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LucindaE Tue 07-Aug-12 12:21:20

We need a new thread.

I hope everyone suffering from the Horrors of Hyperemesis will find this thread useful as a source of support and information.

There's no TMI on here - can't be by definition - and nobody should feel ashamed of moaning as much as they feel the need to.

I used to include extracts from MOH's wonderful website
but I think that makes this link less visible so am merely putting the link. The information on this site is invaluable.

I would like to thank MOH MOP Ovaltine Caramellokoalalover (I think she's changed her nickname) Fluffy, Horsey Kali and Everyone who has given such invaluable support and advice on previous threads.

Remember when you are at your worst, 'This Too Shall Pass'. It really will.

BelleEtLaBete Tue 01-Jan-13 09:47:08

Thanks, Reebok and Pearl. I have made an appointment with my gp for next week. I had Cyclizine last time which took the edge off but I still wasn't able to work: but I didnt get any med until I was in hospital on Stemetil (and the bastards wouldn't let me take it home) smile Thinking of asking for the orally dissolving tablets (Zofran?) this time. Any experience?

MotherofPearl Tue 01-Jan-13 15:53:29

Belle, I think the one you dissolve orally is called bucastem. I had it during my first PG and I have to admit it did nothing for me, but some report success with it. Zofran is the brand name for ondansetron, which many women seem to find the most effective HG drug, but some doctors are reluctant to prescribe it. Do take a look at the info on meds on MOH's website (link in the box above the thread).

Choosmum Tue 01-Jan-13 16:21:26

Have just found this thread amidst a desparate search for info on 'morning' (ha!) sickness and cyclizine, which I was prescribed after turning up at GPs yesterday with dehydration and zero energy.

I had bad hg with DS but don't remember it being this bad. The cyclizine is giving me restless legs and making me bit spacey - has anyone else experienced that? It did however make it possible for me to get out of bed this morning so maybe it's just a case of suck-it-up-buttercup with regards to side effects?

Will be checking this thread regularly, think family finding it hard to understand and get impression DH wants me to pull myself together (angry(

MotherofPearl Tue 01-Jan-13 17:19:58

Welcome Choosmum, and sorry you're suffering. Cyclizine can make you feel pretty drowsy - lots of people comment on it. I took it every day during the whole of my last pregnancy (although eventually cut back to once a day towards the end). The best advice I got on here about cyclizine was to stick with it, and the zombie-like feeling will lift after a few weeks. Try to stick to taking the same dose at the exact same time every day. Someone suggested taking the first tablet of the day while you're still in bed, then keeping very still for about half an hour for it to start working, and only then attempt to get up. Hope you start to see some improvement.

MotherofPearl Wed 02-Jan-13 14:49:10

Hope everyone is doing OK? It's gone very quiet on here. Hoping that's a good sign!

Reebok Wed 02-Jan-13 15:00:24

Welcome choosmum! I'm on cyclizine too and feel that it makes me drowsy and exhausted to the point that my legs turn into jelly. An unfortunate side effect.

Thanks for checking on us MOP! Doing ok thank God! Another not so bad day as long as I eat something before hunger strikes! Feeling awfully thirsty so trying to keep fluid intake up as best as I can before dehydration hits.

RoomForALittleOne Wed 02-Jan-13 15:34:37

Just to add, you can get an ondansetron wafer that melts in the mouth or ondansetron suppositories, I believe, if you can 't tolerate tablets. I agree that buccastem are rubbish.

Feeling rubbish on ondansetron and stemetil...

MotherofPearl Wed 02-Jan-13 18:35:05

Glad to hear things aren't too bad Reebok. Room, can you try for a different combo of meds do you think? I know Kali was on the max dose of about 4 different meds when she was at her worst. Would you and/or your doctor contemplate steriods? I didn't realise about ondanestron wafers, although I believe it is also available via IV.

RoomForALittleOne Wed 02-Jan-13 20:48:34

I had ondansetron IV and it was fab. I'm not sure about the steroids. I see the consultant tomorrow so could maybe discuss pros/cons then. I believe that steroid treatment can have it's affects on pregnancy though as doctors were reluctant to treat me for crohn's with steroids during my last pregnancy unless I was desperate. I had steroids when in premature labour though which helped things immensely!

BarmeeMarmee Wed 02-Jan-13 23:14:08

Hi everyone, former 2x sufferer checking in (just to introduce myself to those of you who don't know me). Still lurking here even though DD will be 8 weeks old on Friday. The view from the pink castle is still fantastic and I can promise it is most definitely worth every vomit although I know all too well how desperate the feeling of HG is. I was on cyclizine and ondansetron and tried to reduce the ondansetron but decided very quickly it just wasn't worth it. So sorry there are still so many suffering. Am lurking a lot but rarely get time to post now. lucinda et al do an amazing job!

cupcake78 Thu 03-Jan-13 07:48:03

Hope everyone is holding up ok! I had a good day yesterday, managed to eat and drink and get out for a whilegrin. Only 15 wks so hoping this is the beginning of the end.

I agree the meds make you very drowsy. I'm finding that and the exhaustion of HG and pregnancy a battle but the alternative isn't much good.

RoomForALittleOne Thu 03-Jan-13 12:00:25

Yuck! A hospital appointment at 09:40 plus HG makes for one very yucky me. My bed is calling me...

Reebok Thu 03-Jan-13 12:05:07

Thank you barmee. Hopefully we will all turn a corner for the better soon. Glad to hear you're feeling better cupcake...hopefully this means hG is on the decline. Sorry you're feeling so terrible Room.

Am going to pop to my mums today...first proper Venture out of the house since I was signed off's crazy but im feeling a bit nervous about leaving the's only a 15 min drive away! I'm almost afraid to leave the house.

