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is there long lasting effects of having post partum eclampsia?

By October 25, 2012 - 9:32am
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I had a normal pregnancy with absolutely no problems or complications, the birth was a normal one also with no complications and i was released the following day , however 9 days after having my daughter I had a bad headache and went to bed early tossing it up to lack of sleep when i heard my daughter cry in the middle of the night and woke with absolutely no vision that is the last thing i remember until 3 days later when i woke in icu the dr told me i had had post par-tum eclampsia and had 3 grand mal seizures and a bleed on the brain my bp had hit 290 /180 .. now that i am better from that nightmare i now live with severe croncic migraines and nothing the neurologist puts me on helps .. Is this something i am going to have to live with for the rest of my life?????????

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I know this is a late response; however, I wanted to chime in just in case you're still suffering. I have suffered from migraine headaches since I was 9 years old and also had a seizure postpartum. Prior to getting pregnant my neurologist put me on Verapamil. It is a calcium channel blocker which has worked wonders. It is a preventative that I take once daily. I went from having 6 auras a week to maybe 1 full blown migraine once every other month. Relpax is a great medication for treating a migraine once it comes, but it is rather expensive. The Verapamil lowers your blood pressure, which is one reason my signs for the seizure went unnoticed. I hope this helps you some! Migraines are horrible.

February 25, 2013 - 11:37am
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Thank you very much yes i still suffer but i am going to ask the dr about this med thanks again

February 26, 2013 - 3:56pm

Thank you Maryann your info was very helpful my episode of post patum eclampsia was now almost 4 years ago and i am still suffering from the migraines I have been put on a ton of different meds for them to which nothing prevailed ... I am almost ready to give up and say that there is no hope for me with this and i will have to just deal with them I get then 3 to 4 times a week and they last anywhere from an hour to all day with some relief from pain meds.

October 25, 2012 - 7:05pm

Hello Deanne,
What a frightening experience!

Postpartum preeclampsia is a rare condition. As in your case, a woman has high blood pressure and excess protein in her urine. Most cases develop within 48 hours of childbirth. It requires prompt treatment. If left untreated, seizures can result.

There was no chance to have your blood pressure and urine monitored, since you were discharged from the hospital the day following delivery.

According to the Mayo Clinic, it is believed that postpartum preeclampsia is set into motion during pregnancy, but doesn't cause symptoms until after delivery. Postpartum preeclampsia might increase your risk for future cardiovascular disease.

Generally, postpartum preeclampsia is treated with medication to prevent seizures and medication to lower high blood pressure. Preeclampsia does not cause permanent damage, predispose to chronic hypertension or adversely effect the long-term health of the mother.

Medications to treat migraine headaches either work to relieve or prevent. You should not have to spend a lifetime suffering. There are a variety of medications , muscle relaxation exercises, and alternative medicine therapies, such as acupuncture to combat migraine headaches.


October 25, 2012 - 4:24pm
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