will i make it to 36 weeks?

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Re: will i make it to 36 weeks?

Postby librarymama09 » Sat May 26, 2012 10:07 am

Final say seems to be a rare but serious migraine called status migranious, which is an unrelenting migraine that lasts more than 72 hours and is unresponsive to regular meds. It requires hospitalization and IV pain meds to break the cycle and stabilize the patient. Also, if untreated can lead to dehydration, and because of prolonged dialation of your blood vessles an incresed risk for stroke. It is tricky to manage during pregnancy but still possible.

I learned some valuable lessons: 1) always talk to your doc before heading to labor and delivery -- even if they st its okay to head over without that. I think that made. World of differnce her hearing it from me and not third hand from the nurse. 2) report bad nurses. The incompetent nurse I had 9 days ago who ignored my remarks about my severe headache and did not communicate to the on call doc how serious it was cost me a week of agony and two days in the hospital on morphine just to feel human again. She upset me so much the first time I felt it was useless to come in again until my doc stressed how serious it was. 3) record your bp and push for bp meds if your doc is reluctant. My doc wanted more.high bp readings before.she would prescribe them and so.I started journaling them. I believe that helped.

Now that that horrific migraine is under control my bps are much better laying down, still go up some when sitting up so I'm still on bedrest but I am relieved all my labs are normal, the baby is fine, I'm not stroking out, and the MRI showed no major abnormalities.

Thank you everyone who posted to encourage me to advocate for Myself and reassure me I wasn't going crazy! This forum is a real comfort.

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Re: will i make it to 36 weeks?

Postby librarymama09 » Fri May 25, 2012 07:45 pm

Well all my labs are still clear but the neurologist ordered an MRI and more morphine and steroids to try and break the headache. Here's hoping it works!

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Re: will i make it to 36 weeks?

Postby MomTimesThree » Fri May 25, 2012 06:14 pm

I'm so glad a call to your doc straightened out L&D taking your situation seriously. Always seems its never what you know, but who you know! I too hope they'll be runnin' labs on ya and that you have a plan in place to make it to 36 weeks! :)

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2010- Lil' Bro, Pre-E at 29 weeks... Induced at 36w6d, Born 37w
2012- Lil' Sis, Super-imposed pre-e at 25 weeks, PTL & GD at 35 weeks, Evicted 36w

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Re: will i make it to 36 weeks?

Postby alviarin » Fri May 25, 2012 09:03 am

No i never had "the" headache, but it sounds like a consult couldn't hurt & might help. Have they checked your reflexes? Hyper reflexes can be a symptom of CNS involvement (in addition to severe headache & visual disturbances).

I'm glad you are in hospital getting checked out, it sounds like doc is taking your concerns seriously.

In your shoes, with URQ pain & now naseau, I'd want some blood drawn to check for HELLP syndrome.

Good luck, and please keep us posted as you are able.
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Re: will i make it to 36 weeks?

Postby librarymama09 » Fri May 25, 2012 08:23 am

Anybody else had a neurology consult when their headache wouldn't go away? That's what my doc has ordered.

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Re: will i make it to 36 weeks?

Postby librarymama09 » Fri May 25, 2012 05:07 am

Well, I'm in labor and.delivery overnight. My bp.was 163/96 when I walked and 109/58 on my left side. So obviously that's not a reliable number. Despite my bp stabilizing I still have a horrendous headache that is not responding to medicaton and nausea my doc wants me here overnight and nobody knows what happens next. Still not spilling.protien. At least before I got here I was able to.speak with my doc and.communicate 1st person what was going on. I think that really helped with the nurses actually paying attention.

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Re: will i make it to 36 weeks?

Postby JB » Thu May 24, 2012 03:52 pm

I have been taking baby aspirin since the beginning of my pregnancy, at the direction of my OB and MFM. I think the research is divided on whether or not it actually helps prevent PE, but I don't think there has been any evidence that shows it is dangerous. If you want to take it you should ask your doctor first, though. Some of the research I read said that it makes the most difference at the beginning of pregnancy, so I'm not sure if you'd get much benefit starting it now (if there is any benefit to it anyway).

I hope things are OK! It stinks having to go into labor and delivery over the holiday weekend, but it's better that you keep asking them to check on you if you still have bad symptoms, even if they keep sending you away.
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Re: will i make it to 36 weeks?

Postby librarymama09 » Thu May 24, 2012 01:13 pm

Called my docs office today and left message saying I want to speak to the doctor, not just the nurse. I'm pretty sure she is going to tell me to head to L&D but at least I will get to talk to her before the memorial day weekend. My mom wanted me to ask about a baby asprin. Can you do that when.pregnant? Also I am going to ask about BP meds. Will keep yall posted.

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Re: will i make it to 36 weeks?

Postby aajatwins » Wed May 23, 2012 10:16 pm

If you are feeling like you need to be kept or watched more closely, I would just go in to your OB's office after leaving L&D. If your doctor sees you and sends you over there (instead of you going in on your own), maybe she can give orders more specifically for your care. If you are this uncomfortable with the way you feel, your doctor needs to know about it.
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Re: will i make it to 36 weeks?

Postby MomTimesThree » Wed May 23, 2012 07:16 pm

Aww momma, that's not fun at all. I hope if and when you do go in you'll have some family support to help advocate for you. I know so often they rush you to make decisions when you're there. You can always make hubby or someone else the "difficult one" and have them say, "Ok, thanks for your opinion, we'd like to talk about it or call our OB and we'll get back to you." Just because they want to rush you out of there or brush you off doesn't mean you have to let 'em. And if they insist on telling you you're ok b/c your bp normal on your left side I would start sitting up when they knock on the door. ;) Or... when you call ask your OB to make a notation that your BP is only to be taken seated.

Keep posted when you can.
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2012- Lil' Sis, Super-imposed pre-e at 25 weeks, PTL & GD at 35 weeks, Evicted 36w


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