MY STORY OF HG: UPDATE

This is a update from February 2014. If you have not already read My Story of HG please do so before reading this update.

It been almost three years and I still haven't forgotten Hyperemesis gravidarum or what I went through from the day we conceived until my baby was born!  I have lasting health issues from my suffering and these past three years after Hyperemesis gravidarum I been my sickest as with my FM and other health issues that were made worse or caused by HG!  It's been hard because I was at my healthiest before my pregnancy.  During 2009 and early 2010 was the best time health wise ever. Then the pregnancy turned my life upside down!   I have been chronically sick since I was 15 years old with chronic pain and always got sick easy as I suffer from CVS (Cyclic vomiting syndrome) which is very similar to Hyperemesis gravidarum but no baby! I had my CVS under control before Hyperemesis gravidarum came into my life. 
Since my pregnancy and the Hyperemesis gravidarum, now when I get sick I don’t know if it is from me relapsing because I was so sick my entire pregnancy or if the  HG  has made the CVS worse or is my vomiting a new issue that I might have.  My Fibromyalgia has been at its worse these past few years.  I have felt I been going backwards in getting better.  I’ve just been getting worse not better!  My daughter has been going though the terrible twos and it's been challenging to say the least!  She is taking all my time and all my energy and I'm trying to dedicate myself  to help her grow up to be a good girl it's been hard,  I can't express how hard it's been and I constantly forget to care for myself  and end up sick often!   I need to find the right balance! Being chronically sick and trying to care for my daughter has been hard! 
I am so thankful to my inner circle for helping me when I have been too sick to do it myself.  I don't know how I would have gotten though without them!   It's been a slow process as I am trying to get my life back!   I just want to be where I was health wise before the pregnancy so I’m able to keep up with my daughter and step daughter!   I have lasting issues from HG, I ended up with gastroparesis even thou I am not diabetic, all the nonstop vomiting caused my stomach to have slow emptying problems which in turn adds to the nausea & vomiting I already suffer from!  I had to end up getting this shot to stop my periods completely!  I went over ten years without one before they returned and I got pregnant.  After suffering from Hyperemesis gravidarum my body could not adjust to having periods.  They were making everything so much worse now three months after the shot have to get another. I am slowly trying to get back on track it's so hard!   I have always been pretty skinny even thou I thought I was fat at the time but after suffering HG  my body’s metabolism has been out of whack.  Once I went back to eating and drinking normally I gained so much weight in such a short amount of time.  So  now with the weight issues, still having nausea & vomiting and having been diagnosed with PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder) from Hyperemesis gravidarum my life has been turned upside down,  I suffer from chronically high blood pressure now when I use to have suffer from low blood pressure! I have spells of passing out and dizziness,  shortness of breath and get this flushing over my body which in turn gives me debilitating muscle and joint pain. This inflammation causes vomiting attacks and stomach pain with chills and sweating.  It’s like food poisoning,  it's so awful that's why it's so important for me to raise awareness of Hyperemesis Gravidarum because I had no clue what it was until I suffering from it.  Most people out there don't have a clue of how dangerous Hyperemesis gravidarum is, not only to the mother but to the child! I wanted to update and share my struggles as life just doesn't go back to normal after Hyperemesis gravidarum it has life changing,  life altering effects on your life! PTSD is never going to go away no matter what I will never forget the hell I went though and the torture my HMO doctors and hospital did to me while I suffered so bad!  Thank you for reading my story, I know its long but there is just so much to share about my pregnancy and the aftermath of Hyperemesis gravidarum!  I am in the process of writing my own book of the journey and so thrilled to share it with the world ! 
God bless all the mamas who suffer HG each day, to the mamas who have lost their babies due to Hyperemesis gravidarum.  A cause and a cure needs to be found so no other mother or child has to suffer!  I don't want my precious little girl having to go through this when she's my age and wants a family! 
Thank you Ayden Rae for all you do and all you have done for me.  I’m proud to be a chapter leader for your foundation! 
Soft hugs, 
Starr Andrews Strong 
HG Survivor 

 

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