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Preeclampsia and flying

Postby expert on call » Tue Jun 24, 2003 04:41 pm

by expert on call (297 Posts), Tue Jun 24, 2003 04:41 pm

The following are symptoms that my doctor has noticed over that past 2 weeks....

paraestheia(numbness) of the hands, especially at night

High blood pressure, last check 157/85

glucose in urine, no protein

swelling of the hands and lower legs

He has not diagnosed me as having pre-eclampsia...yet, but I fear this is what is going on. Are the above all symptons of pre-eclampsia or just stress. Could I just have developed diabetes?

Also, I have a 4 hour flight in 5 days for 2 weeks vacation. Is flying safe? Will it cause my symptoms to get worse?

What can I do to get the blood pressure down, aside from a prescription from my doctor?

I don't seem to be getting these answers from my doctor. He does not seemed too concerned right now. Please respond and help me sort this out!

Katherine



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Re : Preeclampsia and flying

Postby expert on call » Tue Jun 24, 2003 04:41 pm

by expert on call (297 Posts), Tue Jun 24, 2003 04:41 pm

Preeclampsia can often present first with increases in blood pressure similar to what you are describing. If your blood pressure remains elevated it could be an early sign of a problem. I would recommend that you not travel for now until this gets sorted out better. It is likely that the only thing that will help the blood pressure is a prescription medication from your doctor until such time as it is safe to deliver the baby.

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