by firstname.lastname@example.org (322 Posts), Fri Jun 08, 2007 03:17 pm
I have been trying, with no success, to find some information on studies of women and their babies years after having toxemia. I realize that toxemia and preeclampsia are only present during the pregancy, but I've been told by my family doctor and my ob/gyn that the symptoms of these diseases can be genetic markers for future blood preasure, edema and kidney problems.
I am now 51 and have been dealing with pre-menopause for six or seven years. The only time in my life that I had high blood pressure was when I had toxemia 32 years ago. I am now on the strongest dose of Diovan on the market, along with a beta blocker, thyroid pills, and two different fluid medications! Every one of these symptoms appeared during pre-menopause and are evidently in some way related to the fact that I had toxemia. My son (the baby from that pregancy) also has a list of similar health issues, that just developed in his adult life.
Any guidence on this genetic marker theory, as well as any links to studies of the long-term effects would be appreciated.