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Edema vs Pre-eclemsia: scared!!!

Nov 09, 2012 - 15 comments

I am in panic!  Almost overnight my feet swelled up.  I am almost 28 weeks and afraid that I developed pre-eclempsia.  Last pregnancy I never had any problems with swelling or water retention and I went to 40 weeks but with twins I know I am at higher risk.  I am really paranoid I will be forced to deliver 2 invalids at 28 weeks.  This is really stressing me out.  My next check is on Tuesday and they will check for protein then.  This is going to be a stressful weekend!!!

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by butterflybabies, Nov 09, 2012
Praying for you and the twins! If the twins were born early doesn't mean they will be invalids. I'd say if your really worried go to the ER if you can't get into your doc right away!

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by Ginger077, Nov 09, 2012
If its preeclampsia I wouldn't wait till Tuesday. I would call or go to the ER now. It's not worth taking a chance with something so precious. It's nothing to mess around with.

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by Londres70, Nov 09, 2012
I will agree with the above posters......get to an ER NOW.  Don't wait until your appointment.

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by Ginger077, Nov 09, 2012
Sorry Helen I don't want to scare you. If it is preeclampsia getting it under control now would be so much better for you and the babies. We never had our pts wait with preeclampsia. Plus I think your going to worry all holiday weekend long. ER or urgent care if your dr is not around. Or you could call your drs answering service and speak to the on call doctor and they can either make arrangements to see you or call in orders for you at the ER so you don't have to wait.
Please let us know what happens. Hope it's nothing serious.

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by krichar, Nov 09, 2012
I hope you don't mind me chiming in... As I have had pre eclampsia.  Swelling is considered edema, while preeclampsia has multiple symptoms.... High blood pressure, blurred vision with "floaters", headaches, nausea, proteins in urine as well as swelling. Your dr would have been testing you along the way with your monthly or weekly urine tests, and when your blood pressure. If there were any inkling this may be an issue he would be monitoring you closely. I'm sure you have time to wait till Tuesday.

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by nursegirl6572, Nov 09, 2012
With all due respect (no offense), I don't agree with the above.  Preeclampsia doesn't always present with the textbook symptoms, and it can come on suddenly.  I find it worrisome that the swelling occurred overnight.  I too agree that you should be evaluated right away.  The sooner they diagnose preeclampsia, the better.  They can then do what it takes to get your blood pressure under control, and try to delay labor, while you would be closely monitored.  If you wait, it may be harder for them to get under control.  Do not think the worst, even if you DO have preeclampsia, there is a lot that the doctors can do to keep you AND your babies safe.  It's important for your OWN health too.  You don't want to let that go unchecked.

It's always better to be safe than sorry in these situations.  Almost 4 days is WAY too long to wait if indeed this would be preeclampsia.  Please go get checked out.  Please post an update!  You're in my thoughts.

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by Helen72, Nov 09, 2012
I am evaluated for pre-term labor and pre-eclampsia every week since twins put me at high risk of both.  Unfortunately, last week I did not give them a sample since I was sick as a dog and had to run to my regular MD for some antibiotics.  My blood pressure was OK at my ob appt but my MD actually told me that it was elevated later that day.   This was on Tuesday.  I mentioned swelling on Thursday.  I have no other symptoms: my hands and face are not swollen, etc.  I'll see if I can get to see someone before Tuesday.  Thank you all for your input and good wishes.  

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by nursegirl6572, Nov 09, 2012
Yeah, especially if your BP was elevated, that's even more of a reason to get checked..  It wouldn't take long for them to evaluate you...you can call your doctor, or just go to an ER.  Preeclampsia doesn't always present insidiously...it can come on pretty quickly.

Hope everything is okay...let us know!

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by adgal, Nov 09, 2012
Helen, I have nothing to add in terms of advice - you've gotten great support and I know you will see your Dr. as soon as possible.  I do want to say that I am thinking of you my friend.  You have always been a tremendous source of support to me and many many others here, and I hope you know I am here to support you in whatever way you need.  Praying this turns out to be just "one of those things" and all is well.  Hang in there my friend, I know this will ultimately be ok.  xoxoxo

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by Jen1st_time_ivf, Nov 09, 2012
I agree with the ones who advised to go call your doctor or go on to labor and delivery. Swelling is something that you should be concerned with especially since it was sudden. You worrying is not good for you or the babies and will make matters worse.

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by Helen72, Nov 09, 2012
So I checked on line for the side effects of the antibiotic that I am taking right now (I typically take z-pac so this Ceftin  is a new med for me) and it looks like swelling is a common side effect!  Just in case I will go to the pharmacy tomorrow am and check my blood pressure there again.  Ugh!  I was given this antibiotic to stop my bad cough since it can trigger contractions.

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by feather2e, Nov 10, 2012
sorry to hear you are having problems. try and take it easy and see the doctor as soon as you can.


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by Helen72, Nov 13, 2012
Had a check up today and it does not look like I have pre-eclampsia.  My blood pressure is OK and I am not spilling protein.  I was told that edema (ankle swelling) is probably due to the antibiotic that I am taking and due to my growing uterus.  Babies had a growth spurt and when I am sitting my uterus is so big that it basically blocks the circulation to my feet.  Since most growth occurs in the 3rd trimester this problem is not going away.
According to the nurse, pre-eclampsia does not occur suddenly.  She said that typically we would see blood pressure going up over a period of time and then protein starts spilling over.  In most cases, it is not an overnight problem.  
Right now I am relieved that I made it to the third trimester with twins and hope I can go another 10 weeks.  

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by Jen1st_time_ivf, Nov 13, 2012
So glad to hear your check up went good today and all is well. Good luck to another 10 healthy and quick weeks ahead.

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by butterflybabies, Nov 13, 2012
Glad it's just edema but that's crappy to! I feel for you, I was uncomfortable from 20 weeks till the end. Hang in there not much longer!

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