Just found out I'm pregnant, VERY worried

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   Posted 8/5/2008 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone, I read posts here on a regular basis and post occasionally.  My husband and I were trying to get pregnant for about a year and a half BEFORE I got sick, hurt or whatever you want to call it.  I just found out this morning I'm pregnant according to a home pregnancy test.  I know I am because first test was negative but I was late and had many symptoms and just knew.  So I thought I was crazy for about a week and then said no this is just not right I have to be pregnant, so 2nd test was positive.  This means I am about 6 weeks pregnant.  I have 3 other children (Previous marriage) oldest 15 youngest 12. 
I feel horrible of course all the classic early symptoms.  My husband and I really want to have a baby but at the same time I'm terrified because of my medical issues and medications I'm taking and took before I knew I was pregnant.  I'm not sure what to do, I can't see obgyn for 2 weeks, and I'm waiting for calls back from pain management and my general doctor to see what they want me to do.  If I stop taking medications cold turkey I'll go through withdrawl, will that hurt the baby?  If I don't stop taking all my medications, they could and probably will hurt the baby....
I also feel how am I going to get through this, nine months no medications when I'm in so much pain.  Has this happened to anyone here?  Anyone have an ideas, thoughts?  I'm debating whether to take my patch off right now or not.  I just feel really anxious like the longer I keep the patch on the worse it is for baby, but I just found out I'm pregnant today!
2002 Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Plantar fasciitis, Migraines / Daily Headaches, 2005 Gastric Bypass surgery (200 lb weight loss), 2006 Hernia repair (due to wls), one week later complications and an emergency surgery Bowel obstruction, March 2008 another Hernia repair, chronic back and leg pain all over muscle pain (doctors say it's related to fast weight loss and loss of laxity in muscles etc, Nerve damage / pain in back legs and arms / hands, herniated discs and spinal stenosis in lower back, high blood pressure, anemia, constant throbbing/rushing/heartbeat sound in right ear(doctors have no idea what this is), anxiety and depression most likely related to chronic pain.

Have been on so many different medications! Currently 75mg Fentaynal patch, 600mgs Neurontin 3xday, Immitrex as needed, Avapro, Prozac 80 mgs, percocet for break through pain as needed, Skelaxin as needed, Zanaflex (at night to sleep and muscle Relaxer)

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   Posted 8/5/2008 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Could you call your OB with the question & ask her what she thinks you should do?
This really sounds like a question for the experts. A friend of mine's wife had a similar situation 2 years ago. She had to have extra visits to her doctor & she was carefully watched during the final months of her pregnancy. It was not especially easy for her to go through, but she had a healthy baby boy and everything did work out in the end.

Also, maybe you could get in to see a nurse or P.A. at your OB's office sooner. At least that way they can follow your vitals, run all the blood work, etc. to make sure things go as smoothly as possible.

Best wishes & congratulations on your pregnancy!

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   Posted 8/5/2008 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I've not been in your situation, but I would hope at least one of your doc's calls you back to let you know just what to do about your medications. I'm not sure which ones woud be harmful, and certainly quick withdrawal could be just as harmful or maybe more. You need medical help to detox if that's necessary.

Try to take a few breaths and calm a bit and wait for a return call. If you don't get one I'd keep trying. Also, the OB/.GYN's office and/or your pharmacy might be able to tell you what's most harmful to the fetus at this early stage. You probably need to put all the pieces of the puzzle together with the pm doc and ob providing the most guidance.

You can't do anything about the medication you've taken to this point. That's over and done, so try not to obsess about it. You're being proactive about what you can control and that's good. After you get some initial information about what to do in the immediate future re: your meds, then you can begin to look at how to manage your pain through the pregnancy. Certainly it might be trying every non-pharmaceutical option out there - maybe even acupuncture, massage (pregnancy massage - some massage therapists have special tables), deep relaxation, etc. Hopefully others will be along who have been through this and can add more.

Wishing you the best possible outcome!


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   Posted 8/5/2008 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Try not to worry. Hopefully u will hear from one of the doctors....Even if you can't get in with your OB, your OB can still call you to discuss it ....call them back and leave a message for a call back from him/her.

My second pg, was a "pain" pregnancy. I was not on meds since we knew we were ttc using injectables/iui. I was told to try to wait til the second tri to start pain meds if needed...I had a flare of my UC and my arthritis, so i went on prednisone rather than percocet. By the 2T i did need to use percocet for my foot pain, but only on an as needed basis. I had extra u/s to make sure baby was ok.

GL, hope you hear from ur docs soon...
2003, dx moderate UC
2000, dx selective IGA deficiency w/ anti IGA antibodies
2000, dx Antipholipid Antibody Syndrome
1999-current, chronic hemmoragic ovarian cysts, w/ partial ovary removal
1977, complete reconstruction of foot after lawnmower accident (chronic pain)
6mp 75mg, prednisone 40mg (just starting meds again)
percocet 5mg 3x day
potassium 3x day

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   Posted 8/5/2008 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi hopeless,

I agree...try to relax. Your prime concern is keeping you calm and in the best health you can for your baby. And Congratulations! This is wonderful news. If you can't get hold of your primary care doc or someone who will talk to you about your meds, at least talk to your pharmacist. Maybe they can get thru to your doc! Be pushy. You are the only one who can advocate for this tiny life inside of you.

