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#1 of 45 Old 05-27-2010, 04:14 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I was 10 days late having a period, negative pregnancy tests, and started having a period on Tuesday. Very quickly, it got VERY heavy. I had a super tampon and 3 pads on at once and was still bleeding through it every 40 minutes. I tried to go to class yesterday, but was really lightheaded and woozy, and just went to the ER after my first class (I go to school at a huge medical university, so I was right there).

They automatically assumed I was pregnant from the moment I walked in and I sat in the waiting room, bleeding profusely for over 4 hours. Finally they took me to a room and I waited for another 4 hours, until my DH got really pissed and started demanding that somebody - ANYBODY - see me, and I started crying because I hadn't seen me kids AT ALL that day and now it was past their bedtime and I just wanted to go home, but I was scared I was bleeding too much. A doctor comes in, asks me "How far along were you?" and I tell him "I'M NOT PREGNANT" for the 50th time. He does a pelvic exam, not even an ultrasound, tells me I'm fine, that it's just a "heavy period", he thinks, and sends us on our way. Before I'm discharged, the nurse comes in and says "If your bleeding gets really heavy, like more than a pad every hour or two, come back." I was like "Are you serious? I'm HERE because I'm soaking through way more pads than that!" And she was just like "Hmm.... I don't know then."

So I'm still bleeding really heavily. I have to wear pads and tampons together, change them every hour, my bed is now soaked with blood, my hands and feet are tingly and my lips are greyish-looking. I have no idea what is going on or what to do. I think I may have had an ovarian cyst that ruptured, but all the information I found says I should have that checked out because of potentially serious outcomes. Yet the hospital was totally uninterested in checking it out. My OB is affiliated with the same hospital (the clinic is actually in the hospital) and the waiting is always just as long and the outcomes are almost always exactly the same, if I actually stay to have an appointment because of the waiting... and I don't have health insurance, so that's all I got.

So frustrated. What the heck should I do?

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If you're tingly and grey THAT'S BAD. I'd go back to the ER and raise serious hell. (Use the word "lawsuit" a few times if they still blow you off)

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i'm no expert but that really doesn't sound good at all you should demand they take you seriously

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Tell them "I'm losing this much blood (this many tampons AND pads an hour) and I can't feel my fingertips"

Do you have a fluttery feeling in your chest? If so tell them that too!

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I second the suggestion to go back to the hospital NOW. Call an ambulance if you have to, and demand that someone see you else you call a lawyer.

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Have you called your OB?

I would go back to the ER and demand help.

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I know it sucks, but you have got to get help. Back to the ER if that's what's available, or make your OB see you. That is a huge amount of blood loss and some really scary symptoms.
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Is there another hospital in your area? That all sounds really scary. It doesn't sound like they listened to you at all.

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I would go back or go somewhere else. I would be very worried.

Thinking of you and hope you are alright. Please keep us updated if you can. s

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I hope you've already gotten yourself back to ER, but I think your situation warranted a 911 call. You don't sit around waiting when you arrive by ambulance.

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hoping you are getting the medical attention you need

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I hope you've already gotten yourself back to ER, but I think your situation warranted a 911 call. You don't sit around waiting when you arrive by ambulance.


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go go go to the ER. insist they do an u/s and monitor your BP, pulse, etc. hope you are getting answers!

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That much bleeding is no where near normal or ok. I am shocked at how they blew you off! I really hope that you are already back at the ER mama. I'll be thinking of you and looking for an update.


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Well, I am here and the bleeding is still occurring, but less rapidly. DH is taking wonderful care of me, bringing me food and keeping me hydrated.

Now I have another huge problem, possibly related... maybe not?

At the hospital, just before the doctor (finally) came in and did the pelvic exam, I noticed a rash all over my pubic area. Like a raised, red area of skin that itched. I assumed it was from the pads, because I'd been wearing so many. Now that I am not bleeding as intensely, I switched to just tampons to relieve the horrendous itching, but the rash is NOT improving and I can not sleep at all because of this ITCHING. The skin that is affected goes from the front of the vagina (along where the pad would touch) to the butt cheeks where the pad would stop). The skin is really, really thick and raised and bright red and just, I can not even describe the itching.

I tried Cortisone 10 cream, which worked for my disastrous itching after my son was born, but it does nothing except make me sticky. I did some research online and found that you can get staph or strep Toxic Shock Syndrome that has symptoms including a sunburn-looking rash. It makes me worry that I have some sort of injury inside the uterus or ovary and have now developed TSS. Yesterday I began feeling as though I was getting sick, and I was just "Oh great... now I'm getting sick, AND bleeding profusely, AND have this rash", but that could be part of the TSS if that is something I have. The non-menstrual TSS is something that rings so familiar to me, as the itching after my son was born had the exact same time frame. It's described here: http://women.webmd.com/tc/toxic-shock-syndrome-symptoms

Another possibility is an allergy to the rayon in the pad adhesive. I know I am allergic to medical tape. Even if I just have a bandaid on for more than an hour or so, I get a rash exactly where it was (and this is really intense when I had my c-sections and had IVs and a catheter taped in). But, if it's the adhesive in the pad and now the pads are removed, why am I still itching? I cleaned the whole area off thoroughly before I went to bed, didn't put any undies or pads on, just a tampon and slept naked hoping it would help. But now it is soooooo bad.

