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So I don't know if it's b/c I'm actually having some swelling this time around or if I am having an allergic reaction to something. But I freaking itch ALL over my body. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"> And lotion is not working. My hands and feet seem to be the worst. I barely got any sleep last night b/c I kept waking up scratching my feet. I'm thinking of calling my OB/GYN back in Fort Worth to see if they have any ideas, since I need to call them anyways to see if I can get any more anti-nausea medicine and possibly more pain pills.<br><br><br>
Is anyone else experiencing this? It really SUCKS!!!!
 

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DDC crashing - do you have a rash? If you do, it might be PUPPP. If not, it might be cholestasis, which can be dangerous. I'd call your provider either way.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">DDC crashing - do you have a rash? If you do, it might be PUPPP. If not, it might be cholestasis, which can be dangerous. I'd call your provider either way.</div>
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I second this. It's sounding like cholestasis with your hands and feet being the itchiest. I would see your care provider soon just to rule it out.<br>
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Julie
 

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Please go to the doctor right away! I lost my first baby to this and our only clue was the itchy all over thing.
 

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I don't have a rash of any kind. I'm waiting to hear back from the nurse at my dr's office. It just started on Sunday. We think it might be an allergic reaction to the detergent that they use at the hotel that we stayed at this weekend. When the nurse calls me, I will explain it to her and see what she thinks. I might be going in to get it checked out. I'm hoping it's nothing though.<br><br>
I don't think it's cholestasis though. I had my gallbladder removed when I was 19. But I don't know if I can still have these problems.
 

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Being itchy really sucks! I was up for three hours last night with the little itchy friend I have developed on my back and my upper arms and shoulders have begun to be itchy as well. The only way I could sleep was with benedryl and laying on an ice pack wrapped in a towel. It's driving me nuts! I've got my prenatal today, thank god! At least mine seems to be localized though, I don't what I would do if it was all over my body!
 

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Check out this site <a href="http://www.itchymoms.com/" target="_blank">http://www.itchymoms.com/</a> it has to do with the liver nothing at all to do with the gallbladder. I would insist on blood work to rule it out even if you suspect allergies. It is unusual to have no rash with an itchy allergy reaction.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Check out this site <a href="http://www.itchymoms.com/" target="_blank">http://www.itchymoms.com/</a> it has to do with the liver nothing at all to do with the gallbladder. I would insist on blood work to rule it out even if you suspect allergies. It is unusual to have no rash with an itchy allergy reaction.</div>
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I second this.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Just checking in. What did the Dr say?</div>
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Yes, how are you doing now?
 

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I got a call back from my doctor's nurse and unfortunetly they just said to try taking benadryl and using lotion for right now. This was my doctor back in Fort Worth, so it's not like they could help me out a lot. I then called a friend of ours (who is a registered L&D nurse) and explain it to her. She said that it could be nothing or a reaction to the meds that I am on, or it could possibly be cholestasis. At that point I had a doctor's appointment with my new doctor in Austin next Tuesday. She advised me to call them and see if I could get it moved up sooner, and document all of my symptoms and movements of Merrick, but to try Benadryl to see if maybe that would help. Well I took it last night, but it didn't help, so I got up this morning and called my new doctor. I have an appointment early in the morning tomorrow and I am going to talk to him about everything. My nurse friend told me to check out mayoclinic.com and look up cholestasis. I also checked out itchymoms.com and I have been talking to a woman on another one of my groups that has cholestasis right now. I'm still nervous, but I feel like I am going in prepared to talk to my doctor. The itchiness is still there and really gets awful at night and in the mornings. DF is kind of freaking out about the whole thing, since we seem to have had problems most of this pregnancy. He's better now, but still worried as am I. I will keep everyone updated as to what we find out. If they decide to do blood tests, it will take about a week to get the results back since not very many places do the type of tests needed.
 

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I am glad they got you in sooner. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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DDCC from April-<br><br>
I developed cholestasis of pregnancy at about 39 weeks. What you're describing does sound very familiar.<br><br>
I will say that they put me on Actigall and it helped a LOT. I no longer itched. They let me go another week to try to get myself into labor naturally, but then they induced at my due date.<br><br>
Frequently they'll induce at 37 weeks with a cholestasis diagnosis.<br><br>
While you're waiting for the blood work to come back (luckily mine only took overnight to come back, I'm assuming UNC hospitals has a lab that can process it, and time was important since I was already 39 weeks), talk to your provider about what he/she will want to do if it is cholestasis. that way you can mentally prepare if it's induction.<br><br>
you can also gauge how much you provider knows about CP. it's fairly uncommon, so some don't know much.<br><br>
and i think you've already done research on cholestasis of preg, but don't let yourself get tooo scared, the risks are very very real, but still very rare.<br><br>
My baby was born perfectly healthy!<br><br>
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Thinking about you mama. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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No news yet. I'm really not expecting to hear anything back until next week. My doctor seemed to know a lot about cholestasis as well as the lab tech that took my blood (even though the tech did tell me that he hasn't had to do that kind of test in a while). I was very comforted by my doctor's explination. He still thinks it's b/c of my anti-biotics, since the itchiness started Friday night and I had started my new anti-biotics Thursday night. So we're still keeping our fingers crossed. We're not completely freaking out anymore, since my doctor is so calm about it, but I am still tired of itching and scratching all the time. Nothing seems to work. I take Benadryl at night to help me sleep, but it doesn't really work (which makes my DF think that this is not related to my anti-biotics) and I pretty much soak myself in either cold water or lotion, which doesn't help either. Ugh, I will just be glad when it's over. I feel like I've got the chicken pox or covered in bug bites w/o all the sores.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I know what you mean the only way I could sleep was to lay in the floor nekked in front of the fan. Worst thing was I didnt get a diagnosis since I didnt tell the Dr. I thought itching was part of being pg back then and didnt have the internet. I went over 5 days with dd and I am so thankful that she arrived healthy. Other than being born with jaundice.
 
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