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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Gained another 5 lbs today

The good news: I was feeling better these past 2 days. I went into the office to work and walked the dogs (my adorable beagle and a dog we're dog-sitting. Sadly no, we haven't gotten a 2nd dog...yet) around the block.

The bad news: Today I felt really big. And was back to waddling to make room in my pelvis for what feels like sore, cue-ball sized ovaries. As the day goes on I've felt bigger and bigger. And more and more uncomfortable in my own skin (my skin hurts from the stretching). Just weighed myself. I gained 5 lbs during the course of hte day. So the OHSS isn't gone it seems. I found this shocking. It's been over a week since ER. Surely I can't still have OHSS.

So I looked on webmd (I know, I know. Probably not the best source of info but it's late and my nurse isn't available this late). Here's what they have to say:

"Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome is the overstimulation of the ovaries that may occur as a result of assisted reproductive technology (ART). ART is a type of infertility treatment that uses multiple eggs at one time to raise the chances of producing embryos that are good candidates for fertilization.
Before an ART procedure, a woman uses medication or hormones to stimulate multiple egg production (superovulation). The eggs are then collected for laboratory use. In a small number of ART cycles, superovulation overstimulates the ovaries. This problem is called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome.
Doctors monitor closely for signs of ovarian hyperstimulation during superovulation. When this condition develops, the medication is stopped. Any procedure, such as egg collection, planned for that particular cycle is postponed until all symptoms are gone, usually in 2 to 4 weeks.
Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome can be mild, moderate, or severe:
  • Mild hyperstimulation causes enlargement of the ovaries and discomfort and fluid buildup in the abdomen.
  • Moderate hyperstimulation causes additional symptoms including nausea, vomiting, and shortness of breath. This condition may require bed rest.
  • Severe hyperstimulation can cause life-threatening fluid buildup around the heart and lungs and in the abdomen, and a drop in blood fluid content. This condition requires urgent medical care and hospitalization to prevent liver failure, stroke, or heart damage."
My armchair diagnosis is that last week I probably had moderate OHSS (bc I definitely had nausea and shortness of breath and didn't want to move at all). Now I'd say mild (no nausea or breathing problems but definitely bloat and enlarged ovaries).

I had no idea this could last 2-4 weeks! boo!

So DH is off to the store once again, stocking up on more salty chips and Gatorade.

At least I'm not going crazy. I was really starting to wonder today if maybe I had just gained a ridiculous amt of fat while taking it easy last week after ER. I'm relieved to know there's a medical reason behind my enormity and discomfort. Annoyed that I'm still uncomfortable. But now, knowing that I could be feeling this way up to 3 more weeks, I find it comforting in that I can now plan for that. And I now know what's going on with my body. The not knowing drives me bonkers.

Luckily no work tomorrow. And we're going to a crawfish boil which means access to lots of salty food :) Maybe that's all I need -- one really good, salty boil to clear this all up.


  1. Oh no! I hope you start feeling better soon!

  2. I didn't know it could last that long either! Hope it goes away sooner rather than later for you!