Pregnant or Something Else?

Patient

Q: For the past couple weeks, I have felt really weird. I wake up in the middle of the night with nausea, almost every night. On occasion, I have nausea during the day as well. I've had back pains, tender breasts, and just recently- diarrhea. I've also had stomach cramps (sometimes very intense), but no sign of a period. My period is not due until at least the 29th of August. I have very irregular cycles. I took a pregnancy test yesterday, but it came back negative. Could I be pregnant or are these symptoms of something else?

Symptoms:  Cramps before period, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, back pain, tender breasts
Doctor

A:   Pregnancy symptoms are quite non-specific and a lot of other illnesses such as viral illness, gastroenteritis etc mimic these symptoms.
A urine pregnancy test is based on the principle of detecting the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone secreted by the cytotrophoblastic cells of the growing baby. This hormone is detected in the blood as early as 8 - 9 days post ovulation and in the urine around the time of your expected periods. This is because the urine based tests will detect a pregnancy only after the hCG levels are atleast 100 mIU/ml.
It would be a good idea to take the urine test again if you have missed your periods to be sure of the results.

Related Q&A

Q: I rubbed my penis over my girlfriend's vagina. I did not ejaculate. It was covered in pre-ejaculate though and I had ...

Q: Hi I'm a 17 year old female and two weeks ago I started taking the contraceptive pill. Unfortunately I wasn't infor...

Q: If I my girlfriend and I were grinding naked during ovulation or the day before and I had Precum on my finger and fin...

Q: Had sex on day 14/15 of my cycle which is usually 27/28 days. We used a condom but it broke . He wasn't near ejacula...

Q: I had a 3 day bleeding with cramps, which was different from my usual period, 27 days after having had unprotected se...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews