Hi everyone, I'm just putting in an update here. I will have another scan on Tuesday. I just found the website misdiagnosedmiscarriage.com, and the stories there are truly amazing. What is so horrifying is that many of the misdiagnosed cases occur when it is just too early to see anything on ultrasound, and docs don't even recommend follow up scans! Or diagnoses of miscarriage made based on HCG alone. It is really horrifying. After reading those stories, I will not go for a D&C until I have absolute confirmation that there has been zero growth!
I also went back to my medical records from my last missed miscarriage in 2005, and was horrified. I had slow growth, and was behind in the measures, but from scan 1 at what was supposed to be 7 weeks (but measured 6 weeks on the scan) to scan 2 at 6 days later, there was some growth and the appearance of a fetal pole. The recommendation from the hospital that did the scan was to do another follow up 7-10 days later. But my horrible doctor instead told me it was miscarriage, gave me misoprostol which I took the following day, and I suffered through 44 days of bleeding, cramping and spotting, passing huge clots and even a trip to the ER for excruciating pain as one caused my cervix to dilate a couple of cms in order to pass. Ugh. I had never read through these records carefully until now. I can't believe it.
Bottom line -- anyone who is ever diagnosed with miscarriage, do not discount the pregnancy until you have had sufficient follow up scans documenting there has been no growth! Especially if you don't have any bleeding or cramping (but even if you do).
I'm still not feeling very positive about my pregnancy right now. My HCG on Thursday (at 7 weeks gestational age) was only 16,000. My symptoms have gone away, for the most part, from the nausea to the bloating. I don't really feel pregnant. But, after reading those stories, I feel like I can't give up hope until I know for sure it is over. So, the waiting continues (as does my inability to concentrate on anything else...)