by laura (5139 Posts), Sat Feb 19, 2005 09:45 pm
hfwarner, I just wanted to jump in here and mention that "the" preeclampsia headache isn't always correlated with severe hypertension- the common perception is that the concern is that the BP is too high, which causes the headache, and the hypertension is the danger-- but it isn't. The concern with the preeclampsia headache is that it is intercranial swelling- brain edema- which can trigger a seizure or bleeding. If she has that kind of headache, regardless of what her BP is, she really needs to have a neurological evaluation, because there is no way of telling from home whether it is just a garden variety headache or "the" preeclampsia headache. The *only* common factor they were able to identify that most women who developed eclampsia shared was visual disturbances and headache, that's why the symptoms of central nervous system disturbance- visual disturbances, headaches, clonus- are what we here call "get thee to the hospital" situations. Please take care- I sure wish my husband had been as fabulous as you're being with your dear wife, and I wish your family the best of luck.
AK Area Coordinator
Alicia (severe PE) 5/98 ~ Camille (htn, oligo) 4/03