1 day post retrieval.. is this normal?

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1 day post retrieval.. is this normal?

Hi everyone,

Yesterday had my egg retrieval - this is our first IVF attempt and let me tell you - no one told me it would be this painful :S

The Dr was able to retrieve 10 ov's of which 6 have been micro-injected - am going on Tuesday for Embryo transfer... is that a good number? Dr says yes however am worried he's just being super cheery to keep me +ve...

As exciting as the whole thing is am totally panicking due to the pain and discomfort I am feeling - is this normal? Since yesterday morning have been barely able to walk, my stomach is a balloon and am in constant numbing pain. Forget going to the bathroom let alone making any suddent movements - cannot imagine how I shall surive the Embryo transfer if I still feel like this...I cannot get out bed and can only sit for about 10 mins before I need to lie down again...
Has anyone else felt this much pain? Is it normal? Am worried that I may have reacted badly - especially since I am still spotting...

What were your experience with the egg retrieval process? Is this normal? what was your experience like? Would love to share experiences with you ladies...

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My first IVF cycle we retrieved 8 eggs and all fertilized. I remember being sore right after, but took some tylenol, 3 like every 4-6 hours. By Saturday morning (day after), I left know a little sore but not bad at all.

I hope you feel better, rest up you have a big day ahead of you!!

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Thanks!Maybe I need to be taking more meds for the pain - Only took 1 Tylenol right after so maybe that's why I'm hurting so much...

Hope that after all this, +ve news shall come out of it...

Crossing my fingers for big day! Smile

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I had A LOT of pain with my 2nd ER. I was so bloated and it hurt to even breath. I was pretty much on the couch until my 5dt. You may have some OHSS since 10 eggs retrieved is a good number. I think I had some OHSS and only had 6 retrieved but RE didn't think so. If you are still having a lot of pain and are worried, call your RE. They should be able to help you. Good luck!

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Thanks Meg... what is OHSS??
Sorry - am new to the forums so still haven't been able to decipher all the abbreviations Smile

Just took 2 Advils and started progesterone ... wow - I feel like a med machine... so far mood has been good though so I thank God for that.

Now if only this pain would go away... Sad

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I had OHSS as well and the pain was unbearable. I had to have my DH take me back to the doctor twice in one week to help with the pain.

OHSS is defined here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OHSS

Its painful and causes swelling and bloating. However, it will subside with time. Do you know what your E2 number was before the retrieval?

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Thanks Jenn - Just read the definition - scary !!
That could be it as I have polycystic ovaries (not to be confused with polycystic ovarian syndrome apparently - don't know what the difference is but my Dr keeps repeating that). I do feel like my ovaries are going to explode and my tummy is a firm balloon...urinating is painful and limited so I think you ladies just hit the mark...I seem to have all the symptoms...

Jenn - what is the E2 number?

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I'm excited you've made it this far, but sorry that you are having so much discomfort right now. I felt really bloated and abdominal discomfort the day of and day following ER. After that my pain was more from the progesterone injections. I also remember being very constipated and felt a lot of relief once I became more regular with the help of dried prunes & prune juice. Best advice I can offer is make sure you are taking plenty of fluids, esp drinks that will help with your electrolyte balance such as coconut water or sports drinks; rest but also getting up & moving around too when you can tolerate it; intermittent use of heating pad; pain medication - if the OTC pain meds are not helping make the pain more tolerable you may want to ask your clinic for prescription pain medication just to get you through this short period. I found this point in the IVF cycle to be the toughest point physically, the transfer was much easier other than my bladder being really full & some mild cramping after...hang in there. But do watch your symptoms and seek medical help if needed, OHSS can be serious if out of control.

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Sorry I wasn't able to answer you sooner, but looks like everyone else covered what I was going to say. Also...with painful urination they may have put a catheter in during ER and that can cause painful urination. I'm pretty sure I remember them cathing me for one of my ER and it hurt so bad to pee afterwards.

