Common Adenomyosis Symptoms

Adenomyosis is a condition whereby the thickening of the uterus develops when the tissue of the endometrium, (normally lining the uterus) goes out of the uterine muscular walls. This condition is non-cancerous in nature and it tends to imitate the symptoms and telltale signs of fibroids (benign tumors, non-cancerous, developing in the uterus). During menstruation the cells lining the uterus bleeds, the cells (misplaced) in the muscle likewise bleeds. A pain result when there is bleeding in the muscles. Accumulation of the blood in the muscle surrounding the tissue causes swelling with the resultant formation of fibrous tissue. The area swelling in the muscle wall of the uterus is referred to as ‘adenomyoma’. On examination, it feels like a fibroid and is oftentimes mistaken as a fibroid during sonogram test. This condition (adenomyosis) may at times be mild and adenomyosis symptoms may not be exhibited at all; but in severe conditions, bleeding heavily results, cramping severity is experienced during menstruation.

Patients experiencing the condition of adenomyosis may feel extreme pain and/ or extreme bleeding (menses) which can either be menorrhagia or that of a dysmenorrhea condition. Nevertheless, since the endometrial glands are confined in the myometrium (trapped), the possibility of elevated pain is increased, but with no corresponding blood bleeding increase. This may help make a distinction between an adenomyosis and the condition known as endometrial hyperplasia, in this latter condition intensified (increased) bleeding is present.

Adenomyosis symptoms and a diagnosis of the same is a necessity when the uterus is enlarged to the touch, when an examination of the pelvis is conducted. However, findings based on a diagnosis of adenomyosis based on this examination are oftentimes inaccurate. For fibroids, polyps, or even endometrioses are usually the cause of the discomfort and the bleeding. Using sonograms as a test poses difficulty in telling if the condition is adenomyosis or that of fibroids. An expensive MRI is a much better approach to detecting an adenomyosis, but is not commonly used to detect this condition. It is with surgery can adenomyosis be rightfully diagnosed and with its removal, a microscopic examination can be made of the tissue and the cells lining the uterus can be viewed inside the walls of the muscles without difficulty.

This condition of adenomyosis and the symptoms of adenomyosis are typically present in women of the 35 and 50 years old range. Symptoms of this condition involve one or more of the following;

*persisting bleeding that may last from 8 to 14 days.

* Cramps in the abdomen

* A feeling of ‘bearing’ down

* Bladder pressure

* Profuse bleeding

* Persisting pain in the pelvic area

* Menstrual pain

* Blood clots in large quantities

* Sensation of dragging in the legs as well as the thighs

* Uterine feeling of strong contractions

Some women with this condition do not exhibit any adenomyosis symptoms, but if pain occurs during menstruation, feeling like the uterus is pushing towards the vagina, it is best to see your doctor to detect if the condition exists.

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