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I really need some advice from any women who have recently had babies whilst suffering from an AS flare.
I have been diagnosed for 14 years - had my first child 7 years ago and was symptom free during my entire pregnancy and labour. I am now 31 weeks pregnant and have been suffering with the worst flare up for the majority of this pregnancy. I have had a steroid injection which gave me absolutely no relief. I constantly have a lot of back, shoulder and neck pain with severe chest and rib restrictions. Very worried about just being able to breathe in labour, let alone get through delivery.
I have been told I probably will not be able to have an epidural and I may need to go under general anaesthetic when the time comes. But nobody in Antenatal understands AS or the problems it causes and I have been offered paracetamol and co codamol to 'help my pain'.
There is just no information out there on my options - so much so, my rheumotology consultant told me to 'grin and bear it' and the nurse said I should go onto the NASS website and ask a doctor's advice on there! I won't btw, because subscription costs £25.00 and I can't afford that just to log on to a forum.
I would really love to hear from anyone who has had any experience of this whatsoever, I am just so fed up with healthcare professionals not understanding and I feel like I'm getting nowhere.
Thanks so much.
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