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I just got some stuff I requested from J&J today about their rho-gam shot. This was under adverse reactions and I need to make sure I'm understanding it right, so any interpretation you have would be very welcomed!<br><br>
"As w/ any Rh (D) Immune Globulin (human),administration to patients who have received Rh-positive red blood cells may result in signs and symptoms of a lemolytic reaction, including fever, back pain, nausea and vomiting, hypo- or hypertension, hemoglobinuria/emia, elevated bilirubin and creatinine and decreased haptoglobin."
 

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This is from resources in the vaccination archives. Hope it helps a little...<br><br>
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Medical Dictionaries<br><br>
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So, why could we possibly need links to medical dictionaries? Just wondering...<br><br>
Medline Plus<br><a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/mplusdictionary.html" target="_blank">http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/mplusdictionary.html</a><br><br>
Medterms.com Medical Dictionary<br><a href="http://www.medterms.com/script/main/hp.asp" target="_blank">http://www.medterms.com/script/main/hp.asp</a><br>
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Whonamedit.com is a biographical dictionary of medical eponyms. It is our ambition to present a complete survey of all medical phenomena named for a person, with a biography of that person. Eventually, this will include more than 15.000 eponyms and more than 6.000 persons.<br><a href="http://www.whonamedit.com/" target="_blank">http://www.whonamedit.com/</a><br><br>
NIH Cancer.gov Dictionary<br><a href="http://cancer.gov/dictionary/" target="_blank">http://cancer.gov/dictionary/</a><br><br>
National Organization of Rare Diseases<br><a href="http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdblist.html" target="_blank">http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdblist.html</a><br>
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Gene Tests: Welcome to the GeneTests Web site, a publicly funded medical genetics information resource developed for physicians, other healthcare providers, and researchers, available at no cost to all interested persons.<br><a href="http://www.genetests.org/" target="_blank">http://www.genetests.org/</a><br><br>
Medical Abbreviations Dictionary, among other things. Not an advertising free site.<br><a href="http://www.pharma-lexicon.com/" target="_blank">http://www.pharma-lexicon.com/</a><br><br>
For looking up organizational and medical acronyms (aconyms means abbreviations in non-jargon)<br><a href="http://www.geocities.com/~mlshams/acronym/acr.htm" target="_blank">http://www.geocities.com/~mlshams/acronym/acr.htm</a><br><br>
More medical reference links<br><a href="http://www-hsl.mcmaster.ca/tomflem/dictionary.html" target="_blank">http://www-hsl.mcmaster.ca/tomflem/dictionary.html</a><br><br>
And for those who are never satisfied, a list of specialized medical dictionaries, by subject.<br><a href="http://dmoz.org/Reference/Dictionar...bject/Medicine/" target="_blank">http://dmoz.org/Reference/Dictionar...bject/Medicine/</a><br><br>
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Thanks, but I really needed to know I guess is if this is saying these things are possible if you give the rho-gam shot to a rh+ person. I'm pretty sure it is, but I just needed to double check.
 

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I am just taking a shot in the dark here, but I think it is referring to when an RH- mother gets the shot and has the antibodies in the blood from an RH+ baby. I could be wrong though. I don't believe that rhogam is even offered to RH+ mothers since it seems to be a non issue with them if then get RH- blood from their babies. Just a guess though.
 

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No it means if an Rh- person gets the shot. They are giving you Rh+ in the shot as a preventative measure. It won't happen to everyone but they are saying it has happened to some. I don't know if it's connected or not but I always got sick shortly after my rhogam shot and kept a constant type cold right up until my kids were born. It sucks to be in labor or just postpartum and being sick! Especially with my first I was coughing so bad after he was born OUCH! From some stuff that used to be in the archives, not sure if it's still there I read the rhogam lowers your immune system.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/oops.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="oops">T When I got it with my first 2 pregnancies I got it in the arm and it hurt like you wouldn't believe. The second time I couldn't use that arm for about a week. With my 3rd pregnancy (and I didn't want it at this point since I knew better) but anyway I got it in the hip and it didn't hurt as much.
 

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I guess if your way is the right way to read it, then this is really bad wording. There is no point for this whole section seeing as how this would be a possible reaction for everyone.<br><br>
My whole point in asking this is my DR likes to treat me as I'm rh- even though I type + at every place but his office (or I guess the lab they use). I really don't want the shot this time and I'm just trying to make sure I understand the risks involved in getting it vs not getting it.
 

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Nothing worded medically makes sense :LOL. I think they word it that way since not every patient getting any type of immune globulin are not getting RH stuff, who knows??<br><br>
As for the doctor, is there any way you can get letters from another lab or something stating you are positive? It seems really weird that you would be neg at his office and positive anywhere else <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch">, since you are more than likely positive I would refuse the shot if it makes you uncomfortable.
 

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It makes me extrememly uncomfortable, especially since my last child was - anyway so it wouldn't have mattered. I was just trying to see if I could find soemthing that states I shouldn't have the shot b/c of being +, it would hurt me etc. If he does keep insisting, I have decided to ask if I can be typed by the hospital I will deliver at since that is who determines whether I get a 2nd dose or not. THanks for the help. No wonder people never research stuff, the companies make it hard to understand anything! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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Is your dh neg or positive? I ask since you said your last child is neg and if your dh is neg then you don't need the shot at all from my understanding of how this works. If your dh is positive than you have to be neg for your child to be neg.<br><br>
I hope having the hospital type you works. From my experience if a doc wants you to have it they will just keep pushing. I tried my best to deny it with my last pregnancy since my older kids (and it turned out baby too!) all have my blood type and I didn't feel it was necessary. Not to mention my dh is O+ even if one of the kids had his blood type I would think it's very unlikely I would have rejected them because O+ is the universal donor. The doc wanted to save his arse and really pushed for it and told the worse case senarios in front of my dh and freaked him out so I finally gave into it.<br><br>
Good luck getting things to go the way you want them too!
 

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Actually O- is the universal donorn - people will react to + bood, hence the rho-gam shot. That's not always true in that if my son is rh-, one of us has to be - too. My DH is rh+ BTW. My father is rh- so I more than likely have a recessive - gene, I will have to see if DH knows his parents types. If DH also has this - gene, then our son could very well be rh-. I am B and dh is A so our children actually a chance of being any blood type. I find that fascinating! I believe very strongly in blood donation so I have really spent some time reading up on blood just b/c I like it. I thought once of becoming a phelobotomist (I'm sure I butchered that). I also am suspected to have something called a 'weak-D' antibody, and I'm still unsure how that effects me or my children. I've read some that that could possibly be what is causing the typing discepency. That maybe the lab is just using a more sensitive test than the hospital and picking up that weak-D making it seem I'm rh-. Who knows, things are so complicated sometimes. All I want is a nice happy normal birth for once. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Yeah it is cool on the a/b thing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. But confusing for lab techs :LOL I was A- at birth and as a child according to my parents but now I'm typed as B- and my 3 kids are also. My mom is AB- and my dad is A-.
 
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