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8 Possible Signs you May have Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors that form in the uterus. However, detection can oftentimes be rather tricky as symptoms are not obvious, if even present at all. Though some women may not show any symptoms, it’s vital to be aware of certain indicators. Read our blog for our top 8 possible signs you may have fibroids!

As a woman, you may develop fibroids, also known as leiomyomas or myomas, which can vary in size from tiny seedlings to large masses. They can occur singly or in groups, and they can grow inside the uterine cavity or outside. Typically developing during the childbearing years but can ultimately occur at any age. While fibroids aren’t cancerous, they can still be dangerous and cause some not-always-obvious symptoms.

The 8 common risk factors of fibroids include:

1) Abdominal pain and cramping

Uterine fibroids are a common cause of abdominal pain and cramping in women. While they don’t typically cause notable symptoms, they can lead to pain and cramping, particularly if they are large or located near the intestinal tract. If you have large fibroids, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove them.

Woman clutching abdomen in pain.

2) Back and leg pain

Back and leg pain is a common complaint among women, especially those of childbearing age. Typically, the pain is attributed to the hormonal changes of the menstrual cycle. However, in some cases, fibroids can cause symptoms like back pain or leg pain. This is because they can put pressure on the nerves in the pelvis, which can cause pain to radiate down the legs.

3) Constipation

One less well-known symptom of fibroids is constipation. This is because they press on the bowel, making it difficult for waste to pass through. In some cases, fibroids can also block the fallopian tubes or obstruct the cervix, causing even more problems with bowel movements. However, the implementation of dietary changes, as well as stool softeners or laxatives, could be of help.

4) Difficulty conceiving

Fibroids can block the fallopian tubes, making it difficult for sperm to reach the egg. They can also interfere with implantation or even prevent the embryo from developing properly. While fibroids are not always responsible for difficulty conceiving, they are one potential cause that should be considered by couples who are struggling to conceive.

5) Feeling bloating or fullness of the abdomen

Fibroids can have several physical manifestations, including feeling full or bloated. This is because they can grow to be quite large and in some cases, press on the stomach and intestines. This pressure may result in swelling and a sensation of being satiated, even with little food intake.

6) Heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding

Why do fibroids cause heavy bleeding? There are a few reasons. First, fibroids can block the cervix, making it difficult for blood to flow out of the uterus. Second, they can distort the uterine lining, preventing it from shedding properly. And finally, fibroids can increase the production of certain hormones, leading to heavier bleeding and even bleeding between periods.

7) Painful intercourse

Fibroids press on the nerves and blood vessels around the uterus, causing pain and other problems. In addition, fibroids can also cause the uterus to contract erratically, which can be painful for both partners during intercourse.  Their location can play a role in discomfort as well.

8)Urinary frequency or urgency

In some cases, fibroids can cause urinary problems. As they can press on the bladder, causing urinary frequency, urgency, and incontinence. If you are experiencing urinary problems or any of the symptoms above, it’s important to talk to your doctor to rule out any other potential causes and determine the best course of treatment.

Did you know about 20% of women develop fibroids by the time they reach age 50.

At Radiology of Indiana, we strive to provide top-notch treatment options. We offer fast, non-surgical care to remove fibroids. To learn more, call (317) 621-5555 or visit our website to schedule a consultation today!

Resources:

https://www.radiologyofindiana.com/7-common-symptoms-of-fibroids/

https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/uterine-fibroids

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/uterine-fibroids

Breast Cancer: The Importance of Imaging

Early detection can save lives; read our latest blog discussing breast cancer and the importance of imaging for detection and possibly treatment!

Breast Cancer Awareness

Join us this October as we recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month because we aim to unite when cancer divides. Breast cancer is a form of cancer that develops in the breast when cells begin to multiply out of control. In the United States, one in eight women will develop breast cancer. Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women. In 2022, the American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 43,250 women will die due to breast cancer, with a total of about 287,850 new invasive cases diagnosed.

