Suspected ectopic - is there hope?(27 Posts)
I was admitted to hospital last night with a suspected ectopic. I'm 6+1 and have had cramps throughout my pregnancy so far. Had a niggling pain on the left but had decided to try and be positive and ignore. Then on Friday I had some spotting of very watery light pink - not enough to put a liner in literally just 7/8 spots. Cramps were there as well. Spotting stopped then yesterday afternoon started again and the cramps got worse with a distinct pain on my left. Came to a&e with DP and was sent to GAU. Saw someone quickly and was given a speculum exam and a finger exam(don't know what that's called). My OS was closed and there was a very small amount of blood but my left side was definitely tender. They took bloods and said they wanted to keep me in overnight and reassess today. Depending on blood results they will try to scan today although it being Easter Sunday might be hard pushed to find sonographer. Then will make decisions about what next. Surgery has been mentioned and I am nil by mouth. They are also pumping me with fluid (2l over 12 hours).
I'm scared. I'm not in agony but it is uncomfortable and doesn't feel quite right but it has felt this way on and off throughout. There has been no more bleeding and it was no more than a thimble full each time.
They are being fantastic, taking really good care of me, have let DP stay (I've been lucky enough to end up in a private room) and I have much to be thankful for right now.
My question is - has anyone got this far through, been told surgery may be needed and been so closely monitored only to find out all is well? I want this baby so much. At the same time I've already begun to detach myself from it all. I haven't cried since I was admitted. What are my chances of being ok? I know no one can really answer but would love to hear some experiences. Thank you for reading this far. Just writing it down has helped.
Hi h0p3, just wanted to give my experiences of both angles - with my first pregnancy I had cramps from around 5-7 weeks, quite severe at times. I also had multiple days of light spotting and one episode of bright red blood. I was given an early scan at 6 weeks and all was absolutely fine. Ds is now 2! So the symptoms you describe absolutely can all turn out well.
Earlier this year I was pregnant again, had cramps again - more severe this time - but I stupidly assumed all was fine and got on with things. Unfortunately in my case it was ectopic and it ruptured meaning I had to have emergency surgery. I didn't have any bleeding beforehand whatsoever and no specific pain in my left side, it was more in my back.
I will be crossing my fingers very tightly for you. If it does turn out to be the worst please do feel free to pm me for any advice. Have they mentioned an injection rather than surgery? I believe an injection can be offered if they don't suspect imminent rupture but the scan will confirm this. Also if they do go down the surgery route then having planned surgery as opposed to emergency usually means much less pain afterwards and better healing. I just wanted to mention this so that you can hold on to some positives, while you're going through such uncertainty.
The ectopic trust website is also extremely helpful and informative, should you find that any use at this point.
Thank you Hoggle. I cried at the kindness of your post which I think is probably a good thing - my feelings still work at least. They didn't mention an injection but did say there were lots of possibilities including an early ectopic that could be more easily treated / they just didn't say how. I will update once I have more news. Thank you.
Thinking of you. I will say a prayer for you in church this morning.
I've had two eptopics, one ruptured. They can be deadly so your in the right place.
My first was after ten years of trying to conceive I had a couple of bouts of severe sharp pain and went for a scan as I knew my tubes where damaged. 6w1d with a little heartbeat. They operated on me the next day. That was tough.
The second I thought the pain was my endometritis and a heavy period. It had ruptured and I remember crawling in to the GP for some strong pain killers and she did an pg test and I was positive. I was rushed to hospital as my blood pressure was very low (it had ruptured and was bleeding out) and ended up having two injections of morphine after a dick head dr gave me an internal and left me rolling around on the bed crying in the most horrendous pain of my life. An amazing woman dr came running in and really sorted me out.
If this pregnancy is eptopic - it's serous. It's life threatening. So you have to think of yourself here. I know it's bloody hard.
It really is not the end of the road I went on through IVF and had dd (3) and now pregnsnt with no.2.
Hang on in there. Also get some peppermint tea for after the operation if you have one. The wind pains are something else
Absolutely yes re. peppermint tea - the surgery is keyhole so they fill your stomach with gas and then can't get it fully out again post op. I also got some peppermint capsules from the hospital pharmacy which helped.
