Can BP Meds Mask The Progression Of PE - Updated

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Re : Can BP Meds Mask The Progression Of PE - Updated

Postby tracym » Sat Jan 24, 638939 6:00 pm

I'm not sure where you are...I'm in Adelaide, if I can be of any help please let me know.

I would (and have done so myself) refuse to leave the hospital until you had a second opinion. I sat in the waiting room of womens emergency after being discharged at 1am and it didn't take long before they realised I was serious about not leaving without more than the cursory once over that I had gotten with all of my concerns ignored.

I found a few of the nurses would dip the strip into the urine, whip it out and call it good with just a cursory glance when it had barely had time to soak in. Some didn't take bp correctly and were just happy getting a low reading. If you request it, they must call a dr into see you and if you're not happy with what they say, ask for another one. They cannot refuse you. Does your hospital have a day assessment unit? Can you ask to be admitted to that for a days monitoring? They will do bloods, a CTG and regular bp monitoring.

I was also admitted for constant monitoring for fetal tachycardia when HR was conistently above 160bpm...190 is way too high.

In your situation I would 1. go to another hospital if possible or 2. go back and not leave until you were convinced they had checked you out thoroughly and were doing ok or 3. find some Fetal Medicine dr's in the phone book, or a private OB that works from your hospital...call them and ask for advice on how to get seen.

Keep us posted if you can :)

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Re : Can BP Meds Mask The Progression Of PE - Updated

Postby alviarin » Sat Jan 24, 638939 2:00 pm

Besides camping out at L&D and talking to your regular healthcare provider, maybe you could try talking to your renal specialist again. You could update them on your new symptoms and what happened at L&D and see if they have any more advice for you. Good luck, please keep us posted as you are able.

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Postby annes » Fri Jan 23, 638939 10:03 am

If you are having visual disturbances along with everything else, I would go back to L&D and camp out. Can you get in to see your regular doctor or get that referral in motion? Take care of yourself.

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Postby jenprzygoda » Fri Jan 23, 638939 1:25 am

I know it might not feel that way, but you are doing a great job. I can't believe that they just sent you home. Camping out at L&D sounds like it may be your best option. Do you have someone who can go with you and advocate for you? If they try to send you home again, just say no, I am not comfortable going home because I am too sick. I am sure that you sitting in their waiting room wouldn't look too good for them. I am not sure what the laws are in Australia, but is there anything about how a hospital has to take you if you are sick? Could you try a different hospital? You are doing an amazing job of staying on top of your health and listening to your body, don't stop! I wish I could just go there with you and make them help you!!! Take care and let us know how things go.

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Re : Can BP Meds Mask The Progression Of PE - Updated

Postby stargazer » Thu Jan 22, 638939 4:19 pm

Well I have spent the day up at my hospital and I feel like am banging my head against a brick wall. The whole time I was there my BP did not drop under about 160/95 it once again increased before i was due to take my meds but even after taking them it never dropped below 160/95. My head feels like it is about to explode and having lots of visual issues. After spending about 5hrs up in L&D they sent me home. I asked about steroids for our little girls lungs just as a precaution and I was told there was no need as there were no plans to deliver me soon. I did a ctg trace today which seemed to be ok but I did notice that her heartrate was very high around 190 it normally is about 120. I have left a message for my Fetal Medicine Specialist and when I got a call back I was told I needed a new referral to see him again as he works at a different hospital and referrals only last for 3mths when another specialist refers you and the fact that my hospital seems to be ignoring what is going on I don't like my chances of getting a new referral. I just don't know what else to do except turning up on the doorstep of my L&D everyday.

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Re : Can BP Meds Mask The Progression Of PE - Updated

Postby l412angel » Thu Oct 25, 638936 1:12 am

I have to put in my two cents and echo the others, please head to L&D! Please keep us posted!

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Re : Can BP Meds Mask The Progression Of PE - Updated

Postby caryn » Wed Oct 24, 638936 7:17 pm

Yeah, with those pressure numbers plus diagnostic proteinuria you're officially a severe preeclampsia patient, I think -- and they're usually managed day-to-day in a tertiary care facility.

I'd put a call in to your MFM and head in to L&D.

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Postby sonja » Wed Oct 24, 638936 12:01 am

You know your body better then anyone - if you are feeling like things are getting worse you should go ahead and head in. Is there any way that you can get ahold of your specialist from the hospital - I agree that someone with more experience with pre-e would be your best bet.

We are all just worried because we know that things with pre-e can progress so quickly (as you are well aware of).

As our home page says "know the symptoms, trust yourself."

Take care and please let us know how you are doing.

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Re : Can BP Meds Mask The Progression Of PE - Updated

Postby alviarin » Tue Oct 23, 638936 8:23 pm

Please don't be afraid to head back to L&D for more monitoring and bloodwork. My main symptom of severe preeclampsia was feeling weak like a bad case of the flu (w/o vomiting fever or chills).

It sounds like your symptoms are increasing, and preeclampsia (and associated lab results) can worsen in a matter of hours.

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Re : Can BP Meds Mask The Progression Of PE - Updated

Postby jenprzygoda » Tue Oct 23, 638936 7:25 am

Just don't be afraid to go to L&D. I started to get sick on Thursday night and on Friday my husband made me call to get an appointment (I had just been there Thursday afternoon). I had an appointment scheduled for Monday so I just wanted to wait until then. Thank goodness my husband insisted I go because my midwife said I would not have made it to Monday. You (or in my case it was my husband because I am so stubborn) know your body best and can just tell when something is just plain wrong. Take care of yourself.


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