I created a post earlier today about my confusion over symptoms and bodily issues since I experienced a miscarriage that seemed to offend a lot of the members on this site. To those of you I offended, I am truly sorry, as it was not my intent. Considering that my post topic was not uncommon to this message board, I am going to try to explain my situation and ask my question in a different way.
Just under 4 weeks ago I miscarried at just under 7 weeks. The baby hadn't grown since 5. I had a natural miscarriage, so there was no DnC involved, and my doctor told me it was passing just fine. I stopped experiencing many of the pregnancy symptoms I had been having a few days before it happened, so when I started bleeding that morning I think I knew before they told me. The bleeding was on and off (5 days on, 3 days off, 2 days on again, and nothing since).
This past pregnancy that ended in miscarriage was our first, and seemed to have happened against the odds - I was on birth control, and due to a decade of health issues was told there was a very high chance we would not be able to conceive even if/when we decide to try. A few days ago I started having some symptoms that I had experienced during pregnancy, but it definitely doesn't feel the same. I have read some things that talk about residual symptoms after m/c but don't go into detail regarding what those could be or how long they're supposed to last. I am so confused right now, and trying to keep my husband from getting his hopes up when I know that it isn't so. Considering how long we would have to wait before I can definitely show him with a test, I was hoping to get some insight. My doctor told me to expect my period 4-6 weeks after the m/c, but research has also given me mixed answers on whether that counter starts at the beginning of m/c or end of bleeding. I could not be more lost right now.
I guess my questions are: has anyone experienced residual symptoms after m/c and how long did they go one for? At what point is it worrisome to still be having them? When should I begin counting the 4-6 week window to expect my period, from the beginning of m/c or from the end of bleeding? Since my bleeding was on and off for over a week and a half, it's a big enough difference to drive a girl who's used to the regularity of birth control crazy.