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What is the first major sign of ectopic pregnancies, how intense is the shoulder pain and what week does the shoulder pain usually start.

What is the first major sign of ectopic pregnancies, how intense is the shoulder  pain and what week does the shoulder pain usually start.

Don't use symptoms: If you've had a positive test, most ectopics are pretty silent until about the 5th week at the earliest. Are you at risk for ectopic? If so and you are pregnant see a doctor asap, do not wait for symptoms. By the time you have significant shoulder pain you are already in deep trouble. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Is there always bleeding associated with an ectopic pregnancy or can cramps, back, shoulder pain be the only indicators?

Is there always bleeding associated with an ectopic pregnancy or can cramps, back, shoulder pain be the only indicators?

Yes: Not all ectopic pregnancy will have vaginal bleeding. Depends on the size of gestational sac many ectopic pregnancy may only have pelvid pain or cramping. Check hCG and progesterone level, and pelvic ultrasound will help you diagnose the early ectopic pregnancy. ...Read more

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I have seldom mild stomach cramps & I have seldom shoulder pain but no bleeding. Are those symptom of ectopic pregnancy?

I have seldom mild stomach cramps & I have seldom shoulder pain but no bleeding. Are those symptom of ectopic pregnancy?

Probably not: If, by "stomach cramping", you are referring to the upper part of your stomach, then if you are having simultaneous shoulder pain which is NON-positional (does not hurt more in the shoulder when you move your arm), then this implies that something may be irritating your diaphragm. One common cause is pain from gallstones. Ectopic is a possibility, but usually causes CONSTANT LOWER abdominal pain ...Read more

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How long does shoulder pain last after laparoscopic surgery? I had a lap for an ectopic pregnancy yesterday and I am feeling a lot of pain in my shoulder. I think it may be from the intraabdominal gas they use to blow up the belly during surgery. How lo

Varies: The gas pain will go away quickly in most cases. The specific time will depend on a number of factors including how long was the surgery, what was done during the surgery, how heavy is the patient, how quickly can the patient be up and ambulating, etc. It can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days. ...Read more

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Could I have an ectopic pregnancy if no pain?

Yes: If you have missed a period than ectopic pregnancy is a possibility. The pain of the condition may only start when the fallopian tube is "stretched" enough to be symptomatic prior to rupture. ...Read more

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Where would I have pain during ectopic pregnancy?

Where would I have pain during ectopic pregnancy?

Pelvic area: An ectopic pregnancy will usually cause pain in the pelvis and usually on either the left or right side, although sometimes in the middle. However, it depends on your anatomy, so if you are having abdominal pain and abnormal vaginal bleeding, be seen as an ectopic pregnancy is a serious problem. ...Read more

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Is ectopic pregnancy pain constant or once in a while?

Either: It is normal to feel cramping as if you may start your period during early pregnancy. Pain from an ectopic pregnancy is usually one side or the other and can be constant or come and go. The pain will usually worsen over time. Their are other causes of pelvic pain during pregnancy but any pain that is persistent or getting worse needs to be evaluated to be sure that it is not an ectopic preg. ...Read more

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When does pain start in an ectopic pregnancy?

Varies: Pain can start with an ectopic pregnancy only a few days after a missed period up to 4 weeks after. If you are pregnant and have pelvic pain you should see an ob/gyn to do an ultrasound to make sure your pregnancy is within the uterus. ...Read more

Dr. Gerard Honore
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