by mnickerson (15 Posts), Mon May 06, 2013 12:06 am
After developing HELLP without PE at 37 weeks, my doctor told me that I would not necessarily be considered high risk with a future pregnancy, but that I would definitely have blood work done much more often. For me, the upper gastric pain came on suddenly on a Monday afternoon, by Tuesday morning I was in the hospital, and by Wednesday morning I delivered my daughter. I actually had an at-home blood pressure sleeve that I was using from the moment my blood pressure started to go up, roughly three weeks prior to HELLP. You should definitely be your own advocate and insist on being tested as often as you feel you need to be - your life and your child's life could both be at risk! No need to waste time with a doctor who does not take this condition seriously. My doctor would come to the hospital to check on me on his days off, so clearly the good ones know not to take this lightly.
And if you feel at all that it has come on, go to triage as opposed to doing blood work in a regular lab. In triage, you can get your results back STAT, whereas a regular lab could take three days. My platelets are normally around 300. When I went in that Tuesday morning, they were in the high 200s and by Wednesday morning they were 45. Things happen quickly with HELLP, so timing is critical!
Best of luck to you.