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Keisha Jones’s Story: I thought I was having a heart attack

June 07,2020

I did not realize I had fibroids until one day, I felt like I was having a heart attack at work.

After wearing a heart monitor for a few months, I found out my heart skipped a beat every third beat. And a blood test determined I was iron deficient. My iron levels were deathly low. Doctors were wondering how I had been functioning. They wanted to give me a blood transfusion. But I opted for an iron infusion instead. I had to get them every three to four months. At this point, I still did not know why.

In what I felt was an unrelated issue, at the time, I talked with my gynecologist about my cycles getting really heavy. I notified her of the frequency of the iron infusions.

She ordered a vaginal ultrasound and discovered I had six large fibroids with several small ones. Outside of heavy cycles and iron issues, I did not have pain. After three cycles my iron levels would become depleted, and it would be time for another infusion. Over the past year, I feel like I’m 14 again, starting my cycle for the first time with cramps, heavy cycles, and migraines. But I’m 41.

At this point trying to keep the symptoms under control without surgery. With birth control therapy, I am down to three large fibroids with several small ones. My stomach is the size of a three-month fetus.

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