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Hyperemesis Support

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LucindaE · 19/10/2022 19:24

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.
MOH's wonderful website is full of useful information on this illness:
//sites.google.com/site/pregnancysicknesssos
Another invaluable website is:
//www.pregnancysicknesssupport.org.uk
If you need help in obtaining medication, phone them on:
024 7638 2020
Lastly, the NICE guidelines on treatment are useful:
//cks.nice.org.uk/topics/nausea-vomiting-in-pregnancy
I would like to thank everyone who has given such invaluable support and advice on this and on previous threads.
It has been suggested that I add some practical tooth cleaning advice: a lot of sufferers find using a child's small toothbrush and strawberry toothpaste far less nauseating.
On my image of a pink castle: that is an image I use because when I was little, my family had a Snakes and Ladders board with an image on the last square of a pink castle in the clouds. As Hyperemesis is so like a grotesque version of Snakes and Ladders - eat a meal, go up a ladder, first thing in the morning bile run, down a snake - I have used the image of that pink castle on the last square of that Snakes and Ladders board as a metaphor for the happy end of Hyperemesis.
Remember when you are at your worst, 'This Too Shall Pass'. It really will.
So many women on this thread have thought they couldn't get through this, but they did.

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LucindaE · 19/10/2022 19:25

Here's the brand new, sparkling thread.

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LucindaE · 19/10/2022 20:24

Here's the due date list.

Due Dates
Kiwi202 15 October
ohCARP 16 October
Worryant 14 November
tigger2022 18 November
BalletN 25 November
greenerfingers 28 November
Watermelonbonnie 2 December
ElephantGrey101 29 December
buntywindermere 4 January
JessV12 4 January
Ballyboo1986 26 February
Quinny2288 24 April

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Worryant · 19/10/2022 20:44

Hello 👋🏻 Thanks for the new thread. Hope everyone is coping. X

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LucindaE · 19/10/2022 20:49

Worryant I'm glad you found it, as I gave the thread to the old one. Words fail me! How did I do that? I've just linked the right one...

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BellaBella38 · 19/10/2022 20:53

@LucindaE This thread has been such a lifeline, thank you so much 🙏

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Okapi99 · 20/10/2022 08:45

Hello. I'm not sure if I really belong here, as this pregnancy (so far) I don't seem to be suffering. Maybe it's the early meds, or maybe it's just luck? I don't know, but this is #6 and I feel 'safe' here, so is it OK if I stay? I'm about 7 weeks. I understand if not x

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LucindaE · 20/10/2022 09:57

Okapi99 Of course, nobody is going to say 'you don't belong here'! It's very encouraging to others that you are not feeling as bad as you did before at this stage. Some do have it more lightly - or much more lightly - in subsequent pregnancies. Do keep posting.
BellaBella38 I am mortified about posting the wrong link.
My only excuse is that I had some very bad news yesterday - a family member has had an extremely severe stroke and is on end of life care - and will be going up north tomorrow to say goodbye. I will be away a couple of days, so will try and get someone to advise on here. If not, I am confident that you are all very good at taking care of each other.

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TisforTucan · 20/10/2022 11:19

Thank you :) accidentally posted on the old one I'm so tired lol.

I'm still here, I'm 12 weeks today and had my scan yesterday. Still no change really just learned to cope with what I like and can manage.

Cyclizine doesn't work for me so waiting it out. The nausea is terrible, I just feel like crap all day and eating in the evening is out the window as I'm worse then. Has anyone else lost appetite? My mouth has such a weird taste all the time, only thing I can drink is apple juice.

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BalletN · 20/10/2022 11:36

@TisforTucan The only thing I could drink was apple juice for quite a few weeks. I can now drink flavoured sparkling water.
@LucindaE Sorry to hear that. Sending hugs.

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Quinny2288 · 20/10/2022 14:35

Thank you for the new thread ❤️ Sorry to hear about your bad news @LucindaE Don’t worry about us. You concentrate on yourself and family xx

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TisforTucan · 20/10/2022 15:05

@LucindaE Ah sorry Lucinda about your bad news, take care of yourself x

@BalletN I can have a glass then I can't drink anymore. Thats good, hope I like more stuff soon, really need more fluids in me.

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OrangeOtter · 20/10/2022 17:45

@LucindaE So sorry to hear your news. Sending lots of love yours and your families way.

Anyone tried promethazine? I don’t have high hopes as its my 4th medication and the other three stopped working pretty quickly.

