by julie f (7993 Posts), Wed Mar 31, 2004 05:05 pm
The cerebral swelling was a result of preeclampsia for me, I'm not sure from what part specifically though. I didn't swell much on the outside at all, mainly internally.
My doctors said the way to diagnose the cerebral swelling was based on symptoms that the patient presents. The day I was diagnosed w/pe I felt fine, great actually. The next morning when I woke up I noticed I couldn't read, I tried to watch TV and had problems with that. I had developed a huge brown spot that covered my central line of vision from my left eye, right was ok though. A CT and MRI were ordered to rule out any bleeding in the brain or possible stroke I think. Both tests came back normal. The next morning when I woke up I had spots in my right eye as well. Now I could no longer really focus on anything, though I could still see what was going on in general. A couple days after this, I woke up in the morning and the left side of my face was completely numb. It still moved and my muscles still worked but, I could not feel a thing. It was at this point that they decided to deliver. My dr. felt that the swelling had become too much and didn't to wait around to see what would happen next. When I went to see an opthamologist a couple weeks post-partum, he explained that the swelling had kept blood from reaching certain parts of my optic nerve, causing part of it to not function, causing the spots (not floaters but big big brown spots), the nuerologist explained that this was the case for my face as well.
Anyway, I didn't mean to go on so long! I just get so frustrated when I hear how some doctors dismiss things so quickly. I hope that whatever doc you see tomorrow is very thorough with you! It may help if you write down a list of questions and a list of concerns/symptoms that you're having to go over with the doctor. I'd write down his/her answers as well so he/she can see how seriously you are taking this matter.
Keeping you in my prayers, please update us tomorrow!
Zachary James, 7/22/03-7/27/03, born at 26wks - severe pe
Southern California Coordinator