Hi Shennen, I have always stayed anonymous,this is my first post. I have been reading all the posts for about 2 years now. I got really achy one day while shopping, I felt like I was getting the flu. I waited a few weeks but I never got sick, just the achiness. After the holidays I finally went to my primary care physician, he sent me for blood work and I had a +ana. So then I went to a rheumatologist. and with further blood work he found a + scl-70. My symptoms for the first year were extreme pain in hands, wrists, and arms with swelling in hands during sleep and in morning. Chronic burping and heartburn. I have dark skin patches on both temples moving down sides of face, and a 2 by 3 inch patch of numb slightly thicker skin on my back. Not enough symptoms for any diagnosis and just n-saids for pain. Anyway last December I was surprised by pregnancy (my third child) during my pregnancy all my pain went away, even negative blood work it was amazing. (still major heartburn)
It's been 3 month since I gave birth to my son and unfortunately the pain's been back for about 6 weeks, my back always feels tight, the numb spot is bigger. I went to my rheumatologist. and still no diagnosis, but now I'm going for a chest x-ray, pft, barium swallow, and to the eye dr. for an eye scan so she can put me on plaquenil.
Anyway, my pregnancy may have been the last time I will have been pain free. I actually yelled at my husband because I had a my tubes tied(my idea! How many kids could you really have?) My neonatal specialist told me it could go either way during pregnancy, I was lucky I got better.
Your choice has to be yours it is your life at risk. This is just my story and I should add that my pregnancy was a surprise. I don't think I would tried for a third baby in fear of getting sicker, but he is amazing and I'm so glad it happened.