Contractions vs gallstones/dislocation/ibs?

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  1. crazyguider

    crazyguider Well-Known Member

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    Hi there I have been completely unpanicked about birth for the last 8m
    I have been excited for the day I meet my daughter
    now I'm starting to panic that I won't be able to handle the pain
    I have severe spd and the baby is big on the scans.

    In the last 5 years I have suffered with the following conditions and I want you all to help me put some perspective on the level of pain in childbirth compared to these, if anyone has suffered with them?

    I have had ibs now for 8 years since having campylobactor poisoning
    in the last 3 years it has really become awful
    if I eat anything bad I spend hours on the loo, I work in a call centre too and it's caused me tons of stress as I get the cramps and I know I have to get straight to the loo. Not always possible on a call!
    The pain is not good and it makes you sweat

    4 years ago I started having gallstones
    I had three of them and would have excrutiating attacks
    the worst one was when I had septicemia of my billiary duct, I did not know what had hit me I thougt I was either dying or in labour
    I spent 6 days in hospital on antibiotics before they could remove the gb and part of the duct, the lady next to me was the same and had 4 kids and she said she Would gladly give birth 4 times in one day than have an attack

    Finally 5 years ago I was hit on the knee by a motorbike
    after a year of pain and waiting for an MRI they reccomended I take up sport to strengthen it, I used to trampoline for Wales so I asked if that was ok
    they said yes, I went for one trampolining session and loved it but at the end I did a front sommersault and dislocated my kneecap to the side of my leg
    the ambulance crew had to give me gas and air to get me off the trampoline on a crash mat and more in hospital to pop it back in the joint
    I then had a full leg cast to recover as my entire leg went purple
    I have since had surgery on it,

    Has anyone else suffered with dislocation ibs or gb issues and can help me put the pain I will have in perspective?
     
  2. 3011busyyear

    3011busyyear Well-Known Member

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    I've not had any of those things but try not to worry, I've never had more than toothache so I'm panicking too about the pain levels. A least you've had some experience with coping with it.
    I'm not sure the pain is comparible, I'm sure at the time you didn't compare your ins to the knee injury you just focussed on that pain at the time, you'll probably do the same in labour. At least they will know what the issues are the minute you get to hospital and will have pain relief ready for you.
     
  3. tink28

    tink28 Mum of 1 & WTT

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    ive got gallstones and was told the same thing about them being worse than giving birth by about 4 women i spoke to in the hospital! if your gallstone pain was anything like mine its constant with no let ups, whereas contractions will come and go so u will have some relief
     
  4. moonbeam_sea

    moonbeam_sea Well-Known Member

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    I both have gallstones right now, and I have given birth once in the past. I had an induced labor due to preeclampsia that I did without pain meds, so hopefully my point of view may be somewhat helpful. To me, the pain of the gallstone attacks are about like when I was dilated to 8-9 cm, but unlike in labor, completely unremitting. So the peak isn’t as strong with gallstones (that last 1 cm and then being told not to push until my OB got there was agony, but very short lived), but the pain over time with gallstones much harder to deal with for me than labor. With a gallstone attack, you don’t have a real end in sight, so you can’t focus on that. With delivery, you know you’ll be done with the pain as soon as your baby is here. Having an end in sight really helped me focus through childbirth whereas that is so much harder with the gallstones (which I have had to resort to pain meds for on two different occasions). Honestly, I think if you’ve managed to survive the gallstones, you should be fine with labor. ;)
     
  5. crazyguider

    crazyguider Well-Known Member

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    Im hoping having all these crazy painful things will have given me the pain threshold of the hulk lol
    that must suck having stones in pregnancy! are they planning on a gb removal afterwards?
     
  6. emjgil

    emjgil New mummy of one :D

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    well i have dislocated my knees about 4 or 5 times so if labour is anything like that erm... yeah... well i couldnt even cry it hurt so much!

    well at least contractions come and go and there is pain relief for labour lol xx
     
  7. moonbeam_sea

    moonbeam_sea Well-Known Member

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    They are indeed planning on removing the gb in the weeks following delivery for me. I can't wait for it to be removed. ;)
     
  8. Emmie M

    Emmie M Well-Known Member

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    I had my first gallstone episode when I was 6 months preg with DS1,it was the worst pain I have ever had in my life,bar none,ended up on morphine and,like you,had an infection,sepsis and was on anti biotics in hosp on a drip for 5 days,since then (was 2007) I have had about 5 attacks and still have my gallbladder. I had no pain relief at all when I gave birth to my son (after the first attack) as I didnt feel that pain was a fraction as bad as the gallbladder pain,at least when you are in labour you have a 'break' between pains whereas with gallbladder the pain is constant and does not ease no matter what position you try and get into,so,IMO gallbladder pain is much much worse than having a baby!!
     
  9. toonlagoon

    toonlagoon Well-Known Member

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    I thoght giving birth was like having an injection skary at 1st hurts wen happning you feel silly for all the fuss after gs is the signal most horrific pain in the hole entire world I actuly got them dew to being pregnant and I'd hve a kid a day to never feel gs pain again honestly it is nt that bad labour that is ok well ill refaise. That mine was easy as pie :)
     

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