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Melissa2023 · 21/10/2022 14:42

Hello - checking in for the first time and excited to find this thread. Due April 8th with a little boy! First time pregnancy and I've spent most of it in the bathroom or at the GPs cycling through antisickness medication and trying to stay hydrated enough to stay out of hospital

I was hoping someone might have some insight on how on earth I'm supposed to get through a glucose tolerance test? Have any of you ladies managed it? I'm due one on Tuesday but I'm not feeling very optimistic about it, they seemed to very much suggest I just go for it and we'll abandon it if necessary (aka if I'm sick even once) but I can't imagine I'll get through the whole drink in 10 minutes and then two hours of sitting in the waiting room heat without being ill. They did also suggest I try ginger biscuits which I will admit is the suggestion that now almost makes me scream 😑

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Melissa2023 · 21/10/2022 14:51

Sorry to double post but @OrangeOtter I've just seen your question, Promethazine was my first and I actually found it did help for a while and it didn't give me any weird and wonderful side effects so I'd say it's worth a shot because there's always the chance it'll help

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Hyperemesishell · 21/10/2022 22:57

@OrangeOtter promethazine was probably the best medication I had - however it made me horrendously tired (I think I’m right in saying it’s a sedative) but definitely worth a try x

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greenerfingers · 21/10/2022 23:53

Thank you for the new thread and ever so sorry to hear the news @LucindaE. After all the support you've been offering it's terrible you of all people are having to go through that.

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JessV12 · 22/10/2022 21:23

@Melissa2023 I haven't got any good advice regarding surviving the GTT test, but I was due to have one during a time where my HG had flared up again and the thought of fasting for 10 hours then carrying out the test left me just not turning up for it. I will say though that my midwife was very supportive and didn't judge me at all for not attending, I ended up just having a random blood glucose test added onto my 28 week bloods. I have heard from others that instead of the GTT test they were given a blood glucose monitor and asked to monitor their levels for around 4 days, maybe this is an option you could ask about?

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LucindaE · 24/10/2022 21:36

Thank you, everyone, for your kind words and wishes. At least we got to say goodbye to my SIL. I see everyone has been giving good advice.
Melissa2023 A belated welcome. I'll add your due date asap. That's great advice from JessieV12 about the possibility of blood tests for glucose, as I honestly don't know how sufferers manage that fasting and then swallowing that drink quickly. How idiotic of them to suggest ginger biscits. After hearing a specialist suggested them to someone on here, though,I am less astonished. What meds are you now on? Have they given you an effective anti acid? Here is my normal spiel, which I hope will help. Most sufferers find that they improve a lot at some point between weeks 14 and 20, or sometimes later. Even those who are unlucky enough to suffer throughout generally are not as ill later on as they are in the first part. A good anti acid can make a surprising difference to the sickness. Kesostix are worth buying online or from a chemists, as while they aren't they best test of dehydration, hospitals take them seriously.When reporting on the vomiting to doctors, remember to emphasize the number of heaves in each vomiting session, as doctors tend to count these as 'vomits' and this can lead to their underestimating the severity of your symptoms. Besides drinking through a straw, here are some drinks that have helped others: full sugar flat coke (if you don't find it too acid), ice lollies, frozen smoothie ice lollies, the juice of tinned fruit, Vimto, Lucozade, apple juice, Ribina, Dr Pepper, soda water, Elderflower water, tonic water, ice cubes, Iron Bru, lemonade, lemon squash, orange squash, orange juice (if not too acid), fizzy orange (M and S has been recommende), 7Up, isotonic drinks, sips of strawberry or chocolate milkshake (maybe soya), fizzy water, apple juice, Robinson's fruit drinks, Rubicon sparkling mango drink , raspberry Lucozade sport and frozen ice cubes of flat Lucozade sport. Also, pink lemonade , cloudy lemonade and Sprite. Foods of a sort include tinned fruit, cuppa soup, nibbles of crisps and chips, cheap ice cream, Scotch pancakes, bagels and biscuits, potato smileys, minature salty Yorkshire Puddings , dry cereals and slices of melon and mango. Protein drinks have also been mentioned.
TisforTucan There are plenty of meds that they can try besides Cyclizine, like the comparatively new Xonvea, specially designed for pregnancy sickness, which has helped a few on here. Many suffer from a foul taste in the mouth; hopefully, it will improve for you as it does for many. Some find sucking sweets helps, I used to suck old fashoined barley sugar - but others find it increases excess saliva, which is nauseating in itself. Sorry, remind me; have they offered an anti acid? I hope you are able to drink other liquids soon.
Waves to BalletN, Quinny2228, OrangeOtter, Hyperemesishell, greenerfingers Occapi99 , Worryant and everyone.

