Could I be pregnant?

Nicole - posted on 07/24/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I was awakened Sunday morning with strong kicking in my lower abdomen. I went to the ER to get answers. I was dismissed because my urine & blood pregnancy test came back negative. They said it was gas. I had an ultrasound done of the upper abdomen only because my doctor said since I had another negative test & since I had my tubes burnt in 2011 it wasn't possible. So am I crazy? Nothing has changed since Sunday. My husband has felt & listened with my stethoscope. It pushes back & kicks back. Gas doesn't do that I don't think. So since I have been dismissed by doctors has anyone experienced this? I have never had phantom kicks. From what I have read they aren't like this. My stomach moves & stuff. I still have a period but it's different. Very shirt & light & no clots.

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Nicole - posted on 07/25/2014

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I posted this because I am curious if other mom's have had this happen or know someone who has gone through this very strange ordeal.

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Raye - posted on 11/11/2014

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Nicole,
What happened with this? What did you find out?

I had tubal ligation in 2012, and they used the clips. I've read that even if you request other methods (burning, cut/tie) that they sometimes still use the clips without telling the woman. I sometimes have pains due to gas, where it feels almost blocked and the gas just kinda rolls around in there, because of the clips. I also have other pains/cramping near my period that I didn't used to have before the clips, mostly on my right side, and my periods are lighter with less clotting than previously. The trapped gas feeling I think could feel similar to a baby moving (don't know, never had a baby, my kids are steps). The clips could also come loose and cause problems with your bowels, bladder, uterus, or anything in that area. Ask the GYN that performed the surgery or get an xray to see if you have the clips and if they are still in place.

Nicole - posted on 07/25/2014

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Thanks. They won't see me for this issue. One of my doctors said they will send me to psych if I keep this issue up. I am a medical assistant. I know medically this doesn't make sense. So all I am going to do if monitor this myself & if other things start happening down the road then I will go to the hospital in the next county. My youngest will be 7 in November. I've never had this before ever. My husband use to be a volunteer medic. He said if they are saying I am crazy then he needs to go with me because he has felt external what I am feeling internal. Thanks for the information. I knew that though. I have learned that nobody is cookie cutter textbook & yes things can happen that science cannot explain. To many of us rely on that. I use it as a guide. I've learned being in the medical field sine 2008 that sometimes things aren't always what they seem.

Chet - posted on 07/24/2014

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Well, I know people who've gotten pregnant after having a tubal ligation. It's true that coagulation (burning) has a lower failure rate than other tubal ligation methods, but any method can fail.

False negatives are pretty common for urine pregnancy tests. In fact, hCG drops during second trimester so it's possible to be five or six months along, very obviously pregnant, and to get negative urine tests.

Blood tests are very accurate. A false negative blood test usually happens if the test is done too early - like five or six days after conception. If you're far enough along to feel movement that shouldn't be a problem. Blood tests can also come back negative because of lab or clerical errors, but there are safeguard in place to protect against this, although it still happens.

There have been reports of blood tests being negative because the amount of pregnancy hormone is outside the range of the test. It's so high the test can't handle it and comes out negative. This is extremely rare though, and typically indicates an abnormal pregnancy.

Any one thing, a failed tubal, a negative urine test, or a negative blood test is unlikely, but possible. The chances or all three failing is statistically very, very small. The truth is though, if you're feeling unwell and having abnormal periods you should continue to follow up with your doctor.

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