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Nausea , headaches , back pain

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For the past few weeks I have been feeling very sick. My fiance, in the military, was home for a week the begging of this month(around the 10th?). My usual cycle is pretty consistent, which would've been on the 28th of this month. As of today(31th) I am 3 days late. 7 days before my expected period, I had spotting for about 4 days, which was only there when I wiped and was bright red at times and brown/black. It was thick, kind of like discharge and wasn't like my usual period. Could this have been implantation bleeding? I have been nauseas, had had headaches for days, lower back pains, random hot sweats, my boobs have grown and gotten hard, and somewhat veiny. I've had cramping, and sore ribs. I have taken 2 tests, and the one this morning came out negative. Could this be a freak thing and I'm just sick, or could I be pregnant? Any ideas?

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replied November 7th, 2009
Am I Pregnant Answer A7804
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth's Ask a Doctor forum.

If you were expecting the period around 28th of October and had unprotected sex from 10th onwards, there is a chance you could be pregnant and what you had was implantation bleeding. You took two pregnancy tests. If one was positive (you have not mentioned the results on the other one) and other negative, get a blood test done to rule out pregnancy.

The other possibilities for spotting before periods are hypothyroidism, cervical dysplasia, cervical polyps, cervicitis (infection/inflammation of cervix), vaginitis (infection/inflammation of vagina), cervical and uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, hormonal imbalance as in polycystic disease of the ovary, use of blood thinners, genital ulcers, STDs and stress.

Nausea, headache, back pain, random hot sweats, and increase in breast size can be seen in in polycystic disease of the ovary. Since a confirmed diagnosis cannot be given on net please discuss these possibilities with your gynecologist once. Hope this helps. Take care!

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