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   Posted 2/22/2008 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone out there have an amniocentesis?  I'm 31 and my AFP came back abnormal.  I'm a little freaked out but I know these things have a high false positive rate.  What should I expect for the amniocentesis procedure?  Do they give local anesthesia?  Is the pain tolerable....
Thanks in advance!

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   Posted 2/23/2008 12:24 AM (GMT -6)   

I know what your feeling, it sucks.  I was 32 when my afp came back abnormal, yes a very high false positive rate.  My feeling is they shouldn't even use it.

Amnio was not bad (limited pain) the needle is large and you feel pressure, but not a lot of pain.  It hurts when it first goes in, then you feel pressure and then nothing.

They do have a test that they can do along with the amnio that is 98% I think it's called a FISH test, ask about it.  You get the results back in 3 days.  Amnio can take 2 weeks.

I wish you all the best.




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   Posted 2/23/2008 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I had an amnio when I got a false positive as well.  I was worried but when the doctor performed the test he did an extensive ultrasound and told me that he was 99% sure everything was fine. Waiting the 2 weeks was just a formality.  I don't remember if they give anesthesia.  It was uncomfortable but not a tremendous amount of pain.  No worse really than having all the blood work.  Definitely not as bad as I expected.  Good luck to you.  I'm sure everything will be fine.

Leslie, 30~ left-sided UC diagnosed in 1999
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nightly rowasa (as needed)
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   Posted 2/23/2008 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Same with me. My ultrasound came back abnormal. The DR's felt that my baby might have had a disease where the head was growing faster than the torso. The thought was that the baby once it was born would be severely retarded, and would die shortly after it's birth. My baby is now a normal, healthy, happy 20 year old young woman. It's a pretty painless procedure. Try not to worry too much. Sometimes these tests are more worry than there worth. Thoughts and prayers are being sent your way. :) Take care.

Female 45 years old.
Diagnosed with UC since 1994 Lower left side
Currently taking a multi vitamin and Asacol 3 tabs 3 x's a day.
Tried: Probiotics, Fish oil, Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocortisone Enemas, Sulfasalazine

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   Posted 2/23/2008 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement.
It has really helped me a lot.
I'll keep you all posted!


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   Posted 2/23/2008 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I had one due to my age at pregnancy ( 15 yrs ago) and I did have an local .....yes I felt pressure but not too bad

The worst part for me was the waiting and at that time it took 3 weeks to hear the results
Happy to say I have a healthy and beautiful baby ( well teen now ) and all is good

I wish you all the best ........LYN
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