If the hospital plan to speak to you re. options then do try to read some of the ectopic trust website info if at all possible. Different options have different issues for you ttc again - for example the injection means no invasive surgery but iirc, it means you can't ttc again for at least 3 months, whereas I was told after my surgery that I could ttc after 6 weeks (that being said, I am waiting longer). Also, if they recommend surgery as the safest option, then ask whether the tube can be saved given that it seems as though it hasn't ruptured yet. Mine ruptured meaning that I have only one tube left and therefore less chance of conceiving again (although the chances are not too dire so I am keeping very hopeful).
Don't feel bad about your emotions not gushing. It's a terrible shock and as chocolate says above, your health is in very real danger here, so please do just keep your best interests at heart. I know it's very upsetting.
I had very similar symptoms to you, it was an ovarian cyst which ended up being removed when ds1 was 6 months old. I hope yours is something similar.
I was in hospital at 7 weeks pregnant with a suspected ectopic. I'd been having a lot of pain of one side (no bleeding though). So I went to get checked out. My experience was very similar in that they examined me and there was a lot of tenderness on the painful side, I was kept in over night and was also nil by mouth in case of surgery and on fluids. I was scanned the next day (it felt like waiting a lifetime) and they found a healthy baby (who is now a healthy 2 year old). They said the pain might have been ligaments stretching.
I really hope you have a good outcome too!
Thank you all. Still waiting, no news, but your kindness, positive stories and knowledge and information has filled a void. I will be back with news when I have it.
So I saw the doctor who said my HCG is higher than the weeks I think I am suggesting I'm further along than we think. My progesterone is also high suggesting the baby is in the womb. However neither are conclusive so still waiting on a scan, but so so much more positive than I was expecting. The other possibility for high HCG could be twins which has obviously shocked me somewhat. Nothing confirmed until scan though. If they can't see anything on the scan I'll be sent for laparoscopy straight away as the hormone levels suggest something would be visible. Pain could be a cyst or severe constipation which I've had for the last few weeks. Feel like an idiot in one way but also so glad I got this checked out. The spotting was not constipation for sure.
Thank you all for your support and positivity and kindness. I will give a final update once I have had the scan.
You are definitely in the right place and everyone is doing all the right things. It is a trying time for you - waiting and not knowing is very hard indeed.
To put things in perspective - if for some reason this pregnancy does not stick, there is no reason why another should not go fine. I have experience of early bleeding (pregnancy stayed fine), large ovarian cyst that brought the pregnancy to an end, and suspected ectopic that was a "missed abortion" - but 3 healthy pregnancies with a good outcome.
With your hormone levels as they are it all sounds promising - I am just glad that they have you on the spot and under observation. Lots of good luck with the scan today. There are lots of reasons why pain may happen in early pregnancy, and many resolve themselves with no problem.
I went to hospital with severe cramp with first pregnancy. To be fair I get severe cramp from endo & PCOS anyway but thought would have stopped.
I'd had some very light spotting like you.
They said it could be ectopic. Increased chance as it was an IVF conception and I had endo. I think it may have been a little earlier than you as they said they wouldn't be able to see heartbeat. The tested HCG and sent me home saying to get blood test few days later to compare.
I had scan booked at fertility clinic anyway for as soon as heartbeat would be detectable.
Bloods, scan all fine. The bad cramp continued for first trimester. I had healthy baby.
Second pregnancy I had bad cramps and a plenty of bright red blood. I didn't bother rushing in as I thought I was losing baby. Went to EPAGU in morning and was surprised to see happy heartbeat. Happened twice more in first trimester. Again healthy baby delivered at term.
I really hope you get a similar outcome.
That sounds really positive h0p3. Wishing you luck.
Good luck H0p. I hope it's just ligaments stretching
Thank you all so much. The scan showed a 6+2 foetus in my womb with everything as it should be. Not twins which DP was slightly relieved at I think. There was even a heartbeat fluttering away on the screen! My HCG was 33,000 and my progesterone was 70 so all seems positive. I am still spotting slightly but they simply said time would tell with that and I know there is nothing to be done now but wait. Thank you all for being there today....I felt like a terrified child this morning (I'm 30) and reading your posts helped me keep myself strong and together. Happy happy Sunday to you all and positive thoughts and vibes from me and mine.
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