As of today, I am 12w4d pregnant. Eighteen days ago, I was admitted to the ER because of excruciating pain in the lower abdominal area. It turned out that I wasn't able to void. A foley catheter was inserted and I got to go home.
One day after I was released from the ER, I went to see my OB. My OB diagnosed me with an incarcerated uterus and told me to do knee-chest exercise. I did what I was told with each exercise session lasted from 15 to 30 minutes. I did these exercises every 2 to 3 hours each day.
A week later on Friday (4/02), I went to see my OB and she successfully repositioned the uterus and I could urinate. The catheter was taken out. (BTW, within the week between my OB visits, I revisited the ER two more times b/c of the void problem). On Saturday night (4/03), I had to go back to the ER because I couldn't void again. It appeared that my uterus had fallen back to its original position.
Since that Saturday night, I felt a big bulge hanging off of me. Called the on-call OB that Saturday/Sunday night and was told to not worry about it...all pregnant women have that problem because of extra hormones. Something did sit right with me so I called on Monday to report the ER trip as well as the bulge...this time I used the words "something is protruding out of me." Another on-call OB for that day told me to wait for my regular OB to come back from her vacation and she could exam me. In the mean time the bulge started to hurt and I was completely miserable. Something didn't feel right so I called again on Wed. telling them that - "something is protruding out of me" Also told them that the bulge hurt, my underwear had to be changed hourly because some kind of vaginal discharge, and I was concerned about the health of my baby. The same on-call OB as on Monday told me the baby was fine, the discharge was normal b/c of my incarcerated uterus, even the burn I felt was ok...part of the uterus problem. Wait to see my regular OB. Wed night, I bled a little and called them on Thursday morning reporting the bleeding problem. They finally let me see the most senior OB of the practice that afternoon.
When I saw the OB on Thursday, he was shocked and let me see the protrusion...it was huge (sorry about this) looked like a red doughnut. I learned that he had never seen this problem in a pregnant woman (he finished med school in '72) and told me the doughnut was my cervix. Further, he did a quick u/s in the exam room and told me he was concerned about the low level of amniotic fluid. He did a quick test for amniotic fluid by dropping something on the vaginal wall, but the test came back negative. However, the baby's heartbeat was present but he didn't want to tell me the heart beat rate. Anyway, I am wearing a pessary now and on bed rest with a foley catheter in me. I am scheduled for an u/s and a follow-up visit with my regular OB. I am fearful that my baby won't make it.
Did anyone ever experience this problem before and what was the result of your pregnancy? What kind of treatment did you seek and receive? My know my problems are very very rare. I think once the uterus is in its correct position, my cervical prolapse problem will be over, but who knows. Thanks for your input.