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    Gee, Fancy,
    I am glad you are back. I about thought you went into labor!! I got you confused with someone else and THOUGHT you were 38 weeks! But I looked back and noticed I was wrong! You HAVE to go online RIGHT before labor hits, and LET US KNOW! Ha! Just kidding!

    Anyway, I am VERY glad that you are getting some support! I hope all goes well, and I am very sorry that you've had some hard times and HOPE they get better! BE really careful, as I told you, with the cutting back or stopping completely! With your blood pressure already being high, you can cause it to go up even more IF you stop too quickly! Plus, you don't want to put yourself or the baby into shock! So take it really easy (my famous line)! You still have some time and can make it! We are ALL rooting for you!

    It sounds like you are doing better with the pills. How many mg. are you taking now? Any success with tapering?

    Well, thanks for checking in and letting everyone know how you are doing! Stay strong and take care!!! [:I]

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    Hey Fancy,

    So glad to to hear from you ! Sorry that you've been having a rough time Penelope and I have been so concerned about you. That is really good that they have set you up with someone to talk with! You know Fancy, babies are very strong little people! They can indure a lot more than a grown person! They have a fight in them like no other!! [:I] I pray all they time for you! You and the lil' one will do just fine! Don't overdo it and rest. Just let us know if you need to talk!!! Take Care and God Bless. I know once the baby gets here you will be VERY busy! so just rest lady!!

    Wendy

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    Thank you all for your kind words and advice. I haven't been online b/c my back pain has been pretty bad and sitting makes it worse. I will write more when I am feeling better, but I wanted to thank you all for your prayers and thoughtfulness. I know that when my husband and I decide to have a baby, my husband will be a prince. Wendy, like you I have the most understanding, patient, wonderful husband. Sometimes I don't know how he puts up with my crabbiness from the pain, or my fatigue, or inability to do a lot of things around the house, or my lack of sex drive from the pain and meds--like you said it isn't always easy, and he certainly isn't always a saint, but he is a Godsend. He makes dealing with this pain so much easier, and I know that when we do have children he will be an active father, and help me out as much as possible. I just want to enjoy being a mommy, and I want to enjoy being pregnant.

    One of my oldest friends is pregnant now, and she is having sciatica due to the pregnancy, so of course my fear is that my pain will increase dramatically when I am pregnant, and if I lower my meds, I may not be able to handle it well. I may be getting botox injections for my thoracic muscle spasms. Do any of you of experience with botox for muscle spasms? I know it paralyzes the muscle keeping it from spasming which hopefully in turn keeps the pain down. I think they may be able to do those type of injections during pregnancy. I am going to ask my pain mgmt. doctor on Friday. If I were able to get the right combination of injections to decrease my pain enough to go off the meds, or at least off the opioid ones, then I would feel more at ease with pregnancy. But I understand the need to be on meds during pregnancy, and I just may need to. Like you, I need to do my research, have discussions with my doctors (pain mgmt and OBGYN) until we are all comfortable with my meds and course of treatment.

    I have heard that these meds do NOT harm the baby, but I also know that there hasn'I been a lot of research on it, and I guess that part scares me. My doctor told me that the first trimester is the most dangerous b/c that is when all of the organs are developing, so it's when you have to be most careful. Ironically, most women don't know they are pregnant til near the end of the first trimester, so they may be harming the fetus's development w/out even realizing. That's scary.

    I have been at the computer for too long--this was just supposed to be a quick note. Again, I appreciate all of your kind words. Wendy, you have great strength. I know we don't know each other, but I wanted to say I am proud of you.

    Fancy, I am proud of you too. I know how difficult the decision is to stay on the pain meds--already you are being a mommy and thinking of your child over yourself, but I think you are correct in staying on the meds. You can't be a good mommy if you are not feeling good, so I think in the end you are doing yourself and your baby a favor (and your husband too, b/c I am sure if you were in even more pain without your meds he would be getting the brunt of it ). I wish you an easy, painfree delivery and most importantly a beautiful, HEALTHY baby.

    Hope everyone is doing well. I will try and check in later in the week.

