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Left tubal pregnancy gone disarray. help

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  • Posted By: veryimpatientpatient
  • November 23, 2006
  • 06:04 AM

Here is my history so far:
Oct 25th - diagnosed with left ectopic pregnancy. measures 2.8cms. 1st dose Methotrexate issued
Nov 1st - mass measured 5.8cms, 2nd dose Methotrexate.
November 7th - mass measures 6.3 cms
November 16th - mass measures 7.4 cms
November 22nd - mass measures 7.6 cms

Beta HCG are down, blood counts are normal. U/S shows that there is no free fluid in pelvis, uterus is empty from fluid or anything. mass is avascular.

My symptoms:
headaches, recurring
light headed
nausea
cramping in left hand side of lower abdomen
diarrhea

Dr says these are normal. Are they? Thank you :confused:

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  • Pardon? Normal? Man, did your doctor get a degree out of a cereal box? You need surgery. Or is the doctor under the belief you are going to carry a baby full term in or outside your falopian tube and do a ceasar? Not likely.all the best,searchingsam.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 23, 2006
    • 06:55 AM
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  • Thank you searchingsam. I know I may be sounding crazy when I say that I thought I was the only one that thought that his diagnosis was off the wall. At first, ya I wanted to do the Methotrexate as I only have my left tube (right one lost to a previous tubal pregnancy) and was hoping to save it. With everything that I have been going thru, I regret authorizing the Methotrexate, and should have opted for surgery. Thank you
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 23, 2006
    • 02:15 PM
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  • Do you have any children? Though I do not advocate IVF, is there anyway they can remove the mass but retain your remaining ovary? This way there might be the slim chance to harvest ovum for transplatation if you have money for such a proceedure now or in the future, or even have eggs harvested and stored now. Ask around, as I am sure most surgeons would think it a hair brained idea.And this would also help retain your female hormone secretions to a lesser or greater degree.Agape,searchingsam.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 23, 2006
    • 03:59 PM
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  • When I was in the doctor's office for my follow up, he mentioned that if and when this is resolved/dissolved, I would be going in for HSG testing in the spring to see how open my fallopian tube is. In the meantime, he did, however, mention that I should be rather interested in obtaining information regarding IVF treatment, as it is quite possible that this would be the only way for myself to have children, and no, I have no offspring at all (unless you count three cats and a fiance as offspring, lol). I also inquired about "boring out" any blockage, but he kinda hesitated about that procedure, claiming cleaning it out also poses a risk of destroying the little miniscule fibres that help push the egg to where it needs to go, so I may be at risk again of another ectopic in my left tube in the future, but can not give me a definite answer until the HSG is done.In the meantime, I guess I will stay off my feet and inquire about IVF treatment. I will keep you up dated. Thank you :)
    veryimpatientpatient 5 Replies
    • November 23, 2006
    • 04:58 PM
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  • Thanks for the update. I will keep returning to your post every couple of weeks to see how you are going.Yes, those little miniscule fibres are so vital. Something intelligent for a change from a doctor.I wish you all the best for your future and I look forward to any updates.Agape,searchingsam
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 29, 2006
    • 09:23 AM
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  • Hello searchingsam,Just another update - with some answers! I spoke with my family doctor on Monday November 27th, and she informed me of a few things that my specialist has failed in telling. She stated that although they do not like seeing the symptoms that I have, they are normal for my condition (nausea, mild to moderate cramping, light headedness), and seeings how that I am not passing any clots or anything that there raises some concern. I apparently have an ultrasound scheduled for either December 11th or 12th (specialist told my family obgyn/doctor) and at that point everything will be resolved - one way or another. Now that I am facing my only tube getting removed, I can honestly tell you that it is mixed feelings - on hand hand, I am no longer at risk, but on the other, what if I could have had a viable pregnancy in the future without the need for IVF? i know regarding my history there is a possible 25% chance that I can have a normal pregnancy, it still hurts
    veryimpatientpatient 5 Replies
    • November 29, 2006
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  • 12/3/2006Dear,I had an etopic pregency and was well into my 6th week of pregency when it was discovered. I had several occassions where I just about blacked out and decided to have a co-worker drive me to the doctors that afternoon. The Doctor told me this situation was very dangerous and the tube could rupure at any time. I was to take it easy until they could get an operating room ready. Also, there was no chance moving or saving the fetus or tube. Period! Please get a second opinion on your condition. Thanks
