Mar 10, 2012
I recently had surgery to remove and ectopic pregnancy . I had visited by GP 10 days earlier when I was 7 weeks and 4 days pregnant.
My symptoms was light bleeding and really excruciating pain in my left side. It woke me up the night before at around 2 am and I physically couldnt move.
I went to the docs the next day and explained to her the symptoms I was having and after a quick feel of my tummy she said it seems quite tender and she told me she was referring me to the hospital for a vaginal ultrasound scan to see what's going on.
She phoned the unit whilst I was in the room and she booked me in with them for a scan.
I was told because it was a suspected ectopic I had to go there straight away. I went straight to the hospital and had to wait a little while.
A nurse took my blood pressure and asked me the date of my last period she worked out how far along I was.
She told me to go back to the waiting room and after another long wait , I was called into a room by a doctor, he asked me a few questions about how I was feeling etc and what symptoms I wad having. He told me I wasn't having an ectopic pregnancy because people he's seen in the hospital who are having an ectopic pregnancy cannot walk they are in that much pain. I explained to him I was like that lastnight in the early hours of the morning. He asked me if he could do an internal examination so I agreed.
His outcome was , I have a bit of a twisted uterus and I am suffering with constipation. He told me my baby is fine and he's booking me in for a ultrasound scan 10 days later, and I would see my baby on the screen and everything is fine . He sent me home and I was feeling quite happy thinking my baby is fine and I'm Going to be ok.
A few days later the pain was still there and so I had to leave work early and go to my local hospital , I couldn't be seen there as there was no gynacologist. So I wad told to ring the hospital where I was a few days before.
I phoned them and explained to them that I was reffered with a suspected ectopic by my doctor and now I am still experiencing the pains etc.
The nurse on the phone asked me what my blood tests had shown , I said I wasnt given an blood tests, she wasn't happy as he said they should have been done to measure my hcg.
She told me I couldn't just turn up and I would need to be reffered by my doctor, I told her I was a few days before for a scan and I wasn't given one. She told me I couldnt have one today anyway as they have none available .
To cut a long story short and repeated trips to my doctors , who said well if the hospital said it's nothing to worry about then I should be fine and I might be miscarrying so I should go home and rest.
I went for my ultrasound on the 16th January and no baby no sac no heartbeat was found. I got told I had a complete miscarriage.
I was sent to another nurse for her to complete paperwork with me, and she said from what I'm saying with the signs I was showing she thinks I am having an ectopic . As she done a positive pregnancy test and no baby was found in my uterus.
She sent me for some blood tests and she also wasn't happy that they never took my bloods the week and half ago before. She told me to go home and wait for the results the same day as it was urgent.
I went home and within half hour I was called back and they told me I need to go back to the hospital straight away and the doctor wants to see me.
When I got there the doctor saw me almost immediately, she said she thinks I am having a ectopic pregnancy and she would like to do another internal scan.
On the scan she could see bleeding in my tubes and so she said I would need surgery and a possible salpingectomy straight away as it was an emergency.
So later that night I was taken to theatre and had my left tube taken away.
I sent a letter asking the hospital why they didn't pick up on it the 10 days earlier , and why they didn't give me the scan that they said I was going there to have after my doctor had rang them and booked me in for it.
I also asked them why my blood wasn't taken when I was reffered there by my doctor.
Their reply was they do not always do scans and people are given them if they are important.
Well is a suspected ectopic pregnancy with all the signs and symptoms not an important case ?
Also I asked them if it was picked up on the first time I went to the hospital could I have been treated with a drug rather than surgery and losing my tube ?
Anyone else had anything similar and does anyone know who is eligible for the drug an at what stage of an ectopic ?
Please help ?