Keep us posted,
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tom inpain
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   Posted 8/6/2008 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
`Hi Hopeless: One of God's miracles having a baby. I have a dear friend that developed carpel tunnel in one wrist had a failed surgery and RSD set it's ugly hand  into Her's.  She too expressed the same feeling and fears as You. Just the other day She bought her "twins" over to play in our Funny Farm. Other than the same complaints related to RSD she proudly states how the children give Her the will to face the pain  of life everyday !!  My prayers are with You ! Tom

Tom Lasko

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   Posted 8/6/2008 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hopeless - I'll be honest I haven't read the other replies, I'm kind of in a hurry but I had to respond. My husband and I have had trouble for 7 years getting pregnant, and finally my hormones are allowing female things to happen correctly. I've done a lot of research here lately trying to find the good, bad, and ugly about the effects of pain medication, chronic pain, and other things on a fetus/baby. I even went so far as to specifically ask the question to a pharmacist online. I can't say he gave me 100% correct info, but the one I asked had certifications and such.

What I've found out is that yes, there are medications that are going to definitely harm an unborn child. The FDA (I think it is) rates medication as a certain class based on their chances of causing birth defects and abnormalities during pregnancy, birth and such. I've looked up my medications specifically. I'm taking percocet 5/325 - up to four times a day, Kadian 50mg - every twelve hours (it's a long acting morphine capsule), Amitriptylene 200mg at bedtime, and Baclofen 10mg - up to three times a day.

After researching the narcotics (which I figured would do the most harm) I found out (and I'm not promising this is correct, just my research) that they may not cause any problems. The main side effect (even said so by the pharm I asked online) is the fact that the child would be born dependent on the medications themselves, meaning they would have to be weened off of the narcotics slowly. Most places said that this really comes down to a very hard decision between you and your doctors. Pain, and it's physical effects on the mother, can very easily become worse for a baby than the risks that might happen. Pain causes high blood pressure, constriction of blood vessels, high stress, and other things that can be dangerous for a baby. None of which are going to play nice with a unborn child. There is also the fact that episodes of very elevated pain can cause premature labor as well. So it comes down to weighing the risks versus the benefits.

The amitriptylene and baclofen are both "FDA category C" drugs. Basically saying there have been a few issues in animal fetus's but no studies on people showing abnormalities. It says that the risks of not taking it may out weigh whatever the chances of issues happening are.

Don't forget that being in extreme pain is a whole risk category by itself. You should talk this over with all of your doctors, and it should be a decision all of you make together. I can say that you going through complete withdrawal, without help of any kind, is probably going to be much more dangerous to you and your baby than taking the medication and/or weening yourself off of it. So please don't make that choice.

Also, you can look up every single medication you are taking and somewhere in it's information will be information on how safe it is to take while pregnant. Almost all information should give you the FDA category that it is in. I'm hoping it's okay to do so, I'm going to post the FDA category chart here (it's available all over the web by just doing an "FDA pregnancy category" search. Also remember that just because some medications mayb e higher, it doesn't absolutely mean that things are going to happen. So here it is:

The FDA-assigned pregnancy categories as used in the Drug Formulary
are as follows:
Category A
Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk
to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence
of risk in later trimesters).
Category B
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the
fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant
Category C
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus
and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but
potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women
despite potential risks.
Category D
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse
reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies
in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in
pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category X
Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities
and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse
reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the
risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh
potential benefits.

I know it's hard, and more than likely everyone else has said this - try to relax. At this point there is nothing you can do with the medications you've already taken. There is also no way that deciding to put yourself into withdrawal is going to be good for your baby. Calm down, take a few breaths, and realize you are pregnant. Inside of you right now is a life that you are going to carry and bring into this world. A baby that when it comes will know that you have done everything you can to keep it safe. Your children are going to have another sibling, and the love between you and your husband is bringing another life into this world. Congratulations! *hugs*

"When we come to the edge of the light we know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, of one thing we can be sure; either God will provide something solid to stand on... or we will be taught to fly.'"

Dx: Degenerative Disc Disease, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, IBS-d, Ruptured & Fused L4-L5-S1, Bulging/Ruptured L3-L4, Sciatica, Neuropathy, Costochondritis, Reflux, Gastric Bypass Surgery 12/6/07
Rx: Kadian 50mg - every 12 hours, Percocet 5/325 - up to 4 daily, Baclofen 10mg - 3 daily, Amitriptylene 200mg - at bedtime, Prevacid Solutabs - 1 daily, various vitamins.

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