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LucindaE · 24/10/2022 21:42

Due Dates
ohCARP 16 October
Worryant 14 November
tigger2022 18 November
BalletN 25 November
greenerfingers 28 November
Watermelonbonnie 2 December
ElephantGrey101 29 December
buntywindermere 4 January
JessV12 4 January
Ballyboo1986 26 February
Melissa2023 4 April
Quinny2288 24 April

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Okapi99 · 24/10/2022 22:21

Having a bad sick day today. I work nights at the hospital and I think the mix up of sleep and taking meds at different times is affecting me. I worked a few days ago and felt bad the following day, but working last night I feel awful this evening. Actually been sick a few times which I've managed to avoid so far. 😞

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Quinny2288 · 24/10/2022 22:29

Okapi99 · 24/10/2022 22:21

Having a bad sick day today. I work nights at the hospital and I think the mix up of sleep and taking meds at different times is affecting me. I worked a few days ago and felt bad the following day, but working last night I feel awful this evening. Actually been sick a few times which I've managed to avoid so far. 😞

Hello! I find lack of sleep/messed up sleep a huge trigger for me, too. I really feel for you. I had to work from home since being pregnant because I found getting up any earlier than 8:30 made my sickness worse and I’d have to get up
at 6am to get into work on time in the office.

Maybe you could see if you can just spend a couple of days catching up on sleep?

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Okapi99 · 24/10/2022 22:45

Hi quinny. I'm really lucky as I've just spent the time in between shifts resting and sleeping. I have 2 shifts back to back on Thursday and Friday and I don't know how I'll manage the 2nd if I'm ill like this after the first

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Worryant · 24/10/2022 22:48

@Okapi99 messing up sleep always makes me so much sicker so big sympathies to you. Would you be able to take some time to catch up on sleep?

Question for people who go have been here before! In my last pregnancy I was much much better by 26 weeks and beyond. I’m currently 37 weeks and have really gone down hill. I was on Prochlorperazine and am weaned off it on the advice of GP and consultant as I got closer to birth. I’d stopped vomiting and so was nauseous but still on cyclizine. I’m down to one tablet a day on cyclizine but I’m not sure it’s making much difference. Still not vomiting but feel so so sick especially in the middle of the day. I’ve been in bed all afternoon and evening today. Do the last few weeks sometimes bring about an increase in HG symptoms?! I know it’s only a few weeks to go but that seems like a mountain to climb right now being so big and uncomfortable.

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TisforTucan · 24/10/2022 22:59

@LucindaE Welcome back, hope you are ok and try to look after yourself x

They have given me omeprazole now as I asked for it, I'm asking for what you've just mentioned sick wise. I think I feel a bit better energy wise now placenta has taken over but still vomiting and lack of appetite.

I'm just watching what I eat, eat what I fancy and what I can cope with. I can only manage and want apple juice in small doses. Crazy

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Melissa2023 · 25/10/2022 16:14

@LucindaE Thank you for your lovely message and your input - I was actually already on omeprazole before I got pregnant we just had to change dosages! It was so funny reading your list of suggested drinks as I've noticed myself gravitating towards some of these as I find I can keep them down!

I had my "glucose tolerance test" today after a rough, sicky night of fasting and not taking in any fluids, but it turns out I can not tolerate:
The heat of the waiting room
Drinking that much that quickly
Fasting

Threw up less than 10 minutes in so that went out the window. Probably not even remotely surprising to you ladies! Had the team at the unit telling me "oh it's a horrible test isn't it lots of ladies feel sick" felt like saying err no it's more the fact I don't remember the last time I went two hours at this time of day without being sick! Was told they didn't know I was having sickness issues so that's why they'd scheduled it, apparently no note was taken when I was there last week then, when had to go home because I was throwing up so they certainly were aware and it was the same hospital I've been to the EPAC for dehydration 😡Luckily my other half was an absolute star and when I dissolved into frustrated tears he advocated for me and set them straight on "not knowing" and now I am having a blood test with my (genuinely lovely) community midwife to check tomorrow.

I've been having a fair amount of luck with ondansetron and even managed a full day at work yesterday but have been told today that I can't stay on it permanently without the hospital okaying it so now going to give cyclizine and prochlorperazine another shot and see how I go as I am done with the hospital for at least a few days thank you very much

@Okapi99 I sympathise so much with you - lack of sleep definitely makes me much worse too. I do hope you manage to get some proper rest soon to get some relief

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