I haven't had post-partum eclampsia, my experience with it was while pg, but I can still speak as to the symptoms and my own pp experiences. Also, you should really check out www.preeclampsia.org
and their message boards, as there are quite a few women there who've experienced this and they might be very helpful for you to talk with!
In my case, I also had the "mother of all headaches" before I seized. My BP was also sky-high (116/210) and I was retaining a ton of fluids; I gained 30 lbs. in a little under 2 wks.
! I was actually in the hospital (on bed-rest, trying to keep the pg going longer, b/c I was only 31 wks.) when I had my eclamptic seizure. When I woke up, I was hooked up to everything imaginable, including supplemental oxygen, and I was also put on a mag sulf drip for the next 4 or so days.
The magnesium sulfate actually didn't bring down my BP that much, but it did relax my muscles such that I was too weak to even turn over by myself. It also gave me pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs) and depressed my breathing in general, so I had the constant feeling that I was suffocating.
I was completely paranoid to fall asleep b/c I was convinced that I would stop breathing and never wake up! It also made me very hot and flushed. Nasty, awful stuff, but it also saved my life; a double-edged sword, that!
After I delivered my baby (the day after the seizure), I remained in the hospital for almost another week before they declared me "stable enough" to go home. Postpartum, my blood pressure continued to be alarmingly high, even on BP meds, so they added a diuretic, which finally seemed to have an impact and it went down to normal levels. Even so, I had to stay on BP meds for 6 mos. pp until I could go off them. My eyesight was very blurry for almost a month afterwards, to the point that I couldn't drive -- I later learned that my extremely high BP had actually done retinal damage and that was why I had such trouble seeing. And I began to have regular migraines, after never having had a migraine before in my life. They completely terrified me, b/c I associated them with my seizure and was convinced I'd have another one and would die!
All these symptoms dissipated gradually over a period of about 5-6 mos. I would NOT recommend following the Brewer Diet, since you're no longer experiencing pre-e or eclampsia; you're dealing with its aftermath. Some women I know have had permanent side effects from eclampsia, like migraines, neurological damage, kidney damage, or permanent high BP; most, though, like me, have persistent symptoms for a period of time that gradually fade away.
Hugs to you for going through such trauma, and I hope you find the information and support you're looking for! I had pre-e with my 1st pg, severe pre-e which ended in eclampsia in my 2nd pg, then went on to have 2 healthy, full-term births afterwards (and hoping to make it a 3rd in May!
) So it's definitely not something that will automatically recur, should you have more babies. However, it IS definitely something you should become more educated about before you conceive again!