I was diagnosed with HELLP Syndrome in my last pregnancy at 17 weeks. My daughter is a year old now. When I was 17 weeks pregnant I got a severe headache which sent me to the ER. My blood pressure was 165/120. I had no history of blood pressure problems. I was admitted for further testing and they found my platelets were low. After a few days of being admitted I started to have pain in my right side and my liver enzymes became elevated. We decided to keep the pregnancy going as long as possible before I became too sick. We did labs everyday to monitor the trends, treated the RUQ pain with pain meds, and basically set around and waited. I was hospitalized for 180 days and my daughter made it full term. Crazy, I know. After delivery my liver enzymes shot up higher and I had to stay in the hospital for a few more days. I ended up begging them to let me leave with the promise of visiting my doctor for labs everyday until they went down. After a month or so they went into the normal range. My blood pressure never recovered and I have remained on blood pressure medication.
Fast forward a year. I am 8 weeks pregnant with my second child. We always wanted another one but the timing was a bit unexpected. My doctors plan is to closely monitor and keep me on blood pressure medication and try to avoid the hospital if at all possible. A couple of days ago I felt that dreaded RUQ for the first time since my last pregnancy. It is not constant but has happened twice now and lasts until I wake up the next morning. It is extremely uncomfortable and i can feel it in the front all the way through my back under my right breast. I am afraid to talk to my OB just yet because I dont want to set off alarms that HELLP is going to be in our future. I can bear the pain. I want this baby to have a chance.
Has anyone experienced residual liver pain after HELLP Syndrome or had pain in first trimester before onset of HELLP syndrome?