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Can stress cause fibromyalgia during pregnancy?

Can stress cause fibromyalgia during pregnancy?

Yes: Unfortunately, the truthful answer to the question is yet, but in many cases, we will see many women with fibromyalgia and certain other auto-immune disorders actually improve during their pregnancies. For unexplained reasons, joint pain, muscle pain, fatigue, and other symptoms can improve during pregnancy. However, there is a risk for a relapse in the post-partum time period. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Do women typically get colds during early pregnancy? Also really stressed out and strange "period". Which is the more likely cause?

Do women typically get colds during early pregnancy? Also really stressed out and strange "period". Which is the more likely cause?

Check: If you've have unprotected sex and you think you are pregnant, please take the test. And if you are pregnant visit you OB/gyn and start Folic Acid that is if you are not already taking it. ...Read more

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Can stressful situations during the second trimester of pregnancy cause uterine cramping? It seems when I'm really stressed, I get cramps.

Can stressful situations during the second trimester of pregnancy cause uterine cramping? It seems when I'm really stressed, I get cramps.

Uterine cramping: There is no question that stress can cause uterine cramps. Try techniques to reduce stress such as relaxation therapy, sel-hypnosis or image therapy. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take medication for fibromyalgia during pregnancy?

Is it safe to take medication for fibromyalgia during pregnancy?

Some yes, some no: Interestingly, for some women, fibromyalgia symptoms may actually improve during their pregnancy (although they may risk a worsening relapse post-partum). Most natural remedies are safe in pregnancy, such as omega3 fish oil, massage, exercise, yoga, etc. Some prescription medications may be safe in pregnancy, also, but it's best to check with your md. ...Read more

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I suffer from bad fibromyalgia. What strong painkillers can I take during pregnancy, when I am ready to have kids? As I couldn't cope without relief.

Epidural for labor: Having an epidural during labor is effective and stress reducing for women with fibromyalgia. For fibromyalgia during pregnancy, you can take pain killers in moderation. Please discuss with your doctor if Tylenol (acetaminophen) is not sufficient for you. Try some pregnancy massage for pain. ...Read more

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Is there any way to improve the joint pain of fibromyalgia without medication during pregnancy?

Is there any way to improve the joint pain of fibromyalgia without medication during pregnancy?

Hydrotherapy: Often the pain of fibromyalgia syndrome [fms] can be partially relieved by a hot bath or shower followed by sleeping for at least one hour. This is often the most effective treatment for the headache of fms. Be aware that a hot bath or shower can contribute to symptoms of lightheadedness so it is best to have the assistance of a family member or attendant during transfer from bath to bed. ...Read more

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Why is it so important for someone with diabetes to sleep on the left side during pregnancy, but it's not stressed for other pregnant women?

Why is it so important for someone with diabetes to sleep on the left side during pregnancy, but it's not stressed for other pregnant women?

Not so: Women are encouraged to sleep on their left side as pregnancy progresses as the vena cava (large blood vessel) can become flattened if lying on back (due to size of uterus). Sleeping on the left side can help to prevent this compression so that blood finds it's way to your uterus. This is true for diabetic and non-diabetic pregnant women. Take care. ...Read more

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I was stressed during second trimester will I lose pregnancy?

I was stressed during second trimester will I lose pregnancy?

Not likely: Most spontaneos abortions are not related to stress but rather a defect in the fertilized egg, other causes could be trauma, drugs, excessive alcohol or endocrine problems. Consult your gyn. ...Read more

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Can being stressed out cause uterine cramping in pregnancy, especially early pregnancy?

Can being stressed out cause uterine cramping in pregnancy, especially early pregnancy?

Pregnancy cramping: The main cause of pregnancy cramping early in pregnancy is the uterus "stretching" to accommodate fetal growth. Stress can cause indirect cramping as the uterus is not under direct control via the nerve pathways. However, if the body is undergoing an acute stress there can be some indirectly caused cramping. ...Read more

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My friend had liver issues during her pregnancy & was forced to deliver early by her docs. Why was the liver stressed/infected during her pregnancy?

My friend had liver issues during her pregnancy & was forced to deliver early by her docs. Why was the liver stressed/infected during her pregnancy?

HELLP: Your friend may have had hellp syndrome. Check out http://www.Preeclampsia.Org/health-information/hellp-syndrome for info. Hellp stands for hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, low platelets. Hellp is considered a life threatening variant of pre-eclampsia. ...Read more

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I missed my period but I've been really stressed out I have family problems going on and I don't have any sings of pregnancy did I miss it cause stres?

I missed my period but I've been really stressed out I have family problems going on and I don't have any sings of pregnancy did I miss it cause stres?

Take pregnancy test: Many things, including stress, can cause a late or missed period. However, the most common cause is still pregnancy, so definitely take a test to make sure you're not pregnant. If the test is negative, keep a calendar of your cycle for the next few months so that if your period continues to be irregular you can discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Sex with clothes on during last period-no penetration- 1 week late period- 4 pregnancy test negative- could still be pregnant? Or cz im stressed about

Sex with clothes on during last period-no penetration- 1 week late period- 4 pregnancy test negative- could still be pregnant? Or cz im stressed about

Unlikely: It is unlikely that you are pregnant. You may wish to get a blood test of HCG levels that would settle the issue. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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How can fibromyalgia affect pregnancy?

How can fibromyalgia affect pregnancy?

Meds?: Fibromyalgia is not thought to have an adverse effect on pregnacy, although their may be some issues with medications during pregancy. Best to avoid them, unless signficant co-existent depression is there. Exercise daily, get good sleep, and talk to your doc about discontinuing meds or continuing meds. ...Read more

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What impact does fibromyalgia have on pregnancy?

Fibromyalgia will be: Worse, u may need to check with u pcp about the consequences, good luck. ...Read more

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I took meds for ADD for 13yrs b4 I stopped for pregnancy & nursing for3 yrs, was diagnosed fibromyalgia last year. If I use meds again will it affect?

I took meds for ADD for 13yrs b4 I stopped for pregnancy & nursing for3 yrs, was diagnosed fibromyalgia last year. If I use meds again will it affect?

Yes: Are you asking if the medication will be effective now? The answer is yes. If you are asking if ADD medications will affect fibromyalgia, then the answer is some medications may improve both. I would definitely talk with your doctor to find the right one for you. ...Read more

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I was very stressed my first 10wks of pregnancy, will my baby be ok? Also, can holding my 7 month old, over 21lbs 29 inches, hurt my pregnancy/baby?

I was very stressed my first 10wks of pregnancy, will my baby be ok? Also, can holding my 7 month old, over 21lbs 29 inches, hurt my pregnancy/baby?

Your baby shoul be: Fine and lifting will hit you not your baby unless you have started to dilate or have been told your cervix is weak and are at risk of early labor then lifting could be a risk for early delivery. Ask your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Fibromyalgia (Definition)

Widespread pain and tenderness on palpation of specific muscle points, associated with variety of other symptoms that include fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, ...Read more