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My name is Megean im 23 and had my lil boy a year ago and in he last year i have been getting back pain and never really suffered from it before i had my son!!!!
I had a long labour (22hrs) and was giving 2 epidurals, (the first one didnt work so they re did it), although the epidural was FANTASTIC in pain relief i seem to be suffering for it now....
Just wondering if this is normal and if anyone else is suffering from horrible back pain after an epidural ansd what they have done to get rid of it??????
hi there! i had a epidural with number 1, and yes i still suffer back pain! but at the same time, i am not sure if it was caused by the epidural or not! i haven't had an epidural since (with my other 2).
I thought it could of been caused by the epi, but then again maybe not!
Sorry i couldn't be of any help!
Hi I had an epi put in 3 times when DD was born 13 months ago and I still get back pain, every now and then I get the exact pain I got when they were putting it in also. I spoke to my gp, he thinks it could be a piniched nerve from the epi or something like that. I just use heat packs alot.
I had about 5 because they wouldn't work with my son last year. Yes I get back pain, but the epi 'spot' is more a pinching slight pain. I'm pregnant again and haven't felt it in a long time, but I also get lower back pain alot now, some say its from the epi but I know alot of women including my sister and aunt who never had an epi but are plagued with back pain after having a child?? So I think carrying children has a lot to do with it too.
It could certainly be epidural. I know that every one from my family warned me not to take epidural as one of the long term effects of it are lasting back pain which comes and goes.
Even though my birth plan suggested no use of epidural, at that moment, I knew I had to take it, had a very very long labor and I was too tired and just couldnt take the pain.
After the delivery, in the 5th week or so, I started to get the back pain. Lower back pain to be precise. I used heat packs and balms and massages but to no aid. I thought it could be due to carrying the baby as I was nursing him and he was nursing a lot that time. That lasted for about a week. Then it vanished.
Then it arose again when bub was about 6 months old. Lasted for a week and then vanished again and as of now bub is 11 months, havent had that pain. Although, some nights when I sleep with bub on my chest, I get that pain in the morning due to not sleeping in the right posture.
The doctors do not associate back pain with epidural for some reason. But they also kind of agree that the newer doses of this medicine seem to cause very less or no back pain at all..
So I guess, we will need to live and deal with it .
Whats worked for me is - using heat packs/heat bags - very very effective.
Or taking a hot shower after rubbing some balm.
Sorry for the big ramble there.
Hi there! I definitely get back pain which is in the exact same spot the epidural was administered. It feels more like muscular back ache but when I flex my back it feels like someone has put a little wedge in between a section of my spine. Some days it doesn't hurt at all but other days the pain is more noticable and I cannot do certain excercises because that part of my back isn't stable.
I don't do much for it because the pain isn't excruciating, and the hot/cold weather don't really affect it. I find good posture and sitting up straight and doing gentle stretching like Yoga or pilates really good to alleviate it.
I have had mild back pain since having bub #4 but I don't know if it could be attributed to the epidural I had during labour or simply the fact that she was my fourth baby, and four pregnancies certainly can cause some wear and tear on your body, particularly the abdominal muscles which contribute to back strength.
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