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To test or not to test?

Postby megansmom » Sun Aug 08, 2004 11:22 pm

by megansmom (768 Posts), Sun Aug 08, 2004 11:22 pm

I have been thinking about having the tests done for all of the underlying conditions that might cause pe. My doctor did not recommend that I have them done. He usually doesn't order them unless you have had more than one miscarriage. But I've been thinking that if I do happen to have some kind of disorder, why wait to have a miscarriage to find out right? He said he would order them if I wanted to do it. Also, my uncle was a hemophiliac, a fact which I had forgotten until my mother brought it up recently. It just has me wondering, should I go ahead and have the tests done and be better safe than sorry? I will probably have to pay for the tests myself since I have not met my deductible for the year, but it might be worth it for the peace of mind. Does anyone know how much these tests cost? Just not sure what I should do....

~Amanda
Mama to Megan, severe PE with mild HELLP at 34 wks

Thinking about TTC later this year
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Re : To test or not to test?

Postby angelkat » Mon Aug 09, 2004 00:10 am

by angelkat (3423 Posts), Mon Aug 09, 2004 00:10 am

Amanda...

I would test just to have all your cards on the table and know from the start what you are looking at.

I don't know how much the testing would cost....

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Re : To test or not to test?

Postby bridget » Mon Aug 09, 2004 10:32 am

by bridget (228 Posts), Mon Aug 09, 2004 10:32 am

HI Amanda- my doctor tested for the blood clotting disorders after I switched to him based on my experience with PIH/pre-e with my first pregnancy. They all came back basically normal, but since the 3 mc we are going to repeat the tests ( I think some values can change). I am guessing it is pretty expensive since they take about 14 vials of blood and send them away to California (at least here they do). I think if you are able to pay for it or if insurance covers it, I would go ahead and request the testing. The medical profession has recently started to understand how these blood clotting factors can influence pe, miscarriage, etc. I have heard of many people using heparin (on these boards and around town), and end up with healthy pregnancies and babies. As T said, having all your cards on the table will make you more informed for your next pregnancy.

Good luck!

Bridget
DS 06/02 (39 weeks, pe, postpartum hemorrhage)
m/c 11/03, 05/04, 07/04
TTC #2 very soon
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Re : To test or not to test?

Postby maxs mom » Mon Aug 09, 2004 12:34 am

by maxs mom (594 Posts), Mon Aug 09, 2004 12:34 am

Amanda,
I think if you are thinking about it, you should go for it. It sounds like you won't put your mind at ease until you know the answers.
Kara

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Max, 1/20/03, 25 wks, 534g. (IUGR), severe PE
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Re : To test or not to test?

Postby for faith » Tue Aug 10, 2004 10:44 am

by for faith (1749 Posts), Tue Aug 10, 2004 10:44 am

Amanda ~ I agree about getting the tests, for me it has helped ease my mind and feel like I have a little more control. Being the best informed is all we can do, as we all have experienced we don't have control over what may happen. Best of luck either way.

Jill
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Angel baby - 1/20/03 (11 wks)
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