E2 is estradiol. It's what blood test they use to monitor you while you are stimming and determines when to do ER along with number of follies. The higher the E2, the more eggs you are going to get (most of the time). If you had a really high E2 at the time of trigger you are higher risk to get OHSS.

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Xtina - thanks so much for your precious advice. I think you're so right - have been taking lots of water and I seem to feel a bit better. Can't help but be worried though as the more I read on OHSS the more it depicts my exact symptoms. Urination is getting less painful - although still scarse - so trying to make up with lots of fluids and eating salads and fruit. Tomorrow, my DR is back at the clinic so will check in with him tomorrow to see what my options are. I cannot imagine going through the Embryo transfer with all of this pain... would be so disappointed if I had to put it off - but then again, maybe it's better.
To think I was feeling so positive especially since the whole injection part got easier by the end - again, like you said Smile
Thanks for all of your support - it's really appreciated - was just telling hubby how amazing it is to have this support system through you ladies even if we do not know each other. It makes the whole ordeal less painful and i certainly feel less alone. Thank you. God shall do what is best.

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Thanks Meg! Gosh - learning so much through all of your experiences - thank you.
I do not know what my E2 number is however following the blood test, they reduced my dose of Gonal-F so am assuming that they must have found a high number.
Although I was out of it pretty much through the whole excruciating ordeal, i do believe that they did use a catheter - bled heavily afterwords and am still spotting so probably that is the cause of the burning sensation and pain now.
As I'm reading the OHSS related info - I seem to be the typical case - Polycystic ovaries, high egg count... looks like I'm the perfect candidate for it Sad Am scared to characterize it as severe as I have no vomiting - but will definitely get checked out.
Will keep you all posted - and if anyone else is going through this - I hope this thread will be useful for them as it was for me - at least when we're informed, we feel less helpless Smile
Thanks again for your suppport!

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So here is my update...
After a painful sleepless night due to the bloating and pain -I went to the clinic this morning and indeed - I do have the beginning of OHSS Sad In light of that, plann embyro transfer for tomorrow is now cancelled. Finally, we had 4 embryos which had gotten fertilized so that shall freeze them now.
Apparently trying to transfer in the state that I'm in could cause health concerns for me and the baby. I am very disappointed...
It feels like all I went through was for nothing and that I still have to live with this pain for at least another week for nothing as well.

I suppose I should be happy that it's nothing worse - but it doesn't help that I'm in a lot of pain and tired and that it's all for nothing... this time anyway...

Sad

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I'm so sorry it worked out that way for you!!
BUT....it is great that you have 4 embryos to freeze!!! Will you get to do an FET soon?

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"clarinette" wrote:

So here is my update...
After a painful sleepless night due to the bloating and pain -I went to the clinic this morning and indeed - I do have the beginning of OHSS Sad In light of that, plann embyro transfer for tomorrow is now cancelled. Finally, we had 4 embryos which had gotten fertilized so that shall freeze them now.
Apparently trying to transfer in the state that I'm in could cause health concerns for me and the baby. I am very disappointed...
It feels like all I went through was for nothing and that I still have to live with this pain for at least another week for nothing as well.

I suppose I should be happy that it's nothing worse - but it doesn't help that I'm in a lot of pain and tired and that it's all for nothing... this time anyway...

Sad

I know exactly how you feel - that's what happened to me. I was so sad I cried when the RE told me we were postponing the transfer. However, I was put on bedrest for 2-3 weeks with OHSS so its not like I was in shape for a transfer anyway. If they did the transfer you would be in even more pain and it would last longer, as pregnancy intensifies it.

I hope you get some relief soon. I had 2 emergency surgeries during my stint with it and they tapped the fluid off my ovaries. I felt better the second it was done.

