by rockinmathchic (4 Posts), Tue Feb 18, 2014 02:15 pm
Hi, my name is Megan. On September 28, 2012 I was sent to the hospital because my blood pressure was 210/118 and there was protein in my urine. This was after a week of telling them something was wrong but they kept telling me that all my tests were normal. After a blood test at the hospital I was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome. My beautiful baby boy was born one hour later via c-section. Even with the magnesium treatment for 24 hours, my blood pressure only came down to 140ish/95ish and at times was as high as 160/100. Even at that high, they still released me from the hospital (they had me take it a million times and do things like lay on my left side so they could record the lowest reading that they could get...). It took me about 3-4 weeks for my blood pressure to get back to normal, which is like 110/60 for me.
Jump to today. It has been 17 months since my son was born and I hadn't had any issues until yesterday. So yesterday I got up like all other mornings and I just felt off. By the time I got ready and was ready to leave to the house, I was physically shaking and very nervous. We went to lunch and the food made me fell a little bit better, but by the time we made it home, I was dizzy and nervous. My husband finally said, "Go lay down, I will watch the boy." So I went to go lay down and it dawned on me that I felt this way before. This is exactly how I felt leading up to my son's birth when the doctors kept telling me that I was fine. So I reached over to the blood pressure cuff and took my blood pressure and it was 140/85. I didn't believe it so I took it like 10 more times. They were all similar to the first reading. I realized it was my blood pressure. After dinner, I got really cool all of a sudden and I could just tell that my blood pressure was regulating back to normal. I tested it that night and it was 116/65. Much more normal for me. This morning I woke up and felt fine like nothing happened.
So my question is, has anyone had a similar experience to this where their blood pressure was abnormally high for only a day or so after having HELLP? And if so, is this normal? Should I be worried or go to the doctor? I am afraid that now it is back down to normal, that the doctor wouldn't believe me anyway just like they did while I was pregnant. I appreciate any input!
Sorry about the length of the post!!