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Pain and pregnant

Hello,  have plans to expand my family and have my second child later on this year.  New to chronic pain, I'm on tramadol daily 150 to 200 mg a day for my buldging discs in c4/5/6. I've done some reading on the topic taking pain pills while pregnant, but would like to hear people's expierences. I haven't spoken to my doctor about this yet just simply interested in hearing people's experiences.  If they had to make the choice and take pain meds while pregnant? Or stopped taking their meds and had an awful pregnancy or if they chose not to have kids because of their daily pain.  Thanks for your time. 



  • @Alyssaw16 please talk to your doctor. It is not safe for the fetus to take ANY pain medication. Espically in the first trimester. Personally, if it came to my baby's safety, I would go through the pregnancy without it. Or wait to start a family. 

    Retrolisthesis C4 of C5 and C5 of C6
    Spondylolthesis C5/C6
    Disc protrusions with Annular Tears C3/C4, C4/C5, and C5/C6
    Disc Material Compressing Spinal Cord C3/C4
    Severe Forminal Stenosis C5/C6
    Ankylosing Spondylitis 
    Annular Tears L3/L4 and L5/S1
    Enlarged Facet Joints/Facet Anthrosis L3/L4/L5
    PLIF with Rods, Cage, and Pedicle Screws-L4/L5
  • I understand that. I wasn't planning on taking pain killers while pregnant. Just seeing if anyone had expierence of chronic pain while pregnant,  and how did they deal with it. I read some women take pain pills while pregnant baby is fine, also hear when outcome isn't good. Wasn't planning on getting pregnant and relying on pain meds. Was curious of others expierences during pregnancy.

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  • peanut006peanut006 MichiganPosts: 147

    I was injured due to a car accident when I wad 15. I've been through multiple procedures and surgeries and in pain management ever since.  Because of the need for medication,  I had to make the choice not to have children.  I have two wonderful step children who I love as my own thankfully,  but knowing I couldn't be off the medication I chose not to take the risk of hurting my own child...

  • I'm so sorry! Glad it worked out with your step children! Yes I wouldn't chose pain meds over my baby. I will just be off the meds for my pregnancy and breast feeding time. Thanks so much for sharing your story!

  • peanut006peanut006 MichiganPosts: 147

    You're vey welcome!!! I wish you the best of luck.  The hardest thing is that there are no medical studies on the subject because they can't obviously give healthy pregnant women pain meds to test if their babies will be okay or not... so only your doctor can make the decision,  based on what your being treated for and your pain levels, whether the benefit outweighs the risks.  But if you believe you can go without them then that is by far the best route to take... I just wasn't ever willing to risk it.  And I knew my pain levels would keep me from being the kind of mother I'd want to be and I wasn't willing to do that to my child either. 

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  • sandi123ssandi123 Posts: 757
    edited 08/03/2017 - 8:13 PM

    I had RSD ( sympathetic nervous system) pain after a shoulder reconstruction. Was in pain management with a specialist in the condition, and on several different pain meds at the time. After having to undergo ivf to get pregnant, almost 7 years from my last, I unexpectedly became pregnant. Because of the severity of my RSD, and the involvement from collar bone to finger tips, I did consider staying on the meds at the insistence of my pm and my perinatalogist.

    I disagreed with them and immediately stopped all meds, taking myself off them. Funnily enough, the hormones seemed to ease the levels of pain in the RSD, and even some of the frozen shoulder, arm, and hand, during the pregnancy.

    Although in some rare instances, doctors may recommend staying on meds, there is nothing worse than watching a newborn experience withdrawal. Unfortunately, because my son was born at 24 weeks, I got to witness several cases in NICU, and it was ugly. Not something any parent wants to see any child experience.

  • peanut006peanut006 MichiganPosts: 147

    I hear you Sandi... I've seen it too and it's horrible for those poor babies.  Talk to any adult here that's had to go thru withdrawal and imagine a newborn living thru that....i couldn't do that.  Am I saddened that I never had children,  yes,  but I don't think it's right to become a mother if you can't be the best mother possible and for many reasons,  medication, pain, and physical difficulties,  I know I couldn't.  But I was blessed with an amazing family anyway so I know God had a great plan for me even if I didn't see it!!

  • peanut006peanut006 MichiganPosts: 147

    I just read what I said and I want to apologize a little because it could offend some and I didn't intend to.  I know there are lots of mom's and dad's that are CP patients and I don't mean to imply that because of it they're not good parents. In my situation I was injured at 15 and it was a choice I knew I had to make because chronic pain was going to be my life after the first surgery failed, but so many others who were injured later in life had to deal with the pain and parenting and they have my utmost respect!!

  • Thank you so much for sharing your stories! I agree I wouldn't be able to watch my new born go through withdrawals,  or live with myself if anything happened to my baby. I have a 4 year old little boy right now, and my pain meds help me be the active mother I want/need to be for my little man. I want a another child so bad. I plan to stop taking my pain meds during pregnancy and of course during breastfeeding. Once that stage is over il continue my meds if I'm still in the awful pain I'm currently in now. I've also heard pregnant hormones helping balance pain during pregnancy as well! 

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