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do symptoms come and go?

Postby 78kate » Fri Dec 02, 2011 07:28 am

by 78kate (5 Posts), Fri Dec 02, 2011 07:28 am

SO do HELLP symptoms come and go or do they pretty much come and just get worse?
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Re: do symptoms come and go?

Postby Lee2011 » Sun Dec 04, 2011 08:46 am

by Lee2011 (30 Posts), Sun Dec 04, 2011 08:46 am

Not sure I can help you much as I had very few symptoms, the only one (that we realised afterwards) was pain in the lefthand side under my ribcage (liver), this pain definitely came and went - I put it down to the baby moving!
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Re: do symptoms come and go?

Postby sarahkm » Mon Dec 05, 2011 06:01 pm

by sarahkm (86 Posts), Mon Dec 05, 2011 06:01 pm

Congratulations! I experienced something very similar to you in Dec. 2006. Unfortunately our son was stillborn because of placental abruption. I too came very close to losing my life and went through acute kidney failure.

Now, almost 5 years later, I'm pregnant again and will be very closely monitored.

I hope you are feeling ok and that Lee is doing well!
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Miscarriage 12/2011
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Re: do symptoms come and go?

Postby caryn » Mon Dec 05, 2011 07:47 pm

by caryn (10177 Posts), Mon Dec 05, 2011 07:47 pm

Symptoms can fluctuate but will always trend worse. I think of it as ongoing negotiations between the placenta and the maternal immune system, where sometimes they come to a temporary agreement for a cease-fire, and then things degrade.

If you're having symptoms, I'd get one of the real experts in L&D to run bloodwork, just to rule HELLP out.
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Re: do symptoms come and go?

Postby tree » Mon Dec 05, 2011 08:40 pm

by tree (819 Posts), Mon Dec 05, 2011 08:40 pm

My symptoms did come and go, but they definitely got worse as time went along. I think that if you are worried enough to ask about HELLP, you should get checked out. There are a lot of us who thought it was the baby kicking, the flu, and general pregnancy crap for a lot longer than we should have. Hope you are feeling better!
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