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    Unhappy Recurrent Miscarriage - Testing for causes

    What tests did you have done for recurrent m/c?
    I have had some testing done already but would like to have more testing done as all my tests have come back fine, and I think there has to be more to it than just bad luck as since we have had the tests we have had another loss, a chemical preg and possibly another loss on the way.

    If you could give me a list of your tests or any info on what tests to do that would be great. Any little thing will be of big help.

    I am seeing my FS in just over a week and am demanding for more tests, but would like to know if there is anything I should specifically ask for.

    I will try and find the list of tests I have had done and will add them once I find them.

    Thanks

    Tests I have had already

    Chromosomes
    coeliac screen
    auto antibody screen
    lupus
    anticardiolipin
    Thrombotic screen
    Last edited by Cherished; 12-01-2012 at 13:28. Reason: Extra info

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    Sory to hear that you may be facing another loss

    I don't have any personal advise for you but I did find this site, it lists a whole range of tests as I think it is for a US fertility clinic. Worth a quick read, you've probably had a few done already
    http://www.fertilityplus.org/faq/miscarriage/rpl.html

    i'm sure there must be some other people out there who have had testing done??

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    Many hugs Cherished

    I recently had 2 early losses (before 6w) and my ob booked me in to have a hysteroscopy to make sure there was nothing interferring with implantation. My concern was that I had scar tissue following my last traumatic birth and that it was effecting implantation.

    Have you had a D&C with any of your losses? That can sometimes cause it.

    All I can think of for you is that as you are getting pregnant so maybe US, hysteroscopy. Have you had any of that?

    Hugs again

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    MTHFR and ANA, plus other blood clotting disorders. I was treated for my MTHFR after being tested for it and finally got my sticky bub

    Goodluck xo

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    Hi Cherished - I don't much advice in regards to which actual tests to get but have you thought about going to a recurrent miscarriage clinic. They are usually in public hospital but I don't know if there is one near you. I am seeing a private ob but I am thinking of going if this one does not stick. I thought it may be cheaper with testing and I thought it might be interesting to get a second opinion. Just a thought.

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    Thankyou for your replies girls

    Rinobiscuit
    - Thankyou for that link, I hadn't came across that one in my searches

    Electric rodeo - All of my losses are early - I can't get past 6 and half weeks so no DC required, but all have been confirmed with a BT. I have had heaps of ultrasounds and a Hycosy and everything seems to be fine. I had a hysteroscopy a few years ago to remove a polyp, before we began TTC.

    Gemini85 - Thanks for that list I will ask my FS if those were included in the screens he has already done

    Cheekymonkey - I am in QLD so I don't know if there is a recurrent m/c clinic near me. I am seeing a FS which we started doing after our 2nd loss as I thought 2 losses was too many, but I may consider looking for someone who specialises in recurrent m/c. Any one know any one?

    Anyone else know of any more testing I could do??

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    have you had your bloods checked for sugar levels and scans done on your ovaries to see how many follicles you are producing? i am only saying this as currently experiencing my 2nd m/c and i am seeing a specialist at a public hosp who specialises in recurrent m/c. i have been diagnosed with blood clotting syndrome, but she states that early m/c were prob not caused by this syndrome, as that would be later, more the 8-12 week mark. i was about to start clexane injections and baby aspirin but began bleeding (threatened m/c) but found bubs & heartbeat, so lived in hope.

    She is now wondering if my slightly high sugar levels even with fasting could be a factor and is recommending metmorfin next time, and also wants to scan my ovaries next week, as is wondering that even though my periods are regular, that perhaps i have slight PCOS, which she said during pregnancy can affect your hormones still and cause m/c.

    Basically sometimes they just dont know why we keep m/c and it's a matter of just luck too i think sometimes. I hope that you atleast fall preggers early which is a good thing, my conceptions are all over the shop, what from first try with DD, to 5 months, to this one being 7 months of TTC. now it's just a matter of holding onto a sticky bubs.

    A friend of mine had her hubby tested after 3 m/c and he has a chromosomal issue, where their latest daughter was born with mild turners syndrome, so you should think about getting hubby tested too, as they believe that this was the reason for her m/c, as most turners babies dont even make it through gestation period. so they arent gonna have any more kids now.

