by angieb (1193 Posts), Tue Oct 13, 2009 00:43 am
My pains actually started about three weeks before I was finally diagnosed. For me, it felt like being stabbed. The pain would move around, sometimes it was my back, sometimes under my ribs, sometimes I thought it was my lungs. It was hard to pinpoint. It was the worst at night when I tried to sleep, and not bad usually during the day, especially when I was on my feet working. For some reason, it was worse on the weekends when I laid around and tried to take it easy, and not so bad during the week.
One morning after being up all night in pain (thinking that this was normal pregnancy aches-this was my first pregnancy), I was getting ready for work and it hurt so bad I could barely stand. The pain was so bad it made me throw up, but shortly after that I felt better.I called the doctor anyway and they saw me right away, I told them I thought it was a kidney infection (because being 22 weeks pregnant at the time, I wet myself WHILE I was throwing up, and I didn't even realize I needed to pee at the time so I thought maybe it was a kidney infection.)By the time I saw the doctor, the pain was gone, and my urine was fine, and they ruled out a kidney infection.
A week later it was so bad that it hurt to breathe. It started at 8 pm Sunday night and even by 2am did not get better at all even after I tried tylenol, a heating pad, a back rub, etc. It felt like what I imagine it would feel to be stabbed, and it was constant.
I just wanted to share because for a lot of people it sounds like it was a one time thing. For me, it wasn't, but my case was also atypical-my blood pressure was never high, I never had the headache or anything like that, my urine was always fine. If I had went to the hospital sooner with the pain, it probably wouldn't have been diagnosed because even the day I finally went in to the hospital, my liver levels were only slightly elevated for the first round of bloodwork, it was 6 hours later that they were out of control, so I'm guessing a day or two before that my liver levels might have even still been normal at first.