... am also Type 1 Diabetic. They (doctors) said that the CT would go away in 6 months and I wouldn't need to be on the pain medication for very long, I started out on Vicodin. Well needless to say 4 years later and I am on 12 Norco a day with bilateral nerve pain that radiates from my hands up to my shoulders and neck that is debilitating. I have had surgery for trigger finger and ended up getting a really bad infection in my hand causing my to have a picc line for a month with vanco twice a day for the whole month. This was because of me having Diabetes I caught the infection, therefore I am nervous to have the CT surgery, also people have told me that when you have severe pain the surgery does nothing for it. Well that really doesn't matter anyways I am pretty certain it has went past CT and into nerve pain in my neck and arms. Unfortunate yes, I am functionsl on all the medications it is like I am normal with it because I started out low and worked my way up to this high dose. The scary part is that I found out recently that I am pregnant and I want to have a child, but I am concerned about going thru all the pain and possibly losing my child to withdrawing while pregnant. Please someone give me advice?
Please google Subutex, it is a cousin to Suboxone, and I believe it is not harmful to a fetus. I'm no expert on this, so if you google it, you will be an expert. Suboxone is a good med to get off of opiate pain meds, as is Subutex, they both quell cravings and withdrawal.
Also, CT surgery is usually pretty successful, yet since you have Diabetes I can understand the fear of infection.
Best wishes to you and your wee one!
You can slowly come off the opiate over the next few weeks and not cause harm to the baby. You are just newly pregnant right? I would consult the obstetrician about your opiate use and get her/his expert opinion. Getting off the opiate now rather than later would to me be the best avenue to pursue. Tapering off the Norco is relatively easy and can be done virtually withdrawal free.
CT can cause pain up the arm and neck. Relieveing the pinched nerve is important. Don't believe that it is hopeless if it is causing pain up the arm. Of course, the longer the nerve is pinched the more the damage. Now that you are pregnant, you'll need to discuss with the doc the best avenue to take for this condition.
Please consult the doc about getting off the Norco, it can be done without further medication. You'll probably have to wear splints on your hands to help control the nerve pain but at least that won't harm the baby.
Hi - congratulations on your pregnancy! I know you are not looking forward to having the carpal tunnel getting worse during your pregnancy but having another sweet baby is a life-long joy. Have you had an EMG or Nerve Conduction Study to make certain all the nerve pain is from the carpal tunnel and not your neck? I had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands - my right hand was so severely compressed the neurologist was surprised I didn't lose function in my hand. I turned out having no feeling in my middle finger for a year, then the feeling came back. I don't know if a doctor will do your surgery while pregnant, but it i is a surgery that will be necessary for you at some point I would think. Really, it was the best thing I ever did - my hands feel a whole lot better.
I know for me it has been impossible to get off the pain meds as long as I am still in so much pain (I have some other pain problems also). You will need to do everything possible to relieve your pain in ways other than taking the narcotics. I understand your concern regarding infection from the diabetes, but without surgery your pain will only worsen and your tolerance to pain meds will only build. Tough choices, but I do think a nerve conduction study will help you know if surgery will alleviate your pain. Another thing to consider is a Spinal Cord Stimulator - leads are placed along your spinal cord and a controller and battery implanted under your skin and it makes a sensation more pleasurable to your brain than the nerve pain signals, so it reduces/changes your nerve pain. You do a trial of it first so you will know if it is going to help before you would have surgery. It is usually considered a last resort (because of the cost) of $120,000 but you never know until you ask. Also there are meds that lessen nerve pain: Neurontin, Cymbalta, Lyrica and Savella but I don't know if they can be used
while pregnant. I've also gotten some help with nerve pain from using Methadone for my chronic pain. With my regards -
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