Pain In Back From Epidural

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DB - February 25

I had an epidural when I delivered 3 1/2 weeks ago (which was a waste because it only worked for about an hour and a half!!)...but anyways, the last few days I've had back pain right where I got my epidural. Has anyone else had this and does it eventually go away? It's not unbearable, but it's annoying.

 

shelly - February 25

Hi db, yes i had awful back pain where my epidural site was on my back, as far as i can remember it lasted about 6 weeks or so and i make it worse by not bending right. my ds is 7 months now and i can still remember that back,when i bent to change ds if he was on the bed as i straightened up it hurt like hell. it should start to feel better soon,

 

Emmie - February 25

My back hurt from the epidural for a long time. Finally, when my son was 6 months old I decided to go to the chiropractor and they found out that the spot was all inflamed and swollen because of the irritation from the epidural and then carrying the baby around all the time. After going to the chiropractor I am doing much better and I only need to go every six weeks or so. I would check out the chiropractor if you can afford it.

 

Erynn21 - February 25

Mine still has issues and my dd is 5.5 months, I actually get really bad pain when i have my period now and the pain radiates from the spot where my epi was. I actually got a ma__sage a couple of weeks ago and it made it feel better.

 

ash2 - February 25

Mine hurt untill DH was about a year old. Just get some good ma__sages in the next year and you should feel better : )

 

shelly - February 25

while reading some of these makes me realise i got off quite lightly with only 6 weeks or so of back pain lol. the ma__sages sound a good idea.

 

DB - February 25

Geez, all this odd pain for an hour and a half of relief in labor!! I'm seriously going to re-think getting another for baby #2 if it's not going to work and leave me in pain later!!

 

CyndiG - February 25

DB, that's exactly what I did. DD #1 the epidural only worked for a short while then wore off, then when I needed it to wear off, it was working so good I couldn't push! That was 8 years ago. I still have pain sometimes in that spot. Especially if I've been working alot, or walking alot. It's awful! That made me decide to have dd #2 completely drug free. It was a MUCH better experience! If I could go back and talk to myself with dd #1, I would tell me to do it natural! It's not as bad as people make it out to be, plus when you get done, all the pain is over, and you can move! Plus plus, you get to say, I had her naturally! :O}

 

Kara H. - February 25

Even women who don't have epidurals can have back pain for about 1-3 months after delivery. Look thru any pregnancy book and you can see how curved the spine gets during pregnancy. All that curvature has to straighten back out, pluse you have ligaments that attach to your spine that support the weight of your bludging uterus that also have to return to their previous state, as well as sagging abdominal muscles that are not adiquately supporting your back. Pregnancy is very hard on the back. I'm certainly not saying that your epidurals didn't contribute to your back pain, but there are also other factors at play. Max is 7 months old and I am still having problems with my L5 vertabrae, sacrum and coccyx.

 

mommyke - February 25

My son is 5 months and I still have pain. My doc said that after 6-7 months you should have it looked at to make sure it isn't something that needs to be corrected.

 

Kara H. - February 25

Yes, that is true. You should follow up with a doctor. I am actually seeing my GP on tuesday. She had me taking anti inflmammatories, doing yoga, getting ma__sages and wearing orthopedic inserts in my shoes for a month. Since I am still having problems, I am being referred to a neurologist for some nerve function testing. She said I could buldging going on that is putting pressure on nerves.

 

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