27 Jul

Started having some brown discharge. It was barely there at first and only when I strained. But then there was more. Combined with some lower back and lower abdomen pains. More so on the left.

After 4 days of worrying, I got restless enough that I got my hubby to bring me to the ER at midnight yesterday.

After four hours, I was told that my HCG level is consistent with 8-10 weeks (I am about 7w6d today)  and that I have the pregnancy in the uterus (not ectopic) and there is a heartbeat.

They don’t have internal u/s in ER so I had to go back today for a more thorough u/s.

Which also didn’t reveal anything other than a biggish cyst on the left ovary (which they didn’t even mention – I saw it in the report printout).

They say they aren’t too concerned with brown discharge saying it means old blood which could be anything. Even implantation bleeding leftovers.

What left me deeply dissatisfied with the experience is that they didn’t check my progesterone levels as “that’s not covered under ER services”.

Since with my first pregnancy I was prescribed progesterone suppositories, I now wonder if it’s low again – and that’s what’s causing the brown discharge.

I read tons online – all of it aggravatingly inconclusive. Could be notging, could be everything. I’m a bit less worried now that I know that my baby’s alright – at least for now – but if this brown discharge continues to bother me, I’ll have to think how I can get my progesterone checked, not having a family doctor (and my first gyno appointment is in 2 weeks).

The good thing out of this whole ordeal? This precious baby just got real for me, having seen the heartbeat.

Cling on, my little pea! Ee love you..

8 Responses to “Worried”

  1. Melanie July 28, 2013 at 9:02 PM #

    Hi! I’m a new reader, Just clicked over from LFCA. Congrats!

    My suggestion, call your gyno in the morning. Tell them your appointment is not for 2 weeks but you’ve had some spotting and had low progesterone levels in your last pregnancy which required supplementation. Tell them you want to have a blood test done ASAP to see if you need them again. They work for you! Just tell them you want to come in for that or need a referral for lab work. They should oblige. No need to be torturing yourself wondering!

    • zygotta August 1, 2013 at 10:49 AM #

      Hi Melanie – what’s LFCA?
      I guess our Canadian system is different. They are not quite as eager to be “working for you”… My discharge is still there, but I wouldn’t even call it brown. Maybe tan. For some reason I calmed down.

  2. BleedingTulip July 29, 2013 at 1:22 AM #

    I second what Melanie said – there’s no reason they can’t run that test, especially with your history. I remember some folks wanted to drag out some blood work, wait a few days etc. while still at the doctors office I called my insurance and asked that they request blood work that day. Sometimes ya gotta kick a little ass 🙂

    All that aside: I had a little brown discharge. SUPER scary, but it must have been leftover implantation bleeding. Hoping and praying this is all just part of a super normal pregnancy! *HUGS*

    • zygotta August 1, 2013 at 10:52 AM #

      nah, it’s different here in Canada
      we have free medicine – so there are guidelines what’s ER and what’s not
      if I want more testing, I should get an appointment with the specialist (takes a few days), then go have a blood test, then wait a few more days for the results… it’s all very slow here

      I do think now that the discharge is nothing to worry about. It’s barely there, not even brown – more like tan colour.

  3. St. Elsewhere July 29, 2013 at 2:10 AM #

    Brown blood is stale blood. I hope that the discharge is innocuous, and will stop by itself.

    Can you get Duphaston easily? By the time you reach a doctor, who checks your progesterone levels, and all that, can you supplement it with Duphaston? Your levels may not be low, but if they are atleast there will be a blanket cover for the duration that nothing is known.

    Fab news on hearing the heartbeat.

    • zygotta August 1, 2013 at 10:54 AM #

      Thank you Elsie. To be honest, taking unprescribed meds scares me even more (even though I went online and read how wide-spread Duphaston is during pregnancy). I am trying to relax about it and think that if doctors didn’t find anything worth the worry – then maybe everything is alright. The discharge is still there, but very, very light. I saw it only once yesterday, so hopefully it’s going away…

      • St. Elsewhere August 2, 2013 at 12:35 AM #

        Oh well. if your doctor is not worried, maybe you can relax a bit, but whenever you go in next, do ask for progesterone support.

  4. Sam August 2, 2013 at 7:06 AM #

    Hon, I bled a LOT with my pregnancy with Kade. Not just brown discharge but huge bleeds of BRIGHT RED BLOOD. Every time it happened I was sure it was over but now he’s running around and quite healthy. I am sure the brown discharge is nothing to worry about as traditionally brown means OLD blood. OLD blood = good.

    Hang in there honey!


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