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How do I have kids with lower back problems & pain

karebr1kkarebr1 Posts: 26
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Lower Back Pain
I am on several pain meds; Oxycontin 60 3x a day(pain), Norco (pain) 6-8, Bacloflen (muscle relax) 2 3x a day, Neurontin (nerve pain) 2 3x a day and Lunesta (sleep).With this list of meds and diagnosis listed below, which I barely learned what exactly it meant and it wasn't too pretty. I have arthritis, tear, disk protrusion and degeneration-basically to break it down. My pain has increased over the last two years, and that is when I started my pain meds about 1-1 1/2 years ago. I have talked to my OBGYN and pain management doctor and surgeon; I have yet to have surgery as of now. My overall result is surgery, and the surgeon said I am unable to have the disk replacement which is what I was really hoping for. I am going to have the fusion on lower lumbar L5-S1 area. The doctors say to have surgery first before becoming pregnant? Another surgeon said to have kids first but get off the pain meds? I have done some of my own research and also have found that taking the prescription drugs while pregnant is not horrible and the baby will not have birth defects and/or problems. It is at birth where the baby might have withdraws but in some cases will not and will be fine! I am just curious on what my fellow people who deal with this type or similar back pain, and feel what they would do in this situation? Have you gone through this already? Or is someone out there dealing with the same question and searching for the same answers as I am? My husband and I have been married for 11/2 and we are very ready to start a family. Any advice, answers or comments would be appreciated. I just don't know what would be the better choice, to try now on pain meds or what till I am all well and healed from back fusion surgery? Thank you in advance for your time, and hopefully I don’t have too many typos and/or missed spelled words. :/


  • I have already had a preemie in the nicu 2.5 months and I wouldn't want another baby in the nicu, nor would I want to have any baby of mine to go through withdrawls. It could set a person up for a whole bunch of problems with the nicu, cps, and the baby could be underweight, underdeveloped sometimes birth defects and that all adds up to baby having a hard time breathing at birth.

    TRUST ME, you don't want to risk baby that is born too early or sick. It's an awful, scary, terrifying roller-coaster experience that you can't get off of. Not too mention expensive.

    I am getting a two level fusion tomorrow and once I fuse and I am drug-free, we are going to work on getting pregnant with number 2 baby. My surgeon said my back with rods could support a pregnancy better than I could now. If he had said no babies I would have found another or sought a different surgical technique. Right now I can hardly walk and it is interfering with me being as great as a mother as I want to be, so I chose to get the fusion done since my discs aren't going to get better on their own.
  • If I were you, before I made any decisions, I would go get a second opinion from an ob that manages/specializes in high risk pregnancies. S/he could tell you what the risks would be to the fetus.

    I personally would not want to be taking all those meds while pregnant regardless of what your research indicates to you.

    I am in no way trying to be discouraging in my comments, but I would like to point out that a fusion will not necessarily take care of your pain. There is no guarantee that you will not need pain meds after surgery.

    Have you gotten several opinions from different spinal specialists, either fellowship-trained orthopedic spinal surgeons, or neurosurgeons, concerning your issues and how to deal with them? You may find that not everyone will recommend a fusion at this point.

    If I were you, I would be gathering more information before trying to make a decision.

    Good luck to you.
  • I whould not get pregnant on all these meds. Also, prgnancy is just a beginning of having a child. When you are pregnant and have no kids - you can lay down and rest - when you have a child - you have to get up, change diper, nurse etc. You do not belong to yourself anymore. When my back went out on me 6 months ago - my husband was mother, father, nurse for me etc - we had 2 years old. I still do not lift him. Is your husband prepare to do this 24/7? I am not saying do not have kids, I am saying that you should try to fix your back - surgery or PT or whatever - but you should try to enter mothehood in a best shape. And you can do it! I had serious issues in 2003 - 2004 and then it get better, I got pregnant - it was fine during regnancy, but constant nursing, carrying baby etc made me worse again. I am getting better again, so it is a rollocoaster. You just have to find a pain-free time to get pregnant.
  • I just wanted to say thank you, and I appreciate all that you have said. I just wanted to make the point that I was not trying and planning to get pregnant tomorrow. I don’t want to come across as this crazy desperate person who will do anything and everything to achieve getting pregnant!?! I do however very much want to start a family, and have a child one day hopefully. I have searched for many different opinions. I was sharing what I have been told so far what my options are after speaking to surgeons, different types of doctors, medical staff and have done my own research. This was another step of me finding any and all types of answers. I really want to find someone who is either going through, has gone through or knows somebody that has gone through? I just wanted to know if anyone out there has experienced pregnancy with a back condition similar to mine. I just wanted to know do I still have hope; do I still have options? If so what are they? I wanted to know if there was some small glimpse of hope! I would love to start a family, and like I said have been told so many different things. I wanted all and any advice but would love to know if someone has been through it, and what changes they had to make? Thank you for responding.
  • Have you seen more than one spinal specialist concerning your problems? Just from reading through your MRI notes, I wondered if there weren't other procedures that could be attempted prior to having a fusion. Why did the surgeon say you weren't a candidate for ADR?

    What all have you done thus far to treat your pain?

    There are always ways you can carry a baby when you have health issues. Some people end up having to stay in bed for the later part of the pregnancy...but there are ways to accommodate the issues you have. To me, nothing jumps out as being so bad that you couldn't complete a pregnancy, one way or another. It looks like you have nerve pain from some mechanical problems.

    Do you have one doctor overseeing your case? It seems like you are on fairly high doses of medication and it seems not to be helping. In most cases, opiods do not work for nerve pain.
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