Its been awhile.. need advice on being Preggers and dealing with CP

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J_Rene
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   Posted 12/26/2009 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
A lot has happened since I've been taking a break. I just found out that Im pregnant and scared too death! I have back issues and still need pain meds thru the day. My Gyno dr knows what Im on and the dose. But I fear the harm to my unborn child. Does anyone have any experience with being pregnant and also suffering from CP?
 

Major car accident 07/02

On going back and leg problems

DX with fibromyalgia 10/05

Goal in life:

To go bra less as much as I can!


straydog
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   Posted 12/26/2009 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey J Rene, long time no see or hear from you, lol. Wow, and now you are pregnant, congrats to you.

I don't remember what meds you are on, do you mind posting them here at the forum? I do know many women along with the help of their drs working together have taken certain pain meds during the pregnancy and yes the babies were born dependant on these meds. But, with that said the drs knew what to expect and knew how to deal with this. Its a choice only you can make as to whether you want to continue taking medication or going off of them totally. Did your dr have any suggestions for you at all? I would have thought he/she would have sat down with you and discussed this. Might be time to see another dr for a second opinion. If you decide to do this, I would not let much time go by, I would do this as soon as possible. In all honesty your dr should have addressed this with you on the first appt.

Please let us know how you are doing and don't be such a stranger. Again congrats and good luck.


 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


Blessedx8
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   Posted 12/26/2009 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   
J Rene,

First...congrats on your pregnancy. I know it's hard, but try not to get overwhelmed in worrying about everything.... Having gone through six pregnancies and six c-sections...I would say that stress is the #1 thing you want to avoid. Is this your first baby?

I got ill during my last pregnancy at week 10. I had to be put on several medications, pain medications as one of them (I was on long lasting morphine, and taking percocet for breakthrough). Because of all of that - my pregnancy was obviously determined to be "high risk" and saw the top high-risk OB and neonatologist. I felt horrendous guilt in the beginning. In prior pregnancies, I never put ANY thing I didn't have to in my body...and here I was on morphine! But my entire medical team met with me and really took the guilt away... they all believed that it was better for me to keep my pain levels down w/ the pain medication.... that it was ultimately better for baby for me to be in less pain, instead of me being in pain and having that stress put upon the baby. I had to just step out in faith and do what I had to do.

I ended up with a healthy little one - thank God. He was on the small size, especially compared to my other children...and that had to do w/ me being ill plus probably being on the different medications. In addition, the way that we avoided withdrawal in baby was two ways - he was given a small amount of medication the few days following his birth. Also, they had me continue nursing him in order for me to give him a small amount of opiate through my breastmilk. I nursed him for about a month...and, then, weaned him to a bottle, because of all the medications I had to be on. That was tough, as I had nursed all my other kids for 1 to 2 years... but, again, you just gotta do what is best!

So...those are just my experiences...but maybe you might find something in there that might help you. Talk to your doctor about your concerns... then, ultimately, you will need to make the decision for you. I wish you the best of luck!! Also, if you have any specific questions...feel free to ask!

Take good care... Tina
Pain Issues: Cervical/Thoracic back pain; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; widespread joint/muscle pain, nerve pain in hands/arms/feet; I also have Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibromyalgia; Severe Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; hypoadrenalism; Mixed (Obstructive/Central) Sleep Apnea - on Auto BiPap; etc etc

Meds: MS Contin; Dilaudid; Actiq; Soma ; Neurontin; Atenolol; Midodrine; Phenergan/Zofran/Reglan; Effexor; Synthroid; Prednisone; and on the list goes...

Future Plans: Intrathecal Pain Pump; already completed trial; awaiting my decision for implantation


Jadensmommy
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   Posted 12/27/2009 10:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I was pregnant with my first (and only) child in2007. Prior to being pregnant, I was taking 2-5/500 Vicodin every 4-6 hours for back pain. I have DDD. My doctor was fully aware of this when I came up pregnant to my surprise. We talked extensively about my pain meds and the affect it would have on my baby. I was also considered a high risk pregnancy due to my age. I was 32 at the time. We agreed that going off the pain meds completely would be more bad than good on both myself and my baby. We did lower my dose slowly until I was taking just one 5/500 Vicodin every 6 hours. Now I know that you may be on meds alot stronger than I was, and also that whatever you are taking the meds for may be more serious than my issue was. But either way, maybe talk to the doctor about a med decrease. Keeping you out of horrible pain, but at the same time keeping your baby healthy. I did experience greater pain since I was taking less medication, but just knowing that I was responsible for the life and wellbeing of that little baby kept me going. My son was born in August of 2007 with no dependence to the Vicodin and I am so grateful!

