When the fibroid is degenerating, pain is the most common symptom. Fibroids are living tissues which requires constant oxygen and nutrients to grow. These are provided by blood vessels in an around the uterus. When fibroids size become too large, blood vessels supplying the blood are no longer able to provide enough sustenance to meet the needs of the fibroid. When this happens, the cells of the fibroids begin to die; this process is called as fibroid degeneration.
Fibroids has various symptoms including abnormal or heavy bleeding during periods, swelling in the lower abdomen, weight gain and frequent urination. One of the main indicators of degenerating fibroid is an acute stabbing pain and swelling in the abdomen. This pain and swelling are caused by the chemicals release from the fibroids as the cells die.
Once enough of the fibroid cells have died, the fibroid will be able to survive on the blood flow available from the blood vessels, and the pain will subside. Not always but sometimes once the blood supply returns to the fibroid, it may begin to grow and eventually reach the point of degeneration again.
The pain due to fibroid degeneration can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. Ibuprofen or heating pads can be used for the treatment. But if you are suffering from severe pain, abnormal bleeding or any other symptoms associated with fibroids, you must have professional medical assessment.
Fibroid degeneration can bring pain or fever, there is also a good chance that you may experience severe pain that is comparable to uterine cramps but which is a bit more severe. No matter how severe the pain is, it is not life threatening. Once the degeneration is complete, any pain or fever usually goes away. You may also bleed more if you are on your period during the fibroids degeneration.
Once degeneration process is completed, fibroid tissues gradually disappears. It is reabsorbed in the body but in most cases it acts in the same way dead or decomposed things. Which is that they remain where they are but are not alive which means that they cause no problems.
There is another type of fibroid degeneration which typically occurs during pregnancy known as necrobiosis. In addition to symptoms of pelvic pain, necrobiosis may cause a fever. Sometime during degeneration, a patient may witness bleeding.
Fibroid degeneration can also be due to low estrogen levels since fibroids seem to thrive in an estrogen dominant environment. Low estrogen levels are usually common during menopause.