Pregnancy, Motherhood and Chronic Pain

maternal instinct Community Member December 13, 2007
  • Hello ladies, I have just found out hat I am pregnant (about 5 weeks) I have been diagnosed with MS, Fibromyalgia, and a herniated lumbar disk, all within the last 5 years. The meds that I have been on for over a year now are vicodin, tizanidine, and clonazepam. I've already tried to see a perinatologist and he pretty much insulted me, told me I needed to ge get an abortion, called me a drug addict and told me that my child would be born with severe problems and a drug addict him/herself. We were aware that we were going to have to face some adversity and that it would not be as easy(for lack of a better word) as what some consider a "normal" pregnancy, but we never expected that. I came home and immediately started searching the internet for some glimpse of hope, and I found this forum. Here both myself and my fiance have found incredible hope and reassurance that running out to have an abortion based on one heartless, tactless dr.'s maybes. I have been reading every post you brave, strong women have written on the original thread and have tried to join and/or answer but sadly the site is not allowing me to. I'd like to know if there have been a good number of women like us pregnant, in pain, and on meds that have been able to make it work, or whom have had their children? I know a number is probably not possible but I thought It wouldn't hurt to ask.....maybe someone does know. Also i'd like to ask if anyone knows of any ob's or high-risk specialists in northern NJ that I may be a bit willing to be involved and not condem. and most of all can anyone tell me if they feel my decision or deisire to continue my pregnancy as well as my meds (somewhat altered ...tryingto take less) is a possible one? can it work? Is it possible to have a joyful pregnancy without having to be in excruciating pain every day? or Am I just being a selfish woman who really should not go ahead with this pregnancy? any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.

    thank you all, happy holodays to all,

    angieSad

5 Comments
  • sally
    Feb. 19, 2008
    I took vicodin my whole pregnancy.  near the end of pregnancy I needed 4 5/500 vidodin a day. I was very scared. I delivered a beautiful happy baby boy who is not adicted. I breast feed and he is not affected.--Sally
  • gloriaathmer58
    Feb. 07, 2008

     

    Yep, that Doc is a real Butt Wipe!!!!   Keep looking and ya know......go with your heart,  but,  anchor your brain into gear too.   Nobody promised us a rose garden but we should try to give our kids one.  Heck girlfriend,  I can't breathe well enough to even have sex,  you already gotta a plus!!  ...

    RHMLucky777

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    Yep, that Doc is a real Butt Wipe!!!!   Keep looking and ya know......go with your heart,  but,  anchor your brain into gear too.   Nobody promised us a rose garden but we should try to give our kids one.  Heck girlfriend,  I can't breathe well enough to even have sex,  you already gotta a plus!!   Good luck, kiddo!

    love,

    GloriaWoot!

  • Anonymous
    Mardi
    Dec. 21, 2007
    Cry HELLO, YES BEING ON DRUGS WILL EFFECT YOU UNBORN CHILD. AND THE CHILD WHEN BORN WILL GO THROUGH WITH DRAWL..MY DAUGHTER ALSO HAD A BABY . THROUGH OUT HER WHOLE PREGNANCY SHE WAS ON DRUGS AND THE POOR BABY HAD TO BE DETOXED WHEN BORN..IF POSIBLE STAY AWAY FROM DUGS WHILE PREGNANT. THINK OF YOUR BABY.BECAUSE IT IS JUST AWEFUL TO SEE A HELPLESS INFANT HAVING...
    RHMLucky777
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    Cry HELLO, YES BEING ON DRUGS WILL EFFECT YOU UNBORN CHILD. AND THE CHILD WHEN BORN WILL GO THROUGH WITH DRAWL..MY DAUGHTER ALSO HAD A BABY . THROUGH OUT HER WHOLE PREGNANCY SHE WAS ON DRUGS AND THE POOR BABY HAD TO BE DETOXED WHEN BORN..IF POSIBLE STAY AWAY FROM DUGS WHILE PREGNANT. THINK OF YOUR BABY.BECAUSE IT IS JUST AWEFUL TO SEE A HELPLESS INFANT HAVING TO GO THROUGH A WITHDRAWL. ALSO THE BABY WILL NOT GO HOME WITH YOU. IT WILL HAVE TO STAY IN DETOX. ASK YOURSELF! DO YOU WANT THE CHILD TO ENDURE THAT. PERSONALLY, I WOULD DIE IF I HAD TO SEE ONE OF MY KIDS GO THROUGH THAT.
    • Anonymous
      Chronic pain do...
      Nov. 16, 2009

      You need to sit down and discuss these feelings you are having with your daughter and leave it out of an advise forum. It sounds like you are talking about crack or heroin and not a small about of narcotics to reduce the stress on mother and baby. If you had to live with chronic pain you would be asking the exact same questions.


      Also, typing in all caps is...

      RHMLucky777

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      You need to sit down and discuss these feelings you are having with your daughter and leave it out of an advise forum. It sounds like you are talking about crack or heroin and not a small about of narcotics to reduce the stress on mother and baby. If you had to live with chronic pain you would be asking the exact same questions.


      Also, typing in all caps is never unnessessary... save it for Facebook.

       

  • annebeckett
    Dec. 13, 2007
    I do know that, by the time I was pregnant with my son, I was having migraines;  multiple times per week.  I also had what are called, "occular migraines" with him, where I would totally lose my periphrial vision (sp??);  anyway;  I did take some narcotics, though not all that often.  According to my doc, it was MUCH better...
    RHMLucky777
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    I do know that, by the time I was pregnant with my son, I was having migraines;  multiple times per week.  I also had what are called, "occular migraines" with him, where I would totally lose my periphrial vision (sp??);  anyway;  I did take some narcotics, though not all that often.  According to my doc, it was MUCH better to take the narcotics (my case, codeine) than to try aspirin or NSAID's.  My boy is fine and now 22 years old.. So, ask the doc, especially, whichever doctor is prescribing your meds.  See a therapist (physical maybe) and ask your PHARMACIST about this;  believe me, they know a LOT more than any doctors about medications!  Good luck with it, ok?  Anne