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Spleen and giving birth

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 20, 2008
  • 03:10 AM

After 6 hours of labor I gave birth to healthy baby girl but instead of being an excitied and happy parent I ran into a problem. After being able to get up and walk on my own in the hospital I came to realize that I had a huge lump on my left side under my ribs and it was very painful to walk. The nurses told me I had strained a muscle from pushing in delivery, I didn't think anything about i was in a hospital you trust those people. After about a week and the big lump never went back down i started to get conserned. I went back to the doctor and he sent me for an ultrasound and a CT scan. After all the test it was confirmed that my spleen was enlarged. Now what to do? I seen a doctor in my town that specilized in that portion of the stomach but after talking to him and finding out he hadn't delt with the spleen a whole lot i wasn't very relieved about the whole situation. I was told to go home and stay in bed only get up to use the restroom. No public places and I couldn't even hold my newborn daughter without someone right beside me which was very heartbreaking for me. I was a new mom I should be enjoying my new baby instead i was so paronoid to do anything. I finally got reffered to a doctor in dayton that had removed alot of spleens and made me feel really comfortable about the whole situation. i went two months on restricited activity and bed rest to see if my swollen spleen would shrink until my doctor decided to go ahead and remove my spleen through surgery. By the time the spleen was taken out it weighed 15 pounds. I couldn't believe that just from having a baby I had to have my first surgery ever and I'm only 21. I'm thankful that I had a very attentive doctor and I got my spleen removed before it turned into something worse. Now I get to watch my children grow up and can live a normal life. The bad thing is being more prone to catch the flu and other sickness but me being here for my kids out ways the bad.

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