    -Lomlbean

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    Here is the latest....the Perinatal (sp?) specialist wants me off the hydrocodone by 36 weeks, period! So I have been instructed to take two 5mg. a day for one week, them 1 5mg. a day for one week. I asked if myself or the baby would undergo any withdrawal issues since I have been taking 20-30 mg a day and they said no. This is one time I really hope the docs are right. The next step is what I am concerned about. And by the way I see him on April 13th, after the vicodin taper, to "start" these other meds. He said instead of the vicodin that he wants me to take Ultram and flexeril. I think somewhere in the past I took Ultram and it didn't do anything, but that aside, when I looked the medication up, it seems to me that it would be worse to take it over the vicodin. So I am confussed. It said it had addictive qualities. This is from what I looked up on line.....There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. ULTRAM should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Neonatal seizures, neonatal withdrawal syndrome, fetal death and still birth have been reported during post-marketing.
    I have decided that if I am strong enough to stop taking the vicodin, then I am not going to take anything the last couple weeks. I already know I am being delievered no later then 38 weeks, and possibly at 37 weeks.
    As far as the flexeril, it seems safe, class B in pregnancy. But it is for muscle spasams, which aren't part of my condition, so there again.....why take it?
    I am glad to see that many of you here believe in the power of prayer, and I feel blessed to be at the receiving end of some of those prayers. Thank You!!!!
    Well been vertical for a couple hours so I need to go lay down for a spell. Bless you all!!

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    Hello, I just found out that I'm pregnant so by going by my LMP I'm only about 4-6 wks. I've been taking hydrocodone for quite some time 7.5-10mg probably for about a year due to lower back pain. Since knowing this I'm no longer taking them. I just want to know that do you think my baby will be harmed from taking them within my first few weeks of pregnancy??? I'm so confused. I've also been laying in the tanning bed but learned that it was not recommended but will not hurt the baby...the rays doesn't penetrate far enough to harm the baby. I had a miscarriage about 2 yrs ago and I'm very nervous for this pregnancy..Any advice would be so greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!!

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    Your baby will be fine especially if your not taking them any more.Most times when women take narcotics through out thier pregnency then the baby is born addicted and they have to wheen it off with morphine for a couple of weeks.If you only took them for the first couple of weeks then I can tell you that you or your baby will have no adverse effects from the narcotics.Have a good term and congrats.....Dave

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    Fancy,
    This is MY opinion, BUT I agree with you totally. I think taking 5 mg of Vicodin is much better than taking Ultram and Flexeril! I would NOT take the Flexeril IF I didn't have to. In addition, I wouldn't trust the Ultram at all!!! (NO STUDIES, NO WAY!) I am SKEPTIC about the Ultram all together...I would run like crazy from it! You read that Flexeril is a B drug, so that is good, but WHY take it if you don't need it? I would NOT take either IF it were ME. Vicodin is a C drug, but I KNOW FOR CERTAIN that the dose you are taking will not harm the baby, especially if you drop at least to 5 mg before it's born! I KNOW if you can take 5 mg. of vicodin a day and the baby is born, it won't have withdrawals! I don't think the baby would have withdrawals at 10 mg either. If the baby does, it would be so very mild and unnoticeable...the baby would be fine but I would drop to at least five, and YES, to NOTHING if possible! Can you hold out for a couple of weeks once you taper and take nothing?

    IF you are on only 10 mg. of Vicodin a day, do you not think you can just go without anything the rest of the pregnancy or AT LEAST cut that to 5 mg? Ten mg. ALL DAY long is NOT that much to help you with pain ANYWAY, so it sounds like you are managing the pain on your OWN.

    Overall, it does sound like you are doing better. Trust your instinct with this some...make your own decisions TOO because this is YOUR LIFE and YOUR BABY!

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    I usually read this because my wife is 36 1/2 wks pregnant and I'm curious what prenant women do when there addicted to pills. I was on ultram for 5 yrs and its just as bad a vic's. The buzz is different and it doesnt have a narcotic in it. Why wouldnt you take the ultram at low dose to block your withdrawls? That would be the better drug for you and your unborn baby. I'm honestly just so confused these days. I'm taking suboxone for my addiction and on here like its a support group for me. I stopped pills for our baby and she stopped her smoking. She's had horrible back pain for a while and doing physical therapy. She's even had a root canal with no meds for the pain. She's so strong and doesnt do anything to hurt our baby, even stopped caffine and little things. With all the work shes doing to be healthy for the baby, I'm still freaking out every single secong for my baby to be healthy. I know what your doc said, but it just makes me think. Its your life and your right, but I still get worked up when I see this discussion going on. But back to the topic take the trams.

