... very successful. However, I am now trying to get pregnant with my first child and all my doctors are wishy washy about staying on the meds or getting off. I have been off now for two months and find myself in worse condition than when I first started the medication in 2007. I can barely walk, use my hands and my body has broken out in vicious psoriasis. Has anyone out there gone through this? Am I crazy for trying to stay off until I get pregnant? I am also having infertility issues so its been taking longer than we thought to make this work. Help!
No you are not crazy for staying off to get pregnant. I have had PA for about a decade and am now 8 weeks pregnant with my first child after a long struggle with infertility. I stopped all medications in October 2010, since nothing has worked anyways. I can tell you, for me it has gotten a lot worse lately, and my body doesn't respond to any pain medications of any type or strength and theres nothing much I can do to help it but bear with it, which is horrible, but to me it is worth the agony to become a mother. On top of pregnancy skin problems my psoraisis has broke out pretty bad. I'm trying to look into anything I can do to at least get some relief, such as water aerobics, massage, walking, hot bath, anything. I can not sleep because of pain, cant do anything strenuous due to my joints locking and its all unbearable. If you are trying to conceive, staying off would be the safest thing to do, since arthritis medications are pretty brutal to us and harmful to a fetus. Even ibuprofen is unsafe, which was a surprise to me. They only recommend tylenol for pain while pregnant and we all know tylenol does nothing to help pain of this severity. If you find the pain and severe psoraisis you are dealing with worth it to forgo medication to have a child, I will be praying for comfort for you and hope for a happy healthy pregnancy once you conceive. Its a long rough painful journey but its worth it in the end. By the way, husbands/partners are an amazing resource when it comes to pain relief. They can cook for you, open things when gripping isnt possible, clean, run errands, massage, whatever you need to stay comfortable and preserve what little energy you have for more important tasks. I'm used to being completely self reliant, but have used my husband a lot more lately to do the housework, driving, and errands.
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