New here, and just told by my OB he believes I am pre-eclamptic.
I have had chronic hypertension since I was 17 weeks, and have been taking 250mg of Aldomet 3 times a day (every 8 hours) ever since.
This is my 5th pregnancy, I have 4 other sons ages 16,15,12 and 9. My 5th son is due August 13th. I am also 39 years old.
I have been seeing my OB every week since week 32, so he could keep a close eye on my blood pressure. Every week, its been slowly creeping up....from being 120/68 range on meds, to now yesterday reading 140/92 2 hours into my Aldomet medication. He has not wanted to increase my dosage, afraid of "masking" any preeclampsia that might be going on in the background he said. The past 2 weeks, I have begun swelling, especially in my face. I now look like a pufferfish! My eyes are so swollen! My hands and feet are also swollen, but not as bad as my face. Last week, he took blood and a 24 hour urine, after a routine urine collection in the office showed a significant amount of protein in it. BOTH blood and 24 hour urine came back GOOD. But, my swelling continues, and so does the constant headache. My vision is now beginning to look "pixelated" at times, and the headache is like a dull constant migraine. I have also been experiencing nausea and some vomiting this past week. I went into my OB's office yesterday for my weekly check, and he said by looking at my test results, Im fine...no pre-e. But, by looking at me physically, I am definitely suffering from pre-e! My quick urine collection yesterday was protein free, but he took more blood and I am currently doing another 24 hour urine collection that I need to turn into the hospital tomorrow morning. His office called me today to tell me my blood work once again came back good, no signs of pre-e. Tomorrow, at the hospital after I turn in my 24 hour urine, I am to take a non-stress test, and depending on what the urine shows, I might be induced. I also want to mention I had an ultrasound done on Monday to check baby and placenta, and the baby looks great! so does my placenta.
So, here is my question I'm hoping someone can answer for me, because Im so confused. Can I be pre-e and have no protein in my urine, and have my blood tests come back good? Is that possible? I have scoured the internet trying to find this out, and have come up empty in regards to this. I have so many other signs/side effects, the facial swelling, headaches, vision issues, nausea, the rising blood pressure even under medication....but yet my urine is ok and so is my blood. Does this mean I could be pre-e, its just not effecting my organs yet? or does protein in the urine HAVE to be present to be pre-e? HELP! thank so much you guys!