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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Menstruation and Miscarriage
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User :   I am currently 9 - 10 weeks past my last period. My periods have never been on a 28 day cycle usually 7 weeks apart at the latest. In 2007 I had a tubal ligation after the birth of my last child via c-section. For the past 4 weeks I have been experiencing several symptoms: Sickness (for 1 week), lower back pain (off and on for 4 weeks ranging from minor pain to fairly moderate pain), cramping (like menstural cramps off and on for 4 weeks), mood swings, headaches, and fatigue, bloating, and minor weight gain. I did take a home pregnancy test 3 weeks of go for fear of a tubal pregnancy but it came back w/ a quick negative. I've been told that this could be PMS but is it possible to have PMS symptoms for over a month? My medical history consists of anemia, irregular menstrual cycles, c-section, and tubal ligation. Thank you for any help you can give me. It is very much appreciated!
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User :   okay..thank you
Doctor :   here to confirm pregnancy, a blood test for HCG levels can be done to give a correct opinion
Doctor :   PMS symptoms usually do not last for a longer duration
User :   what are my chances of being pregnant w/ a tubal ligation?
Doctor :   in case u r pregnant, these symptoms co relate to morning sickness
Doctor :   tubal ligation is 99% effective , if done by a experienced surgeon
Doctor :   the chances of failure is very less
User :   could the symptoms I am having point to anything other than pregnancy?
Doctor :   yes
User :   could you give me an example?
Doctor :   it could be due to endometriosis,
User :   okay...what about ovarian cysts?
Doctor :   ovarian cysts could be a possibility, too,
Doctor :   but they do not present with pain, nausea etc
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