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When is heartburn just heartburn?

Postby crocusgirl » Mon Mar 12, 2012 03:46 pm

by crocusgirl (26 Posts), Mon Mar 12, 2012 03:46 pm

I am 22 + 5 (previous severe PE/HELLP, diagnosed at 31, c-section at 32) and the last 10 days to 2 weeks, I have had what I think is minor heartburn on and off. It's just a very, very mild "burn" sensation at the centre of my upper chest, lower throat. I do take the odd Tums, and it seems to help. This is probably just preggo heartburn, right?

I am taking extra care to note any symptoms, just in case. I am nice and paranoid this time around, since I know what can happen.
Severe PE/HELLP - diagnosed 31 weeks, Violet born 32 weeks - April 23, 2010 - 2.5 lb (IUGR). 5 weeks in NICU, home and going strong.
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Re: When is heartburn just heartburn?

Postby caryn » Mon Mar 12, 2012 07:02 pm

by caryn (10111 Posts), Mon Mar 12, 2012 07:02 pm

Probably... :D but of course we can't diagnose!

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Re: When is heartburn just heartburn?

Postby tree » Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:20 pm

by tree (819 Posts), Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:20 pm

I had heartburn and HELLP together, and they felt pretty different to me. I didn't worry when the heartburn responded to Tums. I started to worry a little when I had to resort to Zantac, and I should have called my doctor when the Zantac stopped doing anything.
Caryn's suggestion of running baseline labs sounds like a good idea to me. As always, call your doctor if you feel worse or different. Heartburn doesn't make you feel like you have the flu, give you a terrible headache, cause swelling, bruising, or visual changes, etc.
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Re: When is heartburn just heartburn?

Postby crocusgirl » Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:32 pm

by crocusgirl (26 Posts), Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:32 pm

Yeah, I figured it was nothing...just my paranoia. :)

My next MFM appointment is Monday, when I will have another scan, and do the BP and urine check. If I still have arterial notching, I will probably have all the baseline stuff done. I know if it's still there, I am going to be seen by the MFM every two weeks, with the OB-GYN in there too.
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Re: When is heartburn just heartburn?

Postby laughinggirl127 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 00:47 am

by laughinggirl127 (75 Posts), Wed Mar 14, 2012 00:47 am

Ok well now I am confused. Somehow I missed that heartburn was a sign of pree. I have had terrible heartburn/reflux since conception. I am currently on zantac twice a day, prilosec once a day, and reglan with meals and at bedtime and sometimes it is not enough. When would I need to get concerned that it is more than just heartburn?
DS born 2003- 39 weeks preeclampsia, 6LBS 7oz
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Re: When is heartburn just heartburn?

Postby crocusgirl » Thu Mar 15, 2012 01:10 pm

by crocusgirl (26 Posts), Thu Mar 15, 2012 01:10 pm

Hi Laughing,

My heartburn is not like yours - very mild, and taken care of with a Tums. I don't know about anything requiring Zantac or that is persistent and painful. Maybe one of the other ladies has some advice on what PE heartburn feels like?

I see you are due in July - me too. July 11. We'll see if I make it that far. ;)
Severe PE/HELLP - diagnosed 31 weeks, Violet born 32 weeks - April 23, 2010 - 2.5 lb (IUGR). 5 weeks in NICU, home and going strong.
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Re: When is heartburn just heartburn?

Postby tree » Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:58 pm

by tree (819 Posts), Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:58 pm

Upper right quadrant (URQ) pain can occur in a similar location as heartburn. Some women have mild URQ that they describe as feeling like heartburn. I had both. The heartburn felt like horrible heartburn. I was regularly taking Zantac, and I tried to hug the doctor who gave me IV reglan before delivery. That all is normal pregnancy stuff, I think. The HELLP related URQ pain felt like someone was prying up my ribs with a crow bar. Nothing helped with that.
Not everyone has severe URQ pain with HELLP, so you might want to watch for other symptoms. Heartburn-like pain could be concerning if you felt much worse (sounds impossible, but imagine the flu on top of the heartburn), experienced visual changes, headaches, facial/hand swelling, protein, etc. Otherwise, I really hope the heartburn mellows out a bit for you.
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Re: When is heartburn just heartburn?

Postby tree » Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:58 pm

by tree (819 Posts), Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:58 pm

Upper right quadrant (URQ) pain can occur in a similar location as heartburn. Some women have mild URQ that they describe as feeling like heartburn. I had both. The heartburn felt like horrible heartburn. I was regularly taking Zantac, and I tried to hug the doctor who gave me IV reglan before delivery. That all is normal pregnancy stuff, I think. The HELLP related URQ pain felt like someone was prying up my ribs with a crow bar. Nothing helped with that.
Not everyone has severe URQ pain with HELLP, so you might want to watch for other symptoms. Heartburn-like pain could be concerning if you felt much worse (sounds impossible, but imagine the flu on top of the heartburn), experienced visual changes, headaches, facial/hand swelling, protein, etc. Otherwise, I really hope the heartburn mellows out a bit for you.
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