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For the past 24 months I have suffered from lower back pain accompanied by numbness and tingling sensations.

During pregnancy 2 years ago I had an epidural. I am beginning to think they are both related.

Has anyone else suffered back pain after an epidural? If so, what were your symptoms (Or know of anyone else)

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replied November 26th, 2007
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I'd like to help since I've had several epidural injections for lower back pain. However, I've had pain return after the epidurals because they did not work, but I'm not sure about pain over two years after it. I would check with a back specialist or osteopathy doctor to classify the pain you are feeling. It might be disc problems or nerve damage of some type. Get it checked out!
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replied April 10th, 2012
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I would like to share my experience for my back pain after the epiderals. for my first child no pain at all after that shot. for my second child, they had try 3 times on the same spot on my back. they hurt me alot, still no work. it was bleeding. 3 ys from now that spot still bother me. when i stand, sit or lay in the bed. i have to adjust my body to feel better, but the pain still there. what can i do? help
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replied November 26th, 2007
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I've had 3 epidural but no continuing symptoms like the ones you describe. Perhaps these lower back apins are actually caused by something else. Where exactly is the pain located?
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replied November 26th, 2007
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I've had 3 epidurals but no continuing symptoms like the ones you describe. Perhaps these lower back pains are actually caused by something else. Where exactly is the pain located?
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replied January 3rd, 2009
Oh yes... I know what you are talking about!
Hi there,

I am going through the same thing and I too, think it was related to the epidural! Have you come across any answers from you GP or specialist? I thought I was dreaming this especially since the GP thinks that there's no need to worry about it. But, it's been a year and it's not gone away. The OB said that the symptoms should fade away after 6 mos but it's now almost a year without any change.

You are not alone. Let's figure this out?
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replied September 16th, 2011
A Epidural ,which the doc couldn't do
I have the same problem for a few years now,after they tryed an epidural ,after 3 trys he said he was hitting bone...So i had to be put out to have my baby! I woke up with my back hurting very bad! I have had trouble ever since! My NP won't do anything. The ER won't do anything. This time my back is hurting and will not stop. It sometimes goes down my legs ,it is a ache that is Terrible.I wish someone would just do an xray, so i know whats going on.This is the longest it has lastest,The Pain!
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replied August 6th, 2012
back spasms after THE EPIDURAL
yeah, I know what you're talking about. I had my first epidural in 1977, and spasms began. At first very frequently then gradually episodes decreased during the days, but continued at least 1 or 2 daily thru the first year. After that they became sporadic and may have had few in 1 or 2 months, and gradually they spread out to several months apart to maybe even a year/years apart. Reason for letting you know about this is that it is 2012 and today the spasms are back, have had 4 this morning. I've noticed, that if I strain my back at all I am most likely to have a few of them. The way I see it, the epidural caused a weak spot and when strained, it bleeds causing the spasms. Over the past 45 years I've found that rest and anti-inflamatory drugs with ice packs helped the most. If I remember right my last one was in 2010. Good luck girls!
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replied January 5th, 2009
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The type of epidural that both gwennan and M56789 are talking about are not the same type of epidural injections that are given for spinal issues.

They are talking about an epidural given for anesthetic pain relief during childbirth, i.e. labor and delivery. This is an injection of anesthetic that totally numbs the woman's body from the waist down.

ESI are epidural steroid injections that given for spinal pain from a medical spinal problem. This type of injection involves a small amount of lidocaine and a steroid. After it is given, you have full feeling from your waist down, can get up and walk around and function.
Not so, immediately after being given and epidural during childbirth.

As for the problem they are having, it is quite possible that when the epidural injection was given, the long needle that was used may have hit on the vertebrae and bruised the bone of the vertebrae.
If that is the case, it can take several years for the pain to go away.

I would suggest that at this time, you both consider seeing a spinal specialist and see if with an MRI or CT they can determine what is causing the pain.

It could just be a coincidence and that you already had a spinal problem and just had no symptoms. After childbirth, the changes in the body that occured during pregnancy may have contributed to now being symptomatic instead of having no symptoms.

You should at least be able to get a diagnosis about what is causing the pain and you can only get that by seeing a spinal specialist.