I have no idea what to do. And DH had to go back to work today. So it's me and the three kiddies and my bleeding/rash/possible new illness.

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How do you feel like you are getting sick? Is there another hospital you can go to or someone else you can see?

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Call 911! Let them see you laying in the bed full of blood they will see it's serious! Can a neighbor have the kids while they take you to hospital until your husband gets home? Plz don't wait too long, this sounds really bad

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I have no idea what to do. And DH had to go back to work today. So it's me and the three kiddies and my bleeding/rash/possible new illness.
If you are not allergic to oat - do you have any Aveeno bath? I'm thinking that sitting in a tub of that might help the itching. I get a rash if I use a pad too long, and it takes a little while to heal.

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I'm still voting for a trip to the ER

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I'm still voting for a trip to the ER
I agree. Even if it means a trip to the hospital with your kids in the back of an ambulance I think it is warranted. Imagine how scary it would be for your kids if you pass out from blood loss and they are home alone, wondering what to do. Please head to the hospital/Dr ASAP!
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I would stop where tampons and disposable pads. Try putting a towel down there for the time being or a cloth to absorb the blood. Also check for fever which would indicate some sort of infection.

Did you try soaking in the tub or putting a cool cloth on the area?

I would say if your symptoms are getting worse then go to the ER . Don't mess around.

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How are you doing mama? Been thinking of you.
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Wow--this is awful. I am horrified at the way you were treated at the hospital.

Go back and have your husband raise heck, too.

I hope that you have gotten help and are OK.
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Hope you are okay. update when you get a chance.

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Hi! I'm alive! Whew.

The bleeding came to a sudden halt yesterday after just gushing for 5 days. My god, that was insane. Yes, I completely stopped using tampons or pads after the rash developed and just slept and sat on a thick towel.
The rash is still alive and well. It has boils on it now, and is clearly an allergic reaction to the pads (stupid Kotex U with their "new formula" of super chemicals). The rash is really thick and leathery-feeling, and is dark purple now. DH has been diligently putting calamine lotion on it twice a day.
Today is the first day I haven't taken Benadryl five times a day. So there's hope that this rash will eventually go away.
I definitely need to find an alternative to pads and tampons. I am NOT doing this again!
I have an OB appointment for Wednesday to get everything checked out and make sure all is okay. Crazy, not fun week.

Thanks for your suggestions, advice, and concerns. I appreciate it a lot!

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Wow, I can't believe the companies think those new super-duper absorbent pads (and diapers) are safe! You are an unfortunately perfect example of how awful that stuff is. I'm glad the bleeding has stopped and you're slowly on the mend with the nasty rash. Boils, OMG!

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writteninkursive, i'm very glad you are doing better now.

i seem to advocate this for every type of skin irritation, but i swear it works... a warm bath, with a cup or so of apple cider vinegar and a half cup of regular table salt. i have used this for these rashes, for yeast infections, for when my c-section scar gets irritated... it even soothed the itching from chicken pox when my kids had it 2 years ago!

i can't use any commercial pads or tampons anymore. tampons make me sick (i'm fairly sure i had TSS) and the pads give me what is basically diaper rash. i started using the old cloth diapers that i had. the ones that are just a big hemmed square of white cotton. i fold them so that there are 12 layers and if it's really heavy i fold a wash cloth in the middle.

i have had horrible periods since my last son was born, there are months that i bleed so heavily that i get dizzy when i stand up, i bruise if someone looks at me too hard, and my hands and feet are freezing.

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Hi! I'm alive! Whew.

The bleeding came to a sudden halt yesterday after just gushing for 5 days. My god, that was insane. Yes, I completely stopped using tampons or pads after the rash developed and just slept and sat on a thick towel.
The rash is still alive and well. It has boils on it now, and is clearly an allergic reaction to the pads (stupid Kotex U with their "new formula" of super chemicals). The rash is really thick and leathery-feeling, and is dark purple now. DH has been diligently putting calamine lotion on it twice a day.
Today is the first day I haven't taken Benadryl five times a day. So there's hope that this rash will eventually go away.
I definitely need to find an alternative to pads and tampons. I am NOT doing this again!
I have an OB appointment for Wednesday to get everything checked out and make sure all is okay. Crazy, not fun week.

Thanks for your suggestions, advice, and concerns. I appreciate it a lot!
Glad you are okay, been thinking about you too. That's good you have an apt with your OB...don't they need to investigate why you were bleeding so much?

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i have had horrible periods since my last son was born, there are months that i bleed so heavily that i get dizzy when i stand up, i bruise if someone looks at me too hard, and my hands and feet are freezing.
damona - Not to hijack the thread, but just want to ask you if you've ever been tested (by a hematologist) for a bleeding disorder. I was tested at age 35 (pre-thyroid surgery, a bleeding-heavy operation) for bleeding disorders - turns out I have mild von Willebrands. My bleeding/bruising comes and goes and is often hard to catch my levels low on a test. Hormones change the vW factor, so it varies during my cycle and before/after pregnancy. I've heard from a surgeon that redheads tend to bleed a lot...so I'm wondering if vWd tracks reasonably well with hair color. It's genetic, so that wouldn't be a stretch. It's good to know if you have this, as there is something they can do pre-surgery and during the pushing stage of labor to help reduce the chance of hemorrhage.

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