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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/26/2010 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
I was always led to believe that MS gets better when pregnant but that doesn't seem to be true for me. I've recently found out i'm pregnant and i've been having alot of problems. about a week before i found out i was pregnant my legs started to feel alittle tingly and weak and my hands started feeling alittle numb. The feeling in my hands hasn't been great for a long time, i had a relapse a while ago in which i lost the feeling in my hands completely and it never properly came back. Anyway over the last few weeks my problems have been getting worse, my legs are very weak now and quite numb, my hands seem to buzz all the time and i'm having trouble sleeping because my right leg feels dead when i'm in bed and i get a strange painful prickly feeling in the bottom of my foot. I also keep having very painful cramp in my left leg rendomly throughout the day. I'm just wondering if any other women have had problems with there symptoms getting worse during early pregnancy, the only reason i could think it is happening is the hormone changes my body is going through at the moment but i don't know for sure.

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 5/26/2010 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Kat,
I am sorry to hear all this!  I don't have any experience here....sorry.  I too have heard that MS tends to go into a nice quiet remission during pregnancy.  It appears that the hormones that come with pregnancy are so protective that they are studying this as a possible treatment (synthetic hormone therapy).
Please let your neurologist and your OB doctor know what is happening to you!  Best of luck.
Gretchen  ~  diagnosed with MS July 2006
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.

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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 260
   Posted 5/26/2010 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kat,
I read your post and it is quite familiar to me. When i was pregnant with my daughter almost 13 years ago, I had such problems with with my hands. Now keep in mind, i was not diagnosed with MS yet, nor was i even having problems, life was normal. about 3 months into the pregnancy, my hands got so numb. It drove me absolutely crazy. It was bearable in the day, however, as soon as i would lay down, they would get so numb. I used to take all the cushions off the couch and prop them all up like a lounge chair and try to sleep like that. I wore these braces on both my hands, b/c the doc told me that it was carpal tunnel b/c of the pregnancy. That your body produces more blood or something like that, and it is harder to pass thru the wrist b/c of all the nerves  and therefore pressing on them.. Ha.....i dont know if i believe that. When i was diagnosed about 3 years ago, i always wondered if that had something to do with it. Also, my body would not go into labor. I was 3 weeks late and they then tried everything to get me to go into labor./ The patocin (sp?) that they give u to start the labor ran all day for 2 days, and as soon as they shut it off the pains would cease. Weird. They tried all kinds of things. The balloon thing, the jelly stuff, etc. 5 days in hospital, and they finally did c section. I still wonder if the  MS had anything to do with that. The Uterus is a muscle, u know? So i wonder. Hum. Thats what happened to me. I did read about the pregnacy making you feel better, but i really dont know. Hope this helps. I cant believe someone else is experiencing the same thing that happened to me.
I hope u feel better.
PS: the numbness did go away in my hands after the baby.

Dx MS December, 2006
Started Tysabri March, 2008
Zanaflex as needed

Post Edited (Sweetlydia66) : 5/26/2010 5:55:19 PM (GMT-6)

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