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12 weeks post partum. I have extreme chills. Temp is normal. Feels like my blood is ice cold. Infection?
Could be: Look out for possible sources of an infection: sinus pain, sore throat, productive cough, diarrhea, low pelvic/uterine pain, foul smelling vaginal discharge, breast pain/redness, burning with urination or peeing frequently. Are you around others that are ill? Breastfeeding? If not, you may be just starting to come down with something. Hormone changes, especially thyroid can also do this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Would inflammatory markers and infection markers in blood tests usually be raised with post Partum endomitritis infection?
Treatable!: Infection after delivery is more common than we think. If you had prolonged rupture of membranes, instrument/forcep delivery, etc, you may experience puerperal sepsis. Typically, an immunocompetent person can fight off infection and a course of antibiotics can help treat off infection if needed. It is better to treat earlier than later! ...Read more
Watch out!: This is a medical emergency. The mother is at significant risk for significantly harming or killing the infant or herself. This is usually rapid onset, usually within 2-4 weeks, but can be as early as 2-3 days. Early warning signs include: inability to sleep for several nights, agitation, irritable mood, and avoidance of the infant. Any thoughts of hurting herself should be considered serious. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Puerperal psychosis occurs in 1 or 2 out of 1000 childbirths, usually in young, first-time mothers. This might seem like a pretty significant group, but compared to other postpartum disorders it's relatively rare. Maternity blues affects 50-75% of new mothers and postpartum depression is seen in 10-15% of new mothers. These women likely have other mood disorders like bipolar. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My friend is suffering from puerperal psychosis and has been prescribed some drug. Is that all they will do?
Medications: Puerperal psychosis is a psychiatric emergency that often requires inpatient treatment. Symptoms are typically manic or mixed, with restlessness, agitation, sleep disturbance, paranoia, delusions, disorganized thinking, impulsivity, and behaviors that place mother and infant at risk. Antipsychotic and possibly mood-stabilizing medicines are needed; later treatment can include more psychotherapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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