Lower back pain since giving birth

Marilyn - posted on 11/18/2008 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Ever since I gave birth in June (2008), I cannot bend over, even slightly or even for a second, w/o my lower back stiffening and being in pain. It take a few moments before I can stand straight again. It's been almost 6 mos since June, and my chiropractor says it's caused by the Epidural, and will take time to go away. It makes sense, because that's where the needle went in, and the pain is more of a cramping of muscles. Has anyone else experienced this? Any feedback?

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Amanda - posted on 04/02/2013

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I just need to say that I had my daughter 3 years ago. And I still suffer from this pain, it even goes to my lower back sides to the point I can't even hold my daughter anymore or carry anything heavy. But I didn't have the epi, so I still don't know what it is from.. Before I had my daughter I never had this pain before. So I just wanted to say it could be caused without an epi too, just in case other moms were looking but got discouraged because they didn't have the epi either.

Kristianna - posted on 11/18/2008

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I have had lower back pain since I had my first son 8 years ago. I just recently heard after the birth of my 4 week old son, that it could have been caused by the epidural and from labor ( I had a lot of back labor). I regret to say that it may not ever go away completely, but what I do that helps is a time out to stretch and relax for about a half an hour to an hour every morning. Yoga helps to loosen up the tight muscles and relieve tension that builds up during the day ( I like to take a class because there are no crying babies or phones ringing). Also drink lots of water and keep emptying your bladder. I know this sounds weird, but as much pressure as you can get off your spine, and the less tension in those lower abdominal muscles the better you'll feel, and the more mobility you'll have. The key is to warm your muscles, and keep them limber and calm. When you've done all that and still don't feel better, take an anti-inflammatory and a warm bath and try to get more sleep and rest. My back has improved enough for me to dance again and still be able to keep up with my boys :) Good luck, I know how it feels, but keep your chin up and remember it's every mommy's right to ask for a little help so you can feel better.

Sidd - posted on 11/18/2008

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I just gave birth in September, but I have a similar problem! It's not always, but sometimes when I stand up, especially after sitting with Savannah for a while, it's quite difficult and painful, so it takes me a little while to stand upright. I had an epidural AND a spinal (the epidural didn't work properly), so I just assumed it was from all the poking. Sorry I have no advice, but I do (sorta) feel your pain.



I hope you feel better soon!

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Carla - posted on 12/23/2012

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Hi I suffer from the same thing, sometimes it's goes away but when it comes back it's bad. My daughter is 4 years old already and I'm still suffering from it but atleast I was warned about suffering with back pains before giving birth. What works for me immediatley is a warm water bottle. Hope this helps you too, get well soon

Oling - posted on 09/19/2012

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pl'se help me with how to go away with lower back pain after delivery. because there is a mother with severe lower back pain after delivery i have tried analgesic, massaging, the pain has taken quit long

please help

Alice - posted on 11/19/2008

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Hi Marilyn - I had lower back pain as well that I think was caused by the epi. It was bothering me the first two months but I don't have it anymore. I don't know if it went away on its own or if getting back into my yoga routine helped. Sounds like your chiro adjustments are helping. You may want to look into yoga/stretching in between your appointments.

Marilyn - posted on 11/18/2008

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thanks for the replies so far!



my chiro says that frequent adjustsments should help - he says he's had women that have had it for years but never were treated for it before seeing him, and he was able to reduce the severity and time or eventually alleviate it altogether... so, we'll see... I can't get in to see him as often as I should (which isn't even that often), so I may try the stretching and warm bath and whatever else...

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