I"m so glad you feel better about everything, and good luck :). Like I said with a serious disease like Lupus you have to cut yourself a break and realize that you will need help to deal with the pain...and don't feel guilty about it. Like your OB said (and I mentioned) hydrocodone is fairly safe during pregnancy and now that he knows your concerns he will help you manage the pain AND feel comfortable with your decision. I had kidney stones when I was pregnant with my daughter and had to take strong pain meds several times, and the guilt tore me up. she was born incredibly healthy, very alert, with no medical problems...she's only been sick like once in her life, lol (knock on wood). so I know what you were feeling, but you definitely shouldn't worry and your OB is obviously the right one for you :).
you really need to discuss this with your doc, he/she can help you come up with a regime to taper off the medication and minimize or eliminate the withdrawals. That said, I have been prescribed hydrocodone during pregnancy but have not taken it. What you described in your legs sounds to me like restless leg syndrome. It's something I get CONSTANTLY when I am pregnant. Even now at 7 weeks I have been getting it at night and it makes it very difficult to get to sleep. This is something else you can discuss with your doc. There are medications for it but I don't know if they are safe during pregnancy. Your doc can also probably give you some tips on other ways to reduce the feeling.
Thank you both for you comments and suggestions. I really appreciate it SO much. I did take your advice and called my OB today and was able to speak with him personally about the medicine. He told me the does I am taking is nothing to worry about. In fact I posted in my original that I was on 10MG and I actually made a mistake it is 6.5MG and I am taking only a half or a forth. He said not to worry at all because it is such a minor minor minor dose. He even prescribes it to his patients who are pregnant. This brings me great relief as I have been really hard on myself about it. I think most of the feeling I was getting was more from actually pain then from withdrawal, but I also don't know extacly what the creepy feeling was, could my nerves be damaged and without the medicine I felt what I haven't been feeling? Thanks again! Many Blessings....we find out within days if we are!!!! And after that everyday is a blessing in itself.
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what few studies have been done on this subject say that you do NOT have to stop taking hydrocodone during pregnancy as long as your doctor is monitoring your dose. it does NOT have any research showing it to increase the chances of miscarriage. you need to be honest with your doctor and tell them that you just cannot manage without pain medication (my best friend's mom has lupus and I know how much it hurts her) but you really want to work with them throughout this pregnancy to stay healthy. hydrocodone (in monitored, managed doses) is considered fairly safe and not a miscarriage or birth defect risk. the only risk it DOES carry is that it can make the baby sleepy, and obviously a baby of a mother who takes it regularly will become dependent and require monitoring and treatment after delivery.
you have a serious disease and most OBs would understand your situation and work with you to treat your pain AND get you through a healthy pregnancy. I'm sure your OB has discussed this with you, but generally women with Lupus DO have many miscarriages, and it has nothing to do with ANYTHING you have done honey. It just takes more effort and more time than people without lupus, but no hydrocodone will not cause a miscarriage.
try asking your OB about Tylenol#3 (tylenol with codeine). codeine has been used for decades during pregnancy and it's considered the safest narcotic pain option at this time (with the exception of morphine, which is a whole different story). It's obviously not as strong as vicodin or lortab, but it's effective and almost every OBGYN is comfortable prescribing it.
just be honest and talk about your problems with them..tell them what you're afraid of, and how you feel. explain your pain but stress your desire for a healthy pregnancy. a competent, capable OBGYN will come up with a plan that will help you AND keep you and baby safe.
I couldn't tell if your desire to take the medication is due more to pain or dependence, but this is something you need to describe to the doctor..if your pain is extreme, that's one thing...but if you feel that you CAN stop taking it, they can help you quit safely and with minimal withdrawal. I stopped taking lortab(hydrocodone)10mg 4-6x a day (which I took for persistent, debilitating headaches) when I decided to get pregnant and I felt like I was going to die...but it passed, and I had a healthy pregnancy with no guilt...but if you need it for pain management, by all means, tell them that you need it.
sorry if this response doesn't make a whole lot of sense there's a lot of information to get out, lol. my advice would be just be completely honest with your OB about everything you told us and ask for what options he can offer you. Good luck hon
Talk to your doctor, for sure. It would be a very rare doctor who hasn't heard a story from a patient dependent on codeine, and pretty much any doctor would be able to help you work out a plan to get off it. You should also talk to the doc who treats your lupus. There is a world of help and advice out there for you in the medical community, and very little judgment. They will believe you. Good luck!