TODAY host Jill Martin has opened up about her battle with fibroids – years after doctors first told her she had the tumours.
Fans thought she was pregnant as they speculated online while the 45-year-old lifestyle guru used her heat pad to ease the pain.
Fibroids are benign tumors that grow in or around the wall of the uterus.
It is extremely rare for the growths to become cancerous.
Doctors don’t know what’s causing the growths, but common symptoms include a feeling of fullness, heavy or painful periods, and lower back pain, they say Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But some women can have fibroids and don’t even know it because they have no symptoms.
In an essay uploaded to the today website, Martin revealed that she was undergoing a routine physical in 2019 when doctors found the tumors.
Her mother suffered from fibroids and she was unaffected.
Martin thought she had two growths, but doctors found 18 in all.
She revealed that it hurt to have intercourse and admitted that she found herself urinating constantly as she tried to fight off the pain.
While Martin suffered, fans online speculated whether the host had gained weight or was pregnant.
One wrote to Martin on Facebook: “Did I miss something? are you looking at today Are you pregnant?”
She replied: “No. do i look it Needs surgery for a fibroid. Very uncomfortable and hard for me.”
The social media user quickly backed down as he wished the hostess a speedy recovery.
While another asked: “Has Jill gained a little weight?”
“PAINFUL BUT TREATABLE”
Martin wrote in her essay: “My fibroids were painful, they were manageable. But lately they’ve been getting so painful that I had to do something.”
The Today star shared a picture of a fibroid sticking out of her skin as she opened up about her health struggles.
Gynecologist Karen Brodman told the host that her uterus was the size of a fourth-month woman.
Martin and her fiancé, Erik Brooks, were researching ways to lessen the effects of fibroids and came up with a procedure known as uterine fibroid embolization (UFE).
It’s a minimally invasive procedure because, according to medical sources, doctors use an X-ray camera to inject particles into the uterus and fibroids radiology info.
The tiny particles clog the arteries that carry blood, causing the tumor to shrink.
The fibroids eventually die and the uterus fully recovers after the procedure.
Around 90 percent of patients with UFE will experience “significant improvement” afterwards, as revealed by Johns Hopkins University.
Doctors sometimes offer uterine fibroid embolization to patients who do not want a hysterectomy.
Patients tend to have cramps or abdominal pain after the procedure.
Sometimes women can get a fever, which is treated with painkillers.
FULFILL GOOD WISHES
Jill had surgery last month. Dozens of congratulations flooded her Instagram page as she shared her struggle with fans.
She said: “I’m still in pain but it’s good pain because I know I’m healing.”
The host called not planning “days in the bathroom” a blessing, adding that being able to walk without pain is a “luxury”.
News personality Rosanna Scotto said: “Thank you for sharing your experience. It will help so many people.”
While Jill Bauer — who’s also a lifestyle expert at Today — commented, “Sending love.”
Ella-Coach, who describes herself as a “fibroid fighter” on her Instagram page, said: “Story of my life!!! My fibroids almost took my life.”
One fan said: “Thank you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love to inspire others.”
Another commented: “Thanks for sharing your story. I hope you continue to be healthy and strengthened.
“You are a wonderful person and your story is important.”
In response to the flood of comments flooding her Instagram, Martin said she’s “glad” that people suffering from fibroids are sharing their stories.
She revealed she wanted to discuss her own struggle because “so many people are suffering in silence out there.”
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https://www.the-sun.com/news/4813057/jill-martin-fibroids-battle-today-host-tumors/ Inside Jill Martin’s battle with fibroids as the Today presenter reveals she was suffering from 18 tumors which led fans to believe she was pregnant