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    JBowski13,
    First of all, I would like to say that you have a very strong wife! You have to be proud of her! I know you are really nervous about your baby, and I am hoping that everything goes well and that you are blessed. I can't wait until you come back to this board and tell us how beautiful and healthy your baby is!!! I can tell that you are going to be one protective father!

    You do have some serious concerns and you are justified. It's downright scary to take anything while pregnant. I am glad that your wife has been very careful. I haven't researched the Ultram that much, but according to what I have read, there are some issues with it that would definitely cause ME to avoid it while pregnant: "There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. ULTRAM should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Neonatal seizures, neonatal withdrawal syndrome, fetal death and still birth have been reported during post-marketing."

    I know that the Vicodin is not the perfect way to go (it is category C for a pregnant lady), for the only perfect way to go would be to take nothing, as you said. The main concern with this drug would be withdrawals, which are NOT good. However, there would be no know birth defects, at least. I know Ultram is not as strong as Vicodin when it comes to pain relief, but there are other ingredients in it that would scare me to death if I took it while pregnant. I would NEVER take that chance!! I know you realize that these women would do more harm IF they were to stop the pain pills immediately. I agree with you: it's very frightening that a mother-to-be would have to take anything. But having already done so, it can't be reversed, so they have to find the best way out of this situation. I do think that Fancy has come a long way with tapering her usage of the Vicodin. Hopefully, she will be down to nothing once it is time for labor. Again, I don't advocate taking anything but a prenatal vitamin while pregnant, but I don't know how I would handle their situation either, so I can only sympathize with them because I KNOW it must be very hard on them.

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    Hey everyone,
    sorry I havent been back but my comp decided to crash and I just got everything fixed. I just wanted to thank you all so much. You have been wonderful and I am happy to say that I am completely off the meds with no side effects whatsoever. I am not happy to say that I am now 3 days overdue and still NO BABY lol. Fancy, I just want to tell you PLEASE do not take the Ultram while you're pregnant. I have a friend that was switched to Ultram during her pregnancy from Vicodin and the outcome was devastating. I also know a few people who have or are taking Ultram and have been told it is even more difficult to stop taking Ultram than your typical narcotics. I also have taken Ultram prior to my pregnancy and truthfully they did nothing for my pain and only made me very sick and very cranky. Although I did not have much luck with Tylenol # 3's, there are many pregnant women who do have success with them and they are totally safe and the baby will not be born addicted even if taken up until you are in labor, so if it is possible that they may alleviate your pain to the point where it is bareable, and you can stomach them, I would ask your doc if they can switch you to them. Just a suggestion! Tylenol # 3 have very low half life and do not stay in your system or the baby's long enough to cause withdraw symptoms. I wish that I could have stomached them and stuck to them during this pregnancy. Anyway, Thank you all again and good luck to all of you. Hopefully I will be delivering a baby here soon so I might not be able to check back in too soon but I promise that I will as soon as possible =]

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    Way to go,being drug free will give that baby a head start.Lay back and take it easy the baby will come when he/she is ready.Congrats on staying dryg free not only for your baby but for yourself....Dave

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    MSO,
    Congratulations! I can't wait until that baby is born! IF it's born today, it will be on my youngest daughter's birthday (April 6)! Good luck to you, and I am so glad that you passed all that advice along! I didn't even know that about tylenol #3s. I did know that hydros stay in your system for about 12 hours, but I didn't even know/think about the other! Well, I mainly wanted to wish you good luck! When you have the baby and are able to hobble to the computer...come back and type a line or two letting us know how you and the baby are doing!

    All my love! [:I]

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    Hi All!! First of all I need to say this......I am NOT a drug addict. I do not nor have ever taken a medication for any other reason then it was prescribed! As everyone here knows some medications happen to cause physical dependancy. That does not make a person an addict.
    Anyway, Penelope........I haven't taken any vicodin since sat. morning! Yes my back is killing me, but I am going to get through this. The only issue I am having is what seems like anxiety attacks. Not sleeping well. (but then who does at 8+ months pregnant). I don't believe the anxiety is withdrawal related, but then I am not a dr.
    OB/GYN already has planned to deliever me at 38 weeks, which is three weeks away, but when I see the perinatal specialist this wed. I am going to ask him about delivery at 37 weeks. Of course if it is not 100% safe then 38 weeks it is! And I have decided that either way I am going to tough it out and NOT take the ultram.
    Gotta go for now, will check back soon!!
    Everybody take care!!!

