Here's how my bleeding went:
day of D&C: spotting
next 2 days, light bleeding
day #4: super heavy with tons of clots and labor-like cramps, lightening throughout the day (had been warned to expect it)
day 5: moderate bleeding
Then I had light red bleeding for 2 days, light brown bleeding or spotting until approx. 4 weeks out, had 2 days with nothing, then started spotting pink and AF showed a couple days later.
Since those AF-like cramps started, I kept getting them every night around the same time, starting somewhere between 6-7. Last night, the cramps became unbearable, I got all clammy, sweaty, light headed. The only relief I felt was when I kind of pushed down. TMI warning: I ended up giving one really good push, and passed a clot about the size of my palm. Within 15 minutes of passing that clot, the pain went away, and I was finally able to sleep.
They must've missed some tissue during the d&c. Since that big clot, I've only had light bleeding, and very little cramping. My GP was off today, and my OBGYN is out of town until next Wednesday, I see him for a u/s and followup on the Thursday. All I know is that I've been told to go to the ER if it happens again. What do you think the chances are that it will? I'm really hoping that last night was the last of it.
Awww hun, I'm sooo sorry this is dragging on for you. (((bighugs)))
Surely since you felt some relief after passing the clot that will be the last of it. I would just watch for possible signs of infection to be sure, tenderness in the uterine/abdomen area, fever, but I think otherwise I would expect that to be the last of it, if it were me.
I took a glance at your chart...I see you stopped temping until this morning. I know I charted after my d&c and it really helped me to feel like I was at least doing something that gave me some information about what was going on. I even confirmed I O'd and had my usual LP before my period returned. Anyway, it might help to temp for a while so you can watch your temp go down as your HCG falls. It's just a thought though, definitely don't do it if you need to just take your mind off all of it. It all depends on your personality as to what will help you feel better. I like to try to maintain control (control freak perhaps ) so it helped me to be doing something.
Thanks Lynn, I will keep charting because the bleeding is confusing me. I hope that if it's not too late to catch my O date with temping, I'll be able to know when I'm actually getting AF instead of just post-D&C bleeding. I like knowing what's going on with my body too, and with everything I've been going through for this past couple of weeks, I've felt pretty helpless. I went for another hcg test on Wednesday, but since the requisition was from the OBGYN and not my GP, I likely won't hear the results until my appointment next Thursday. I don't know the policies from the OBGYN office, but my GP usually calls me with results the following day. I might even call and ask today, because I'm really curious. (Just called, down to 11,978 from 66,000+ two weeks ago.. that's good, right?)
I spoke to my GP yesterday, and he was pretty honest with me, which is what I love about him. He basically said that what I've experienced is not uncommon, and if I can put that large clot out of my mind, I should. He said he knows that forgetting about it isn't easy, but I should try to get past it. He also said the same as you, the fever being most concerning.
I'm happy to be temping again though, I find it really helps me make sense of everything, and I'm also looking forward to getting right back to TTC again.
I've been having a really hard time at work this past couple of weeks, so I spoke to my boss yesterday and asked to take some unpaid leave. He was pretty understanding and agreed to pay my only for the hours I work instead of my usual salary so I can come and go as I please without worrying about draining my sick leave pay. I feel better in the mornings than the afternoon/evening, so I might just try to work half days next week.
Jessica - I had a similar thing. way TMI4 days after my D&C, at 2am, I got up to pee and felt something huge. I got to the bathroom and had a bunch of clots. So many they covered my pad, were on my pajamas, the floor, etc. I had been warned by my doc that some women lose a bunch of clots, but I had no idea it would be so bad. I had contractions for a few hours after the clots as my body tried to get rid of the last few things. I had a few more smaller clots over the next few days then the bleeding basically stopped. It was a pretty horrible experience. I'm so sorry you had to deal with it, too. It was just the one time for me, but I had vivid nightmares about m/c for a few nights after.
I think charting helps. I charted after the D&C and didn't O, but my temp dropped slowly from my pregnant level. When it hit a normal pre-O level I spotted a few days then AF started.
I'm glad you were able to talk to your doc. yesterday...I hope he helped put your mind at ease. I don't know about the HCG aside of it should be falling. Will you have more blood tests to watch it back to 0 or below 5 was what my doc said he wanted to see? My last result at 6 weeks post D&C was 4.4. I would say you haven't missed O though since your HCG is still high...it pretty much has to be zero or very close before O can happen, from what I understand.
I'm glad your boss was so understanding. That's great to be able to work and get paid only when you can and not have to feel obligated to be there to earn your salary. After DS2 was born I went from salary to an hourly rate so I don't have to be here 40+ hours per week, every week. The flexibility is really nice...I understand how you need that right now. ((hugs))
Hi deary, I've been following whats been going on with you. You should be able to get results from the lab 24 hours after they have been faxed to the doctor. In theory, I don't know if labs in Canada work differently than labs in the US, but you can call the lab to ask what the policy is. (I've been drawing blood for about four years and all of the labs that I have worked at here in the states are that way.)
Pico83 - Yeesh. That's nuts. I'm thankful that I haven't had a lot of clots, but the ones I have had have been large enough to be extremely painful leading up to passing them. That's the other thing that's driving me nuts, having to wear pads. I'm a DivaCup user, and one OB said it'd be fine to use that, but the other said absolutely not.
Clarkton - Looks like I won't O for a while then! Neither of my doctors have set me up with routine blood work yet, it seems as though they wait to see me in person to give me a single requisition. Next time I see either of them, I'm going to ask for a couple so I can go once or twice a week for the next month. I'm grateful that my work has been so flexible. I can't really just take time off, I'm the only person who does what I do there, and part of my job is finance related. Someone has to go in and pay the bills! I feel bad though, because my sister and I work together, and she's going to have to take on some extra work to cover me.
MJDttc - You're right! My GP usually calls me to tell me, but when I called this new office, she happily gave me the information over the phone, but I don't think she would have called me to tell me. It has dropped a good amount, but not as much as I thought it would have. I've heard of other people dropping down to the hundreds, or at least low thousands within the first two weeks post d&c, so hearing that it's over 11,000 surprised me. Looking forward to a veeerry low number next time.
I agree that high of a number surprised me too but I don't know that there's anything wrong with it. Could easily be just normal variation...I would expect it to fall quickly though. Also, was going to say my ob/gyn had me come every 2 weeks for bloodwok until it was below 5. I think that was a pretty good timeframe...I think a couple of times a week would probably be too often. You might not see significant change between levels that often.