MotherofPearl Thu 03-Jan-13 18:21:08

Glad to hear you're still savouring the delights of the Pink Castle Barmee! Everyone gets there in the end, although it doesn't always feel like it. How did your appointment go, Room? Any change to meds?
Glad to hear things are improving Cupcake. Reebok, I think it's pretty normal to feel anxious about going out after being housebound for so long. Hope the outing did you good rather than exhausted you.

RoomForALittleOne Thu 03-Jan-13 20:05:52

No change to meds. I could hardly keep the doctor's attention after he was bleeped about a minute in to the consultation to be told that he had gone to the wrong clinic and should be elsewhere. I have a thread here if you want to read more. I'm still a little surprised by his attitude but I don't think it's worth making a fuss over. What will be, will be.

MotherofPearl Thu 03-Jan-13 21:58:50

Just read your other thread Room - sounds like the consultant didn't really give you a very thorough appointment, what with rushing off and all. angry I do think there comes a point when you just resign yourself to the misery of HG. It's hard to be combative all the time when you're feeling so ill and tired. When I was suffering some people suggested I should try different meds (I was on cyclizine) because I was always sick at least once a day, right until the end. But after a while I couldn't be bothered, it seemed like too much effort. I do sympathise, it's a horrible feeling.

RoomForALittleOne Thu 03-Jan-13 22:35:25

You summed it up perfectly MOP. I just wanted to get home to my bed because I felt awful but I had also just had the first moment of being truly pleased about being pg. It hadn't entirely felt real or like a good idea before that point blush. The scan was so lovely and I keep looking at the scan pics now grin

Reebok Fri 04-Jan-13 10:15:18

Sitting at gps to get another sick note to sign me off from work for bit longer and am pretty annoyed. When I came in, the receptionist looked at me and laughed as if to say 'ah the drama queen is back again!' this receptionist pees me off!!

RoomForALittleOne Fri 04-Jan-13 11:14:17

Is anyone else's DH getting fed up and less supportive with the HG? I know it's hard for my DH as we have 3 DCs to look after and he is studying full time but I am starting to lose patience with his lack of understanding. I would happily trade places with him but he seems to think that I've got things easy because I rest so much!

MotherofPearl Fri 04-Jan-13 16:44:31

Room, I do feel strongly that with the best will in the world, nobody who has not experienced HG really understands what it is like. I remember saying to my DP, 'Try to imagine feeling really, really ill for one whole day. Like the worst hangover you've ever had. Then imagine it carrying on for a week. Then imagine week, after week, never knowing when it may end, but aware that it could last for NINE MONTHS.' This mental exercise did seem to help him accept how bad it is! grin Glad the scan has given you some cheer.
Reebok, that receptionist sounds annoying. It's none of her business, apart from anything. Hope you got the sick note. How was your outing yesterday?
Hope everyone else holding up OK?

Reebok Fri 04-Jan-13 19:15:10

Room, I have same problem. My DH doesn't understand how bad HG is and thinks I'm exaggerating. We constantly fight because of his lack of understanding. He's getting annoyed that the house is always a mess and that I can't cook. I'm not frigging superwoman!! I'm growing a baby and suffering more than most women at the same time!

Mop, I've tried using that as an example but he just says 'yeh whatever!' he's simply fed up of having to look after me and by our lack of anything physical!! Lol he can sod off as far as I'm concerned! Sex is the last thing on my mind!! It's what got me into this damn state I'm in!! The outing to mums took it out of me but was nice to get out of my house and into a new environment.

AppleCrumples Sat 05-Jan-13 19:10:10

Ah found you all! Sorry to see so many still suffering sad

just popping on to update as people on here were so helpful when i was suffering. I had a baby girl called ivy on 01.01 @ 2.40 am (3rd baby of year for hosp) 5lb11. She was exactly 3 weeks early and made her entry as dramaticalky and quickly as possible! grin

Although i never suffered as badlt as some on here i remained on cyclizine tilll the end and continued to follow this thread. Thank you for your help and i really hope everyone turns the corner soon x

LucindaE Sat 05-Jan-13 20:10:02

Apple Wonderful news, I am so happy for you! thanks. wine So nice of you to call in to remind people what it's all for.
Barmeee Lovely to hear from you, too! You suffered horrendously, which makes it extra nice of you to be so positive.
Mop You have been being wonderful. Mad Lucinda is back, and tryig to catch up and looking about anxiously. I so know what you mean about getting weary of arguing with medical people when you feel so drained. Room and Reebok I do feel for you, it's bad enough feeling ill, but OH's being less than sympathetic is just about the last straw. I am shocked about the vanishing consultant!
Apologies to Anyone I've overlooked while I read up more.


Reebok Sat 05-Jan-13 20:18:32

Lucinda!! Welcome were missed but MOP has been wonderful checking up on us in your absence.

Yes, you're right it's extremely annoying. Me and hubby are currently not speaking because he's such a git! Sorry! Just annoyed at his lack of understanding.

Has anyone heard from Nannyl or Peppa? I'm hoping their absence means they are feeling better!

Congratulations Apple. You give the rest of us suffering hope.

Btw, I have my 12 week scan on Monday. I'm really scared because of my mmc last year so when you get a chance guys, pls say a prayer for my lil bubba.

MotherofPearl Sun 06-Jan-13 09:22:28

Congratulations to Apple! And welcome back to Lucinda. smile Thanks for kind words - always happy to help. As I've said before, I would not have survived my HG pregnancy without this thread, so very glad to give any help, however tiny, that I can. Nearly time for a new thread, come to think of it?

Reebok, will be thinking of you tomorrow for your scan - do let us know how it all goes. Must be pretty daunting after having had a mmc, but hopefully you'll feel as Room did a few days ago - that the scan makes you feel excited about being PG.

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