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Can pregnancy labor pose harm when patient has had a Spinal Fusion

sagan1ssagan1 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:00 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
I am desperate for answers regarding my recent pregnancy labor that has left me in severe pain and an unusual lump on my back located were I had a spinal fusion two years prior to the birth of my child.(L5-S1). I was in labor for 36 hours and pushed for over 3 hours. After all of that they decided to do a c-section, I had to go under general anesthesia after they attempted an epidural and a spinal which neither worked. It has been 7 weeks and I can't function as I did prior to the pregnancy and I'm at a loss as to what could be wrong. I keep getting the runaround from the Hospital I gave birth at and I don't know what to do. I need to be able to care for my baby and function but I am struggling tremendously with that.
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  • I do know of a lady that had a baby after her fusion surgery and she was absolutely fine with it.

    Although it has been many years since my own daughters were born, I also experienced back pain after the births and I think, for some ladies, this may be quite common.

    However, for the birth of my second daughter, I asked for an epidural. They tried 3 times to get the 'line in', but in the end, I screamed at them to take it out because it was taking too long and it was also quite painful. Also, bending forwards for so long whilst they were trying to put the epidural in actually speeded up the labour!

    Every month thereafter, for about a week before my cycle, my back pain was awful. I've often wondered if this was the start of my back problems in later life, but of course it may have been just a coincidence, I will never know.

    If you have had an issue for the last 7 weeks with back pain that's so bad that you cannot function properly, then I can only advise you to go back to your doctor to ask for further advice and investigations/tests to be carried out to see what, if anything, is going on. This is only my personal opinion of course.

    If your doctor cannot help you further, then can you ask for a second opinion from a back specialist?

    I really hope that you get the care and reassurance you need so you can begin to enjoy your new baby more.
    SUE
    2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!
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