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edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Chronic Pain
=(( I just found out that I am pregnant two weeks ago and have seen 3 doctors for advice due to all of the medicatons I am on. I have done so much research on my own - but today I saw my PM Dr and he also said that I needed to terminate the pregnancy due to meds and my condition. So here I turn for help and grasp at a last minute reprieve.

I have four bulging discs L4 - S1 and nerve damage to add to the pain of the sciatica which accompanies the bulges. Then there are the medications: neurontin 2900mg per day, duragesic 50mg x 3 days, cymbalta 60mg per day, vicodin 1000mg 3xday, soma 700mg day, vitamin b series, ducolax 1000mg per day, colace 100mg per day......since most of these meds are class C drugs,,,,the docs said that the baby would most likely have issues his or her entire life. Has anyone been prego while taking these meds? I am especially interested in the neurontin, fentanyl and cymbalta

I appreciate your prayers as we do not believe in abortion, however we will do what is best for me and the baby.


  • I feel for you - bless your heart. Will be thinking of you susan
  • Here is a link for you...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pregnancy_category..i will say a prayer for you...
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  • I am so sorry to hear that you are going through this and now you are Pregnant, how far along are you? I feel your pain, about weather to keep the baby, Only you can answer that, but you have to do what is best for both of you, I know me at this time it is hard for me to even lift a gallon of milk let alone a baby, i could not handle at this time, have you had any previous Surgery? wow you r on alot of Med"s hope that they r helping with the pain,i take 5mg of vicoden once daily in the morning or like now cannot sleep cuz of pain and soma 350 mg twice a day but since the pain is worsen i take the soma 3 time a day.. no- sleeping pills i wish but doc said i am not sleeping cause of the pain and he does not want me on them,go -figure.i do need stronger meds but trying to hang in there, because i need another surgery, i would like to wish you the best of luck,and i hope everything works out for you, and i hope the baby will be alright,It must be so hard for you, especially now you are expecting take care of yourself,,,
  • is all I can says since I don't know medicine. Or trust in the Lord but He doesn't always answer our prayers the way we think he should.

    I'm sorry for your back problems and the important decision you will soon have to make, either way, to keep or abort. I wish you the best and my heart breaks that such a young person has to be in so much pain.
  • I want to thank all of you who have responded. I am 7.5 weeks and wait to see yet another specialist. so far I have had 4 tell me that I could not carry this baby. however, I do not belive in abortions so I am not sure where I am at....other than just needing to give this to God
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  • This is a choice that only you and your partner can make. Some medications warn not to take them while pregnant or nursing and I'm sure the warnings are there for a reason. However, there are many mothers who take far worse things during pregnancy and have "healthy" babies all the time. You, unfortunately, have the added issue of chronic pain and the decision to make there as well. It's hard to care for a healthy baby when we're well and it sounds like you're far from being well.

    I don't envy you this terrible time in your life and while I'm not overly religious this is a time to pray for your family. I hope you find the answers that you are looking for.

    All the best to you, please keep in touch with us and we'll try to help you through this difficult time.

  • I am so sorry that you even have to consider this decision.I too take a lot of meds and had Mirena inserted to make sure that I don't get pregnant. Please keep your faith and do what you and your partner feel is right. Those are some major meds so if I were in your position, I would be totally at a loss. I am glad that you continue to research and seek additional medical opinions. I noticed on your sig that you have 5 kids. Having another baby with your back condition and all those meds with 5 kids would be hard enough given the baby didn't have any problems. I will pray for you and whatever decision you make, please know that I will not judge you either way.

    I am sorry that you are put in this situation.
  • my wife stopped all meds when she was pregnant. if you take narcotics, baby could end up going though withdrawl symptoms. i do not believe in abortion. you can ask dr to go through rapid detox where they put you out and give you meds to get you off narcotis it takes about 8 hours and you are asleep. if i had to go off i would do this. if pain is so bad you can't exist without meds i don;t know what i would do. my wife did not even take an aspirin or even alcohol, nothing. any drug can affect health of baby my wife's sister drank though pregnancy and baby died at childbirth. it was severly deformed
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • This is a very tough issue and a difficult place to be in. You are in the early development stage in your pregnancy where these medications have the most effects. Years ago when I was pregnant, I was on regular medication too. My doctor told me it was relatively safe, but I decided to stop altogether , not wanting any additional risks to the baby. In my second pregnancy, I had to be on demerol for a couple of weeks because of bad ligament pain that made it hard to walk, and my other baby came out fine, despite of also having preterm labor stopped at 30 weeks.
    I can't tell you what you should do but only do what you think in your heart is right. I am truly sorry that you have such a heart wrenching decision to make. Please don't feel guilt over the medications you have taken, you did not plan for this to happen. You were just trying to take care of your pain so that you can raise your family. I take practically the same meds as you just to be able to function. I hope that your husband and family are supportive through this most painful time of your life. We are here for you whenever you need us.
  • I'm not advising one way or the other but you also have to remember how much pain you are going to be in without meds and carrying a baby. Like said above, this is not your fault and I am sorry that you have to make this decision. I don't beleive in abortion either but if I was faced with this decision I would have to consider aborting the baby because of the potential harm that has already been done to the fetus and the potential additional damage to your back while carrying the baby. My heart goes out to you. :X
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