Why An Xray And Not An U S

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SL - February 3

Okay, I'm so tired of inconsiderate doctors. To me, I would think sending your patient who is already a nervous reck for an xray...on the uterus...would NOT be a good idea...uh h__lo...radiation????? I'm about 6 wks now and just because my hCG level is 1658 he wants me to have an xray done...don't make any sense..why don't they just give me another ultrasound..that's what it's there for isnt' it? I spotted on the 01/19 until the night before my ultrasound, 01/23, no cramping, nothing just the spotting and I haven't spotted yet..this was about the time my period was due. I also figured this is why my level isn't where it should be because I shed some lining. I bet when it comes time for the lining to shed again, it won't and my level will up where it should...does that make any sense? Anyway...I am so frustrated and upset I don't know what to think...I think an xray is a really bad idea..don't you? Why an xray? Is he looking for me to have a deformity occur or what? I'm following my instinct on this one and I"m gonna pass on the xray and get a second opinion. He even through the idea of a molar pregnancy...uh, again,,,I"ve read one indication of a molar pregnancy is HIGH levels of hcg early on. By the way..maybe one of you can tell me exactly how far along I am..my LMP I think...was the 22nd of december...then I spotted, like I said...on the 19th of december...(which sounds like it could have been a period if I wasn't pregnant). So I would be 6 wks yesterday right? thanks for any imput...I need some answers and the doctors around here make me sick.

 

SL - February 3

the 19th of january....I made a typo..I'm so upset I'm trying faster than my brain can process. My LMP was the 22nd of december..then I spotted the 19th of january until the 23rd.

 

Tammy276 - February 3

I don't have a calander in front of me right now, so I can't tell you how many weeks you are, but its REAL easy to figure out....Just start counting weeks from the first day of your LMP and that will tell you how far along you are... Second....you having a low HCG number has nothing to do with you spotting or "shedding your lining"....even if you wouldn't have spotted, your number would still be where its at. The attached embryo is what secretes the hormone and sometimes if it is not fully implanted and not attached correctly, that can cause lower HCG levels....actually bleeding, or "Implantaion bleeding" can occur and is a GOOD sign when then embryo attaches because it means that it is burrowing its way into the uterus. There could be a few reasons why you have a low HCG number, but I would request to have a u/s done instead of an x-ray. I mean I'm sure it would be fine, but an x-ray really isn't going to tell them much since how it looks at the skeletal structures (or solid ma__ses).......maybe he just worded it wrong and he meant a u/s? Who knows, but I would request a u/s and would decline the x-ray as well.

 

SL - February 3

okay, well I have another curiousity, or theory...when they took my blood, they couldn't send it out until the next day so they left it in the fridge overnight...i know it may sound ignorant or stupid but having the blood sample sit there overnight dilute or whatever the results? meaning maybe it was a little higher and because it wasn't sent out right away the levels went down..yeah as I'm putting my theory out there it seems unrealistic but i'm so desperate for answers. I've never had problems like this before.

 

Tammy276 - February 3

no....if the hormones are in there, they are in there, they are not going to magically dilute themselves from sitting over night, they would have remained the same. It is possible that you have a lower level because maybe you implanted later than expected...Your doctor should be checking you hcg levels every other day first of all to see if they are doubling before they do a u/s or anything else.

 

ChattyKathy - February 3

Consider changing your OB to someone you feel you can trust. An xray does not make sense whatsoever, so its my opinion that you should reject it and ask for a second opinion, as well. As far as calculating how far along you are, if you have a 28 day cycle, the day of your missed period you would be considered 4 weeks along. So, add up however many weeks is after that.

 

SL - February 3

I apologize for sounding so naive. I am just trying to think of all possibilities. I'm just so mad at the world right now. There are two so called friends of mine who had the nerve to tell me they were pregnant and they are getting abortions!!!!!!!!! here I am stuck in bed doing everything I possibly can to help my little embryo survive and they have the nerve to call me and tell me this..why would they do that??why? I don't get it and now my ob wants to send me for an xray..why? I don't get it...this world sucks, don't make any sense..heck I'm 33 and I don't make any sense with the questions I ask the theories i suggest. I'm just so lost and so distraught even the word distraught doesn't fit the definition of how I feel..I almost feel in all honesty..suicidal. Suicidal is a strong word yest I know... I'm normally not..obviously.. I just feel like a sitting duck...waiting...I'm just so fed up of getting the run around and people rubbing it in my face that they're pregnant and it's just not right...yes life isnt' fair sometimes but right now...I just don't care about anything else but this embryo. I want it so so bad. I just feel so lost and alone and hateful..there's the word lol hateful. Oh yeah...and I am getting a second opinion and another OB..I thought i could trust this one since he's been around for ages but OB is not his sole speciality..plus he's getting old soo....thanks for hearin me out gals..I really appreciate it.

 

SL - February 3

I thought that too but my period is never regular. I'm not going to go into details of why or how but I know that the 1st of january was the day and the only day I could have conceived...wether it was fertilized then or later is still out there. My periods go anywhere from 18 days, 22, 24 and 28 even 32 days. My last cycle was about 28, and even then I don't know because I'll spot a few days before then bang..full medium flow for 3 days and it's done...the only way I'll tell is with the next ultrasound..that is if a fetal pole is found.

 

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