Not Your Typical Symptoms

Post On Tuesday, March 26, 2019 By Amanda Townsend

Not Your Typical Symptoms

I have had two pregnancies where I have had preeclamsia with both. My first pregnancy my baby was five weeks early. I went into the triage for back pain that was in the upper middle part of my back. After running some test they found out I had preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome and had to deliver my baby. 

My second pregnancy my baby was six weeks early. I went into triage with the same back pain but this time I knew exactly what it was. It was the same exact pain in the same exact location. During this pregnancy I had several 24-hour urine screens that all came back normal. I also had blood work that all came back fine and I didn't have any swelling.

With both pregnancies I didn't have any of the typical preeclampsia symptoms. All I had was that upper middle back pain. So when I got it with my second pregnancy I knew to go in right away. Of course the doctors all said well and that particular back pain isn't associated with preeclampsia. I knew differently. I kept trying to convince the doctors that it was preeclampsia and I finally did. Maternal-Fetal Medicine determined that I should go ahead and deliver before it goes into HELLP syndrome. So I delivered six weeks early and he stayed in the NICU for three weeks and one day. My first son only stayed in the NICU for a week.

In the second pregnancy I also took a baby aspirin every day to try to prevent preeclampsia. I'm glad I fought to convince the doctors that it was preeclampsia because if I hadn't, the outcome could have been worse for me or my child. You know your body better than anyone. I didn't show the typical signs; I just knew that upper middle back pain was a symptom for me.

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