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I would like to preface this by saying that I feel like I am going crazy.

I got my tubes tied 5 years ago after having my youngest son.( I have four kids)

I feel pregnant. For the last 5 months or so, my period has been unlike all the periods before it. Lighter, shorter, etc......but still very "period-like". Question I barely even noticed. I was happy to be rid of the long heavy period that I'd grown used to. My boobs seem to be sore ALL of the time, with clear discharge. I've been having headaches, and I NEVER just have random headaches. My stomach has grown, and, even with weight gain, that is not normal for me. I usually gain in my backside. Not to mention the undeniable roundness of my new tub of lard.

About 2 months ago.....I just had a weird feeling. Had felt some movements.....was pretty sure it was gas. But it kept happening. Decided to do an HPT, from the dollar store....3 of them came out negative.

I have noticed linea negra on my abdomen. I can't say I ever studied my stomach before, so I'm not sure if it's just a remnant from my last pregnancy five years ago. (is that even possible?)

I've cut down on my caloric intake and started exercising more, but my stomach is still getting bigger.

My stomach feels heavy; distended and gross. I have been nauseous and experienced heartburn much more than usual.

I am confused. I am afraid to go to the doctor and risk looking like a hysterical,delusional person.

Anyone else experiencing something similar. I know I am not imagining all of this, but at the same time, shouldn't I know FOR SURE if I am pregnant? I don't want to feel like a fool.
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replied September 20th, 2011
Welcome to ehealthforum,
Few women can experience spontaneous tubal recanalization after few years of ligation. The symptoms that you describe (lighter periods, sore breasts, nipple discharge, headaches, increased abdominal girth, weight gain, feeling of movements, appearance of linea nigra, abdominal heaviness, bloating) could be suggestive of possibility of pregnancy. The urine pregnancy tests (UPT) kits are calibrated ones and show positive result only if the hormonal levels of HCG reach a certain level, and hence are not reliable during early pregnancy (some women can keep getting false negative results throughout pregnancy). If you have been getting abnormal periods, or if you develop symptoms suggestive of pregnancy, you should consider visiting your gynecologist/obstetrician for examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet. Be in regular follow-up and monitoring of your treating gynecologist/obstetrician and report any unusual/abnormal/new symptoms immediately.
Take care.

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