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Please Help! Pregnant and can't get a diag.

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  • Posted By: llee319
  • September 10, 2007
  • 06:45 AM

I am currently 27 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child. I am 27 years old and have no other medical conditions, except for chronic hypertension which was diagnosed 2 years ago and am currently taking meds for that. I have had a recurrent low-grade fever between 99.8 and 101.5 for 2 weeks now consistenty EVERY night. I have chronic vaginal pain and have been given 3 different atibiotics because of vag./cervical infections that they thought I had only to be told the next time that I go in that, never mind...you didn't have that. I even had one doctor accuse me of lying about my chronic fever becuase my lab test (blood work and chest xrays) are all coming back normal, so this past Friday night at 1030 pm I took my self to the labor and delivery ward so they would document my "non-existent" fever. (It was 101.2) I have been tested for everything from STDS (never had one in my life and have only had 1 partner) to bacterial infections and I am getting extrememly tired of feeling like "poop" (for lack of a better term:( ) I would love some feedback if anyone has any ideas that I could bring up with my doctor. PLEASE....ANY SUGGESTIONS WELCOME:confused:

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  • Can you have pelvic inflammatory disease when pregnant? (PID). Many you need some blood cultures, but you have to be off anti's for some days before.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • September 15, 2007
    • 10:03 AM
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  • What medication(s) are you on for hypertension, and what's the dosage (per dose, as well as total daily dose, in milligrams)? Can you think of any other symptoms? Have you begun eating anything recently that you hadn't, previously-moved to a new area, started using any new hygiene/bath/cleaning products? Is this your first child? Are there any conditions which "run in the family"? It sounds as though it's likely to be a cortisol-related reaction (pregnancy puts a lot of stress on the body, which causes cortisol levels to rise, and excess cortisol causes immune deficiency-among many other things). Pregnancy can be enough, but is there anything else particularly stressful going on in your life (emotionally or otherwise)? I'd recommend having an AFTERNOON blood serum cortisol level performed. Morning's not as accurate, and a "urine cortisol level" is extremely innacurate-but your doc might try to talk you into having a urine cort. level taken due to the fact that it's cheaper-don't let him/her, and make sure your level is taken in the afternoon. Also, most doctors aren't aware of the fact that the normal range for cortisol is LOWER in the afternoon (even many endocrinologists, sadly)--which means that, if yours is high at that time, they might mistakenly think that it's in the "normal" range...it's complicated, and I won't go into it here, but that's the way it is. So have it done in the afternoon, and it should be no higher than 9 mg/ml(if memory serves) If your cortisol level's high, take the supplement "Betasitosterol"-a plant phytogen which bolsters the immune system under stress-and make sure you're getting enough PURIFIED water(reverse osmosis and carbon filtered, at least) and try to stay off your feet as much as possible, listen to relaxing music, and LAUGH often (watch your favorite comedies, etc.)Also-and very importantly-practice deep breathing excersises (from the abdomine, not chest). If your cortisol's high, Betasitosterol is your best bet for immediate relief from the fever(from within several days, to a week).And do whatever you can to keep your temp. down! The fever could be harmful to your little one! Keep cold compresses on your forehead, wrists, and back of neck! And tell the one who accused you of lying about your fever exactly where he can go!-that should help you blow off at least a little steam!Good luck and report back.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 15, 2007
    • 02:24 PM
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  • I agree with RAD. While pregnant, there is not much that can be done....I would ask for a culture of your vag. fluid AND blood cultures. Surprised that hasn't been done if they changed your antibiotic 3 times.Please....get this done. How pregnant are you? RAD: What antibiotics pass through the placenta to the baby? (like the blood brain barrier--I know more passes through the placenta?) Would an ultrasound help--like pick up a pocket of infection, like a cyst on the ovary?I would make SURE whatever antibiotic you take passes through to the placenta....just to be on the safe side if there is any infection in there.PS....not a doc....just a pregnant gal with a chronic disease!!!Take care,Val
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 16, 2007
    • 05:48 AM
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  • If your cortisol level's high, take the supplement "Betasitosterol"-a plant phytogen which bolsters the immune system under stress-and make sure you're getting enough PURIFIED water(reverse osmosis and carbon filtered, at least) and try to stay off your feet as much as possible, listen to relaxing music, and LAUGH often (watch your favorite comedies, etc.)Also-and very importantly-practice deep breathing excersises (from the abdomine, not chest). If your cortisol's high, Betasitosterol is your best bet for immediate relief from the fever(from within several days, to a week).And do whatever you can to keep your temp. down! The fever could be harmful to your little one! Keep cold compresses on your forehead, wrists, and back of neck! And tell the one who accused you of lying about your fever exactly where he can go!-that should help you blow off at least a little steam!Good luck and report back.Could you elaborate more on the use of Betasitosterol? Is it safe to take during pregnancy? For sure?I ask because I am also pregnant and have CFS. If it does what you say it does, it seems it would be a good additive to a treatment protocol for CFS. Thanks for the reply in advance.Val
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 17, 2007
    • 06:41 AM
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