Is it considered pre-e when only symptom is HBP?

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Re : Is it considered pre-e when only symptom is HBP?

Postby canserb3 » Sun Sep 22, 638289 7:11 pm

Was looking at this posting for some other information and thought I would update. Others chimed in about getting the 24 hour done sooner then later. I dropped it off a week ago and haven't heard anything. It was more of a baseline test this time so I figured they would have contacted me if there was a problem (they have been good about contacting me about any tests they weren't happy about). I have an appointment to check on my reaction to the medication (which on another post I questioned....had a couple of good readings and then it has gone back up.....I think they will have to try a different type of medication as this happened with the first dose they tried (currently on generic procardia).

I will update tomorrow after my appointment.

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Re : Is it considered pre-e when only symptom is HBP?

Postby canserb3 » Sat Feb 05, 638287 11:40 am

Hello All.....thank you for all the welcome messages!

Everyone will be happy to know that there will be a 24 hour urine done on Sunday and submitted on Monday. My OB doubled my dosage (they started me on a low dosage of 30 mg of Procardia and have doubled that to 60). They will be seeing me again in two weeks to see how I am reacting to the increased dosage. I did have a trace amount of protein this morning in my urine when they tested me. I did also notice last night that I had major "cankles" (I don't know if others call it when your feet are swollen to the point that your calves blend right in with your ankles). They were down a little this morning but not to my normal feet.

If this increase does not help to control the blood pressure, they are probably going to transfer my care completely to the MFM.

This is my first my second pregnancy but the first was miscarried around 8 weeks. I did not have any colitis symptoms or blood pressure issues with the first (baby was missing a chromosome (X0) so it would never would have been viable).

Further up I was asked what I did for a living and realized I never answered!!! I work at a small software company as a software support specialist. They have been VERY understanding with all of the absences (with the colitis), doctor's appointments (OB, GI, MFM) not to mention I missed almost 2 weeks of work recently (4 days with sciatica (could barely walk for 2 days) and 5 days with the respirtory flu that has been going around). I am lucky they have been able to work around me.

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Re : Is it considered pre-e when only symptom is HBP?

Postby blythe » Sat Feb 05, 638287 9:33 am

I'm glad you found us! Is this your first pregnancy? I'm glad you already have a proactive OB and a peri on board. I think you've gotten some great answers already so I'll just add my 2 cents on your last question. What can you expect from now on? I'd say lots more monitoring, of both you and the baby. I would think that the longest you'll stay pregnant is 38 weeks, you'll be induced around then in a best-case scenario, from what I've seen of other womens' experiences here on the boards. It's so hard to say what else to expect, everyone's bodies are different, our doctors are different, and how the disease affects us is different. Please stick around, keep updating us, and keep asking questions! We'll do our best!

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Re : Is it considered pre-e when only symptom is HBP?

Postby aggie95mom » Sat Feb 05, 638287 4:32 am

Welcome to the group! You'll surely find lots of good information here to help you speak with your doctor.

I just wanted to add that my blood pressures started going up around 14 weeks with my first pregnancy and no protein in the office tests (never did a 24 hour). When I went in for my 24 week appointment, I had severe pre-e and was admitted to the hospital. Turns out I did have some underlying disorders that are being treated this time around so I guess what I want to say it that being proactive is the best thing to do. I would definitely ask for baseline blood tests and a 24 hour urine now.

I know it isn't standard to call it pre-e this early, though the opinion of my MFM is that people with underlying disorders, autoimmune diseases, etc. do show signs of pre-e much earlier than the rest of the population. Treating the symptoms with blood pressure meds seems to be a good way to go, in addition to anything else you may have going on.

In my case, I left work at 24 weeks. Keeping my fingers crossed with this little guy that I can work until at least 30 weeks.

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Re : Is it considered pre-e when only symptom is HBP?

Postby nepalgirl » Fri Feb 04, 638287 7:23 pm

Here's a really helpful link with a quick guide to typical abbreviations folks use on this site:

http://www.preeclampsia.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2675

I thought you'd like to see it since you said you want to be hanging around. I would just echo what others have said about getting your urine tested sooner rather than later.


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Re : Is it considered pre-e when only symptom is HBP?

Postby jonandkatsmom » Wed Jan 26, 638287 2:37 am

Hi!
I have been dealing w/ high blood pressure since 9 wks. The doc has upped my meds a number of times when it has skyrocketed. It usually takes me 3-7 days before the increased meds seem to start helping. I always ask my doc how long he wants me to wait before I call to tell him its not working and at what numbers he would want me to call right away. Having those numbers I feel less worried about what I should do next.
Good Luck!
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Re : Is it considered pre-e when only symptom is HBP?

Postby canserb3 » Wed Jan 26, 638287 12:15 am

I have been seeing both the OB and the GI specialist on a regular basis. The colitis actually became active again with the pregnancy (in about the 6th week). The good thing is the colitis is moving in the correct direction (reduction of the worst of the symptoms) but the BP isn't yet improving. I will let you know what the outcome of the appointment was!

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Re : Is it considered pre-e when only symptom is HBP?

Postby tracym » Tue Jan 25, 638287 8:25 pm

Hi :)

UC is thought to be an autoimmune disease I believe? My guess would be that automatically puts you at increased risk for PE, in which case you could be seeing hbp from the underlying disorder (UC)as a precursor to possible PE and not due to chronic hypertension.

I would think that you should be seeing the peri. regularly, especially if you're having active UC at the moment.

Have you seen your GI since you've been pregnant? Perhaps the peri. should be speaking to him regularly too?


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Re : Is it considered pre-e when only symptom is HBP?

Postby kara » Tue Jan 25, 638287 5:06 pm

MFM isa maternal fetal medicine specialist...or a perinatologist...or a high risk OB. They are kind of all the same thing. An NST is a non-stress test? They listen to baby's heartbeat and look for specific things like acceelerations and decelerations, etc...to make sure baby is doing well.

Good luck and let us know how the appointment goes!

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Re : Is it considered pre-e when only symptom is HBP?

Postby canserb3 » Tue Jan 25, 638287 1:09 pm

As I mentioned above (before I saw your response!) I think I will be doing a 24 hour after my appointment tomorrow. As the HBP has been relatively new I have seen them (OB group practice)about 3 times in the past 6 weeks. They asked me to start logging my BP and I called one week after that (as they were high). That is when they had me book with the perinatologist. When I saw the specialist they put me on the medication and my OB would see me after 2 weeks to see how I responded.

I would tell you I was going to an mfm if I knew what it was.....and what is an NST? Is there somewhere I can look up these short forms?


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