I am having the strangest experience. I have a 5 year old son. I got a positive test the minute I thought I might be pregnant and I couldn't have been more than 3 to 4 weeks at the time. Mostly healthy pregnancy with some cervix thinning too soon in the 7th month. I had a terrible birth experience where anything that could go wrong, did, but we both came through without any lasting medical problems. So that was 5 years ago.
I have not felt pregnant since then, but I started with bloating and nausea on Jan 19. I still have it and seem to gain a new symptom nearly every day since it started. On Dec 24th, I had a very unusual 11 day bleed. 7 days is normally my max. On Jan 15th, I had brown spotting for two days before my period was due. This never happens. When my period was due the next weekend, I had strong cramping and nothing more than a few scant wipes of brown. I am a small girl, about 120 lbs, with no health problems. I stopped taking my mini pill that weekend, just in case.
My symptoms include nausea without vomiting (never did with my son), excessive salivation, extreme bloating that never lets up, non stop mid and lower back ache (sometimes pretty severe), menstrual cramps almost daily, excessive burping, shortness of breath, loose feeling hips, pulling/pressure sensation above mons pubis, tailbone pain, vaginal/rectal pressure, physically urinating differently, less hair loss when combing my really thick, knotty long hair, sensitive gag reflex, chest cold and cough for a month now, dizziness and lightheadedness, insomnia, constipation bad enough to need metamucil, tingling "letdown" sensation on nipples, heartburn, no appetite til evening and craving grilled hamburgers only, very darkened nipples (not so much areaolas), large X of veins across chest from shoulders to areolas, every single vein in hands and fingers visible, veins across inguinal, veins all over thighs, veins just noticeable across stomach, heavy feeling uterus with pressure felt on bladder, very emotional and affectionate, very detailed dreaming, copious amounts of thick faintly yellow discharge that is round and sticky or long and stringy, thick, white creamy discharge on cervix since I started checking two weeks ago..... That is all I can think of, but isn't that enough? Where in the world is this coming from? I was NOT trying to get pregnant. I was on the mini pill, mind you I was taking it badly since we were planning on trying next year. New husband thinks he is sterile because not using condoms never resulted in a pregnancy with his ex who already had a child.
I made my first OBGYN appt since my son was born. I got a recommendation from girlfriends. I was very much afraid he would not take me seriously because of my negative urine tests, but I have so many symptoms that SOMETHING definitely has to be wrong. I thought he would at least listen to me and run some tests.
The Dr did end up treating me like I was crazy. I later described it as being treated like an uneducated Medicaid patient. I have worked in the medical field for years and have witnessed that.
He walked in, introduced himself, put his back to me and loudly announced that I was DEFINITELY not pregnant based on the urine test. He did not ask about my symptoms. He did not look at my crazy, blue veins all over my body. He kept his back to me almost the entire time. He gave me a very short vaginal exam to check for pain and a quick pap smear. He then ordered me a Mammogram because I just turned 35. I asked him what would make my body act pregnant. I asked him if my hormones were causing some sort of fake pregnancy. He laughed at me and said that he has never heard of that. I was either pregnant or I was not. He did order me a non obstetric ultrasound only because I complained of tailbone pain and rectal pressure. He ordered a thyroid test. That was it. He actually managed to get an attitude with me when he asked me if I needed birth control. That was maybe the first question he ever asked me. When I told him I would start BACK on the pill as soon as I get my period, he angrily said, "don't you think you should have mentioned that in the room?". What?!
I do not have my urinalysis or thyroid results back in yet, but I did have that ultrasound. I refused the Mammogram and everyone at the radiation center agreed that it was a good idea.
The ultrasound tech was amazing. She assured me that you CAN have a false negative and she looked for a sac. She did not find one. She took a ton of pictures of everything, but did not comment much. That is not her job. Considering my unusually long period and potential for late ovulation and implantation, I am still not discounting pregnancy. I have learned on my own that an HCG level of 5 can be perfectly normal before 6 weeks. I have learned that you can not see a sac until HCG has reached high levels, in most circumstances. I do not have urinary urgency like I did with my last pregnancy and I learned that HCG actually causes that.
The tech did find a cyst, and I have no history of these. I have learned that having a functioning cyst is completely normal in early pregnancy. I also had the symptoms of a tilted uterus with my last pregnancy. I could barely urinate. I developed a system of using kegels to cause the urine to fall out. It was awful. I also had very pronounced labor pains in my bottom, never in my stomach, while I was laboring.
As long as I have all these crazy symptoms, I will treat my body as if it is pregnant. Now it is just a waiting game. Waiting for my period, waiting for a competent dr to do hormone blood work, and waiting for me to potentially get further along.
I found this site quite a few times during all my research. I am honestly surprised that I haven't started my period or haven't stopped having all of these symptoms.