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dee dee
22-06-2005, 14:03
Hi there,

Just a quick question. I had an spinal block and an epidural for the birth of my little girl almost four months ago. For the past two months or so I have had numbness in my right foot that comes and goes, it is quite a weird feeling.
Just wondering is this normal, or has anyone else experienced something like this months afterwards.

Dee Dee.

23-06-2005, 14:59
Hi Dee Dee.
I had no similar experience after my epidural. But I do know two people (men) who complained of numbness like yours in their feet. One also had numbness and tingling through his legs and hands. Both turned out to have problems with their back, I forget exactly what, but basically they were getting pressure on their spinal column and nerves.

It might be that you're getting some slight swelling at the epidural site, or it might be a totally unrelated problem at another disk. Best to see your gp and maybe get a referral to a specialist.

Good luck

29-06-2005, 16:33
Hi deedee well mines wasnt my foot but my leg, i had an epidural and 2 weeks after my son was born i couldnt feel my upper leg, this went on for 7 months, i when to the doc and he said it will come back in time.Easy for them to say it felt so strange and i never thought i would feel my leg again, however when the feeling finally comes back, you get pins and needles for about a day, well i did anyway. Hope you get your feeling back soon :)

em's mum
08-07-2005, 14:54
Hi Dee Dee,

:o I know this will sound odd, but I had numb big toes after my epidural. But I only really noticed it when I was wiggling my toes. To be honest, I'd kinda forgotten about it till I read your post, but I know that it's not numb anymore.

09-07-2005, 13:03
My mum had an epidural for pain relief after extensive bowel surgery years ago, and has never regained proper sensation in her right leg. It affects how she walks, and stopped her wearing high heels.

I'm very anti-epidural as a result of that. I have not had an epidural with either of my labours, and have no intention of having one this time, either.

If I needed a caesarian section, I would instist on having a general rather than have someone poking at my spine with something pointy.

20-07-2005, 10:07
I just wanted to say.. I didn't have an epidural.....no drugs and had excruciating sciatica pain during birthing and as a result still have a wooden sensation in my left arch of my foot..the leg that was the worst affected.

20-07-2005, 11:51
Hi there dee dee,

Fortunately I didnt experience these numbness or any similar effects that you had gone through after my epidural.

I have spoken to my older brother who is an Ob/Gyn and is currently taking study to become a surgeon said that these sort of things not only caused by epidurals. Some women who having a baby might have some temporary damage to their peripheral nerves, this is individual nerves outside of the spinal cord which occurs during delivery for example the pressure of the bub's head and other things such as epidural, or things like forceps 'might' caused these numbness etc.
He said that most of his patients had recovered these almost spontaneously...and myself for example have no problem with my life/health after epidural experience.

In another word, the epidural is not the only main reason which responsible for the numbness etc after giving birth.

So give your self a chance to heal, your bub is still young, perhaps as bub grows older these symptoms might ease off as our nerves systems are healing up

But should you worried, do pls see your doc. Good luck!

Hope this help

Love Peace

dee dee
20-07-2005, 12:49
thankyou all for your feedback. The numb days are becoming less, but I might chat to my gp the next time I see him. Hey ThomasMum forceps were also used during the delivery so that could be a possible cause, I never though of that.