. Yep, it's like being in some degree of pain for 3 weeks out of 4... I do experience some bloating at times, but have always thought it to be related to food. Similarly, I have always blamed the frequent toilet trips on my daily consumption of 2-4 L of water.
I had extremely heavy and painful periods in my teens, which then grew lighter but remained fairly painful and in the end I went on the pill at 22 or so for a few years (North Americans might be familiar with Tri-Cyclen, which is meant to be a low dose pill). I have been off the pill for nearly 2 years and have not been using any other form of hormonal BC since. At first, I got some period cramps, but then these strange pains started appearing and getting stronger. The past few months have been especially unpleasant, and having ruled out stomach sleeping and wide, tight elastic PJ waistband as causes, I finally realized this needs to be looked into...
Thanks in advance for any contributions. I'm feeling a bit freaked out looking at the treatment options online.