by sillysally (1 Posts), Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:57 am
This is a copy of a post I wrote on the HELLP Syndrome Topic Board. Just wondering if you had input on this or recommendations of where/who I can go to for more answers:
It's been over 8 years since I had HELLP during my first pregnancy. I thought I had recovered and even had a second child without HELLP recurring, so I haven't given HELLP Syndrome much thought in about 6 years. I'm not sure if this is related to HELLP or not, but I have never fully returned to "normal" since my first child was born. Like most everyone with HELLP, delivery and after was brutal - I suffered a hematoma, had a blood transfusion, etc. - but I was told not to worry, that there would be no long term effects. This seemed odd to me at the time, being that I almost left the hospital in a body bag, but I had a baby to focus on and had to get back to work.
Since then, I have suffered numerous health issues: depression, anxiety attacks, chronic fatigue, heart palpatations, digestive issues (had my gallbladder removed a year ago), unexplained abdominal bloating, and endometriosis. None of these were present before my first pregnancy. I have been to several doctors, telling them that something's not right, and it seems like all of them want to just say I have anxiety and/or depression and give me anti-depressants. Some of them have never even heard of HELLP and I've even switched doctors because I felt he wasn't listening and didn't have time for me. I'm convinced that there's more to it because, even with all the anxiety and anti-depression meds, I've still got many of the same symptoms. I feel like it's the chronic fatigue, heart palpatations, etc that brought on the depression and anxiety and not the other way around.
Could my symptoms be long term effects of HELLP? Any suggestions on where I get help for these symtptoms? I'm not even sure what type of physician to look to for help (because these symptoms seem so random). I've tried an internist, gynecologist, and psychiatrist.