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   Posted 12/12/2010 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok ok.... no one tell. Not ready to tell my family yet so no one PLEASE post on my FB page!!!! SO now that I know you can keep a secret.. i
need some advice. I am on fentanyl patches 50 mcg nd 15mg oxycodone. When I found out that I was preg I tried removing the Patch and tried not taking the oxycodone. NOT a good idea. The worst withdrawls ever. I finally got a hold of my pm doc. He said that I should put the patch back on right away. He said my withdrawls would be way more harmful than the meds. THANK GOODNESS I listened to him. They are going to wean me off over 4 weeks. I couldnt sleep, shocks and tickly pains diarrhea you name it. I feel SOOOOOOOOOOOO much better now that its back on.

I would liek to hear from anyone who has been pregnant and on pain meds. The plan is to get off safely as soon as I can. Please pray that this baby will be ok, as I am high risk.
I wasnt planning this, actually MY IUD moved on its own and his is how this happened. I am really excited but scared something bad is going to happen.
By my calculations I am 6 weeks tomorrow.
Please pray! and remember noo FB posts please. Thanks for your support!

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   Posted 12/12/2010 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations on the new life! :)
I pray that everything will go well and you and the baby will get through this okay.

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   Posted 12/12/2010 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
had to stop by and say Congrats to you and
well wishes for a very good pregnancy...
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   Posted 12/12/2010 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats! Oh, a baby -- how exciting!!!! Hopefully someone who has been in your shoes will come along soon -- I know people have posted on this before.

Listen to your doctors. It will be fine. We've even had members who stayed on their pain meds throughout the entire pregnancy. If you can get off sooner without causing complications, that's great -- in the meantime, try to relax and know you are doing the right thing.

I will pray that your baby will be just fine. My friend's wife went through the same thing with Actiq & her baby is now 2 and totally healthy and normal. She went to a gyn who had lots of experience working with pain patients & they just went nice and slow. She went to do yoga for her first 2 trimesters (with her doc's approval) to help her stay calm as she went through w/d's. The main thing is to stay calm, be healthy, and get sleep. Your doctors know what is the healthy rate for you and your baby to withdraw from the meds and they will take good care of you both.

hugz and prayers for you and your little one,

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   Posted 12/12/2010 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations Merry!
I am happy for you! I also understand your concerns about the meds and pregnancy. If you do a search on the forum or click on my screen name you should find some of my previous posts about fentanyl ( I was on much more than 50 mcg.....and many other meds as well) and pregnancy.
Or just do a search on this forum for chronic pain meds and pregnancy and it should turn up. We discussed it last time one of our members was pregnant and was on pain meds.
If you can't find it, just email me and I will find it for you.

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 12/12/2010 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   

  Congratulations Melissa!

   You know I did have an experience with pain meds during my first pregnancy but not in a "CP" sort of way....

   The first month of my pregnancy I began having pain & hard belly. By my second month my stomach looked like I was 4 months pregnant. Turned out to be cysts. Instead of rupturing like most cysts eventually do... a series of 4 (3 on one side and 1 on the other ovary), they grew. Fast. Very very fast. We made a decision together. We would let the cysts and the pregnancy be. We would see what would end up happening over the first term. If they ruptured and I lost the pregnancy (the larger with 3 was a little larger than a soft ball, the other two on that side were size of golf balls and the one on the left was the size of a small tennis ball) then it was meant to be that way. If the fetus was still stable and I still had the cysts by my 4th month then we would have them all surgically removed.

   The cysts didn't rupture. The fetus was progressing at a normal rate. We went into surgery my 4th month. When I woke I was told I had stopped breathing... the experience of that I wont go into. I was also told that the larger of the cysts continued to grow during those months of waiting was the size of a grape fruit. I had to stay an unusually long amount of time because I had stopped breathing, they had to resuscitate, aed, et al. It was a very long week. Dear goodness in heaven I missed my family (I swear I was with my family weird) and my chest hurt terribly bad. My throat burned and was raw for weeks.

    Long story short I was obviously given a large amount of meds for the months before the surgery. Anesthesia of course. Incredible amount after the surgery while in recovery. Of course, meds for my first month out of hospital.

