Cramping

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Registered: 08-04-2003
Cramping
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Fri, 09-17-2010 - 8:56am

I have had a lot of cramping with this pregnancy. Way more than I recall with DS. It's a most of the day, nearly everyday thing, and it gets worse during certain times (such as DTD & O).

So I have been pretty much avoiding DTD for the last few weeks, and I gave in last night. I had cramping right after O which went away with in a few minutes.

Then a few hours later, I woke up to use the bathroom. I took 3 steps and was overcome by such a strong cramp I was doubled over holding onto the edge of the bed. If it hadn't let up within a minute or 2 I was going to scream to wake up DH. Thankfully it stopped, but I had such a hard time going back to sleep after that.

I've put a call in to the DR's the this morning, and I am hoping they call back soon.

I was going to wait till my appointment next Friday to talk about the cramping with O and stuff, but after last night I am not waiting any longer.

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Registered: 11-01-2005
In reply to: kdoerpholz
Fri, 09-17-2010 - 10:21am
Good luck Kate! Maybe its a good time to insist on an ultrasound! Many hugs, hope everything is ok! :)

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Registered: 05-11-2010
In reply to: kdoerpholz
Fri, 09-17-2010 - 10:28am

I agree Kate, I think its time for the ultrasound to make sure everything is okay in there.

I had a lot of cramping around weeks 12-13, but not this far along (though I know that can be totally normal, too).

KUP! And I hope you feel better.

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Registered: 04-22-2006
In reply to: kdoerpholz
Fri, 09-17-2010 - 11:33am
I agree with Ruby and Adrienne - it would be a good time to ask for that u/s. I've had AF like cramping on and off throughout my pregnancy. Hopefully the doctor can put your mind at ease!







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Registered: 09-03-2004
In reply to: kdoerpholz
Fri, 09-17-2010 - 12:00pm
Kate - I agree, it's time for an ultrasound. One thing, though - I had some pretty severe cramping due to dehydration. Is that a possibility for you?















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Registered: 02-26-2008
In reply to: kdoerpholz
Fri, 09-17-2010 - 12:48pm
Kate - Sorry to hear you are cramping. Thinking of you!













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Registered: 08-04-2003
In reply to: kdoerpholz
Fri, 09-17-2010 - 1:15pm

Thanks ladies.

If I drink anymore water I will float away.

I talked to one of the nurses who suggested Tylenol for the cramps (go figure) and said I should take it before sex and see if that helps. Which I highly doubt since it doesn't help much during the day. She also suggested a heating pad, which I am already using.

She said if my "lightning cramps" come back and stay around for longer then I should call their 24 hour hotline ASAP.

All in all she wasn't very helpful and seemed very nonchalant about the whole thing. Re-assuring me that cramping was a very normal part of pregnancy.

As I was typing DH an e-mail to tell him about the conversation (and to tell him he was done having sex until I talked to the DR next week), the nurse calls me back... and says....

"So I talked to Dr. H (one of the partners) and she wants you to go in for blood work" (and I am thinking... blood work for cramps) "and she is going to fax over a prescription of xxx for your itching. Can you verify your pharmacy information?"

My response... "I think you have the wrong patient." Her response was "I think I do", followed by a very lame excuse.

That sort of sealed the deal for me... I starting asking friends in FB for who they used for an OB.

I'll be keeping my Friday appointment with them, and hopefully I will have a plan of action between now and then.

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Registered: 11-27-2007
In reply to: kdoerpholz
Fri, 09-17-2010 - 2:33pm

I would definitely try to find another office. You are paying out of pocket, right? Either way, they should be a little more reassuring. They are there to help you through this, not patronize you. Unfortunately, you can't go to an urgent care place because they do not deal with OB/GYN issues (I've had that call before). If you think something is really wrong, you should go to the ER cause they can do all the b/w right away and do an u/s too.

Off the top of my head, I can think of a few things that cause cramps and also sharp intense pain. There's round ligament pain which is when the uterus is pulling on the ligaments that hold it in place. I had that a lot in 2T with my twins. There's the general cramping of the uterus getting bigger. It could actually be preterm contractions (mine started at 17 weeks with the twins, but I was measuring more like 22 weeks). I was told I was on pelvic rest (ie no big O) from 17 weeks on because O causes the uterus to contract. It could also still be gas or intestinal cramping if you're constipated or having diarrhea.

For any of those options, it's best to talk to a doctor about it. They can do a fetal non-stress test or monitor you for contractions in the office. They can also offer diet advice and OTC med options for intestinal cramping.

Good luck! I hope it eases up. Always better to be safe though.

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Registered: 08-04-2003
In reply to: kdoerpholz
Fri, 09-17-2010 - 2:55pm

Thanks Kate.

I think some of the cramping is round ligament, it feels different then the generalized cramping. The nurse did talk to me about gas cramping, etc. Which I don't think it is, because I have been pretty regular.

The big lightning cramp a few hours after O really concerned me because that is exactly what happened when my water broke w/ DS. O, followed by a few hours of sleep, got up to use the bathroom, had one really strong cramp, walked into the bathroom and my water broke. I know all PGs/labors are different, but if there's a chance O is going to bring something on I don't want to risk it.

Everyone on FB keeps agreeing that the DR I have is one of the best, and a lot of them have told me to make sure I speak to him about this experience and the nurse.

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Registered: 08-24-2005
In reply to: kdoerpholz
Fri, 09-17-2010 - 4:21pm
I remember I also had cramping after DTD, but never as strong as you... I think you are right in going to the Dr ASAP. Just to be on the safe side!
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Registered: 05-11-2010
In reply to: kdoerpholz
Fri, 09-17-2010 - 10:21pm

Kate, if I were you I would feel uncomfortable about the office as well, but maybe it is worth making an appointment to speak directly to the doctor, both about the cramping and about your impression of the professionalism of his office. If he is a good doctor, he will take care of both problems.

If you feel in your gut that something is really wrong (with the cramping), definitely trust your instinct. It is your body, you should know better than anyone else if something is wrong.

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