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I apologize in advance for the length of this post, but I REALLY appreciate any feedback here... I am really worried about my unborn child!

A few months ago I was severely ill and no doctor could figure out what was wrong with me. It started with dull achy leg pains and over a year slowly progressed. Nearly 5 months ago I went through a really rough time when I found out that my fiancé was living two lives and it destroyed me. I mean I almost married someone I didn't even know. Due to all the stress my body basically attacked itself and shortly after that my health just plummeted... the leg pains got so bad and made their way up to my back. I would wake up feeling like I got beat with a bat. I would literally wake up crippled. Every joint in my body ached, down to every single joint in my fingers. I couldn't even rush my teeth right away because i couldn't wrap my hands around my toothbrush. I couldn't open a bottle of water to take my medicine, I mean it was completely out of control. I was in and out of the doctor's office so finally he just refered me to a pain clinic, mostly because no medication he gave me was even making a dent through the pain. I was taking so many prescription drugs that I couldn't even tell you the name of them all. I was given muscle relaxer, anti-inflamitories, pain killers, and for my adhd and anxiety I was on concerta and xanax. The pain was so bad that I would miss work because I literally felt paralyzed in the mornings to where I just couldn't get up out of bed. If I had missed work just one more day I would have been done, I would have lost my job entirely and I couldn't manage that. I was at my breaking point and began to feel helpless. I was at my lowest point and I saw no way out. The pain killers were the only thing that made it possible for me to make it to work and be somewhat functional.

I live out of state for college and my parents had enough with knowing that I was in pain and no one could do anything about it. They brought me back home to see some friends of theirs who happened to doctors. The psychiatrist I saw had tied my anxiety attacks to my adhd medications, which were stimulants. She also made the connection between one of the adhd medications I had tried (vyvanse) to my leg pains. She took me off the stimulants and put me on Intuniv. It is a non-stimulant adhd medication I needed to take before bed and literally the next morning I woke up without an ounce of pain in my body! I felt amazing and just sat there and cried!

I stopped taking every medication I was given and I got the worst withdrawal symptoms so I stayed on them until I could go home and see my pain specialist. By the time I got home some of the pain had begun again. He put me on more medications and kept me on the narcotics.

A couple weeks later I went on a cruise with my boyfriend and, needless to say, we drank heavily. When we finally had came back home I realized I had not gotten my period in nearly two months. I took a pregnancy test and bawled my eyes out... NOT because I was upset at the results but because I was TERRIFIED about all the medications I had been taking and all the alcohol I had been drinking. I was 6 weeks pregnant, so I was pregnant since before I had gone home to see any doctors which meant I was pregnant when I was prescribed all these medications! I immediately stopped all medications except for the Oxycodone because, when I looked it up online, withdrawals could cause a miscarriage and I cannot imagine losing this baby. I cannot even begin to tell anyone how much I love this thing already and I can't imagine losing it.

I went to the doctor and explained to him that I was pregnant and was terrified of a miscarriage from withdrawals so he is weaning me off of them now with percocoet, since percocet is ocycodone and tylenol, and he is continuously lowering my doses.

I was told that if they were going to cause problems for the baby, the muscle relaxers, the anti-inflamitories, and the alcohol would have caused problems right away. Meaning I would have had a miscarriage already and because that wasn't the case I didn't have to worry about that. HOWEVER, the pain specialist terrified me when he said it could have affects on brain development and other things.

I AM TERRIFIED THAT I MAY HAVE HURT MY BABY... is there ANYONE who has taken narcotics before they knew they were pregnant? Anyone who had their baby after having to wean off of narcotics at all? And does anyone know what kind of effects it had on the babies physical, psychological and/or cognitive development? OR ANYHTING FOR THAT MATTER??? I would REALLY appreciate any feedback PLEASE!
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replied August 24th, 2011

Welcome to ehealthforum

I am really sorry to hear about all the things going in your life.But all the medications which you have been taking can definitely affect the baby.The possibility of foetal defect is present as the organ development occurs during the first trimester only so consider giving a thought on whatever decision you take.
Kindly visit a Gynaecologist for evaluation.

Take Care!

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