RA and conceiving

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forevernever
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   Posted 9/29/2009 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I am 23 and will be married this year. Last October, I was diagnosed of having RA. I plan to check some therapies/exercises to help me with RA. Are there any reports of women with RA not being able to conceive? Any info?

momto3
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   Posted 9/29/2009 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had this discussion with my rheumy and there are no issues with RA itself that he is aware of, however it is more of a case of the medications that must be stopped before you begin TTC.  Especially Methotrexate (at least 3 months prior) as well as some of the others, and I know that Arava, you must wait at least 2 years or there is an injection that can rid your system of it, if you are wanting to become pregnant before the two years expires.
 
Best wishes!
 
 

knowitallyou
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   Posted 9/29/2009 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
There shouldn’t be any problem with that. I’d talk to my doctor about being pregnant and taking ultram, though. It’s a strong pain reliever so I’m not sure if this is going to be ok with the baby. All the best!

missyo
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   Posted 10/20/2009 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey,
Just wanted to give you hope.  I was diagnosed w/RA when I was 13 (now 50).  My disease disappeared as fast as it started when I was about 35 yrs old.  I was on gold injections, steroid injections, mass doses of asprin and other things I don't remember.  Finally I started falling apart on the outside from the drugs.  My Rheumatologist weaned me off meds onto Methotrexate which is the last medication I took for RA.  I became pregnant when I was 22 and my dr advised me to stay on all meds, however I felt great with no signs of RA during the 9 mo pregnancy which was normal and I had a healthy baby girl.   They wanted to run all sorts of tests on her when she was born to see how the meds might have effected her but her father & I said no.  I hope your arthritis stops also.  I have no problems w/RA now.  I have epilepsy now, but that is not as bad as RA, the meds for e. are not as bad for you as the meds for RA.  God has been good to me.  There is a verse in Psalm that says "It is good for me that I have been afflicted that I might learn your statutes."  That's how I feel.  Also, I've become more compassionate and able to help more people. 
Melissa


momto3
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   Posted 10/21/2009 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Melissa...you took Methotrexate while pregnant?

missyo
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   Posted 10/21/2009 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
No, I took gold injections and steroids while pregnant. Later on way after my pregnancy my doctor took me off the gold injections (other wise known as myochrisine inj) I don't think this is even used as a treatment any longer thank God, it is very painful shot). Then is was put on Methotrexate. That is the last drug I ever took for RA.  Sorry for the confusion.


Melissa

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