The two most frequent forms of breast cancer are:

  • Invasive ductal carcinoma:Occurs when abnormal cells form within the milk ducts, then alter and attack breast tissue outside the ducts. Once this occurs, these cancer cells can spread to other body areas. The most common type of breast cancer, making up for a total of 80% of diagnoses.
  • Invasive lobular carcinoma – Beginning in the milk-producing glands known as the breast lobules, as the name invasive implies, this cancer can advance beyond the lobule. It can potentially reach one’s lymph nodes and other parts of the body. This form of breast cancer makes up around 10% of diagnoses.

Early Detection for Your Protection 

When discovered in its early stages, breast cancer has a survival rate of 99%, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Three simple steps can help you remain proactive regarding breast cancer prevention. First, conduct a breast self-examination once a month at home. Familiarize yourself with how they feel and alert your doctor if changes arise. As the saying says, “feel for lumps, save your bumps.” The next step is a clinical breast exam; your physician or gynecologist completes a CBE at your annual examination. They are trained to notice any breast abnormalities or warning signs. The third and final step is a mammogram. This type of imaging allows a specialist to examine the breast tissue of targeted problem areas. Mammograms can detect breast lumps before they can be felt by hand.

Breast Cancer Awareness Pink ribbon.

Early detection is fundamental to treating breast cancer, with varied screening options readily available. Here are different types of radiological imaging used for breast cancer detection:

  • Breast MRI – A breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a diagnostic exam through a union of radio waves and powerful magnets that forms detailed images of the inside of the breast.
  • Breast Ultrasound – A screening test that utilizes sound waves to look within the breast. Breast ultrasounds also allow for specific breast changes to be monitored, such as a fluid-filled cyst that a mammogram may struggle to depict clearly.
  • Mammograms – Last but certainly not least is the most crucial screening test for breast cancer. Think of a mammogram as an X-ray of the breast, which can detect breast cancer as early as two years before a doctor can physically feel a tumor.

Breast cancer is an extremely difficult disease to experience or watch someone you love the experience. Therefore, raising awareness regarding means of prevention is essential moving forward. As actress and breast cancer survivor Ann Jillian once said, “There can be life after breast cancer. The prerequisite is early detection.”

Breast cancer research day - did you know 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer during her life_

Breast Cancer Awareness is more than just a month. Visit our website today to learn more about breast imaging and the various types provided!

Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/resources/features/breastcancerawareness/index.htm

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/screening-tests-and-early-detection.html

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/breast-cancer/invasive-ductal-carcinoma-idc#:~:text=What%20is%20invasive%20ductal%20carcinoma,the%20walls%20of%20the%20duct

 

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Revolutionizing Patient Care with Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiology (IR) is a medical specialty that performs image-guided minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat certain conditions. Compared to open surgery, they offer less risk, less pain, and quicker recovery time. With evolving technological advances, revolutionizing patient care with interventional radiology continues to minimize risks and improve patient outcomes.

Experts in Medical Imaging, and More.

Interventional radiology fun fact

Aside from being experts at interpreting medical imaging, interventional radiologists are board-certified physicians with fellowship training in IR procedures. Interventional radiologists use diagnostic images from x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, or other imaging types. The images help them navigate small instruments inside the body to treat various conditions.

 

The results are often the same or better in comparison to more traditional surgical methods and have other benefits, including:

  • Patient-friendly technology
  • Outpatient or brief hospital stays
  • Tiny incisions minimize scarring
  • Less pain and blood loss
  • Faster recovery time
  • Often less expensive than traditional surgery

Interventional Radiology Procedures

An interventional radiologist works with your provider to treat many of today’s most challenging medical problems, such as cancer, vascular diseases, and men’s and women’s health issues. For example, an interventional radiologist can treat the source of pain or disease by directing a thin wire and a catheter, the size of a strand of spaghetti, through a blood vessel. It may sound unbelievable, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg of the most innovative and effective treatments in medicine occurring today.

IR procedure

Interventional radiology treatments often have less risk, less pain, shorter recovery times, and better outcomes than traditional (open) surgery. Below are some examples of conditions commonly treated with IR.

