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Daughter is PG and has a spinal injury - need pain control info please

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Chronic Pain
Hi :)

My adult daughter who has 4 children and is 6 months PG with #5 has a back injury. She has a herniated disk ( at least 1 that we are sure of, suspect more ). Spinal stoniness, degenerative disk disease, spinal arthritis, scoliosis.

Here is the situation. She had her 3rd child and the epidural tech was new ( unknown to us ) she endured 13 spinal injections until finally the "real" tech came in and did it correctly. Within just a few months she was PG with child #4 ( opps lol ) and due to what they said was scar tissues the same thing happened with the epidural injections AND then she needed 4 blood patches to the spinal column. Right after that she was just walking one day and lost control of her bowels and bladder and felt an electrical type stinging down her spine.

I took her to the ER - she was in the hospital for about 5 days with tons of tests ran. That is how we got all the diagnosis above for her.

So then as she had regained full control of her body functions they said she did not need surgery.

We as a family feel that it is possible at that medical "trauma" to her spine when she was having her children weakened her spine. Which has nothing to do with my post - just an FYI I threw in here ;)

So she was sent to a PM and he sent her to PT 3 times a week and she was on Percocet can't remember dosage but I know he gave her 90 pills a month.

She gained a lot of weight after this last back event. She weighs over 300 lbs now. Even with doing everything she was told to do she had almost unbearable pain but the Dr would not give her any thing else.
She ended up PG with child to be #5 ( opps again! but this time no lol ). Her PM keeps her on the same med but lowers the monthly amount allotted her. She goes in 1 day and he tells her that is his last day.

She goes to her midwife who freaks when my daughter ask for a pain script. She is turned over to a OB who finds out she now has cysts the size of lemons on her ovaries, which the Dr said COULD cause even more back pain. BUT this Dr. gives her Tylenol #3.

We are so torn as to what to do - we know all about the dangers to the baby, but we also are standing by and watching our daughter suffer and getting more and more depressed over the pain which is only getting worse as of the growing baby.

We have NO clue what type of a Dr to contact. I myself have called OBs for her and none want to touch her - I have called pain Drs and none of them want to touch her either.

We fully understand the concerns of the unborn baby and we too have them.
We just can not believe that all PG woman with a back injury do not get treated for it - BUT we very well could be wrong about this thought.

ANY suggestions to where we should/could go from this point are greatly appreciative.


  • I wish I could edit my first post. I always find a type or spelling error in them lol

    scat tissue in above post is to be scar tissue.
  • I would ask for a referral to a "high risk" OB. With her history and current issues, she definitely falls into that category and, in my opinion, the high risk doctors are much better at managing multiple complex issues.

    And, in the skinny little box right under your signature, there's an edit button for your posts. ;)
  • As bionic woman suggested above, the first is a called "a high risk" OB, the second would be a high risk perinatalogist (pediatrician that specializes in handling high-risk babies when they are born). About a year back someone here posted that she was in her last trimester and had a back injury and mentioned the struggles of finding someone to treat her. Yes, most ob's would rather have the patient on near 100% bed rest than treat pain in a pregnant patient, the newborn brain's & neuro. system are so sensitive that even in Tylenol #3 is going to give that baby some withdrawals and definitely needs a specialist. Your best bet may be a university-type setting.
  • My fault - I did not share that she asked for a referral and was told no, that this Dr ( who is a high risk OB ) could handle this ?

    We fully understand all the risks to the baby we really do and are trying very hard to limit any harm.

    However surely there is some type of treatment for my daughter that is not harmful for baby?
  • I would also include a referral to see a pain specialist too because they are specifically trained in prescribing the right dose of pain medication under many different circumstances. I would also speak to a pharmacist about how safe the Tylenol #3 and Percocets are on the developing fetus. I had problems during my second pregnancy and my OBGYN gave me Demerol and Tylenol #3 briefly because of hip pain which made it difficult for me to walk around. My daughter came out okay and there were no problems during labor, but of course this was my experience only and your daughter should follow the recommendations of her doctors. I hope things work out for her and the baby. Take care
  • I was pregnant and needed pain management, I was sent to a high risk ob, and a perinatalogist, both of whom were wonderful in handling my pain needs and my high risk ob needs and those of my baby.
    I hated the very idea of pain meds while pregnant, but as my doctors explained to me, it was far more dangerous for the baby to be subjected to the stress that my body was under without pain medication than it was for me to be on pain medications and carrying my baby.
    PM me if you need more assistance with some ideas for your daughter.
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