    All i can say is i know this sucks real bad for you and i really hope you find a specialist (ask your doc, they should know one) who can get to the bottom of this and assist you to have a successful pregnancy.

    here for you xxx

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    Thanks merri berri, Thanks for your info. I will add a sugar level test to my list of already googled tests. DP and I have had a chromosome test and that came back fine. My periods are fairly regular 28 - 30 days and I have had heaps of scans done regarding ovulation and no one has mentioned anything out of the ordinary, I seem to ovulate regularly. The only odd thing is I get premenstrual spotting starting at 10dpo, alot of drs have discarded this and have said it's completely normal but I have always thought otherwise. I convinced my FS for progesterone support in my TWW and the spotting has eased but not completely, so I will mention that to him when I see him next week. I haven't miscarried yet as I am on pessaries but I am just waiting for my BT results to confirm what I already suspect and then things will get moving

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    Cherished - Go to Dr Greg Emerson in Spring Hill if you can. His qualifications are:
    • MBChB – Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery
    • DipObs – Diploma of Obstetrics
    • DipDHM – Diploma of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine
    • FACEM – Fellow of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine
    • FACNEM – Fellow of the Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine
    He specialises in "finding the cause" and honestly, after benign tumor on my ovary, losing a fellopian tube, 2 miscarriages, a threatened miscarriage and high risk pregnancy resulting in a healthy baby (but I had to have a c/s and my placenta broke into pieces) and PND for 18 months and thousands of $$ spent on doctor's visits and specialists and psychologists and getting tests done, he is the only person who did the right tests to find the causes of this (all interlinked). He spent 1.5 hours with me in my first consultation, asking a whole heap of questions on my health and history and ran blood tests and urine tests for a far broader investigation into the problem.

    The issues that were found were low zinc, low B6, high copper, critically low iodine. No one else even tested for these things. I researched it and these factors are definately all linked to miscarriage. I may never know the exact cause of my miscarriages but I sure know there is correlation in all these factors that would explain why I could fall pregnant easily but had difficulties carrying my babies and felt like a zombie with my hair falling out for 18 months after pregnancy.

    I corrected the biochemical causes with a custom vitamin/mineral that was prescribed to address these deficiencies and now I am happy, healthy, energetic, my hair and nails are growing and I am confident that my body is going to be in its best condition for carrying another baby to full-term. Honestly, it changed my life and it is heartening to know that there is someone out there who won't just dismiss your concerns or give you the old '1 in 3 pregnancies end in miscarriage' or treat symptoms rather than addressing causes.

    Never give up looking for answers when it comes to your health. I wish you all the best with this pregnancy and beyond
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    Dr Greg sounds divine!!!!

    Can I ask how much $$$ I would be looking at to see him?

    I've had one healthy son 5 years ago - no problems at all.

    Last year, however, I had 2 miscarriages....



    Quote Originally Posted by MMelissa View Post
    Cherished - Go to Dr Greg Emerson in Spring Hill if you can. His qualifications are:
    • MBChB – Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery
    • DipObs – Diploma of Obstetrics
    • DipDHM – Diploma of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine
    • FACEM – Fellow of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine
    • FACNEM – Fellow of the Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine
    He specialises in "finding the cause" and honestly, after benign tumor on my ovary, losing a fellopian tube, 2 miscarriages, a threatened miscarriage and high risk pregnancy resulting in a healthy baby (but I had to have a c/s and my placenta broke into pieces) and PND for 18 months and thousands of $$ spent on doctor's visits and specialists and psychologists and getting tests done, he is the only person who did the right tests to find the causes of this (all interlinked). He spent 1.5 hours with me in my first consultation, asking a whole heap of questions on my health and history and ran blood tests and urine tests for a far broader investigation into the problem.

    The issues that were found were low zinc, low B6, high copper, critically low iodine. No one else even tested for these things. I researched it and these factors are definately all linked to miscarriage. I may never know the exact cause of my miscarriages but I sure know there is correlation in all these factors that would explain why I could fall pregnant easily but had difficulties carrying my babies and felt like a zombie with my hair falling out for 18 months after pregnancy.

    I corrected the biochemical causes with a custom vitamin/mineral that was prescribed to address these deficiencies and now I am happy, healthy, energetic, my hair and nails are growing and I am confident that my body is going to be in its best condition for carrying another baby to full-term. Honestly, it changed my life and it is heartening to know that there is someone out there who won't just dismiss your concerns or give you the old '1 in 3 pregnancies end in miscarriage' or treat symptoms rather than addressing causes.

    Never give up looking for answers when it comes to your health. I wish you all the best with this pregnancy and beyond


 

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