What does the abdominal pain feel like?

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Re : What does the abdominal pain feel like?

Postby curlyqtoo » Fri Mar 17, 2006 01:34 am

I just found this forum as well. I had HELLP with my second pregnacy. It started as pain that was located right under my breast bone and after a few days was radiating to my back towards the right side. I have a really high pain tolerance, so the pain wasn't as bad as others have described it. My doctor thought it was heartburn, although Tums didn't help. Taking a hot shower helped with the pain, but it came back right after the shower. I went to the hospital and had elevated liver enzymes, low platlets (50) and a fever. My son was delivered at 38 weeks by emergency C-section. I really feel that one should keep in mind their tolerance to pain before letting the pain get so severe that it is too late. I went to the hospital on my own, my doctor didn't think it was necessary, but I knew something was wrong.

Nicolas - Born 12/10/2000, 25 weeks gestation, 1 lb. 1 oz. Healthy 5 year old. PE

Jonathan - Born 11/21/2005, 38 weeks gestation, 6 lbs. 14 oz. Healthy 3 month old. HELLP, Severe PE

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Re : What does the abdominal pain feel like?

Postby grantbugs » Thu Mar 16, 2006 03:22 pm

I just found this section of the forum and I had the same pain. Mine was right below my right breast and felt like horrible horrible heartburn. I remember that night I had a dull headache at first and took Tylenol. Then the "heartburn" started. I couldn't lay down, couldn't stand up, nothing was comfortable. It almost felt like I had been on my left side for too long and my neck and back were out of whack because of it. Thank goodness I went into the hospital that night because when I got in, my BP was sky high. I had very low platelets, as did my son when he was born. For those of you who had HELLP, did your children have low platelets when they were born too? Eventually my son's levels increased, but they had to test him every few hours to make sure they were coming up. They didn't circumcise him in the hospital because of the low platelets, obviously.



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Re : What does the abdominal pain feel like?

Postby emily_985 » Sat Dec 17, 2005 00:20 am

Just wanted to add my experience in case it helps anyone. I woke up in the night on a couple occasions with stomach pain during the last month of my pregnancy. I mentioned it to my nurse and she said it was probably gastritis.

On the morning I delivered I woke up again and had the stomach pain but a lot worse. I thought I was going into labor since I had never felt that before. I also threw up. By the time I got to the hospital I was doubled over and couldn't think straight it hurt so bad. I just kept asking for pain meds and a c-section.

All I can compare it to is the feeling of your stomach hurting from the flu but of course A LOT worse.

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Re : What does the abdominal pain feel like?

Postby whosures » Fri Oct 28, 2005 09:11 pm

Boy, this is bringing back some symptoms. My first symptoms of PE were the spots in my eyes, swelling, not going to the bathroom, weight gain. I went to the doctor and was put in the hospital. Within two days I had hyperreflexivity (loss of central nervous system), blind in one eye, hallucinations, was on oxygen, horrid headaches, vomiting and my bp was 230/180. Finally, the doctor told me to tell her immediately if my stomach started to hurt. I hadn't had a BM (TMI??)in 5 days so initially, I thought that's what the pain was. Eventually it got so severe that my foot was rubbing up and down the bed. They gave me some pain meds but it didn't really help. My pain felt like a band across my chest that was tightening so that I couldn't breathe in. Then I had pain on the right of my belly button and in my lower back. It was HORRIBLE. I didn't realize until later how sick I really was.

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Re : What does the abdominal pain feel like?

Postby diane culkin » Mon Feb 07, 2005 03:09 pm

I had a little different pain. I have survived HELLP twice. My liver basically enlarged & pressed on the internal organs. My pain was very intense not only slightly under but between the breast but the biggest pain was in my upper back. It started very mild & grew intense. This was the liver enlarging & putting pressure on the lungs & kidneys.

I also had headaches which is very common when you have the high blood pressure with this.

I had dry heaves from the liver also putting pressure on the stomach.

Mine was severe both times, but these are the symptoms I had before they delivered both my daughters at 27wks weighing 2lbs 4 ozs & my other daughter at 28 wks at 1lb 11 ozs.....they both spent 55 & 56 days in the NICU but both are doing fine now. I stay away from any type of liquor since the liver can be so delicate from the trama still 3 years later. Doctor said no more babies....

Diane Casali-Culkin

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Re : What does the abdominal pain feel like?

Postby christmasmommie » Wed Feb 02, 2005 08:29 pm

My pain was spread across my entire belly... it just hurt. Like Catherine, instead of nausea & vommiting, I had bad diareah (sp?) all day. I also was unable to sleep at night... I was very uncomfortable and felt like I couldn't breathe. I could also barely pee. When I had to take the urine test... I could hardly get enough for a sample... even after drinking LOTS.

DS 7.27.04 32weeker due to Severe preeclampsia / Class II HELLP (62K platelets)

Hopefully TTC #2 later in 2005

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Re : What does the abdominal pain feel like?

Postby lfogel » Sun Jan 23, 2005 11:28 am

I had stomach pain that started after eating crab cakes, which I assumed just weren't "sitting well" with me. The pain got steadily worse through the night. It was all across the upper abdomen and had me doubled over. The next morning I call my doc who had me come to the hosp. immediately. They first thought I was dehydrated and tried fluids, which did nothing of course. But they ran a series of quick tests through the lab and did an immediate c-section. My BP had been perfectly normal - low, even - until right before the surgery occurred.

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Re : What does the abdominal pain feel like?

Postby nat31 » Wed Dec 01, 2004 12:00 am

I experienced a very powerfull pain at the sternum level (epigastric pain) that came suddenly whitout any warning. I had a very hard time breathing and could not stand still for the pain was too accute. I looked pretty much like a crazy person my husband told me. I knew I was in trouble when the Demerol injections they gave me at the obstetrical emergency unit didn't have any effect over the pain. I had the most severe form of HELLP and almost died. Most women will have some kind of pain in a more mild form before coming up to that stage.

Nathalie (33)
Sophia (2) HELLP-Pree 27 5/7 weeks 1 pound 3 ounces 15/06/2002

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Re : What does the abdominal pain feel like?

Postby catherine » Tue Sep 21, 2004 08:08 pm

JusPeachy... I sent you a quick email.

Catherine
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Re : What does the abdominal pain feel like?

Postby juspeachy » Tue Sep 21, 2004 07:37 pm

My daughter is having this same kind of pain on her left side right under the ribs. It is tender to the touch. She said it hurts to breath, move, etc. She said the pain is very intense. When I asked her on a scale of 1-10 how much it hurt, she said 12. She has been diagnosed with mild pre-eclampsia. Can this pain be due to that? I keep reading pain on the right side that is why I am asking. They have told her it could be gas or the baby kicking there but she said it is not those kind of pains that it is different from anything she has ever felt. She is currently hospitalized on total bedrest until she has the baby, it is due in four weeks. Thanks in advance for any responses.


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