by mllewellyn (61 Posts), Tue Jun 26, 2012 09:09 am
I had HELLP at 24 weeks and delivered a stillborn. Both my liver and kidneys were starting to shut down. It took about a month for my pressures to normalize some, but they were not the same for years. About two years after the stillborn, I was having a lot of strange pains (joints, back). After initial tests came back for elevated liver enzymes, I was referred immediately to GI doctor. I was also diagnosed at that point with fatty liver. I don't know for sure, but I think HELLP can cause liver problems that are not diagnosed until later. Not long after that diagnosis, I became pre-diabetic and then diabetic (Type 2). I changed my diet, began an exercise regime, and lost weight. I lost 15 lbs and with the other changes, I am no longer diabetic and my fatty liver problem has also been resolved. I know this is not an answer, but the total body havoc that is wrecked by HELLP may linger for longer than anyone realizes. It causes widescale inflammation which can last for long periods of time changing body chemistry and maybe increasing the risks for many problems (high blood pressure, diabetes, auto-immune).
Best wishes and good luck finding some answers.