Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by kjade, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. kjade

    kjade New Member

    I am expecting my 4th baby, and I am so excited! I am currently in my 5th month. So far, this pregnancy has been moving along well. I have read that FM symptoms generally subside or go into remission during pregnancy, but that hasn't really been the case for me. I keep getting flare-ups, and can't really take many meds to help with the pain.

    I wasn't dx'ed with FM until after my 3rd child was born. I had many symptoms for many years, all of which were dismissed as being anxiety/stress related, but I didn't start getting really bad until after that birth. I had a tough time with the sleepless nights and caring for my other children.

    I am worried about what things will be like with this baby. I worry that I will not have enough energy to care for a newborn again, even with dh's help. I am basically worried about everything.

    Has anyone been through pregnancy with FMS? Any advice or words of wisdom for me?
  2. bobbycat

    bobbycat New Member

    I am not pregnant but I do feel for you. Is there something your doctor can give you during this time to help with the pain. Ask about 24+ or other external ointments that may help with the pain yet would not hurt the baby. Look up FMS 24+ on internet and see if ingrediants are safe. After birth I hope that you have someone to come and stay with you to help with the baby and the other children. It is best try to not get stressed out and having someone help will minimize that and in fact if you could have someone help now that may help you stress which will help with your pain. Wish I could be more help. Hopefully someone pregnant will post. Take Care. Bobby
  3. jrbear

    jrbear New Member

    I was also diagnosed with fm before my 4th pregnancy, It did seem to be the hardest pregnancy with the pain and lack of energy, However, Babies are such a blessing I believe God gives us just what need to care for His precious children! The sleep deprevation was hard, but with a beautiful little baby to care for it just seemed I was so thankful to have him that I didn't mind. My little guy is 2 now and so much fun! My dh is so great about letting me sleep on the weekends I just do what I can to get through until then( My son still gets up at night for water and to get in our bed and I don;t sleep at night, and can't in the day with the little one) I guess I just wanted to let you know you will be fine and congratulations on the new baby!! Jr bear
  4. kjade

    kjade New Member

    Thank you very much for your replies. It has been hard for me to find much info anywhere about FM and pregnancy. From most of what I have read, most people gp into remission during pregnancy. But unfortunately, I have not been so lucky. I seem to be the same or worse than before. Which really worries me....I always push myself too hard, and I know the day will come when I can no longer "do it all".

    The Drs haven't been much help either. When I informed my Rheumy that I was pregnant, he seemed to want nothing more to do with me at all. He basically told me to stop all meds, and told me I could not even take Advil for pain. He then told me he would see me in 8 months for my next appt. ????? I would think he would want to monitor me and work with me to make sure I am doing ok. He is after all, treating me for Fibro. Just because I am pregnant, that doesn't go away. He told me he doesn't normally treat pregnant women. Maybe I need a new Dr????

    My OBGYN has been wonderful, but of course, she doesn't treat Fibro, so she doesn't say much about it. We only discuss the baby and my pre-natal treatment. I do like her a lot though. She is a very good OBGYN.

    It's like they are just tossing me aside and saying "oh well...there's nothing we can do for you. Just don't take any meds because it will harm the baby" And that's it. I mean, is the Rheumatologist telling me to go away for 8 months because he knows he cannot prescribe any meds??? Is that all he knows how to do is hand out pills? I mean, the LEAST he could have done was refer me to someone else who knew more about this, and could help me. So now, I pretty much feel alone, and I feel Drs have failed me again. But thank you again for replying. I know it will be really tough for me when the baby comes, but I will get through it. I love babies so much....I could just sit and hold them and stare at them all day.

    My mom made a comment when I told her I was preg. She said maybe after this baby is born the surge of hormones will help rid me of "this". What is weird for me is, after I had each baby, I developed strange medical symptoms that lasted until the next pregnancy, then went away after the next baby came. Is it possible for FM to just go away after this baby? I don't see that happening, but I suppose I can hope.
  5. place

    place New Member

    I went to a specialist who looks at medications. I brought my whole list. I was surprised on how much I was able to stay on. My GP said she will proscribe nothing. My gyno let me stay on my noritriptyline, T3 and hydrocortol. She said it would be good if during the first 8 weeks I was off all. then she said we could discuss adding stuff back. The dr specialist for weird preg and medications told me that I could stay on all of these plus my ritalin, singular and webutrin while trying. She did want me off the ritalin and webutrin when I did get preg. Sometimes dr just tell you nothing so they don't get sued!