Keep us posted! Good luck!
Fibromyalgia Dx November 20, 2009

Pain issues: Pain in neck and upper/lower back, chest/ribcage pain, Degenerative joint disease in both knees, migraine headaches, very painful menstrual cramping, pelvic pain.

Meds: Neurontin 300mg.

First PM appt on February 5th!


Tammy <3


Blessedx8
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   Posted 12/27/2009 10:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Tammy...

I'm glad to hear you had a safe delivery and healthy baby, too! That's ultimately what it's about.

By the way, how are you doing? Is your PM appt still scheduled for the 1st part of Feb? I bet you are anxious to get to it...

Take good care! --Tina
Pain Issues: Cervical/Thoracic back pain; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; widespread joint/muscle pain, nerve pain in hands/arms/feet; I also have Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibromyalgia; Severe Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; Hypoadrenalism; Mixed (Obstructive/Central) Sleep Apnea - on Auto BiPap; Depression/Anxiety; etc etc

Meds: MS Contin; Dilaudid; Actiq; Soma ; Neurontin; Atenolol; Midodrine; Phenergan/Zofran/Reglan; Effexor; Synthroid; Prednisone; and on the list goes...

Future Plans: Intrathecal Pain Pump; already completed trial; awaiting my decision for implantation


J_Rene
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   Posted 12/28/2009 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the advice! I just found out that Im 4weeks.Before I got pregnant I talked  to my gyno about the pain meds I was on. She really didnt know what to do but she said she may want me to be put on something else. I was on oxy and percocet but now Im just on percocet.
 
I feel guilty. I know most pregnant woman dont take anything. Here I am taking narcotics. Should I be high risk because of the meds?
 

Major car accident 07/02

On going back and leg problems

DX with fibromyalgia 10/05

Goal in life:

To go bra less as much as I can!


Blessedx8
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   Posted 12/28/2009 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
J Rene...

I know exactly how you feel, I really do. But try not to feel that way... but, I know - easier said than done!! I think it's a mother's job to worry!

Re: being high risk, it is something that I would encourage you to talk to your OB about. The thing about a "high risk" OB is that they've dealt w/ all this stuff before.... women who need to be on meds, etc.... so they know what to look for, extra testing or whatever that may be needed, etc. For instance, when I hit my 7th month of pregnancy... I started going in weekly for non-stress tests. Anyway, it's just things like that. Also, I'm not sure about your health issues, chronic pain issues, etc... for those reasons, too, you might need to see a high risk doc. BTW, all that really means is that they are going to monitor you better.

Feel free to ask any other questions. Keep us posted on how you are doing! When do you next see your OB? Or have you gone for your 1st visit yet?

--Tina
Pain Issues: Cervical/Thoracic back pain; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; widespread joint/muscle pain, nerve pain in hands/arms/feet; I also have Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibromyalgia; Severe Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; Hypoadrenalism; Mixed (Obstructive/Central) Sleep Apnea - on Auto BiPap; Depression/Anxiety; etc etc

Meds: MS Contin; Dilaudid; Actiq; Soma ; Neurontin; Atenolol; Midodrine; Phenergan/Zofran/Reglan; Effexor; Synthroid; Prednisone; and on the list goes...

Future Plans: Intrathecal Pain Pump; already completed trial; awaiting my decision for implantation


J_Rene
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   Posted 1/1/2010 9:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Im trying not to worry. Im taking my prenatals and folic acid. Resting a lot and eating what doesnt make me sick.  Im 5weeks today and I go for my 6week scan on the 8th. Thing is most dr's don't know how to treat woman like me, regular ob/gyn's. I guess these types of "high risk" cases dont come along to often.
 
I started my prenatals and folic acid very early in my pregnancy and I don't drink or smoke. So I hope that well be enough to let this baby thrive.
 
Thank you all for the encouraging words.
 

Major car accident 07/02

On going back and leg problems

DX with fibromyalgia 10/05

Goal in life:

To go bra less as much as I can!


straydog
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   Posted 1/2/2010 12:05 AM (GMT -7)   
JRene perhaps you can get online and call all the ob's that is on your ins plan in effort to find one that may handle high risk patients, its sure worth a shot. I do know like Mom says there is extra attention paid to the Mom to be during the pregnancy and the ob and PM drs worked together. I am drawing a total blank on some of the women on here that were on meds and pg at the same time. They did fine but were with high risk ob's. Let us know what you find out.
 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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