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    Hey,
    The baby is finally here!!! My baby boy was born april 7th weighing in at 7lbs 9oz and 20 inches long....hes beautiful and perfectly healthy....unfortunately it was about 50 hours of back labor...but well worth it in the end....thanks again for all of your support and I will keep in touch!

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    Fancy,
    I am SO proud of you! You did it! I KNOW it is hard...I am sorry that you are hurting so bad...but it won't be forever! Hopefully, also, your pain will subside some AFTER you have the baby and you don't have so much weight to carry! You are wonderful!!!


    MSO,
    The BEST NEWS TODAY...Congratulations sweetheart!!! I KNOW you are SO HAPPY! You take care of yourself and that baby! You MADE IT!! YEEEESSSSS! I am just thrilled! I KNOW you are glad that the labor is over...what a LONG time to be in labor! I was in labor for 14 hours for both of my children...I couldn't imagine 50 hours! Wow! But the good new is you MADE IT!!!! I am SO VERY HAPPY FOR YOU!

    Fancy, you will get there soon, too! I am so happy that you have conquered what you set out to conquer! I KNEW you could do it! Way to go, girl!!! [:I]

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    CONGRATULATIONS MSO!!!! I am sooo excited for you! I am scheduled to be delivered 3 weeks from today (May 6th). I saw my ob/gyn and the perinatal specialist Wed. They both said that as long as the bottom BP number doesn't go over 90 They will wait till 38 weeks to deliver, but if it goes over 90, welcome baby! I have to see them both each week now, thank the Lord for insurance!
    The perinatal Doc still wants me to take Ultram if the pain gets too bad. He said the stress of the pain would be worse for both myself and the baby, then taking an Ultram. He said at this point (35 weeks) that there isn't much that a person could take that would hurt the baby, he said I could still take vicodin, but of course depending on how much I took would depend on if the baby would have problems after birth. He made me feel good when he said he was proud of me for taking the initiative to stop taking the meds before they could impact the baby at birth. He did an ultrasound and said she looks great, she got the hiccups while they were doing it, it was sooo cute.
    Enjoy your baby MSO and get plenty of rest(haha), I can't wait to hold my precious little girl, I have loved her all my life and never expected to actually have her, God does make dreams come true!!

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    quote:Originally posted by fancy1866

    CONGRATULATIONS MSO!!!! I am sooo excited for you! I am scheduled to be delivered 3 weeks from today (May 6th). I saw my ob/gyn and the perinatal specialist Wed. They both said that as long as the bottom BP number doesn't go over 90 They will wait till 38 weeks to deliver, but if it goes over 90, welcome baby! I have to see them both each week now, thank the Lord for insurance!
    The perinatal Doc still wants me to take Ultram if the pain gets too bad. He said the stress of the pain would be worse for both myself and the baby, then taking an Ultram. He said at this point (35 weeks) that there isn't much that a person could take that would hurt the baby, he said I could still take vicodin, but of course depending on how much I took would depend on if the baby would have problems after birth. He made me feel good when he said he was proud of me for taking the initiative to stop taking the meds before they could impact the baby at birth. He did an ultrasound and said she looks great, she got the hiccups while they were doing it, it was sooo cute.
    Enjoy your baby MSO and get plenty of rest(haha), I can't wait to hold my precious little girl, I have loved her all my life and never expected to actually have her, God does make dreams come true!!
    hey Fancy.....I haven't been here in a while to check on everyone, It's getting closer to my surgery day again.Getting very nervous. I am so glad your sweet little girl is on her way!! You have been through a lot of emotional and physcial distress, but believe me when you hold her in your arms.......all that is OVER!!!! I am proud of you!!!! Good luck May 6th and my prayers are with you!! -Mommamia(wendy)

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    Wendy.....Glad to hear from you!! Exactly what kind of surgery are you having? We both probably have the same anticipation, anxiety, etc. going on!! I'm having a C-section and as routine as they are now a days I still worry! At least this go round I get a baby out of it and not a tumor....LOL!!!! Keep me posted on your surgery and recovery. After next week I may be out of pocket so to speak for a few days.
    I am Soooooo greatful to everyone that has replied to this posting. I always thought I was alone with my chronic pain, and then the pregnancy.
    Bless you Wendy, will talk soon!!

