Re: Anyone pregnant & have chronic pain?
I know that most OB doctors will look to see if the benefits you receive from the medication outweigh the risks. Like say there is 15% chance that being on your meds could cause damage to your baby...but you are in horrible pain (which puts a huge amount of stress on both you and baby). Tylenol is pretty much the only thing on the OK list but that isn't going to cut it for chronic pain.
This is a converation you need to have with your OB doctor. Explain to him/her how horrible this pain is and the stress it is causing you. Tell that doctor what helped in the past and ask them to go over it with you or possibly there may be a different medication you could try.
As a pregnant mommy I know everyone tries to scare you. I know this is a little TMI, but I've always had constipation and was on medication for it. I talked to my doctor about it and she told me I shouldn't risk it because it's a category X (meaning outcome to baby is not known). This caused horrible constipation and the doctor finally started letting me take my meds again and my baby was fine.
So just have an open discussion with your doctor about it and other possibilities. I know you want your baby to be happy, but you need to be happy too. Plus it sounds like you have another couple of children that you are taking care of as well. This is going to be pretty hard on you if you are in extreme pain all the time.
I also have a friend who got off her antidpressants to get pregnant and lately I guess she's been having thoughts of suicide. These are the types of things I'm talking about. I think it would be better to have her take the antidipressants rather than driving her car off a bridge.
I just hope you can find a good doc that understands that and will not treat you like crap if you should happen to stay on your pain meds during pregnancy.
If you do end up staying on your meds, just do everything else to keep you healthy..eat super good, get some walking in if you can, practice some relaxation, etc.
I would imagine the stress and pain you are dealing with would be just as bad if not worse than just taking the meds that you need.
But again, that's just my opinion, just make sure to talk to your doctor first.