Post # 1
Do any of you future TTC woman have chronic pain syndrome. For me, I have failed back surgery syndrome ( 3 back surgeries) – on lots of pain medication to live day to day. I am just wondering if you have been close to being in my shoes, what did you do? What did your Dr. say? Was it a high risk pregnancy? How did you control your pain levels? I would love to be a mom one day but having this health condition is making me question my abilities at all.
Please do NOT REPLY if YOU personally have not had chronic pain syndrome – this is a permenant condition, not one that just happens for awhile and goes away on it’s own.
Post # 3
I wouldn’t say my pain is extreme by any means… but I get curious about pain managment also… so I’m commenting to follow.
Post # 4
@newbabybee: I am currently 8 weeks pregnant and I have cervical arthritis with degenerative disc disease. I’ve suffered chronic neck pain for years, with herniated discs and pinched nerves.
I was on prescribed medication for many years and eventually a few years ago took myself off it for concerns (I was on Celebrex which I then stopped when I heard bad things about it) and plus I would self medicate with tylenol 3s constantly – even morphine one time – anything to help the pain.
I started to feel like nothing was helping anymore, I was getting satiated on the meds and I didn’t feel healthy so I weaned myself off, going only to glucosomine/condriton/msm natural supplements. Over time, it helped and I felt healthier.
I stopped taking the natural supplements when my DH and I were ttc, because I didn’t want to risk it, it is ‘unknown’ whether glucosomine is safe. I made that decision myself, didn’t discuss it with the doctor just did my own research.
So far, I feel ok. I struggle daily with pain and heaviness in my neck, it’s not fun but I can manage, and for me I feel better not risking being on medication of any kind that might harm my pregnancy. However – I am worried for what will happen when my stomach gets heavier and it will no doubt put more strain on my neck. I’m not sure, I’ll just cross that bridge when I’m there.
I lie down as much as I can, I use a rice bag on my neck when it’s really sore, get neck massages, and I manage. (I’ve also tried accupuncture in the past, but I found massage for me is more effective pain relief.) It sucks but at least I know I’m not harming our baby with meds.
Hope that helps