  • Cancer
    • Lung
    • Liver
    • Kidney
    • Bone
  • Vascular Diseases
    • Aneurysm
    • Atherosclerosis
    • Blood clots, including deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism
    • Stroke
    • Varicose veins
  • Men’s Health
    • Enlarged prostate
    • Fertility issues
  • Women’s Health
    • Uterine fibroids
    • Chronic pelvic pain
    • Infertility

The Future of Interventional Radiology

New procedural techniques that include the use of AI, virtual and augmented reality, robotics, and light-sensing technology mean the future of interventional radiology is bright. Since the discovery of the x-ray in 1895, radiology has paved the way for minimally invasive imaging. It is one of the most technologically advanced fields in medicine.

The future of IR

Visit our interventional radiology page at www.radiologyofindiana.com today! You can learn more about the procedures we specialize in, potential benefits, and other frequently asked questions.

Sources:

https://www.diagnosticimaging.com/view/future-trends-and-technologies-in-interventional-radiology-what-to-expect

https://www.sirweb.org/patient-center/

https://www.asrt.org/main/career-center/careers-in-radiologic-technology

 

 

Can Bicycling Help Ease Lower Back Pain?

Lower back pain is one of the most common pains experienced universally and can be caused by a variety of things, including injury, improper posture, arthritis, and obesity. However, many have been able to find relief from chronic back pain through exercise. For those looking for a form of physical activity that’s low impact and easy on the joints, cycling may be an excellent option to consider. In this blog, we’ll discuss how, if done properly, bicycling can help ease lower back pain and how to remain mindful of injury when cycling.

Benefits of Bicycling for Low Back Pain

Bicycling is the perfect activity to not only get you outside but also keep your body active. It comes with the added benefit of being low-impact, especially when compared to traditional exercises such as running or weightlifting. Seeing as bicycling puts less overall stress on your body, it can be especially helpful in reducing lower back pain. Bicycling is a form of exercise that doesn’t require much gear and can be done almost anywhere. Additionally, it’s a great option for reducing lower back pain, as it uses a healthy range of motion while providing the core strengthening benefits of an aerobic workout. Bicyclists often say they feel “loose” after a ride. When done correctly, bicycling helps to reduce lumbar muscle tension and improve flexibility—all important contributors to preventing or relieving lower back pain.

Woman exercising at home on cycling machine.

How to Avoid Further Injury When Bicycling

Cycling exercise is a great way to strengthen the lower back when done right. The primary goal should be to maintain good form throughout the ride to ensure proper technique and avoid further injury. To get started, make sure you have an outdoor or exercise bike that fits your body comfortably – handlebars at elbow level, seat position that allows for full leg extension, and back support. Be sure to listen your body. Avoid compromising your posture by vigorously pumping the pedals; instead, look for a steady and smooth rhythm. Keep your spine in a straight line from neck to pelvis, so your lumbar region remains supported while cycling. It’s also important to bring down the intensity – don’t pedal too hard or fast, as this can put strain on your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and discs in the lower back area, which can result in overuse injuries. Physical therapy from cycling can only be beneficial if done properly. With regular practice over time, you can prevent injury when cycling and relieve lower back pain.

Exercise can do wonders when it comes to combating lower back pain relief. Whether decreasing chronic pain, improving flexibility, strengthening muscles around the spine, or reducing stress – the benefits are plenty. By engaging in activities like cycling, you can improve not only your overall physical health but also your mental well-being. Be sure to consult a doctor prior to starting any exercise plan. They will be able to best evaluate how cycling can fit into your individual rehabilitation journey.

Don't let back pain derail you.

There’s nothing to gain from chronic low back pain. Prioritize yourself in 2023 and please visit our website https://www.radiologyofindiana.com/services/back-pain-treatment-choose-your-location/ to find a location to schedule a consultation with one of our Interventional Radiologists.

Resources:

https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/ss/slideshow-exercises#:~:text=Walking%2C%20swimming%2C%20and%20biking%20may,strokes%20that%20twist%20your%20body.

https://cyclingtips.com/2018/10/lower-back-pain-from-cycling-why-it-happens-and-how-to-prevent-it/