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Sorry to hear that your transfer was put on hold. Remember it's for the best of everyone. If you were to get pregnant the OHSS symptoms would worsen because HCG levels would rise. It can get as severe as needing to get fluid drained from your abdomen and possibly needed to get a tube put in so you can drain it. So I think you will be happier that things are on hold. You didn't go through all of this for nothing. You have 4 embies to freeze and transfer when you are better.

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UGH!!! I really hate IF...so sorry for your delay! I hope that your FET goes well and you get the great news of a BFP!!

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You ladies are so right - between us, I couldn't imagine anything being transferred tomorrow in the state I was in - it's just the frustration of an added complication and delay. Plus, what if this happens every time??! Then what? Grrrr.
I hope the bloating and pain shall subside soon - DH is pampering me and taking care of me 24/7 but it's insane what an invalid I am without him and I don't know how I'll be able to cope once he's back at the office. Speaking of which - I have a 2 week bed-rest from the Dr - let's just say the last thing on my mind at the moment is the corporate jungle I have to go back to... but then again, maybe it's a good distraction..

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Hopefully there won't be another time that you have to worry about OHSS. If you were to have to go through another cycle your doc will change your meds around and probably monitor you more closely. They really don't know how you'll respond the first time to the stims.

Enjoy being pampered by your husband. I'm sure that the bedrest will get long for you. I had a hard time with the 2 days after transfer. You'll just have to come visit this board more often :). Are you able to take a lot of time off of work?

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I was going to say what Meg said - if there is a next time your RE will change up your meds to prevent this. My RE told me he would change mine up so that I never go through that again.

And on the bedrest - its so hard to just lay there all day.

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exactly! Bed rest is awful.. am trying to get up and walk around a bit just to get my limbs moving but I get so tired so quickly... I don't know how I shall make it through another week of this - am usually hyperactive and running around all the time... I have no clue what time it is, what day it is, what's happening - just feeling zonked out :S You both made me feel better by hearing that my meds shall be changed - If I can help it I don't want to ever ever go through this ever again...

Meg - I have 2 weeks off work which in itself is a big deal with my job and company - was hoping this would work as I don't know what will happen if I need 2 weeks off every month to go through this again - they shall certainly not be happy. puts things into perspective though.. funny thing is that I am currently interviewing with a new company for my dream job - I would need to travel to NY every week for at least 2 or 3 days - I actually have an offer on the table but with all that is happening - well, I just don't feel up to it anymore...but I'm afraid to regret it... Told them I would get back to them soon... need to recharge and feel human again before even entertaining that notion...

funny how your priorities shift suddenly and health always ends up on top Smile

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Jumping in a little late... but wanted to wish you well. I hope you feel better soon.

I know it sucks having to delay the transfer, but yeah for having frosties!

*HUGS*

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Thanks so much Amanda Smile never too late for hugs Smile

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Are your OHSS symptoms starting to ease up at all? I'm sorry ET was put on hold, but glad you were able to freeze the little ones. Hopefully your body is on the road to recovery, you're energy is starting to recharge, and you can give the frozen embryos a new home soon Smile

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Hey Xtina Smile read your post on the other thread and am feeling very positive after reading you Smile
Thanks for checking up - Feeling much much better thank God - was even able to go out a bit today - wow - talk about appreciating the little things Smile I can walk, I don't have anymore pain and bloating has decreased a lot although I still have a bump.

So - ET is going to be in July and they shall transfer 2 embryos instead of 1 because they are frozen. Who knows, maybe this is God's way of preparing for a miracle of having twins one shot and then I don't have to re-live any of that ever again. Am starting to regain my positivity and somehow the fact that I'm only gonna hit the baby process again in July takes off some pressure - I shall have 2 months to take care of me so that like say, baby shall have a new healthy home soon Smile

All in all - everything is fine - I'm getting better and soon shall be back to normal. Am grateful for all I have and thank God for all His blessings Smile

Hope the memorial wasn't too hard on you... this little baby is your Daddy sending you an I love you from above - am sure of it Smile

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Glad to hear you are back to feeling a little more normal.

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