A brief update:
I now have an appointment with the gynecologist: next Thursday afternoon. Not too bad in terms of a wait! I'm not sure whether he will do the endometrial biopsy that day, or whether I'll have to go back for that. Good thoughts/vibes/prayers for that day would be appreciated. :)
The receptionist asked whether I'd had a sonohystogram (I haven't). Not sure whether that will be in my future too.
Thank you for your good wishes and stories about your own experiences with fibroids. I hate to hear that so many of you have endured this this too; but I will admit, it does make me feel less alone to know how common they are!
I haven't told my mother about any of this. I didn't want to worry her unnecessarily, and certainly not until I knew better what I was dealing with. I am considering telling her before I head to the gyn's office next week. She never had fibroids, but she did have a hysterectomy, 21 years ago, when she was about the same age I am now. And I wanted to ask her some questions about my two aunts (my dad's sisters). I feel like we have a lot in common, physiologically. My younger aunt had a hysterectomy when she was in her late 30s/early 40s, after she'd had her family. I'm not sure why. And I remember my mom mentioning that my older aunt was having some bleeding issues when she was post-menopausal. I'm not sure what happened there either, but I'd like to know more.
I'll update again after my appointment next week.