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    Mommamia,
    Sorry I haven't been in touch with you or you either Fancy! Mommamia, I DO PRAY that your surgery goes well. I may not have been around in a while, but I do care about each and every one of you! Fancy...I hope everything goes well for you! You've tried really hard and you should be proud of yourself!

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    Well guys, my beautiful, HEALTHY daughter was delivered by c-section FRIDAY mAY 6TH!!! Our God is a wonderful God, and the power of prayer does exist!!!! Thank you sooooo much to all of you who offered a perfect stranger friendship, support, and prayers!! I loved this little miracle all my life and just hadn't known it yet.
    I plan to continue visiting and writing on this board, and encourage everyone else to do so also. I would have never believed when I started this that so many would read it, or respond as you all have.

    THANKS AGAIN
    will be in touch soon, well if I can pull myself away from the angel in my arms!!!!

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    Fancy, and Wendy,
    I have read your postings and feel so much better that there are others out there that have my same issues.
    I was up for surgery in my back and found out I was pregnant a month ago. I was already taking 10mg of Percocet, 4 a day and I was on the duragesic patch already 50mg. I am so afraid of continuing these meds during my pregnancy, I feel so torn, my doctors say I can't carry a baby without the pain meds, i'll never be able to take the pain, and my bp will rise to high and be harmful to the baby.
    But I don't want to take anything while i'm pregnant, but I know the doctor is right. Plus you get so many hormones and emotions when your first pregnant, I feel like i'm going insaine sometimes and i'm so depressed.
    I am just praying that my baby is ok and doesn't have any withdrawls from this. I actually wasn't planning on getting pregnant yet, it just happend. My husband is so understanding and just wants me not to be in pain, and doesn't want our baby to be in danger, its so hard.
    Anyone have any words of wisdom for me?

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    First and MOST important, don't just see your OB, get in to see a perinatal specialist!!! They can monitor you and the baby better, as well as prescribe the right medications. The first three months are the most crucial, if you can limit your intake of any drugs during this time it is for the best. I was able to take vicodine (hydrocodone) from about the 4th month on, you just need to be tapered off of it 3-4 weeks before the baby is due, that way the baby will not have any withdrawals. During the last month I was allowed to take Ultram and flexeril, but there are also other choices I am sure, that is why it is best to see a perinatal specialist!!
    Well baby is crying, I will check back soon.
    good luck!
    Fancy

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    I just found out that I am pregnant. I have been taking Suboxone for almost 1 year and I have had a few drinks on the weekend with dinner which concerns me. Everyone that I have spoken with has told me to stop and the baby and i will be ok but I cannot stop taking the Suboxone because I will be deathly sick. I tried to stop taking them about 8 months ago and it was the worst thing that I ever went through on the 3rd day and could not go any longer without it. My husband thinks that it is a very high risk and the baby would be dependent on Suboxone. I have to go to the doctor this week but I was wondering if anyone had a simialr situation and could give me a little hope.

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    Crystal, I was taking Suboxone when I found out I was pregnant. Due to my back problems I had been taking narcotics for a couple years and had just had enough of feeling groggy, etc. all the time so my doc told me about a "new" medication that worked well for pain with none of the narcotic side effects. It did work great and I felt like e new person. Anyway I had been taking it for a few months, and simply did a taper. I was taking 6 of them a day, I think. (been a 11 months, can't remember) anyway the doc had me cut down a pill or so every couple days. It was easy till I got down to 1/2 pill every other day. You would think that amount would be nothing, but if I tried to go say three days, I would get sweaty, and have anxiety like attacks. It very well may NOT have been the meds but my overwhelming desire to stop taking them causing me to have the "anxiety". Anyway after about two weeks I was able to throw the rest away. No harm to myself or the baby. Like I told someone else, see a perinatal specialist. They work with "special", "high risk" pregnancies so to speak. The one I saw had many patients pregnant and dealing with chronic pain. It is not uncommon unfortunately. There are safe medications to take during pregnancy and even when breastfeeding.
    As for alcochol.....one drink now and then won't hurt the baby. I don't drink and don't feel a pregnant woman should, but one evening of drinking before you knew you were pregnant is not going to hurt your babyt. Stop stressing, the stress could cause the harm, to you and your unborn child. You didn't mention smoking, and I will not get on my soap box, but if you do smoke, and if any ladies reading this are pregnant and smoke......STOP!!!! Smoking is horrible for unborn babies, as well as causes the infant to have a far greater risk of SIDS then that of a non-smoking Mom.
    Good Luck, and if I can help anymore just let me know!
    Cheyenne had her 4 week "well" baby check-up today and is doing perfect!! The little porker is up tp 9 lbs. 10 ozs.!!