Good luck

Fran
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replied January 8th, 2009
Normal?
I have had a similar problem. My first Epi went in on the first attempt and I had slight soreness for 2 weeks. Had my 2nd daughter 2 yrs ago and it took the guy 5 attempts to get it in. He tried in one place 3 times then moved up my spine a little and to the right for the other 2. I have pics of my bruised back and you can count the holes! That night I was in excruciating pain. And for agonizing for 2 days. Its a wonder I didn't get hooked in pain meds! My back STILL hurts 2 years later and I have a 4 to 5 inch section that has always gone numb if I lean over too far! I have wanted to go to a Doc but keep putting it off. Does anyone else go numb and is it normal?
To make matters worse about 6 months ago I fell backward in my hubby's boat and that part of my back is what caught my fall. (Thought I had broke my back!) Now it hurts worse and radiates into my right hip. The last two nights it is really bad especially to right of my spine is a really sore spot. Do I go to a Chiroprater or a reg Dr?
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replied January 9th, 2009
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Kandmsmom,

None of your symptoms or what happened with the birth of your second doctor are normal.

No, No, you should not go to a chiropractor.

You need to see a spine specialist. Either an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in spines only or a neurosurgeon that specializes in spines.

You need a full evaluation my a spinal specialist to determine what happened to your spine 2 years ago and what is going on now.

Numbness that you describe is indicative of nerve compression, especially if it radiates down to your hip.

Good luck and keep us posted.

Fran
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replied January 14th, 2009
I too have back pain over a year after epidural
Thank you Fran for your answers. I too had an epidural in October 2007 when I had my daughter. The discomfort/pain went away as the doctors said it would about 6 months after the delivery. I've been fine with occasional discomfort/pain when I've slept wrong. Up until 2 or 3 days ago. The pain is suddenly back. Tonight I had my aunt and my husband look at my spine where it hurts and they saw what they describe as 2 or 3 very small spider bites on my spine. I am really starting to worry about this because I am experiencing numbing sensations in my left hand and on the skin on my stomach. Also, for the past week and a half I have been breaking out in hives on my arms legs and stomach when I take hot showers or am in the heat for too long. Can anyone comment... I could use any input. Thanks
Sheena
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replied January 14th, 2009
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Sheena,

Sounds like you should see your primary doctor to see about those marks on your spine that your are describing as "small spider bites". Find out what they might be.

Also wouldn't hurt to get a referral to a spine specialist to see what is going on as you should not be having any spinal pain after having an epidural during labor with your daughter, this far after having her.

As for the hives you are having. Well, it isn't as uncommon as one might think.

People have or develop sensitivity to heat and hot water. My daughter went through a period of many years during her pre teen, teen and into college years where she would break out in hives from sweating and taking showers that where "hot".

We took her to primary and to a dermatologist and it was found that she was "allergic to her own sweat and heat".

For many years she had to take antihistamines/decongestants when it got warm to hot outside and had to take showers with much cooler temps so that she didn't get covered in hives.

Was not an easy thing for her to deal with at first. My "tomboy daughter" was an athlete and for a while it put a damper on her sports activities, but once it was under control, it didn't stop her through middle, HS and college to be a varsity athlete and continue in sports.

Check both the spots, the hives out with your primary and then proceed with an evaluation with a spine specialist about he spinal pain.

good luck and let us know what happens.

Fran
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replied April 2nd, 2012
Allergic to own sweat with no cure in sight...
Hi, I am 19 years old. I am experiencing the same thing your daughter had! Any time I exercise, get nervous, or experience any high temp. I break out in a rash over almost my entire body. It lasts for ~10-40 minutes and simply goes away once cool again.

How did your daughter get over this? Is there any way to rid oneself of it forever? I think it could be toxin stored in the body being released in perspiration but honestly I have no idea. Dermatologists only give me antihistamines and send me off. I want to stop the cause, not the symptom.
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replied February 9th, 2009
Re: Back Pain After Epidural?
gwennan wrote:
For the past 24 months I have suffered from lower back pain accompanied by numbness and tingling sensations.

During pregnancy 2 years ago I had an epidural. I am beginning to think they are both related.

Has anyone else suffered back pain after an epidural? If so, what were your symptoms (Or know of anyone else)

Thank you


I had my son over eight years ago. After three years of giving birth I started having severe pain in what it feels like in my spine. It didn't dawn on me that the pain is right where the epidural was placed until my son's father pointed it out. Most mornings I can't get out of bed without help. I have a hard time picking things up, bending, and turning. So Im with you! I am going to seek a doctors help as soon as my insurence kicks in. I think you need to do the same.
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replied April 3rd, 2009
Same Symptoms
I def. agree that a spinal epidural can cause harm. I have had two. My first four years ago and never had any problems,my second was in Dec09 with my daughter and immediately after the epidural wore off I was in excruciating pain, of course the anasteologist will never take the fall for any screwups, however he made some mistake because I only had a one side epidural up until he fixed it 45 min before I had her thank GOD!!! He also said he never pushed that much pain meds into any patients and they were still feeling contractions??? hmmm big prob on your part doc, then admitted that he had been working all nite and might have placed it wrong, needless to say it was a nightmare, anyways since then I have had pain in my lower back Sacral area to midback right where the epidural was injestecd and placed, I also have pain and tingling shooting down my left leg (conveinetly the one side epidural for a lil while) I went to the Dr and they diagnosed me with Sciatica gae me a pain med and muscle relaxer and I go see an Ortho next week/ All of that being said I never have had back problems up until that second epidural and noone will convince me otherwise that it didnt have anything to do with that!!!
Good luck all,
Ashlee
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replied May 17th, 2009
It's too common a problem!
It's now 3:00am and I'm awake once again from back pain which like you is sometimes accompanied by numbness and tingling (to one side).

