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How to handle pregnancy/no meds?

ruh rohrruh roh Posts: 2
edited 01/23/2015 - 8:32 AM in Chronic Pain
Hi All! Im new here and have been reading a little bit... Its nice and sad at the same time to know there are so many others who are experiencing pain like I am.

A little bit of history, Im 28 years old and got diagnosed with DDD about 3 years ago and it started in my lower back. I also have been diagnosed with Osteo Arthritis (neck, ribs, back). My back back MRI from 2013 would tell you I have DDD, 2 bulged discs, and spinal stenosis. I had a steroid injection in my lower back, it was heaven but only lasted 1 month.

Recently my neck has been bothering me, so much so it developed a huge lump/muscle spasm that was visible and painful to touch. My Dr told me this was its way of protecting itself. I have always been on Flexeril (muscle relaxer) for my back so we were surprised my muscles did this. I got an MRI and it showed cervical spondylosis, disc protrusion with contact on the spinal cord, multilevel narrowing and osteophytes everywhere. Needless to say, it hurts like a b^&*%.

I have been taking Celebrex, Flexeril, and Norco everyday but now I want to get pregnant and I know I cannot take these drugs.

What was the best way you accomplished a pain free/drug free life? My diet is good but not great, I dont drink or smoke.

Any tips would be much appreciated! I tried to go med free for 2 weeks and I was in so much pain I couldnt sleep, was miserable at work (couldnt sit long), and felt like my insides were on fire.

Thank you for listening!


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    should be with your OBGYN doctor. Tell them all the medications you are on, that you plan on getting pregnant and what are the potential problems associated with those medications.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 01/25/2015 - 6:24 PM
    I prepared for about a year to get pregnant with our daughter. For me it was about gathering all the tricks in the book that worked for me. Physical therapy, getting my body as strong as possible first really helped. I remained very lean throughout my pregnancy & followed a strict diet.
    You mention muscle spasms. Have you tried Botox & steroid trigger point shots? They helped me. First I'd try everything your doc suggests to reduce each pain source you have.
    I found a great specialist (pregnancy & rehab) massage therapist. She was a life saver. A yoga specialist taught me stretches & relaxation techniques to control my stress & reduce my pain. There are aromatherapy massage oils, check with your OBGYN whats safe. Follow all of your restrictions. Just get yourself in fighting shape & listen to your doctors.
    Many women experience spine pain after getting pregnant. My OBGYN was very knowledgable & helpful. My best advise is find what works for you & gather a great team of specialists around you.
    I had to take pain medication towards the end of my pregnancy because of the risks of being in that level of pain far exceeded the risks of occasional meds.
    It wasn't easy but to be honest it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The reward ahead gives you a different mindset & I treated my body like an incubator! Towards the end of my pregnancy I went to a new doctor for a flu shot (it was the year swine flu first hit & there was a shortage of vaccinations) before I knew what was happening he 'adjusted' my back & really hurt me. I don't know if I would of made it through my whole pregnancy without meds if that hadn't happened.

    Remember that when you first titrate off of meds you experience an increase in the pain you feel. My doc slowly titrated me off of each of my meds. I didn't stop 'cold turkey' & I didn't stop them all at the same time. Your OBGYN will advise you what's safe to take & do at the different stages of your pregnancy.

    My daughter was born full term & perfectly healthy. ;-)

    Best of luck.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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