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waiting for my ultrasound results and feeling horrible

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I was on birth control for about a month (this was about 3 months ago) and stopped it because I could not handle the abdominal pain I was feeling. About 4 days after, my menstrual cycle started with really bad cramps. My period was gone but the cramps stayed and they got really bad. I finally was able to go to the Dr. who initially said I had an ectopic pregnancy, went to a different Dr. who confirmed I had an ovarian cyst. I’ve had 2 different ultrasounds done in which I have seen a little round object that seems to be beating. I have taken around 7 pregnancy tests all of which are negative. I am still waiting for my ultrasound results and have been feeling horrible: headaches, abdominal cramps, breast tenderness, nausea, spotting 10 days before my cycle is due, bloating, very emotional and now sensitive to some smells. My menstrual cycle has never been irregular, and am expecting it on 7/17. :(


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replied July 15th, 2011
Pregnancy Q and A Answer A25090
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
Your symptoms (abdominal cramps, headaches, breast tenderness, nausea, spotting, bloating, emotional changes, mood swings, sensitivity to smell) could be suggestive of possibility of pregnancy. The ‘beating’ object that you saw in both the scans might have been the gestational sac showing fetal heartbeat.
Urine pregnancy test (UPT) kits are calibrated ones, so unless the hormone levels in urine reach a certain level, they do not show positive results. They can also show false negative results. Blood/serum HCG level estimation is accurate. UPT should always be done on early morning first urine sample as the concentration of pregnancy hormone HCG is believed to be highest in this sample. You can also consider repeating UPT on early morning first urine sample to see if turns positive. Look out for development of any other new symptoms suggestive of early pregnancy. If you suspect to be pregnant, consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for further examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately).
Wait and go ahead with getting repeat scan (preferably transvaginal ultrasound scan) to look for the fetal pole and heartbeat after about 2 weeks. You can also consider requesting your gynecologist/obstetrician for getting serial HCG levels tested. Doubling up of the hormone levels in 72 hours will show that pregnancy is going on smoothly. If levels are not adequate, then external hormonal supplements should be considered to be started to help with preventing miscarriage. Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet. Avoid any heavy work. Avoid having intercourse during first trimester. Avoid lifting heavy objects and climbing stairs or standing for long periods.
Take care.



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