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    Hey ladies I'm 17 weeks pregnant with my second and have been suffering from the dreaded 2nd trimester migraines for five weeks now. I've held off a major one by taking panadeine as soon as I feel it starting, which luckily has only been in the evenings, so I've only generally needed one dose per day. Occasionally I've needed a mersyndol as well. All this was cleared with my ob.

    My question is, is anyone else taking regular painkillers? What do you know about it? I don't want to but my two year old is recovering from surgery and hardly sleeping. I need to be there for him.

    I just don't know what to do. I'm too scared to go to a physio, chiro or masseuse because I've pretty much bled through this whole pregnancy and I'm scared I'll miscarry if someone touches me the wrong way.

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    Hi Sally sorry to hear about the migraines- no fun. Speak to ob again - maybe hormonal? If possibly musculoskeletal then find a specialist womens physio, your ob may recommend one. Specific migraine medications aren't safe in pregnancy but paracetamol and codeine based analgesics generally are used frequently.
    I have a severe chronic back injury and 15 weeks pregnant. Unfortunately pregnancy has made things much worse. I am taking strong painkillers regularly - way stronger than panadeine. My ob and GP are ok with this and I'll be going back to my spine specialist soon too. I am seeing a womens physio who is helping - she specialises in pregnancy problems so I trust her not to do damage. I used to get regular massage and not comfortable to do that now. If I do decide to get massage I will go to a pregnancy massage specialist only. I have done a huge amount of research into painkillers in pregnancy and I am comfortable balancing the minimal risks. I would rather not take anything but I think far greater harm will be done to the baby if I am in excruciating pain all the time. But I still feel guilty and worry maybe something will go wrong. Mother-guilt already.
    Take your cues on this from your medical specialists - if they think it's ok and you need them then go ahead. If still worried contact your local womens hospital they should have a pregnancy drug info line. All the best in managing this, pain sucks!!

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    Default Painkillers and pregnancy

    I get migraines too, but have been lucky so far (but only 14 weeks in). However, I did have pleurisy (infection of the lung lining) which was brutal from 4-8 weeks. I was allowed Panadol Forte which has codeine, and is safe for baby. I hate taking it as it makes me quite nauseous but it definitely cuts the pain.

    Good luck!

    PS the Forte might be the prescription one, but there is one Panadol you can get OTC with a slightly smaller dose of codeine.

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    It's awful! I've had terrible headaches this last week.

    I went to see an osteo after 48 hours of pain and vomiting all day. Then I calked my ob. He told me to collect a script for panadeine forte and take 2. That combined with restavit got rid of it temporarily. I've since taken the fortes in halves a few times and I'm taking a 1/4 restavit tonight. I'm sure it's muscular in my neck,

    But yeah between the painkillers, prednisolone for severe ms and aldomet for high Bp I feel like I'm chucking down pills like it's going out of fashion. So different to my last pregnancy!!!

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    Default Painkillers and pregnancy

    I'm 16w2d and have had 3 migraines since 15w :-( super annoying and I'm just managing with panadiene when I get them. Docs and pharmacists have all ok'd it. Gonna ask my midwife for advice tomorrow as they make it hard to get through a week at work.

    Hope yours go away soon!


 

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