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38 weeks- Pain killers & pregnancy

Ok so I’m 38 weeks pregnant and I’ll be having a c-section in 7 days. I was in a bad car wreck the month before I got pregnant and I’ve been prescribed oxycodone 10mg since but stopped taking them around the 5th month. I’ve been prescribed Hydrocodone a few times during my 2nd trimester for UTI’s and stuff but that’s long gone. Recently my back pain & my wrist (I had surgery because of the wreck) has been acting up really bad so I gave in a took a few Lortabs here and there my dad gave me and about 2 days ago I found my old prescription and took like 3 or 4 of them over a period of time (like a normal dose of corse) & it helped. (Tylenol just doesn’t work for me anymore). I was reading an article on Facebook about drug testing babies in the u.s. and it got me thinking & now I’m terrified of failing the drug test or my baby being addicted... I don’t have withdrawals or anything like that but I’m just nervous I guess. TIA (:
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Congratulations on being almost done with your pregnancy!!  Yay!  I understand your dilemma here.  I am going to ask a hard question hon.  Do you think you have a problem with pills?  You've taken a lot.  And pain is a reason to take them but . . .   you've broken down and taken pills while very pregnant that were not even your own prescription.  Things point to perhaps you need to consider that this problem is deeper and that getting help for a pain pill problem would be important.  AA is a good place to start.  Just even read online for a start.  Please.  You are about to be a parent and baby needs a healthy mom who isn't going to turn easily to pain pills.  

As to this situation of taking them ----  my best advice is to come clean for your doctor.  Many hospitals do test newborns.  Pain pills can occasionally be prescribed by a doctor while a woman is pregnant but that is controlled.  Just showing up with narcotics in the system is a red flag.  So, you should tell your doctor to stop any action that might be taken. Don't try to hide it. They may talk to you as well about possibly a brewing addiction.  But this is something you should listen too.  The reason why these meds are so dangerous and so controlled is because it is so easy to begin a dependency on them.  And then your life isn't yours anymore.  

So, talk to your doctor and let us know how it goes sweetie.  hugs
Thank you for answering me! And you’re kinda right, when they would prescribe my oxycodone I got dependent on them because I was in so much pain and it’s all that would help. I never really got “high” on them but I gained a tolerance so I finally quit. I normally would take Tylenol & use heating pads but I have really bad arthritis due to the wreck and it was just so bad the other day that nothing worked. I felt a ok with taking them because she prescribed them before. The tolerance is there a little bit still because it was only 5mg of hydrocodone and I took one after I took my first one when it didn’t work. I probably could have used a Tylenol with it.. when it comes to the oxycodone like I said I don’t get “high” on them but I probably should have only taken like two throughout the day instead of 3. I googled it a lot and felt ok about it. I haven’t had any since then and don’t plan to but I have an appointment Monday and I’m going to tell her exactly what I took and how many.thank you for your reply! I feel better now lol
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