Monday, February 23, 2009

A little bit of a scare

This morning I woke up, got ready for work, packed my lunch, and ate breakfast when all of a sudden I experienced a piercing, stabbing pain in my lower left abdomen. Initially I decided I'd head into work and do lesson plans, while calling Kaiser to find out when I could go to the doctor. But after about 15 minutes of increasingly painful stabbing I decided I needed to call an advice nurse. The first time I really started to panic is when I told my symptoms to the appointment center. After getting out, "I'm pregnant and experiencing cramping in my abdomen," she frantically interupted me to tell me she was pushing me through to the top of the list to speak with an advice nurse immediately. The second time I really started to panic is when the advice nurse told me that after speaking to my doctor, they wanted me to talk to labor and delivery. Being only 20 weeks pregnant and on the phone with labor and delivery is an experience I'd like to avoid altogether.

They scheduled me an appointment for an hour and a half later and immediately did an ultrasound to see the baby. Baby Howard was fine (which I knew, because even through the searing pain I could still feel him/her moving around like crazy), the placenta was fine, I didn't have a cyst (or any mass, for that mater) on my ovaries, and everything looked fine. I had already self-diagnosed my condition and was convinced it was a cyst. It was 100% consistent with the symptoms I experience everytime I get an ovarian cyst - searing pain, concentrated in one side, that worsens with an empty bladder. What I didn't take into consideration was that my ovaries are no longer in my lower abdomen (haha!). They are above my belly button - Slight problem for my self diagnosis.

The doctor sent me home with instructions: if the pain worsened or continued to be crippling for intervals of 15 minutes, I was to go to the Emergency Room. On the way home, Mr. Howard and I stopped at target to pick up a flash drive. I went over to the baby books and looked up five months to see what it said. And sure enough right at Week 20 in What to Expect When You're Expecting, it said that as your ligaments stretch, some women experience a dull, cramping, or searing pain that can last anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours. Mine subsided at about the 3 hour mark and after a 2 hour nap with Mr. Howard, I woke up with no pain.

Better safe than sorry!


Katie Taylor said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Well I am very relieved to hear you are alright!!! It's good that it was nothing to be worried about but it's also a good thing you went to the doctor to check it out just in case!! Love you!

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