I now recall collasping twice onto the bed weeks after the birth of my little boy and thought this was normal accept that in hindsight it doesn't really make sense as I didn't actually have the injection. In fact it there were several attempts before they had to give up trying as I was so close to giving birth. I can remember my mum asking why there was so much blood.

Ironically, I did have reservations about having the injection and can recall asking the anethetist (who looked about 19) whether she was 'any good at this', to which she replied 'I've done five other epidurals today'. NOT SURE WHETHER THIS MADE HER A BIT NERVOUS, HOWEVER IT STILL DOES NOT JUSTIFY WHAT SEEMS TO BE AN ERROR. I'm going to see my GP in the morning and as someone has suggested will ask to see a specialist. It's a good thing that it's only been a year and a half so at least I can get some answers (HOPEFULLY)!

Has anyone else persued it and what were the findings and issues if any?

Sophia
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replied August 6th, 2009
My son is 2 1/2 years old. When I had my EPI it also took 5 tries, 4 injections in the same spot, and then had to remove the needle and try again. My doctor said it would be about six months for the sensation to go away, but it is still there. It feels tingly like insulation rubbed my skin in about a 6 in square area on the right side (coincidentally maybe) where my injections were. When my clothes touch it or water from showering touch it,or anything really, it is uncomfortable. I have never had back problems before.
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replied February 26th, 2010
This is just insane..I am experiencing this now i had my son only 2 weeks ago and i went to my dr said it was Sciatica also. But told me what to watch for pain in my upper back and loss of movement in my leg if that were to happen which coincidentally today that has started. To see a specialist and he will refer me. o come monday morning that is what i am going to do.
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replied March 18th, 2010
I have 11 month old twin sons and also had an epidural at birth AND also have a continued dull pain in the epidural spot. It feels like I have been whacked in the back or have landed hard on my back - feels like it needs clicking into place. I had the local anaesthetic at the epidural entry point, and then the epidural but I flinched as it went in as I felt pain. The anaesthetist gave me a rather stern word and told me not to move - I felt like crying - also difficult not to move as I was shaking wildly with fear having not looked forward to the idea of the epidural for the past 9 months (7.5 months!). I had more local anaesthetic and then had to bend over and hold 2 nurses hands very very tightly so as not to flinch a second time. In the following days I had a half teaspoon of fluid build up under the bandaid placed over the epidural spot - the anaesthetist checked it and was satisfied that it was only moisture from my skin - well not spinal fluid - how would I really know - it now makes me wonder though. I want to get it checked out but not sure who to trust - it makes me sick thinking about it and am nervous about getting pregnant again because of maybe needing another epidural.
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replied March 25th, 2010
My youngest is 6 years old, and I have had pain in the same place I received my epidural intermittently ever since. In the last year it has become severe and long-lasting. I've tried chiropractic and massage treatment, and nothing has helped. I've read lots of these posts and haven't found any that tell how anyone took care of the problem! Hasn't anyone found a treatment that leads to a cure?
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replied March 25th, 2010
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rivendell
i understand nerve damage is possible from an epidural. i can only assume that is your situation....
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replied August 9th, 2010
I have had spine pain since I had an epidural too. I have read that it this is a side effect for a small percentage of women It's very bad I really regret getting the epidural.
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replied July 22nd, 2012
I have arachnoiditis caused from an epidural during labor
To all of you, I hope you see this. I was 21 when I went into the hospital to have my baby. I opted to have an epidural and that was the biggest mistake of my life. I can hardly walk now and I am in such pain everyday that pain medicine no longer works for me. Something went wrong that day, I was diagnosed with Adhesive Arachnoiditis in 2007 following that epidural. I feel like I am being zapped by lightning, like I am being stung by bees all the time. My skin goes numb on my back and I still have pain under the skin deep in my back. I have a neurogenic bladder and have accidents. Get to a neurologist, they can diagnose you. Dr. Antonio Aldrete will give you a full report and offers treatment to those of you that do have this horrid disease. There is no cure, they can only try to help with some of the symptoms.
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