Aug 07, 2010
I wanted to post something on the topic as I am a Chronic Pain patient who has become pregnant. I'm currently in my 23rd week of the pregnancy and am having trouble finding a Pain Management Provider who will see a pregnant woman, or a high-risk OB who will treat Chronic Pain. I have been told that Maternal-Fetal Medicine Speicalists will provide pain relief for pregnant chronic pain patients, however I been told that mine will not.
There appears to be A LOT of misinformation about Opiod Analgesics in Pregnancy, or no information at all. I wanted to post this link to a study that was done on the affects of Opiods/Opiates, Benzodiazepines, Anti-Depressants, and other Medications in Pregnancy.
There are a high percentage of women who have to take medications during their pregnancy. All things being equal, most pregnant women would rather not have to take anything during the pregnancy. Most doctors would rather a woman not take anything, however, in this world of advanced medicine, no woman should have to suffer in pain, stress, or otherwise out of fear for her child. Of course, everything should be done to minimize exposure to the baby, and post-birth withdrawl.
I just want to make it clear that there is help for pregnant women, there is information. We just need to make sure everyone involved in our care is informed.
If you are having issues with this, please contact me. You're not alone in taking medication while pregnant.
I am posting a link to the information as it's a PDF and it seems a little complicated to cut and paste. (lazy, lol)