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Just wondered if anyone has taken this med...
I'm 2 weeks post-op L5-S1 microdiscectomy. Had no pain for the first 3 days after surgery, then developed increasing leg pain. Since I was taking Bextra before surgery (right around the time the concerns were all over the media), I asked my doctor what other anti-inflammatory I could take and he prescribed Arthrotec.
So far I think my pain has been responding (knock wood, although sometimes it's off and on) but I just wondered if anyone here has taken it and if so, for how long? The info sheet on it says that maximum benefit can be derived from continued and routine use. It's supposed to be safe and is used because it doesn't irritate the stomach, but it has a lot of creepy things about it - it actually has an ingredient in it that can induce abortion or miscarriage in pregnant women. There's no chance that I could be pregnant now but it kinda makes me sad because my husband and I were trying for a baby right around the time I developed my worst pain flareup a few months pre-surgery. and I had a very early miscarriage (I'm 29). I'm scared
there's a chance that my pain, the surgery and this med. could take away any hope of us ever having a baby...crap this has turned into quite the pity party, I'm really sorry.
Mern, I understand your fears. If you do get pregnant though, your doctor will switch you to something else with a better pregnancy catagory. You will probably not have to be on the Arthrotec long term anyway. Give yourelf a month or two and I bet you will be feeling alot better.

The stress of going through surgery coupled with your fears about having children must be difficult. It's easy for me to tell you to relax since I am not in your shoes so if I come across insensetive, I am sorry. I just want you to not worry too much because it can slow your healing. Hang in there, everything will turn out o.k.

I can't thank you enough for your kind words. I'm trying to stay positive and pay attention to my healing while dealing with everything else. I'm going to ask my doctor about Neurontin when I see him - but so far, the Arthrotec's been pretty good. I'm just concerned about the drug itself.

Thanks again!!! :angel: