that's good to know. thanks! I'm not planning on having any more, but since I no longer can take birth control, it's always on my mind.
I wonder what category Plaquinil is.
Thanks for the update!
Plaquenil is Category C, as are Remicade, and some of the other DMARDS. Not recommended for pregnancy. You can look up just about any drug at safefetus.com.
Okay, I have 2 kids....PCP said "don't have any more due to your health issues," I made the decision last year after another round of illnesses that, 'yup - I AM DONE with having kids - there positively will not be a #3." Now, I haven't been able to take birth control in over 1 1/2 years - however, my 'methods' so far, have not let me down. But, I do get concerned every now and again......since my "time" over the last 1 1/2 years have ranged from 21-36 days...the last few months have been almost 4 weeks to the day exactly. However, this past month, my indicators told me I was going to be early and therefore, I did not continue practicing safety once I felt I was "safe" (as I usually do.) This coming Monday would be 4 weeks - so, early I was not (well, not as early as I thought I'd be - which would have been this past Tue/Wed.)
Anyway, I take a look on the web to check out the medication levels for educational/reminder purposes and, as one would say, 'one thing led to another' and I played with a pregnancy calculater as if this month there was a "whoops" as my aunt would say. It said that conception date would have been a 'day in question' for me if my 'method' steered me wrong.
Is that a freaky coincidence or should I be worried? I really wasn't worried this month - I hadn't thought much of it, but last night I had a strange dream about some friend who wasn't feeling well and I asked her a bunch of questions and said, "isn't it obvious? you are pregnant!" So, it got me thinking. So, since I've been so darn tired this week (rain, I assume, fatigue hit during the last storm) I decided to pull out the b complex vitamins (folic acid) this morning.
It sounds as if you're really upset! If you're worried about being pregnant and your medications and it's too early to test, why don't you give your doctor a call? My rheumatologist told me that if I got pregnant on most of these drugs, including Plaquenil, then it wouldn't be that big a deal, but I would have to stop taking the drugs. Methotrexate and Imuran are the only ones that require birth control--because, at least Methotrexate, is actually used to induce abortion. Not sure about Imuran. In any case, I think a call to your doctor is warranted. I have had many months where my PMS symptoms misled me to into thinking I was pregnant, only to start my period within the week.
The good news is that if you are pregnant, don't studies show that RA goes into remission? Or do you have something else w/inflammatory arthritis?
Post Edited (CaMama) : 3/18/2006 9:20:43 AM (GMT-7)
Praise the Heavens above! The ballot's not completely in, but it appears I might actually know what I'm doing in regards to birth control and doing it right...
Regardless, I'm calling the gyno on Monday and discussing options that will not worsen my health. Two scares in 6 months is more than I can handle! I've finally accepted the fact I was stopping at 2 (which was difficult initself), I don't need any more surprises or stress!
Thanks for listening.
Craig, you live in Durango, CO? I lived in CO for 3 years while I went to school. Lived in Fort Collins, but visited Durango, which is beautiful. Me and my husband miss CO a great deal. Would love to move back out there, but we have family to consider.
Ducky, from my experience with CO, you would probably not have that many problems. It does get cold, but it's a very dry cold. For me, anyway, it's the wet cold that we have on the east coast that really seeps into your bones and makes arthritis a lot worse. I had no problems in CO, and actually considered it a much warmer state than where I currently reside (MD).
I've heard about the 'dry' cold up there...the 2 times we camped there (in the snow one of the times) I felt just fine, but I contributed it to the elevation and the fact I was on Remicade both times.
It's been a damp cold (and rainy), and that's been really wiping me out and hurting me. I don't know if this is related or not - but I've had some strange sciatic nerve pain going since Friday as well (part of what was freking me out on the pregnancy scare as that was the only time I had severe sciatic pain.)
On the baby thought - I just caught a really cool documentary by National Geographic about the growth of a fetus in the womb....I think it was called Inside the Womb....or was it Exploring? I don't know, it had a lot of new "facts" I never heard before about the external effects on a fetus.
Craig, good to hear from you - glad you are still doing well!!!!!!! Keep posting.