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    I am confused. I have been taking hydrocodone for several years. Only when I have great backpain. I am now in my fourth month and did not take anything the first three. Bamm! The pain came back and did it come back! So, I tried just Tylenol. No go on that. Now, I have started taking 1/2 of my 5/500mg hydrocodone pill. How many mgs is that? I have been reading the posts and they are all talking about 5 mg. Does anyone know how much my pill is?
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    5/500mg is what you have also. The 5 stands for the amount of codiene, and the 500 for the amount of tylenol, so if you taking half you are taking 2.5 mg of codiene and 250 mg of tylenol. This amount won't hurt the baby, but please remember if you take this daily, the baby and you will become dependent and you will need to wean off a few weeks prior to the birth. As I have said over and over in my posts, see a perinatal specialist!! They can tell you what is best for you and your circumstance.

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    Thanks for the reply. I looked up the dosage later. Those numbers never meant much to me. Now, that I have this little guy inside of me, they mean so much. I am still worried. I worry that it will cause birth defects, even though I have read the medical reports. With my first child, I had not previous back problems and did not even take a Tylenol. I was so careful and worried with her. She is perfect, of course. I struggle with a guilty conscious every time I take this pain medication.
    By the way, congratulations on your baby!
    Mamamuse

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    quote:Originally posted by JBowski13

    How do you start Pills when your pregnent? Thats like shooting >>>>>>. Most people are on pills and then become pregnent. But you did the opposite? I'm very curious about this.
    i was just reading this and thought i would just mention that she probebly did not take medication for fun or even to say she started them for no reason. Herion is an extreme drug to compare a little hydrocodone to. We are talking vicodin not herion. Understand When you are in severe pain you will do anything to get out of it. Pain is a very controlling thing. Its hard to make a decisin to take something that could hurt your baby, but if you are unable to function , what choice do you have. If You cant get up from pain how do you live. I would definitly find out what hard the medication could possibly do while in the womb. Taper off as much as you can stand. Good luck/. I know what its like to live with alot of pain. I also have a child. I did not even drink soda when i was pregnant, but i was not in pain at that time either.

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    Fancy,
    I haven't been around in a while, but I hope you see this because I am so happy you had that healthy little baby! I am so thrilled you don't know! I told you that you would make it through with this little healthy precious girl!!!

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    quote:Originally posted by mammamuse

    Thanks for the reply. I looked up the dosage later. Those numbers never meant much to me. Now, that I have this little guy inside of me, they mean so much. I am still worried. I worry that it will cause birth defects, even though I have read the medical reports. With my first child, I had not previous back problems and did not even take a Tylenol. I was so careful and worried with her. She is perfect, of course. I struggle with a guilty conscious every time I take this pain medication.
    By the way, congratulations on your baby!
    Mamamuse

    Mammamuse,I really do not want you to be misled,, you sound like such a humble and sincere person! I see so many pregnant ladies that do not seem to have a care what they put in their system when they are pregnant,,be it 6 weeks or 36 weeks. It is really reassuring to hear from someone such us as yourself. The medication that you asked about after reading the previous part of the forum is actually a generic name,, hydrocodone is the generic name for many meds. such as Vicodin, Vicodin ES, Lorcet, Lorcet Plus,,Lortab,, etc. The only difference in these meds. are the manufactoring aspect as well as the promotional one who influence the Doctors for their business.

    I am sure that "fancy 1866" means well,, but she too is misinformed.
    If your prescription is for Hydrocodone 5/500 , it contains 5mgs. of hydrocodone and 500mgs. of Tylenol. therefore, if you are taking 1/2 of the tab. you are taking 2 1/2mgs. of hydrocodone and 250mgs. of Tylenol. "fancy 1866" said that you were taking 2 1/2mgs. of "codiene" (???) I think that she meant codeine,, which is incorrect. If she indeed did mean codeine it is not the same as hydrocodone. ( Many people confuse these meds.) Due to the fact that you are pregnant I wanted to correct the misinformation that you received,,,,,,good luck with your pregnancy! May you have a healthy and happy baby!!!!!!!! God bless.

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