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April 5th, 2010, 10:02 AM
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I'm totally freaking out! Last week I had some blood work done to test for chromosomal abnormalities and my doc called this morning and said it came back as showing an increased risk for down's or another chromosomal abnormality. She didn't say how increased my risk was and I was freaking out too much to think to ask. I called back and left a message for her to call me again but in the mean time I can't stop crying. The office is supposed to call me at some point today and schedule me to see a specialist who will do a high level u/s and talk to me about other tests like an amnio if neccessary. I know I should try to relax because it only showed an increased risk and I won't really know anything until I have more tests done but this is so scary. The thought that somehting could be wrong with my baby is the worst feeling ever. I really hope they get me in to see the specialist really soon because waiting is going to be absolute torture.
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April 5th, 2010, 10:06 AM
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I'm so sorry you are going through this. I will be praying that you get great news and baby is perfectly healthy. I'm not going to tell you not to worry because I know that is not possible.
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April 5th, 2010, 10:17 AM
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I have known a few friends who had false positives after their second trimester blood screen (the AFP test). Do you know if this was what test your doctor was referring to? If so, I've also heard that if you get the test done closer to 15 weeks instead of past 16 weeks, it increases the risk for a false positive. Also, are you older? I think the chance for false positives also increases as you get older.

Sorry you're having to go through this, I'm hoping it is nothing serious.
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April 5th, 2010, 10:19 AM
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That was the test I had and I was 15 weeks at the time. I'm only 27.
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April 5th, 2010, 10:22 AM
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Erin, my doctor told me specifically that she wanted me to wait until I was past 16 weeks because she's seen way too many false positives when the blood screen was done closer to 15 weeks...even though technically the test says to be done anytime after 15 weeks, she says never before 16. Hopefully that's all it is. Sending you T&P.
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April 5th, 2010, 10:23 AM
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OH, Erin! This is one of my biggest fears because I'm 37. I totally would be freaking as well, so I am not going to tell you not to. I do agree, though, that it may have been conducted a little too early and that does increase chances for false positives.

I hope you can get in for the Level II u/s soon, but again, for that to be most accurate, they like to do it at 18 weeks to see the true development of the heart, spine, liver and so forth. I hate that you are in this boat and I wish you would get some reassurance that your baby is perfectly fine and healthy soon.

I've got my blood draw today and hopefully will have the results at the end of the week. I'm so nervous for it.
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April 5th, 2010, 10:35 AM
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Thanks for the thoughts and prayers ladies! I just got off the phone with my dr. and she said the normal risk for someone my age is 1/930 and my risk is 1/130 but that the test is only 70% accurate to begin with. I guess I just have to wait and see how it goes at the u/s. I'm really trying to remain possitive and calm but it's pretty hard.
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April 5th, 2010, 10:40 AM
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Erin, TRY not to freak. I skipped these tests because of how often I hear they come back false positive....just breath and take it minute by minute until you hear more!!!
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April 5th, 2010, 10:51 AM
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I have also heard how often they are wrong, even though I did have the tests with both pregnancies, too. I know it is so scary, and I won't tell you not to worry, but more often than not everything turns out ok. Big hugs!!
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April 5th, 2010, 11:52 AM
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My doctor doesn't recommend these until after 22 weeks I believe. He did ask me at my last appointment if I wanted to do it this time because I declined last time. If they see no issues at my next U/S I see no reason to bother with it and will most likely skip it again because of the large amounts of false positives they get with the tests and usually they can pick up any potential issues on the U/S.
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April 5th, 2010, 12:00 PM
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Erin, I know EXACTLTY what you are going thru. I received very similar results three weeks ago and have been soo worried ever since. My AFP blood draw was performed at 15 weeks as well.
The good news is I went in today for my Level II u/s and baby looks great with no markers for Downs Unfortunately a great u/s doesn't rule out the possibility but our odds are much better now and I'm okay with that.....just didn't feel the need to go the amnio route.
I hate you have to go thru the wait like I did......I will keep my fingers crossed for you and hope everything goes well.
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April 5th, 2010, 12:40 PM
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I decided to skip those tests because of the huge risk of false positives. I wouldn't worry at all. You're very young, and the chances of your baby having Downs is very small.
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April 5th, 2010, 12:54 PM
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I had the same thing happen to me when I was pregnant with my son. I was 17 years old. I went and saw a specialist and everything. My son was born healthy and happy with nothing wrong with him. I understand the freaking out, it's just normal and I did the same thing. Praying for you and the baby!
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April 5th, 2010, 01:08 PM
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I agree with the other posts - its hard for us to tell you not to freak out or not to worry - b/c we would be doing the same thing. (Or at least I would).

Did you happen to have the 1st trimester screen done - the ultrasound paired with the blood screen that measures two pregnancy related hormones: hCG and PAPP-A? I know they say that screen is VERY accurate - even compared to the 2nd trimester screen.

Hopefully your Dr. can get you set up with a level II ultrasound soon...and you will report back that it was just a scare.

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April 5th, 2010, 03:37 PM
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I'm sorry Erin that you have to think about all this. Sending you lots of positive thoughts.
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April 5th, 2010, 03:45 PM
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I am sorry that u are living this, I hope that it is a false postive and you find out soon through u/s that your chances decrease.

i will not say don't worry cus i would be a hypocrite
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April 5th, 2010, 04:00 PM
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Thanks for all the support ladies! It's been such a horrible day and to make it worse my dr office didn't call to schedule the level II u/s like my dr. said they would. So I don't even know how long I'm going to have to wait to find something out. They better call me first thing in the morning or I am going to be calling them and I'm not going to be in a good mood either. This is stressful enough without waiting by the phone for them to call and let me know when I can get some answers. I'm trying my hardest not to stress about this but I'm failing miserably. I worry too much anyway even without something to worry about.
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April 5th, 2010, 04:29 PM
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I'm sorry you are going through this. I've heard of so many false postives with this test. I hope everything comes back clear on your u/s!
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April 5th, 2010, 04:36 PM
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I am sorry this got you so worried. I would be worried too. The good news is that a lot of people mention the false positives and you are young. Lets cross our fingers and hope for the best. Hugs ..
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April 5th, 2010, 04:38 PM
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Erin, I'm really sorry you are having to stress over this. I hope they can get you in to have the level II U/S soon. I wonder when they will do that for you? I have mine on Wednesday and will be 18w5d then. Not sure when is best though if there are concerns. Mine is b/c I'm "high risk" due to my age.

I'll be thinking about you and praying that you get some answers soon.
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