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 4, 2006
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  • All the best with the ultrasound.I'm sure you have also considered adoption. I will never have children of my own, but not being a woman I don't know the intense feelings of wanting to mother a child. I think becasue of my own situation I knew i would never allow myself to have kids and as I became older saw the other possibilities. I took the opportunity to foster a boy for some months who had cerebral palsy. Not having children I had time to spend with him that no one else afforded the child. He had never walked in his life and he was nearly five. But within eight weeks I had him walking and by the time he left my care he could nearly run; all he needed was love, understanding and someone who had the time to give him the oportunity to strengthen his legs. I wish you the very best and many thoughts and prayers.Agape,searchingsam
    searchingsam 54 Replies
    • December 4, 2006
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  • Oh my goodness Sam, that is so sweet of you! You are such a hero, especially in the eyes of that child, my heart melted when I read that! This weekend was a definite blunder, as on Friday evening, I passed what resembled a 6-8 week old dehydrated embryo/fetus. I took the "product of conception" to the hospital's lab, awaiting the results, but was ordered to see a Doctor in the ER, in which he didn't confirm without it being tested, but hinted that my presumption was correct. That is a good sign, if that is what it was (looked like a beansprout crossed with ET) as it indicates that the Metho in fact did its job, and my body rejected absorbing it and may not require surgery. My ultrasound wasn't cancelled for the 11th, so we'll know by then. In regards to IVF, it is quite expensive where I am from ($8,000- 10,000) and it is a year wait to get in to see the attending specialist for a consultation. The office indicated that regarding my previous ectopics, there is a likely chance that they may need me to have my tube removed anyway - to avoid another ectopic. Although the fertilized egg will be placed in the uteran area, there still is and has been cases where the woman ends up with tubal pregnancy. You are a blessing Sam. It seems you have a big heart, and are very compassionate. Thank you. 21 more days until Santa and his big white boomers come to your area! Wishing you the best this holiday season, and many great wishes for 2007.
    veryimpatientpatient 5 Replies
    • December 4, 2006
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  • I am so happy for you!!! I was wishing so much that you only had a cyst or something else wonderful would happen!!!Thank you so much for letting me know. My little foster boy was such a joy. I hope so much you one day fullfil your desire to birth a child.Agape,searchingsam.
    searchingsam 54 Replies
    • December 4, 2006
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  • It was definitely a surprise to say the least. At first I was in a sense traumatised, then relieved, and then a whole wave of emotions hit me like a huge tsunami. I can honestly say that this was a very early Christmas present, one that I really wanted. So now, I just wait for my body to finish the healing process and get back to its routine (arggggg! PMS and everything *sigh*). My guessalist (aka specialist) will arrange for HSG testing in the early part of 2007 (-sarcasm- can not wait for THAT again!) Had it in the past and can honestly tell you, it is something that I was really hoping was a one shot deal, does not feel all that ummm comfortable and nice you could say. And then back at it sometime next year. I do not need a thank you for pointing out the obvious Sam ;) lol, but thanks. I would also like to thank you for actually listening to me throughout my ordeal, it really helped me mentally and emotionally feeling that someone is listening. I will keep you posted on my happenings if you wish, as I still have my ultrasound and Dr's appointment next week. Til then my frined, take care and wish you all the best!With most gratitude and appreciation, veryimpatientpatient :)
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    • December 5, 2006
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  • i have had three tudal pregnancies and i do want kids and i'm trying to find out how i have kids without going threw this again...When I was in the doctor's office for my follow up, he mentioned that if and when this is resolved/dissolved, I would be going in for HSG testing in the spring to see how open my fallopian tube is. In the meantime, he did, however, mention that I should be rather interested in obtaining information regarding IVF treatment, as it is quite possible that this would be the only way for myself to have children, and no, I have no offspring at all (unless you count three cats and a fiance as offspring, lol). I also inquired about "boring out" any blockage, but he kinda hesitated about that procedure, claiming cleaning it out also poses a risk of destroying the little miniscule fibres that help push the egg to where it needs to go, so I may be at risk again of another ectopic in my left tube in the future, but can not give me a definite answer until the HSG is done.In the meantime, I guess I will stay off my feet and inquire about IVF treatment. I will keep you up dated. Thank you :)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
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