Fibromyalgia & Pregnancy.

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   Posted 9/3/2008 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
For those of you with fibro.. were you diagnosed after you had all your kids?

And if not.. was getting pregnant harder than normal when you have fibro?

I've searched topics online but they just give some info on it but no personal experiences so, I thought I'd come directly to the source and find out from all you lovely people.
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   Posted 9/5/2008 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   
We had a really hard time conceiving. After 4 years of no success (we weren't trying too hard the first 2, but weren't hindering things, iykwim) we finally went to the doctor. He tested dh, me, the basal temperature method, etc... for a year, after which he performed a laparoscopy to check for endo and that my tubes were fine. The doctor only found a trace of endo and he removed it, but the next month I got pregnant! When we tried for #2, we were trying for a year and then I went back to the same doctor. This time he did the laparoscopy right away, foudn nothing, but the next month I was pregnant! The next 2 were ridiculously easy to conceive.

A short time after #3 was born, I started not feeling well. I was fatigued, achy, and my feet hurt. This went away, then came back when she was almost a year old, along with depression, pain in the hands and worse fatigue. I got pregnant with #4 and then I felt great! about a year after her birth, I started the same symptoms again. These have steadily worsened along with new new symptoms since. I am in the process of gettign a dx, if only my doctor could get his butt in gear!

I don't know if this helps or answers you questions? :)
in the land of Limbo, taking OTC meds (which don't work).  Started at 5mg of amitriptyline.
Waiting for referral to rheumy to get a dx. waiting, waiting, waiting....

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   Posted 9/5/2008 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Fibro didn't affect my fertility, pregnancy or childbirth, but then I've had symptoms of fibro my whole life so I wouldn't know any different. I wasn't diagnosed until my children were grown but I know I've had the full blown symptoms for at least 40 years. I have three children and delivered two of them without any anesthesia or pain blockers. I slept thru the first half of all three pregnancies and was beyond tired but I now know that was probably due to the fibro combined with pregnancy.

Because I've had the pain all my life I feel empathy for those of you who are new to the pain. For me it's part of life and I just do my best to ignore it and carry on... I can't imagine life without pain. It must be a real shock to have no pain and then suddenly be in pain all the time. I may be in better shape than most simply because I've been mentally blocking pain for so long.

I do know that we must keep going or we become worse. I was laid up for about 6 weeks after kidney surgery about 30 years ago and instead of getting better I started to get more pain everywhere. I had to start taking care of the house and my children and after a while the pain started to diminish to levels I could cope with without taking pain meds. Moving every day is the answer for me.

I hope you don't let fibro stop you from starting a family. I wouldn't let it stop me from something that wonderful. Good luck with this.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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