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I had a partial hysterectomy 10 months ago. I was given general anestesia and a spinal block. I was heavily sedated when they gave me the block so I don't remember much. But I remember first a sharp pain that made me jump and then the anestesiologist said I was going to have to repossion myself. (i don't remember exactly what he told me to do.) in the recovery room I laid there in extreme pain. Not in my stomach where I had been cut open but in my back. I felt like my back was arched the whole time. Ever since i've had back pain in my upper lower and lower back.Sometimes when I lay down on my back I have pain and it feels like my back is arching though it is not. And sometimes when I bend over I get a sharp pain in my back. Then it hurts everytime I bend over for days and sometime when I try to pick up things like a gallon of milk(and i'm not even bending my back). I wake up with back pain. What is wrong? I think something went wrong with the spinal block. And is there anything that can be done about it? Also what tests could a doctor do to find out what could be wrong?Thank you for any information you can give! Smile
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replied March 17th, 2004
Extremely eHealthy
Tests etc I know not of but suggestions to help relieve the pain I can give - dhea & a combined tablet twice a day of 700-1000mg each of chondriotin & glucosamine also calcium. All are natural supplements & I am told by a dr won't interfere with any meds.
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replied January 16th, 2007
Back Pain From Spinal Block
I had a spinal block for a c-section and about 2 months later my spine started aching and it's been almost 7 months now and it still hurts just as bad, sometimes worse. It hurts everyday. I have the pain mostly in the same spots as you and sometimes it feels like I have a pinched nerve on either side of my tailbone. Mine also hurts when I bend over or lay down, also when I lean back on something and when I sit certain ways. If I do have to bend over for something, I have to straighten very slowly. I would love to know what could be wrong, how to figure it out and how to fix it. The doctors i've seen so far do not take me seriously. I do not want medication for it, I just want to fix it.
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replied July 14th, 2010
lower back pain caused by spinal block
I have the same problem too and mine has been this way for 18 years . I had the spinal block with my c-section Afterwards there was a lump on the left side of my lower back almost as if the muscle had been split apart also causing some sciatica down my left side. I am finally going to get an MRI but because it comes and goes I have ignored it . Doctor's don't take me seriously either . Yoga , excersize and stretching help. I did go for physical therapy and had to try 5 different places before i found a good therapist who manipulated my leg and hip and then something in my back popped back into place . Massage helps too and i won't take pills except for occasional aspirin or motrin they are unneccesary . I really want the lump gone though , that annoys me almost as much as the back pain and the Spinal block is what caused the damage to my back not the pregnancy.
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replied August 23rd, 2010
Is there no recovery or relief to be had from a bad spinal block
Eight months ago I had a spinal block that did not work. I woke from major surgery with my spinal block area hurting a lot more than the surgery. I had a bruise as big as a plate on my back. Not only am I in constant, and unimagineable pain most of the time, my ability to think clearly has been affected. I used to sleep very well, but now the pain keeps me awake 20 hours most days. Some days I only sleep a couple of hours. Walking or laying down makes the pain worse. I've been told by specialist, not to expect much improvement. The nerve damage and worst pain is where I had the spinal block, but my doctors have refused to believe the spinal block caused the problem. I have never had pain where I have it now. Pain rules my life. Is there no fix?
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replied August 24th, 2010
Extremely eHealthy
hi
if a nerve was damaged by the needle you would think a neurologist could locate the problem area. have you seen a neurologist.
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replied February 16th, 2011
When I had my son 5 yrs ago in May the student anesthesiologist messed up my spinal block. When she first stuck me she hit a nerve and it was the most intense pain I had ever felt. I think I actually swore and left bruises on the nurses arm from squeezing her so tight. I have had lower back pain ever since. If I have to bend over to pick anything up I need to straighen up slowly and heaven forbid anyone accidently touch my back where the block was, it feels like being hit directly in the spine with a hammer. I have tried pt and working out to strenghten core muscles but that only increased the pain and after 1 1/2 yrs nothing had changed. If you find something that works I would love to know about it. I wish you the best of luck.
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replied March 31st, 2011
My son is 18 months now and i had a c section with a spinal block. I had 9 needles in my back trying to locate the "pocket" and i was in extreme pain during this. Ever since the whole of my lower back is painful to touch and aches almost constantly. I had to have a c section as i had a third degree tear with my first. I wish i would of known about the back problems before or i would of opted for general anesthetic. The only benefit was being awake when my son was born other than that the whole experience was just awful. Consequently i am not going to have any more children as i cannot face going through all that again. I think drs dismiss women who complain of recurring back ache after spinal blocks far too easily and more research should be done into the long term effects of this
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replied July 26th, 2011
C/S Spinal Block Screwed up my back!
I had a sumular issue. I had a C-section with my first daughter, due to the fact that she had issues that were non-commpatible with life...I had to have the spinal because if not they would have taken her to the moarge before I got to see her. And I didn't want that at all. So I suffered through over 13 attempts by a student who keept trying to find the area to numb my body. At one point she even hit one nerve that hurt so bad my body jolted off the table...ever since I have had nerve damage on my back and legs. I also have had an MRI that has shown 7 herniation in my back that were not there before...I really do believe that this was caused by the student using my back as a pin cushion!
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replied June 19th, 2011
Spinal Block after C Section Pain
My son is 7 months old and I had a C Section with a spinal block. My back aches daily. I think it hurts the most during the night while I am sleeping. I can never get comfortable and I wake up sore and barely able to move. I have to start out very slowly. Also when bending to pick something up I have to straighten out very slowly or I have really bad pain and feel like my back is going to give out. I went to a orthopedic and he said that he had never heard of anyone haveing any issues after a spinal block, and that it was probably stress on my back from lifting my baby so much..Really? Well anyways he referred me to physical therapy which I could not afford as he wanted me to go 3 times a week and each time I have a 60$ co-pay. He prescribed me Naprosyn which Ive been told is similar to Aleve. I take it but it seems to do nothing for the pain. I suppose it is just something that I will have to live with.
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replied July 27th, 2011
Commonly the brace is worn for a minimum of six weeks after surgery. In some cases, back pain, neck pain will persist despite the use of medications and non-invasive medical therapies. Smoking and excessive activity can negatively affect healing.

