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Soooo scared - high BP and protein in urin at 15 weeks (anyone???)

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MrsHuxtable Wed 17-Aug-11 17:07:36

I'm really wondering if this pregnancy is doomed. I'm only 15 weeks and have just come through the worst of hyperemesis. This morning I went to the doctors and my blood pressure was a little too high (1st reading 139/96, 2nd reading 146/96). I also had ++ protein inmy urine and because I've had headaches in the last couple of days, the GP is worried now. I need to go back tomorrow and if the results are the same, she said she has to send me into hospital. I have seen the same GP a lot and she never seemed so worried as this morning.

Surely this is too early for pre-eclampsia? What else could it be? I also have only one kidney which makes me even more worried that this could be something really serious, that I can't keep going with this pregnancy for example or that I will suffer lasting kidney damage.

Could this all be a coincidence? Like the BP was high because I have problems with my boss and am very stressed due to that, the protein is due to a small infection and the headache happened just randomly?

If this was already pre-eclampsia now, what would that mean? It's all so scary...

Has anyone else had this???

nunnie Wed 17-Aug-11 17:34:33

Could be a UTI, I was admitted to hospital after I got a severe one, I became quite unwell, headaches, shakes, vomitting, temp of 39.9, it had spread to my kidney. I was given IV antibiotics for 52 hours and had lots of fluid pumped into me. Felt much better infact better than I had for weeks when treatment was over.

My BP was affected but I was out of it by then and I really can't remember if it was low or high sorry.

Have they sent your urine sample off to the lab?

nunnie Wed 17-Aug-11 17:36:42

Missed the bit about 1 kidney sorry, they did scan my kidneys whilst I was in hospital to check for damage etc, but all was clear, fingers crossed they have caught yours if it is a UTI sooner hope you are ok, good luck for tomorrow.

SaulGood Wed 17-Aug-11 17:37:30

This early it shouldn't be preeclampsia no. It could be as simple as a UTI, it might be a pregnancy induced hypertension issue.

I know it's really flipping hard right now, but try and relax as much as you possibly can until tomorrow. Any strange symptoms at all and see a doc tonight.

SaulGood Wed 17-Aug-11 17:38:47

They can treat preeclampsia and lower your bp while pregnant. They can't cure it, but there are lots of avenues to explore before it reaches absolutely critical. But as I said, at 15wks, it shouldn't be pe.

MrsHuxtable Wed 17-Aug-11 17:39:20

No, I could only produce a very small amount. She gave me 2 little tubes for tomorrow morning though, one red one. So I guess she will send one off tomorrow.

MrsHuxtable Wed 17-Aug-11 17:50:35

So they can check the kidney with a scan? The GP so far only ever did blood tests to check for kidney function.

This is all so scary. I really don't know how to relax...

Changing2011 Wed 17-Aug-11 18:52:57

Hello there, I am in the same boat as you, only one kidney, very high bp and under a consultant due to this. You have my sympathies! My bp readings look similar to yours as well. Are you on any medication? I would say, try to rest, eat well and keep an eye on your blood pressure, I have a monitor at home. Good luck x

MrsHuxtable Wed 17-Aug-11 20:57:28

Changing,
I'm so glad you posted! I'm sorry you're going through the same, it's so worrying isn't it?! I've not yet found any information about pregnancy with a single kidney and if there are any extra risks. A couple of years ago, I saw a doctor at a clinic because my coil had gotten stuck and she was of the opinion that due to the one kidney, any pregnancy would be a high risk one and that I would need to be under consultant care but none of the GPs in my surgery shared that opinion so I didn't think there was a reason to worry. Now this...

No, I'm on no medication so far. We have a blood pressure monitor at home as well but it's one that goes on your wrist and I'm not sure the readings are correct. They always seem awfully high, both for me and DH.

If you don't mind me asking, how far along are you? And do you also have the protein in urine issue? Should I push to be refered to a consultant anyway, even if my GP doesn't send me into hospital tomorrow?

Changing2011 Wed 17-Aug-11 21:16:35

Hello. We could form a little club! Well, my kidney is not only alone but diseased and my hypertension is classed as chronic secondary. So I am on methyldopa 1000mg and labetalol 100 mg during pregnancy. Normally I take ramipril to control bp but it's not safe in pregnancy or breastfeeding.

If it's any consolation, my last pregnancy was very healthy and dd was a healthy 7lb 2oz after induction at 38 weeks. My bp was starting to creep up towards the end but I have to say the consultant was fab and I am having her again, she works in tandem with my nephrologist (kidney specialist)... Do you have one of those?

I know wrist monitors are not as reliable as arm ones and they are only around ten pounds from chemists I think. As long as you can keep the bp stable and go to the docs at any sign of water infection you should be fine. Make sure the urine Is midstream as well as all the extra discharge can give a duff protein reading..sorry tmi! My protein is clear at the moment but they monitor it closely.

Changing2011 Wed 17-Aug-11 21:20:32

Sorry, I am 13 weeks ish. Scan last week was undetermined so I have another this Friday. If you are worried, ask for a consultant but they should monitor you fairly closely anyway due to your condition... The consultant led case just makes them more likely to schedule you for induction as the consultant will want to be present or on call at your birth. But if your bp keeps going up may be the case anyway... It's hard to say. Either way you should be in safe hands x

WiiUnfit Thu 18-Aug-11 09:51:27

Hi Mrs & Changing, just wanted to share my experiences with you both.

I have renal hypertension due to possible igA disease of the kidneys. For this reason I was under consultant-led care throughout my pregnancy & had many growth scans as well as seeing my Nephrologist (only once though, he was quite happy with my Obs consultant managing my care as PE was a bit of a speciality of his).

After being admitted to hospital at 26 & 27 weeks I was monitored even closer, twice weekly BP & urine checks by my Community MW. I was on Labetalol, just 50mg daily as my BP was behaving itself. Towards the end of my pregnancy it did start to creep up though so my dose was increased to 50mg twice, then 100mg twice. I was admitted at 37 weeks, they tried to induce me but DS was brow presentation. He was born at 37+2 by EMCS & we are both absolutely fine. He was tiny (5lb 8oz - although this is a good weight for my gestation & PE apparantly?) but does not have any problems other than a bit of jaundice & never has since.

HTH, please try not to worry (ha!) as this will increase your BP & good luck to you both. Happy to answer any Q's if you have any.x

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