It is completely amazing how common it seems for the medical profession to not take this seriously. I'm so glad that these forums have been started. Maybe all of this talk will enable the doctors and in some ways more importantly - OB nurses and interns to be on the lookout (so they will pass the info to the peri). I see their point, tho'. Everyone complains about pain in different ways.
But, after reading through all of our stories - this pain is REALLY accute - it REALLY hurts! There is no ignoring the pain. It should be absolutely routine to check labs/liver/protein, etc. on any woman who complains of these pains - especially if they already have high BP. Is it really that rare that its just overlooked?
I was hospitalized on a Monday for high BP and on the mag for a couple of days when suddenly the 'pain' began. It was hours before anyone realized it wasn't heartburn. No one took me seriously - I had no idea that HELLP syn. even existed. It was very scary. I knew that one could get eclampsia - my mother had that when I was born. So, with the family history and me already having high BP...anyway, I'm preaching to the choir!!
The pain (my 1st preg): horrible, scary - on my right side, under the ribs. I had diarria, but I'm not so sure it wasn't because of all the Tums and other such pills they gave me. After several hours, a peri finally showed up to the hospital and prepped me for an emergency c-section.
In retrospect, after my 2nd pregnancy, 4 days after - I had some severe pain in my right shoulder. They told me that it was just an air pocket from the surgery. Any thoughts on that - could it have been a sign of HELLP?
1st preg: PE&HELLP/27wks/DS 1lb 10oz - now 5
2nd preg: PIH/32wks/DS 4lb 8oz. - now 2