scoliosis and pregnancy

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   Posted 4/6/2011 12:55 AM (GMT -6)   
just joined today... hope to find some advice here
had a posterior and exterior spinal fusion in 1992.  i have two rods, six screws, and a fusing device in my back.  i have two disc spaces open on the bottom of the spine and then the rods, screws, and fusing device start from there and stretch upwards six spaces.  i have discomfort/pain, but it is tolerable with the help of a heating pad at night and pain meds on a bad day.
we are trying to have a baby soon and wondering if any one here has had scoliosis and /or metal in their back while pregnant?  im wondering how bad the pain/discomfort will be on the back.  we are worried that my back will react badly after the pregnancy.  we talked to our OB about getting a c-section so that i wouldn't have to bear through the pain of labor and the pain of my back.  she said that wouldn't be necessary.  should i get a 2nd opinion? 

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   Posted 4/6/2011 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
My cousin has rods in her back and just delivered her 2nd child. She told us that she didn't have any bad pain in her back through the pregnacy. She looked great. She did co very often to the dr, but she also has a clotting condition that made the pregnacy higher risk.
I don't know if is the same, but my cousin has so much fused and rods so far that she doesn't have a spot to insert a needle anywhere in her spine. Her surgical scar goes from her butt to the top of her neck. There was no way to give her a saddle block for delivery. She had some topicals right on the perineium(sp?) but otherwise delivered drug free. She did an amazing job. She was able to have iv drugs afterward, but at delivery they would have affected the baby.
Her 2nd pregnacy went as smoothly as the first. Again she went into delivery drug free. The labor was going beautifully when all of the sudden Lilly stuck her arm above her head. That would have made a very hard delivery both on mom and baby, so the dr decided on cesarian. They tried to get a needle in her back several times, but it just wouldn't happen. She finally went under general anestesia(sp?) and when she woke she had a baby.
Usually, for a cesarian, you are awake, but can't feel anything from the chest down. I have had 3 of them.
Good luck.
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   Posted 4/6/2011 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I would sure get a 2nd opinion on this, because one of the main complaints you hear about from women pregnant is back pain. Since you do require medication for pain from time to time you would probably be wise to seek out a high risk dr for this reason. Many OB's do not believe in any kind of pain medication and considering the condition of your back I would rather be safe than sorry. I am talking about before you deliver the baby.

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   Posted 4/7/2011 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks everyone for the advice....i'll keep you posted! :-)
@ christina... wow, your cousin didn't use the epidural???
@ straydog... yes, getting a 2nd opinion wouldn't hurt.
@ pebbles... thanks!
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