Update on my quest...
February 23, 2008 9:41pm CST
I just wanted to share what my doctor (new fertility specialist) said. A lot of you know know my situation and those of you who don't and want to can read it here : http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1340564.aspx The doctor said there are 3 causes for miscarriages : Anatomic, Genetic, & Blood Clotting (which I knew). He wrote these out on a piece of paper for me to explain everything easier. When he wrote down the blood clotting I told him that I initiated all the blood clotting tests because I feel like I've got poor blood circulation. He immediately went for my records and told me something no one had from those test results. I've got something called methyltetrahydrofolate deficiency (MTHFR). Which means I've 2 of chromosomes are not good. The 677 - I have one bad and one good but the good cancels out the bad so it's normal. The 1298 are both bad - which means both my parents have at least one of these bad. Having both bad 1298's leads to elevated levels of homocysteine - which the blood tests that was previously done said I DO have elevated levels of. An elevated level of homocysteine can cause blood clots, strokes, ect. THAT could be one cause of the miscarriages. To treat this you take a larger than normal amount of folic acid (which I know have a script for). Genetic - other than the above mentioned anomaly both my hubby & my chromosomal tests have came back normal. Though my hubby still needs to have the micro deletion test done. Now we get to anatomic. He said that sometimes when your uterus is formed it doesn't form correctly, leaving like extra lump of tissue instead of being smooth as it's suppose to be. If an egg attaches to that tissue then it doesn't get enough blood circulating to it like it's suppose to. And even if the egg attaches it's self to the healthy walls when it gets the baby gets bigger the same effect with occur. They think this might be a problem. So I'm having a Saline Infusion Sonogram in a couple of weeks. They said though with as many D&C's I've had they'd want to do it anyway because it can leave scar tissue. If they find anything I'll have surgery to remove it. They did order more tests to check into other things. I don't know what all but I know they took 8 vials of blood. I'll have to have another test in a couple of weeks too to see if my ovaries are aged. He said some women's ovaries age faster than they should - meaning my ovaries might be that of a 40 year instead of a 27 year old. Which could be some cause - because when you get older you have trouble having babies. When I get pregnant again I'll be giving myself Hyprin shots twice a day. That's a blood thinner for those of you who don't know. I'll also be seeing that particular doctor until probably 16 weeks, maybe longer because of my late miscarriages. They normally see patients to around 9-12 weeks but with my late occurrences… Then I'll be seeing a high risk specialist in that practice, he's got 25 years of experience and he's supposed to be very sensitive with patients like me. All in all they seem very confident that they'll be able to get me a successful pregnancy. They said it might not happen the first time though - of course. I know there are no guarantees. But it seems there might be a light at the end of the tunnel…though I won't get my hopes up too much LOL. So to make this a real discussion (LOL) does any of you know woman who've had to take hyprin during pregnancy? Or anyone you know going through a similar situation?