Its so lovely to read all your stories although that's a strange thing to say as I wish none of us had to go through this.
I am currently recovering slowly from my second ectopic, I got mtx two weeks ago today, the hcg was around 4,000 when I got it and rose to nearly 5,000 day four, I ended up back in hospital in a lot of pain was tested again and fetal pole had formed, I was kept in and monitored and thankfully day 7 hcg had dropped to 2900. I'm due back for bloods tomorrow so fingers crossed. On my first ectopic in January last year the highest the hcg got to was about 500. I did end up back in hospital that time also in a lot of pain but I feel the recovery was so much quicker. We also had an early misscarraige in December last year so its been tough.
My questions firstly is how long did recovery take other people when hcg was around 5000?. I still feel like I've been hit by a bus physically, I'm so exhausted, much movement is uncomfortable and still twinges and slight pain on my left hand side. Anything other than lying in bed is still a bit much two weeks after the injection!. I'm also 36 now so maybe that's a factor in the recovery?
Also unfortunately this ectopic is my left hand side and last year was the right, even though I didn't lose tubes ivf is possibly now the option as I'm at such a risk of another on either side now. Have other's experienced this also and what direction did you go in?
so sorry to hear this, I think once you have recovered (you will start feeling better soon, give it 6 weeks), you must do a test to see if the tubes are at least still open. Very often you have scarring tissue forming and while you have not lost the tubes they may be more hindrance than anything.
I personally was already doing IVF when I had my 2 ectopics and it was as devastating as you can imagine...but now I have two beautiful children ON my second ectopic I have HCG at 10000, had surgery to remove the tube and still after I needed the mtx injection as the values stopped dropping at around 1000...it was a nightmare, dragged on for so long and I also was no spring chicken...
Let's see how your HCG drops and we can chat together about a good action plan.
Thanks for your reply...so the hcg was good news yesterday had dropped to 654,from 2900 the previous week which I was really happy to see some progress. Also may explain the still feeling so unwell as my body is working hard. I also mentioned this in the hospital and they ran full bloods checking everything and all back so far came back clear. The b12 test is due back early next week and I imagine that is low so got a b12 injection with gp yesterday and a few more of them will def help with energy levels. The recovery is so slow and frustrating this time and I had planned to go back to work this week but now not so sure... Yes I got a consultant appointment for 4 weeks time and a laparoscopy to come after that when I guess they will look at the tubes...consultant already taking of clipping both and me going for ivf. I'm so worried about another ectopic could still happen with ivf...this happened for you twice? So glad to hear you had two beautiful babies after congratulations.
Yes its great the hcg is all going in right direction more bloods now Friday so fingers crossed for another big drop. I'm also feeling a lot more physically well which is really helping but with feeling physically better the sadness has really come now... So glad to hear of people having positive ivf experiences after. Just wondering has anyone experienced having to go down the tube clipping route after ectopics before ivf? Its such a strange thing to get my head around to have to possibly having to choose to do that?
yes it is something even i considered to have the tubes clipped as close as possible to the uterus to avoid as much as possible another ectopic, but then there was no need. However, a member of EPI had this done after 3 ectopics.... and she now has two beautiful children