The decision to have spine surgery should only be made after careful consideration. Consult & discuss with your surgeon exactly what you should expect following your specific surgical procedure.
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replied October 5th, 2011
Back pain after spinal block
Hi I have had back pain, sciatica and a numb foot ever since I had a spinal block for my total knee replacement operation four months ago. The young anaesthetist took several attempts, finally hitting the nerves so bad it was like an electric shock going down one side. Physio has only helped a little, I'm on strong painkillers, sleeping sat up and having pulses of pain shooting up into my neck. The operated knee has remained stiff with little bend as I have not been able to exercise it as it is the same side as the sciatica.
I am contemplating suing the anaesthetist for not taking due care and attention and not asking for help when there was obviously a problem.
I had a previous spinal a year ago for a major abdominal op and had no side effects whatsoever.
Any tips to relieve the pain particularly the spine/neck pain will be much appreciated.
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replied February 19th, 2012
I had a spinal for a C/S with my daughter 16 months ago. About 1-2 months after she was born I had an episode of back pain, and I needed to remain bent over to relieve it. After several days of sleeping on the floor I recovered. I just had a another episode after a night of dancing in small heels. This time I did exaercises for spinal decompression which are really helping. There is a definite relationship with the spinal block. I never had these problems (or any back problems) prior to this.... and this was not my first pregnancy.
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replied March 5th, 2012
A different kind of EPIDURAL can help!
I'm sorry, but while I do believe a spinal block can cause back injury, I don't think you can blame pain occurring 1-2 months later on that! Perhaps it did contribute - as in, the needle(s) did some small injury to the site - that was later worsened by a variety of things (picking up/holding baby, bedrest, sitting more or exercising less while recovering from childbirth, etc.)

Nevertheless, I've had painful sciatica for nearly 4 years now due to a pinched nerve in my low back. The ONLY thing that helps is an epidural injection of steroids and anesthetics. It's made my pain go completely away (after the 3rd of 3 injections) -- such sweet relief!

For those of you afraid (understandably so) because of bad experiences with epidurals during childbirth or surgery, please understand that the kind of "epidural" refered to for this pain-relieving procedure does NOT penetrate all the way into the interior of the spinal cord. So, shouldn't have the kind of severe pain several have spoken of here. (And, also, no risk of "missing" the caudal reservoir that they aim for in the "true" kind of blocks.) Secondly, the procedure starts with a local, to block any immediate pain caused by the injection (and you can get a numbing spray first on your skin to help the local burn less too!) The procedure should mainly just feel like some slightly achy pressure on your spine and the epidural needle part lasts only a few minutes (2-4) at MOST. Lastly, make sure you have a SKILLED ANESTHESIOLOGIST perform the procedure - NOT A MED STUDENT OR INTERN!!! (BTW, you CAN refuse to let a student work on you!!!)

May this find you all some relief. Best of luck!
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replied April 15th, 2012
spinal
I had a spinal w my c section the first one failed so he went higher up well its bc he went higher up that now I get the most worst back pain of my life its hard to breathe and hard to move I just want to rip my spine out I've talked to spine specialist they say its bc of posture which isn't the greatest but all I know is I went into the or w no back pain I came out bqck pain *BTW I think they are covering for eachother*
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