   No matter what the doctors, nursing staff and midwife told me... I was sure I harmed my baby. I fretted the entire time I was pregnant. How could all those meds NOT hurt a baby? I saw the commercials on TV, I heard what other moms said in Lamaze class.

   ...She's fine. Healthy, active and obsessed with all things relating to science. Now my biggest regret? That I didn't enjoy myself while I was pregnant. I spent so much time worried, anxious and scared I wasted my entire pregnancy fretting.

    What is my point? Don't worry. Listen to your doctors. The advancements in medical knowledge these days is amazing. You will do just fine. Just follow your heart and do the best you can. Most of all, enjoy yourself! :-)   The rest will fall into place.

     ...as a side note though... get in with an OB / GYN a.s.a.p. make sure that the GYN and your PM are in contact with one another right away. It will help them to both be on the same page.

*warm hugg*

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   Posted 12/13/2010 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
wow thanks for your support everyone. Dani that is a truly an amazing experience you must have went through. I am so glad everything turned out ok. I think the withdrawls were making me very ill. I am glad I put the patch back on. I got some much needed rest last night. I am pretty sore today, my back, and chest and round ligament pians in my belly, or at least what I think are those pains. just general soreness. I do realize that I need a better mattress or padding for it. I feel really hopeful today, going to get my bloodwork drawn at gyn and call is into my pm doctors office and my lyme docs office. So hopefully everyone can work together as a team.

Thanks for the prayers stories and well wishes!!

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   Posted 12/13/2010 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
  Hey Melissa , Sorry I've never been pregnant !!!  But seriously you know I wish you the absolute best , we've been great friends on HW and off , I wish you all the happiness you so deserve Sweet Girl .Be careful and God bless you and your little one . Mikel

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   Posted 12/13/2010 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations, Melissa! My story of pregnancy, CP, and pain meds is on here somewhere - we had a discussion about it earlier this year. Please feel free to email me, if you have any questions. I have been a pregnant CP patient more than once so I might be able to ease your mind a bit. First, and foremost - listen to what your doctors tell you and make sure that all docs involved in your care are in touch with each other. If they decide it is best that you are off ALL pain meds during your pregnancy, then that is what's right for you and your baby. But, if they decide to have you continue to take some form of pain meds, THAT is what is best for you both and both of you will be fine - myself and several others here on HW are proof of that! And again, feel free to email me if you want to 'talk'! Good luck! :-)

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   Posted 12/13/2010 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks!! you guys are the best! I will start doing some searches.

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   Posted 12/13/2010 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
How wonderful, Melissa.....congratulations!! Babies are always such a blessing!!

I understand your fears, but you've received some great advice from your doctor and from this group!

I was never on pain meds during any of my pregnancies, but I have used fentanyl patches before and have gotten off them. I did not taper, I went off cold turkey because the fentanyl was suppressing my breathing and I would "forget" to breathe. The withdrawal from fentanyl was one of the worst experiences I have ever gone through. I'm sure that tapering off will be much much better for you and the baby.

You and your little one will be in my thoughts and prayers!

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   Posted 12/13/2010 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Praying for all to go well for you, and that you'll be able to relax and enjoy your pregnancy with as little pain and discomfort as possible.

Congratulations...and hugs!

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   Posted 12/13/2010 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
congatulations!!! Amazing news. Babies seem to survive everything. My first I worried about so much as it was nearly 3 months before I was confirmed and she is now 17, bright , beautiful and a lovely lovely child. All those pain meds did no harm. I worried she'd have an addictive personality but there is no sign of any of my fears coming true.
I'm sure you will find that all is well, congats again, golitho

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   Posted 12/14/2010 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
      Good morning merrygirl!
        Life can sure throw us a curve ball at times. I admit that I was worried for you, until I read Dani's reply. Listen to her advice and enjoy the pregnancy! wink
         SE wink

Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 12/14/2010 12:00:56 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/14/2010 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
congrats to you!!!We'll be all the way with you!
much love and happiness to you

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   Posted 12/14/2010 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Melissa! Congrads on your pregnancy! Wow your in for a big life change> For the better!! Nothing in life is like having a baby, evan though I didn't deliver, I was there for the whole enchalata twice and was the cause after all! I wish you nothing but the best and will be praying everything goes super for you!!!
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