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Oops! We are pregnant...Excited but scared

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
Hi guys! We just found out we are pregnant! As some of you know, I was planning to get this leg thing under control before getting pregnant, but we are happy anyway. I talked with my doctor, and discontinued Neurontin and Amytriptyline, but she said to continue on the hyrdrocodone for now, and we will taper down in the 3rd trimester. I tend to have high blood pressure, and pain aggravates that, so she doesn't think it is smart to stop the pain meds. I am nervous about this pregnancy, but trying to keep positive thoughts. I am afraid that the meds I was taking could have hurt the baby, and I just started the prenatals, unlike with my 2 year old, who we planned and tried for for 8 months before becoming pregnant. I was taking prenatals for months before with him, and I just felt he got a better start! My doc isn't concerned and says everything will be great. Also, before I found out, I was scheduled for a medial branch rhizziotomy(Sp?), so I'm assuming that isn't allowed now and who knows if it would even be helpful? I will be able to go back to PT, since my insurance is changing, so I am excited about that....Does anyone have any insight that would help?
Thanks !


  • have you considered the acticare unit to help control your pain ?{it will come in handy for labour pain too}
  • Perhaps your OB/Gyne would know more or your PCP Dr. I wish I could give more advice. But I'm very happy for you. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Straker- What is the acticare unit? I have never heard of it. I am totally open to suggestions!
  • Allison , this is wonderful news!!!!! I am sure you will do just fine. We have had other members both here and on the old SH site that have found out that they were pregnant and ended up doing just fine....with beautiful babies I might add.

    My youngest son is now 12 (soon to be 13) and I had cervical cancer while I was pregnant with him and was unable to take any meds at all...I won't lie , it was touch and go for a long time but in the end I had a beautiful baby boy , who btw , today is just fine...even though he was born premature. Now I know spinal problems and cancer are two different things but I guess what I am trying to say is that these babies are incredibly resilient and our bodies seem to make the necessary adjustments needed. If there is anything that I can help you with or if you would just like to talk , whatever , then please feel free to PM me and I will always reply.

    I am wishing you all the best and keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers....please , please keep us posted....take care....Miki
  • hi
    the acticare is a high end TENS it has more functions than your regular tens .too many for me to post so see
  • Actually my doc mentioned a tens unit when I spoke to her last, so I will mention this next time I talk to her. Thanks Miki, your words mean a lot, really. I am just really hoping it will be a uneventful pregnancy, and the pain won't get too bad! I am so glad your son is doing so well! My brother was a preemie (1 lb, 14 oz) and I am always so happy to hear other happy endings....
  • Allison:
    I'm a retired pain physician. I do have some suggestions:

    1. Have the Baby first.

    2. Go see an interventional pain specialist and get a good evaluation. There is a bunch those people can do to help you feel better.

    3. The vitamins you take for pregnancy will help your nerves too. Be sure you get plenty of B-vitamins, Folic Acid, and B-12.

    You can take the vitamins while pregnant, and they will not hurt the baby in any way. They're just good nutrition. B-12 is especially helpful in getting complaining nerves to calm down.

    Live well!

    Ken Noel
  • you are most welcome. I will be praying for an uneventful , as pain free as possible pregnancy for you as well. I am also glad to know that your brother did well....there is a lot of hope to be had out there my friend...just reach out and grab your share. Please keep us posted and if ever I can do anything then please just let me know....take care....Miki
  • I really appreciate all the responses!
    KenNoel- I am having the hardest time finding a pain specialist in my city. It seems like with all the NS and Orthos, they should be able to figure out why I am in pain all the time, but no one has an answer for me....I have started taking the vitamins, and I am already trying to take less hydrocodone than I had been, but I am struggling. I feel like I am fighting pain all the time already because of this. I can only imagine what it will be like when I get further along! I have been researching pain meds while pregnant and it seems to be safe, that I'm actually not taking that much, but I don't know for sure. I wonder if my OB will send me to a perinatalogist. Will this be considered high-risk?
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