My Daughter developed pre-eclampsia at 38 weeks. Sudden onset, BP was 196/110 at Dr's appt.

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My Daughter developed pre-eclampsia at 38 weeks. Sudden onset, BP was 196/110 at Dr's appt.
My Daughter developed pre-eclampsia at 38 weeks. Sudden onset, BP was 196/110 at Dr's appt. Baby was delivered that day. He aspirated on amniotic fluid and required 10 day stay in NICU. My daughters recovery seemed slower than usual with constant headaches. 4 weeks later she was rushed to emergency room in severe pain in right side and fever of 104. I will try to condense what happened next. After every test you could think of, they found that she had a severe kidney infection.She was not responding to antibiotics. Her BP was now 70/40. It would then shoot back up to the 190's/110's then drop again. As a result of some of the blood work it was found that her Adrenal Gland was not working and that there is possible damage to her Pituitary gland also. According to the Endocrinoligist, he beleives that when her blood preasure went so high it caused the adrenal gland to rupture. They are still trying to determine the extent of the damage.He beleives that she has Sheehan's Syndrome which is a result of severe blood loss during delivery. The hemoraging can result in damage to the pituitary and adrenal glands along with a host of other problems. Now, 7 months later she still has serious medical problems. Her BP still has to be controlled with medication. She is on a daily dose of steroids to replace what her Pituitary & Adrenal glands are not producing. She is under the care of an excellent Endocrinologist and is seeing a Neurologist next week to try and determine the cause of the constant headaches. One of the problems that we have had is that she has moved to another state from where she was during her pregnancy and had to start over with new Doctors. I hope that in posting this story it will help others to know that they are not alone.
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