Before I respond I want to say that this is a serious issue and the pain that chronic pain people deal with day in and day out, is not your ordinary deal with it pain. I always say I just thought I had back pain (ie when pregnant) until I had Back Pain. Now the pain I had felt pregnant is a good day pain wise and something to be happy about. I don't want blasted or lectured about my medication, I am under the supervision of my OB, Surgeon, Pain Management Dr., Family Dr. & Pediatrician, who all gave me the go ahead to become pregnant and monitor me.
Moonwalker, I still suffer chronic pain, though it is much more tolerable after having my spine surgery. I take 7.5 mg Hydrocodone 3x a day (as needed, but generally 3/day). Before becoming pregnant I quit my nerve medication (Lyrica) because they weren't sure how it would affect the pregnancy (and honestly it was helping my carpal tunnel more than my spinal pain). I also switched from Cymbalta to Wellbutrin, which was pretty tough. I had no clue how much the Cymbalta was helping with my pain until I got off of it. I was on a high dose, for the pain, but had been able to wean off all pain killers, then after dropping it, I needed the pain medication again. Initially, before the morning sickness and constipation kicked in hard core, my pain was better, was only taking 1 hydrocodone a day. Now, I'm back to 3/ day; but starting to be able to do just 2 some days. I think once I am out of my first trimester, it will be good for the 2nd one (now the 3rd when I'm huge, I'm just praying it is bearable.) I'm doing core stregnthing and really trying to do my physical therapy exercises several times a week. Hoping if I can keep my muscles in shape, it will help bear the weight.
How did you do at the end with your others? I have searched the web for women who had babies after spine surgery and there just isn't much out there. I mainly found pregnant women, but none who had delivered (or at least they had reported back on those threads). Do you do therapy exercises? Or just walking (which my surgeon said is great for the core). Here is a link to my story, on the spine site I have been on http://www.spinepatientsociety.org/forum/surgical-outcomes/l4-l5-active-l-3-17-09-dr-rolando-garcia-87/ I would love to know any tips you have for this too.