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Post partum epidural back pain

mom of twommom of two Posts: 2
edited 11/24/2014 - 5:37 PM in Lower Back Pain
I'm a mom of two...my youngest is now 7 months. I had an epidural during my first labor & delivery over 3 years ago with no complications other than initial nausea & itchy skin for a day or 2 after. This time was completely different and absolutely miserable. The epidural numbed my left side more than the right. I had injection sight pain & bruising for about 2 weeks after (had NO bruising the first time). I have also had injection sight sensitivity ever since...it feels like it is still bruised. I frequently feel shooting pains that travel up my spine to the base of my neck and have also developed migraine headaches. The shooting pain also occasionally radiates down my legs & sciatic nerve. The back pain is now becoming constant and unbearable. I am a teacher & am starting to have difficulty standing all day.

Is there anyone else out there with a similar experience? I have been told by some (not medical professionals) that it's probably not entirely related to the epidural, but I'm not so sure I believe that. Not sure if I should try a chiropractor or medical doctor? Advice is welcome!!!


  • I'm so sorry. Chronic pain & new born babies are a challenge to say the least! At this point you really don't know what's causing these symptoms. Just incase it's something structural please avoid the chiropractors. Have you discussed this with any doctor since it happened? I would definitely make an appointment to see your doc & he can refer you for tests or a specialist depending on what he finds. This has been going on to long. I know what it's like, I've got 2 young children & time slips away from you particularly at the start. You need to take care of yourself to.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Provide an overview of the pain. Describe it and what positions make it better /worse. Explain your lack of sleep due to pain (not beh beh) You doc should be taking you very seriously with an arsenal of information.
    Avoid Chiropractic anything.
    Lift the baby very carefully. It's probably what you're doing most nowadays. Make it easier for yourself.
    Get seen by your doc as soon as you can and don't leave without an action plan you are happy with. Good luck!
  • You're about to have a toddler. Can I share something my Mum did to me? It really saved what littles left of my back. Sorry if you already plan this & I'm preaching to the choir...

    Very little kids cry...I pick them up! At times making ghastly noises of pain. At times with tears of pain & frustration streaming down my face. Then I'm completely incapable of doing anything for a week or 2...rinse & repeat. When my Mum witnessed this I got 'the lecture'. She ordered me to walk my daughter to the nearest thing I could sit on before lifting/pulling her up onto my lap or if needs must get down to her. We don't get out much anyway. There's always something to sit on! It took her snapping "Walk & Sit!" at me for a while but I'm sure it helped.

    Toddlers can be back breakers! She's 4 now so it's a lifetime ago. Cherish every moment. They grow so fast. I missed moments devoured by pain & depression. I wish I'd empowered myself to take control of my chronic pain a long time ago. I could of saved myself sleepless nights with 'those' thoughts.....
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Great post Spiney! ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Thank you all for your replies. Many people have suggested I just need an adjustment & need to go to a chiropractor. I have always been hesitant because I am worried this will make it worse. I feel it's more than just an adjustment issue at this point. Definitely going to make an appointment with my medical doctor ASAP.
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