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Re: New with ?s

Postby MsHollywood » Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:08 am

Thank you ladies for the warm welcome & the input!

My doctor did not order another 24-hour urine at the time of the dipstick. At that appointment she said she'd order a new one in 6-8 weeks.

Since my hospital visit a few days ago, I've mostly been feeling alright. I've had a few small episodes but nothing like the 5 hour one that started this all! I have been on modified bed rest though. I have a follow up appointment with my OB on Tuesday so I'm not sure what she'll do then.

Truth be told, I wasn't aware of my #s until my hospital visit. At the office visit where I was +1 she told me I had some protein in my urine and she said nothing to me on Monday when I was +3 so I had ASSumed that there wasn't any this time. The hospital gave me a copy of my chart to take from L&D to the ER and it had my office chart in there too. I took a sneak peak in it & that's when I seen the numbers. I do plan to ask her on Tuesday about them now that I know what they are.

Thank you again for your help!

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Re: New with ?s

Postby blythe » Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:36 pm

Hello, Holly! Sorry you've had such a rough time recently!

I'm assuming you've seen this already, but just in case, here is a link to our signs and symptoms ... d-symptoms

Preeclampsia is diagnosed with two readings taken at least six hours apart of 140/90 or greater and 300mg protein in a 24-hour urine collection. An old criteria was a rise in bp of 30/15, but even though that's not officially diagnostic anymore our experts still agree that it warrants close observation. The dipsticks are notoriously inaccurate, especially at the +1 level, but the +3 makes not-a-doc me a little nervous. I second Rosemary's suggestion about asking for a 24-hour urine, and possibly a referral to a nephrologist if they are sure that the protein is not due to preeclampsia.

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Re: New with ?s

Postby rosemary » Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:46 pm

Hi & welcome Holly!

I am glad that you are keeping close tabs on yourself especially with your past history with PE. Did your doctor order another 24 hour after getting the +3 on the dipstick? One bit of information that I want to ensure that you are aware of, PE can happen as early as 20 weeks. While it's not incredibly common, it is possible. I encourage you to call your doctor or go to L&D if you aren't feeling well. You know your body best, so please trust your instincts.

Take care!
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New with ?s

Postby MsHollywood » Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:36 am

Hello ladies! My name is Holly & I'm new here. I'm 20w3d pregnant with baby girl #2! Baby girl #1 was delivered at 37.5 weeks due to pre-e. I'm terrified to get it again. So, here is my current story/questions:

At 16 weeks I had a +1 protein on my u/a dipstick in the OBs office.
16 weeks I had a 161 on the 24 hour urine test

Yesterday, at 21 weeks I had a +3 on my u/a dipstick in the office.

Over the past weekend I had a pretty severe headache which I attributed to hosting my daughter's 2nd birthday party. I also have a history during this pregnancy & last of hormonal headaches. During this headache, my BP was within normal limits but elevated for me. Anyway, by yesterday's appointment headache was gone & BP was back to normal. My BP usually runs pretty low. Low 100s/60s-70s is usual for me. All went well at 20 week appointment & was sent home a happy camper. =)

A few hours later, I was sitting on the computer, resting while my daughter napped when out of the blue I began sweating profusely, shaking and my heart was racing & palpitating. I drank some OJ, ate a banana & had a granola bar thinking it might be my blood sugar. I also checked my BP (high 120s over mid 180s) and pulse (112). After about an hour I didn't feel any better so I called my OBs office. They sent me to L&D at the hospital.

While there I was told it was too early for pre-e and that baby's heart rate was good so they did some blood work & sent me down to the ER to have my heart checked out. ER said it wasn't my heart, gave me a bag of saline and sent me home. At one point my BP was 144/98 but it generally stayed around 130/80-90 pulse stayed around 110. I was told that even if high for me, it was still within normal limits & no cause for concern despite the fact my heart felt like it was going to pound out of my chest & my hands were shaking life a leaf. (This is the short version). I was told to follow up with my OBs office which I did today to find that no one from the hospital even contacted her. I'm slated for an appointment to see her on Tuesday morning - her 1st day in the office between now & then.

So, my 1st question is: what do the numbers I first mentioned mean? I've read with the 24 hour urine anything above 300 is considered pre-e? But what about the dipstick numbers? Should I be concerned they're going up?

Second, should I be concerned about yesterdays issues in regards to pre-e?

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