H J Rene,
I'm sorry that you seem to feel that no one should "judge you" for your decision not to tell your PM that you are pregnant unless they have experienced multiple pregnancy losses. I can tell you from my own experiences with 8 losses of babies that what you did is NOT what I would have or did do when I found out that I was pregnant and on heavy duty pain medications. My FIRST calls were to my OB and to my PM doctors. I also got in immediately with a high risk perinatalogist. Having experienced multiple losses made me that much more protective of that unborn infant that I was carrying. I was not going to do anything to jeapordize that baby's chances of being born, and that included taking chances of something happening to that much wanted baby by not sharing information with all of my caregivers.
I could live with the pain, if it meant that my son or daughter was going to arrive into this world, happy, healthy and alive.
It sounds like you hid the pregnancy from your PM doctor because you either knew or had strong suspicions that he/she would most likely stop the pain medications and you are afraid that you are going today suffer in pain during the pregnancy.
Kudos to you for stopping the oxycontin, but percocet has the same drug in it, as I'm sure that you are aware, so stopping the oxycontin just stopped the long acting mechanism of the medication but not the itself.
I understand not wanting to tell others that you are pregnant when you have suffered multiple losses previously, but I do not understand hiding the fact that you are pregnant from your PM doctor, for any reason.
There is no justifiable reason for doing /hiding that information from your caregivers and I think that
you know that as well, no matter what you have told yourself.
The responsible thing to do is see your PM and discuss the options with him. There are other medications that you can take that are safer to take during pregnancy and if the need for more pain medications arise, they can deal with that issue as it arises. My understanding is that many fibro patients feel much better during pregnancy and the resulting pain is much improved.
Now, before you discount my post, I have suffered the losses of multiple pregnancies and dealt with the issues of pain medication needs during pregnancy but I dealt with them with all of my caregivers recommendations, and followed all of their advice and directions. I didn't hide anything from them.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.
Avascular necrosis of left wrist- maybe hips too