by jfindley (72 Posts), Thu Oct 22, 2009 10:40 pm
Welcome Gabriela. Congratulations on your baby girl! I was also misdiagnosed with Gastritis for awhile, in fact, the OB argued with the perinatologist, who suspected HELLP. My OB tried to discharge me, but the peri overrode the discharge and thank God, kept me in the hospital until I delivered at 26 weeks. They should have taken you straight to the hospital the morning theu saw you platlets at 48,000! That was so risky for you and Daniela. Even on the day of my delivery, they tried to give me mylanta again, it was so frustrating. I do give my OB some credit as she was the one who finally ordered the liver MRI to reveal my liver bleeding and my gall bladder was fine. After delivery, I also never saw my OB again, not by my choice, she just never returned my calls. I think HELLP is commonly misdiagnosed and most OB docs just don't have that much experience with it. I started interviewing all the OB docs in my HMO and finally found a great one who has taken the time to go over my chart and has a lot of experience with HELLP. I hope you can do the same. You may also want to ask for a consult with a maternal fetal medicine doc or perinatologist to look into underlying conditions. The one thing I have come to learn through all of this is that most of the time, various doctors will have various opinions on diagnosis and treatment and just be in complete disagreement. It can leave you feeling confused and vulnerable. The only way I cope is to educate myself as much as possible so I can understand the decisions being made. I ask a lot of questions and if one of my many docs doesn't communicate well with me, I just immediately request a 2nd opinion until I find one who will listen and explain. I drive them all crazy, but I keep telling myself, if I get pregnant again, I don't want any surprises that could have been prevented. My boy is almost 1 year old (8.5months adjusted)now! He just started crawling! He weighs 21lbs and is doing great. He just got the dreaded RSV and we are doing breathing treatments at home, but I think he is going to be fine. They really are little miracles!