So here's my story:
After doing 6 months of chemotherapy for Hodgkin's Lymphoma and being told I had very little chance of ever having more children (I have two daughters ages 5 and 7), I found out I was pregnant!
My LMP was on September 26th, with my periods being irregular due to the chemo. It lasted five days, which is normal for me, and it was a normal period. I tested positive on a home pregnancy test October 24th with a very faint line. I went to my doctors and had my HCG levels drawn and they were 315 on October 30th and then 1,147 on November 2nd. They had almost quadrupled, much to my OB-GYN's surprise!
I had an ultrasound done, transabdominally and transvaginally, on November 7th and the technician found a "healthy looking" yolk sac but no fetal pole or heartbeat. By my LMP I should have been 6 weeks exactly. The lining of the gestational sac looked like it should with a very early pregnancy and my sac was measuring at 1 cm (I believe she meant the gestational sac, although it's possible she meant the yolk sac??). However, the technician told me 9 times out of ten once a yolk sac is visiable a fetal pole will be seen within a week.
Saturday November 10th I started getting SEVERE cramping and was positive I was having a miscarriage. The hospital did another HCG draw and my levels were at 24,230! Then they did another ultrasound (3 days after the first one), and again they saw a healthy yolk sac, but could not find a baby or heart beat for certain, although the technician said she thought she saw a slight flicker of a heartbeat and might have seen a possible fetal pole. She suggested I might have a "blighted ovum". The pain was caused by a 9cm cyst on my right ovary that had burst, leaving fluid behind my cervix.
I have another ultrasound scheduled for November 29th with my OB-GYN (the emergency room hospital wasa different hospital than the one I normally went to). When I mentioned to my OB-GYN that they had suggested I had a blighted ovum he assured me he would not schedule a D&C until he was sure the pregnancy was not viable, and that he was certain it was in fact a viable pregnancy since my HCG levels were rising so well and they had seen a yolk sac.
I have pregnancy symptoms... nausea, breast tenderness, low back pain, fatigue. My HCG levels were more than doubling within the 72 hours they are supposed to. I am being told I concieved October 10th, which would have made me 6 weeks 3 days pregnant on my last ultrasound. Should they have seen a fetal pole by then? I know I could have concieved as late as October 15th... although from everything I've read it takes at least 10 days post conception for a HPT to show positive... which would mean I would have had to have concieved October 14th or earlier.
Has anyone else shown a yolk sac without a fetal pole by 6 1/2 weeks gestation and later showed a fetal pole w/heartbeat? I am TERRIFIED to go to this ultrasound for fear they won't find a baby this time either... and by then I will be 9 weeks 2 days. If they don't find anything this time... is there still a chance I could have a viable pregnancy and it's just too early to tell yet?
Should I really be concerned about a blighted ovum since my HCG levels are rising so well and I still feel pregnant? I'm beyond scared. I need some advice please!