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Old 05-06-05, 03:25 PM   #1
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Fibroids make cycling uncomfortable

Hello...I'm new here and hoping for some useful suggestions. Because of uterine fibroids, I have a belly that is essentially the size of a four-month pregnancy. But I'm not pregnant so safety isn't an issue. I also have loss of abdominal muscle thanks to a c-section delivery.

I find that the posture typical of an upright woman's bike is uncomfortable...my stomach gets crushed as I lift my legs. I also don't have strength in my gut to lift those legs, although my legs themselves are pretty strong. A cycling friend has also warned me that a racing position bike would likely be uncomfortable too.

Any thoughts out there for what type of bike I should buy, or what modifications I might make to lessen my discomfort?
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Old 05-06-05, 03:39 PM   #2
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Why don't you try a recumbent bike. The sitting position may be a lot more comfortable for you. Only thing is that some hills may be difficult to climb. I've never tried one, but they look like they'd be pretty fun to ride.

Also, recumbents have their own forum on this site. You may want to check it out for pictures and tips.

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I second the recumbent option. In the DC area there is a bike shop that specializes in recumbents and folders. Most LBS will be able to help you, though.
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Recumbent or look into a comfort bike or maybe a cruiser type bike...
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Old 05-07-05, 01:58 PM   #5
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Your's is a case of making the equipment fit the rider not the
other way 'round, mate.

That said, please consider this cycle to fit your needs better than any
2 wheeled bike ever could........

http://www.worksman.com/pav.html

I now own one of these cycle's and can honestly tell you that you'll
never need another cycle due to the build construction of a Worksman.
They are built like tanks and just as tough. No, they are not for speed
an many will not need the solid sure comfort they offer. But...for those
who do.....there is no substitute.

If you order a PAV order it with a 3 speed and a 39 tooth front sprocket
to get an ideal easy ride.

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Also check out the Recumbent forum. They can give you all sorts of help.
http://www.bikeforums.net/recumbent/
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Check in the Women's Cycling Forum

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My wife had that problem too- two c-sections, loss of abdominal muscle tone, asked by several 'when's the bady due?' She visited a doctor, and his advice was surgery. The distention (distension?) separated the rectus abdominal muscles, and no amount of diet or ab work out would fix it. A plastic surgeon fixed that by suturing the two muscles back together, removed excess stretched skin, and moved her belly button to a surgically-created new hole. She has a 1 mm-thick scar that traverses from hip to hip, but it is covered by undies/bathing suit. Insurance covered it because the surgery was to repair pregnancy-related damage/injury, i.e., not 'cosmetic.'

Worth a consult anyway, but be forewarned- you'll be off your feet and usual routine for 2-3 weeks, and it'll be a while (month?) before you can return to a full-upright posture again (tight and painful).
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My wife had that problem too- two c-sections, loss of abdominal muscle tone, asked by several 'when's the bady due?' She visited a doctor, and his advice was surgery. The distention (distension?) separated the rectus abdominal muscles, and no amount of diet or ab work out would fix it. A plastic surgeon fixed that by suturing the two muscles back together, removed excess stretched skin, and moved her belly button to a surgically-created new hole. She has a 1 mm-thick scar that traverses from hip to hip, but it is covered by undies/bathing suit. Insurance covered it because the surgery was to repair pregnancy-related damage/injury, i.e., not 'cosmetic.'

Worth a consult anyway, but be forewarned- you'll be off your feet and usual routine for 2-3 weeks, and it'll be a while (month?) before you can return to a full-upright posture again (tight and painful).
I think it's the fibroids. Surgery like your wife's won't solve the problem.

Have you been to a doctor to remove the fibroids? I've seen cases of fibroids, and they can sometimes grow in size or number and become quite painful. I'm sure you've seen a doctor, but maybe you can find someone for a second opinion?

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I would also follow Koffee Brown's advice. My wife also had a fibroid (the size of a grapefruit). She is a lot better since it has been removed. If your fibroid makes your belly as large as a 4 month pregrant woman I would assume it is getting large and I would be concerned about hemorrhage.
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I had three large ones removed a few years back; they were causing me terrible pain and toward the end, my stomach was also kind of bloated but not that bad. IT just looked like I was getting my period.I don't see why you don't have them removed! Surgery isn't exactly a beer garden but it's better than having to change your entire life because of fibroids. It's routine surgery. ANd now they have embolization which can get rid of them without surgery. Fibroids themselves are not dangerous but I agree, if it's that big, it could be serious.
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Hello...I'm new here and hoping for some useful suggestions. Because of uterine fibroids, I have a belly that is essentially the size of a four-month pregnancy. But I'm not pregnant so safety isn't an issue. I also have loss of abdominal muscle thanks to a c-section delivery.

I find that the posture typical of an upright woman's bike is uncomfortable...my stomach gets crushed as I lift my legs. I also don't have strength in my gut to lift those legs, although my legs themselves are pretty strong. A cycling friend has also warned me that a racing position bike would likely be uncomfortable too.

Any thoughts out there for what type of bike I should buy, or what modifications I might make to lessen my discomfort?
You might consider asking your gynecolosist for a one time 3 month shot of Depo-Lupon. You can then expect a 50% reduction in the size. If you are close to menopause, the Depo-Lupron might carry you through to that time when you can also expect a significant reduction in size. If you find that your symptoms are improved on Depo-Lupron, you can push ahead with surgery or possibly embolization. At least it will give some basis for making a more informed choice. Depo-Lupron is very expensive ($400 a month) and not really approved for extended use. A couple of decades or so ago, even asymptomatic fibroids beyond 12 weeks size were considered an indication for removal.
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Yes, I remember my doctor telling me at the beginning that I could take hormones for reduction but that they are very expensive. Also, I didn't like the idea of hormones, frankly. If they'd had embolization back then, I'd have done it. They were doing it most places but not here- and this was just a few years ago! But if you can afford it and hormones are okay for you, by all means do it.
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