Pregnant with Fibromyalgia

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   Posted 3/2/2009 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone~
I am now nearly 5 months pregnant. This will be baby #4 for me.  I am very excited about the new baby, but a little worried how this change is going to affect me physically and emotionally. 
I wasn't diagnosed with Fibro until AFTER my last child was born. Although I had plenty of symptoms for many years, it didn't hit me really hard until her birth.  Actually in looking back, I struggled A LOT with each of my children when they were newborns, because of the lack of sleep.  I thought I was just going to die each time.  It didn't help that I had to go back to work after only 6 weeks with each of them.
Anyway since I was dx'ed in 2007, I have tried every single med there is for Fibro, I think, in addition to many other meds for chronic pain, migraines, anxiety, depression, ect... I had tried Lyrica over a year ago and stopped taking it because of side effects.  Well this past year, my Dr and I decided to try it again. This time I was feeling a lot better, and I was slowly increasing my dose. But then I found out I was pregnant.
My Rheumatologist appeared to be in shock when I told him I was pregnant, and basically told me to stop taking everything.  He basically said "I will see you again in 8 months."  He made a remark that he doesn't normally treat pregnant women.
But thank goodness I have a wonderful OBGYN. She told me I could stay on the Lyrica if it was helping me, but not to increase the dose or anything. I know it's in the class of drugs where it really hasn't been tested on humans for birth defects, but there were problems when they tested on animals. So I have continued with a very low dose, and it's the only med I take (other than pre-natal vitamins).  I have had all of the pre-natal tests because I am over 35, and everything looks perfect.
With all of my other pregnancies, I felt WONDERFUL and I LOVED being pregnant. It was probably the best I felt in my entire life. But this time, I don't feel that great. I am still in constant pain, and I can't really even take Ibuprofen, which is what I usually take to ease pain.  I am trying to keep up with exercising and eating good, but I still feel pretty lousy.
And I am really worried about something being wrong with the baby because of the meds I was taking before I knew I was pregnant, and because of the Lyrica. Plus I am terrified I won't be able to physically handle those sleepless nights.
Wow...this was really long. Sorry about that. But does anyone have any advice or words of wisdom for me?  I would greatly appreciate it.  It's scary enough bringing another baby into the world, but doing it with Fibro is what really has me concerned.

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   Posted 3/3/2009 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
One of the things that does help many fibros is malic acid. It helps the body complete the Krebs cycle in the production of energy in the mitochondria of the cells. I'm not going to tell you to add malic acid to your regimen, but you can boost your levels by eating apples. They are loaded with malic acid and in fact, the supplement is made from apple skins. A couple of apples a day may be just the thing to help with your pain and fatigue. Worth a try... can't hurt! Good luck with this.
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   Posted 3/3/2009 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Loveangel!

First of all, congratulations!! I am new here and don't have much advice for you; though, I'm certain that I had undiagnosed fibro through my second pregnancy at 39yrs of age!! I was taking Paxil at the time (actually through both pregnancies) and my "babies" are perfect. The night-time was hard but I slept with the baby and I slept whenever he slept. I seemed to make it through and keep everybody happy most of the time.

My best advice to you is to take good care of yourself. Get enough sleep. Remember, this too shall pass and ask for help when you need it! I'm feeling a teensy bit of baby-lust right now. Enjoy your pregnancy. Try and live in the moment. No worrying about the future. You will cope as needed. Make sure you post a picture of the baby so I can live vicariously through you!


Chris turn
~ Fibromyalgia ~   
 On Imovane and Lyrica

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   Posted 3/3/2009 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
congrats on the baby and I hope all goes well.
Fibro, interstitial cystitis, migraines, rotated femur, bunion on rt ft, hiatal hernia, for just a few.

reglan, prilosec otc, nadol, citrilipram,amitriptyline, and peroxicam, and vicodin.

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   Posted 3/4/2009 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the congrats and the advice. I will try to eat more apples. I have been eating lots of fruit, which I normally don't do so much. Especially oranges. I drink a lot of orange juice - I did that will all my kids. It seems to get the babies moving, and it's healthy too. I find I crave it while pregnant.

I think this time, I AM going to try and take it easy when the baby comes. With my other ones, I was constantly busy doing something while the baby was sleeping so by the time I did go to bed, I was so exhausted, and then I had to keep getting up all night. I am trying to enjoy this pregnancy....I think this will probably be the last baby for sure, so I want to remember every moment.

I go in for my 20 week ultrasound next week, so I hope all goes well, and the Dr tells me everything looks great.
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