Ugh, guys. I could use a break.
A few nights ago I woke up around 3am to the most intense itching sensation in my hands that I have ever felt (really, anywhere). And then the itching spread, from my arms to my belly to my legs and finally my feet. I was up all night and no amount of itching I did seemed to make any difference. I didn't (and still don't) have a rash, so it didn't occur to me that it might be an actual problem.
But it kept up the next day (although the all-over itching wasn't as bad) and my hands were still crazy itchy so I called the clinic, and one of the providers had me come in for some blood work to check her suspicions that I might have something called cholestasis of pregnancy. It's a liver/gallbladder (more gallbladder, I guess?) function problem that involves bile acid building up in the blood, causing really bad itching all over (but mostly in the hands and feet).
And do I ever itch. Jesus christ, even my ears itch. The thing is, it's not all the time (except for the bottoms of my feet. I would really love to just get some sandpaper to line my socks with and walk around with it ALL DAY) - in fact, I had a lull today where I hardly had any itching, and I thought, yay! Maybe it was all in my head, or a reaction to something! Nope. Came back this afternoon with a vengeance. My left arm, my right thigh, my neck, and my scalp are all raw. I'm trying not to scratch, but it's really, really difficult. I'm having a tough time sleeping, too, because the itching gets really bad at night, and there's just not much I can do to relieve it. The doc gave me an antihistamine, which really doesn't help the itching but does help me sleep for a few hours, so there's that.
Other than the itching, there's no real risk to me, but there is a risk of health problems for the baby which is why, if it is what I have (maybe it's not!), I'd like to start getting treated for it. Unfortunately, the bile acid test isn't something they do in house so they had to send it out, so it may take a little while. My providers have been very nice and proactive, though, and I have a follow-up appointment coming up, so we'll deal with it then (if I don't break down and beg for relief before then). It may also involve delivering the baby a few weeks early, but I'm not worrying about that yet since we don't even know if I have the disorder.
Just...please god let the itching go away soon. Please. The Hubs is gone and I have a kid to take care of and schoolwork to do, and I'm so tired and uncomfortable. Please, please let it go away.
Please, body, just work the way you are supposed to. Please.
March 13th, 2013