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12 weeks post partum. I have extreme chills. Temp is normal. Feels like my blood is ice cold. Infection?

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 more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Infection (Definition)

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


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Would inflammatory markers and infection markers in blood tests usually be raised with post Partum endomitritis infection?

Would inflammatory markers and infection markers in blood tests usually be raised with post Partum endomitritis infection?

Probably: Probably but a doctor would not usually make the diagnosis of endometritis in this way. Typically the diagnosis is made by taking a patient history, a pelvic exam and the presence of fever in the postpartum time. Other tests can be supportive of the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is puerperal psychosis?

What is puerperal psychosis?

Puerperal psychosis: Psychosis following labor/delivery, in susceptible women such as those with history of emotional problems. ...Read more

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How can I treat puerperal psychosis?

How can I treat puerperal psychosis?

Psychiatrist: Any psychosis is potentially dangerous to the individual and those around him/her. Get to a mental health provider for psychotherapy (and possibly medication) as soon as possible. ...Read more

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How do you cope with puerperal psychosis?

How do you cope with puerperal psychosis?

The idea is not: To simply cope with it, but to be actively treated for it with a combination of medication and therapy. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get puerperal psychosis?

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 more

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What are the symptoms of puerperal psychosis?

What are the symptoms of puerperal psychosis?

Needs treatment!: Symptoms, usually developing during the first 3 postpartum weeks (as soon as 1 to 2 days after childbirth), include: feeling removed from baby, other people, and surroundings. disturbed sleep, even when baby sleeping,  confused and disorganized thinking, mood swings and bizarre behavior,  agitation or restlessness,  hallucinations, often involving sight, smell, hearing, or touch, delusional thinking. ...Read more

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Have you ever cured with puerperal psychosis?

Have you ever cured with puerperal psychosis?

YES!: Puerperal psychosis is unfortunately not all that rare and goes under-reported and unrecognized in the vast majority of cases. Family support and loving relationship with your husband/partner should help diagnose and manage this dire psychiatric pathology before any harm to the family/others. Proper medical therapy can manage the vast majority of these cases and complete remission can be achieved. ...Read more

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Does puerperal psychosis usually cause many symptoms?

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 more

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What is the definition or description of: puerperal psychosis?

What is the definition or description of: puerperal psychosis?

Puerperal Psychosis: Also called postpartum psychosis, is having psychotic symptoms following childbirth. Most common is sudden onset of irritability, extreme mood swings & hallucinations. With proper treatment, symptoms resolve within weeks. ...Read more

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