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scared! enlarged spleen, help? 26 weeks preg

I am currently 26 weeks pregnant. I suffered from mono at the age of 13 and ever since my spleen has flare ups when im too active, or get a cold. I was recently told going into the hospital for pain and discomfort on my left side my spleen has swollen to 19cm. all labs came back normal. I am concerned of what this will do to effect the development of my pregnancy, my OB says she knows nothing about the spleen being enlarged during pregnancy and to basicly tough it out. I am very concerned being that I need help getting out of bed and cannot eat large meals from the discomfort of my uterus pushing on my spleen, is this something I should change doctors to investigate? any of you moms or mommies to be experiencing anything close to this?! I also had my appendix removed when I was 11 weeks pregnant :( yes this has been a difficult road for my husband and I and our little baby girl growing inside me... help!?
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  • I'm sorry you have to deal with that. The answer your doctor gave you would not be acceptable for me. If she "knows nothing", then she needs to find someone who does. I do not know the risks or precautions that need to be taken in that situation, and I would want a professional making sure everything is as taken care of as possible. GL! 
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  • I agree with PP. It is not ok for your doctor to give you that answer. I would seek another opinion right away.

    Did you have an ultrasound done of your spleen?

    If it is another mono flare up, I would assume you are fine and will need to just wait it out. However, I wouldn't assume it was a mono flare up without additional testing. Did they do blood work on you?

     I am dealing with a primary infection (first time) of cytomegalovirus (CMV) which is very similar to mono. They discovered it in me due to an enlarged spleen on an abdominal ultrasound. I had the ultrasound due to having elevated liver enzymes that did not decrease over a few weeks. If this is a possibility at all, it is very serious and you need to be tested.

    Good luck!!!! 

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  • get a new doctor that knows how to treat you ask to see a high risk prenatal doctor they have more training than regular obgyn's
  • There's always an underlying cause of a flare up, so there's something going on behind the scenes. But I'm sure you're well aware of this. I would make an appointment with a high risk doctor ASAP.

    Good luck and keep us updated! 

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  • I agree with the PPs, I think if your doctor doesn't know, then you should find one who does. 
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  • I am sorry you are going through this I have a similar problem but with my stomach it is very distended and causes me to not be able to breath or eat. My OB and MFM immed got my gastro involved and are trying to find medicine to fix it before my uterus gets bigger. I would change OBs and call an internist to help you or a hematologist
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  • all of my blood work is okay, my spleen gets enlarged when it is irritated, and now that my uterus is pushing on it its flaring up, the high risk drs didn't seem concerned but its so uncomfortable and painful I believe it needs to be monitored to prevent rupture from what ive reaqd, man ive gone through so many drs already. 3rd one saying I need to see a specialist yet none have a referral going thrugh fast enough. im sooo frustrated and confused :( I had mono once, dr said I cannot get it again, but I do have a cold, but my spleens been swollen for 4 months now and with baby pushing on it its starting to become hard where I spend my days on the couch I cant even laugh. do I need to be demanding with the drs? yesi had another ultrasound on it done a few days ago its 19cm supposed to be 12cm or under... 
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  • thank u. I will try to seek a new high risk dr, all the docs are saying they don't know what to do with my situation. ITS SO FRUSTRATING. same thing happened when I was 11wks pregnant then my appendix flared and I under went surgery... babys a trooper, meanwhile im in a battle.
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  • I am so sorry you are dealing with this. I would keep searching and getting new opinions since you are in so much pain. Is removal a possibility?
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