For those of you that had an epidural, did any of you have problems with back spasms afterwards?

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Tessa - posted on 12/07/2012

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I'm in UK, I'm nearly 70 and I had an epidural for removal of a kidney which had cancer, and I had spasms since then. It was agony while the scar was healing, but that's a couple of months ago now, but every morning when I wake up my legs and back go into spasm. When I wake up now I move my toes very carefully and gently, then my feet, and so on, to get everything going. That way I can usually avoid them, but it's as difficult as trying not to sneeze! If they go into spasm I quickly curl up to take the strain off my tum. When I have a sleep in the day, it's the same story when I wake up.



My doctor says it's just cramp and he's sent me for a blood test, but I told him it didn't feel like cramp. He just looked at me and said if I didn't mind he was going to call it cramp. so no help from him. I know what cramp feels like, and it's not the same. And it's different muscles.



It was good to hear from all of you. Best of luck

Tessa

Danielle - posted on 01/22/2009

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I had and still did on occasion (2 years later) awful neck spasms.. I went to a physical therapists and the exercises and the stretching actually have helped keep the spasms from coming back thus far (4 months since last spasm).

Lisa - posted on 01/22/2009

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I didn't.  Sorry, I can't help you.  My sister did know some people who had headaches and spinal fluid leakage afterwards.  But I never had any trouble with mine.

Tia - posted on 01/22/2009

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I only had one for my first child who is now 11 years old, my other two who are 8, and 5 I did not.  I find that the epidural prolonged my labour and I now suffer lower back pains in the area that I got it.  I sometimes can't even move because the pain is that great.  I find that without the epidural my body healed faster than when I did have one.  So think very strongly on that.

Tia - posted on 01/22/2009

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I only had one for my first child who is now 11 years old, my other two who are 8, and 5 I did not.  I find that the epidural prolonged my labour and I now suffer lower back pains in the area that I got it.  I sometimes can't even move because the pain is that great.  I find that without the epidural my body healed faster than when I did have one.  So think very strongly on that.

Laurie - posted on 01/22/2009

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I had an epidural almost 5 years ago and I am still not back to normal, I was that 1% that you wouldn't get stuck the wrong way, I was nearly paralized for an entire year and still having to strengthen my muscles to date.

Rebecca - posted on 01/21/2009

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i had a epidural,and my back dont hert at all.my mom had one with my sis and me and she dont hert.

Meling - posted on 01/21/2009

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I did not have any back problems with both of my girls.  I am glad I did have an epidural b/c when I had my first I decided to deliver her naturally but things didn't go so well therefore the doctors convinced my to have an epidural b/c of the extreme agony I was going through.  With the second I did not have to second guess and the delivery was so painless and much easier.  The only difficult part of having an epidural is that you must sit very still when the doctors are inserting the epidural even though you are having contractions.



Good luck!

Meling - posted on 01/21/2009

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I did not have any back problems with both of my girls.  I am glad I did have an epidural b/c when I had my first I decided to deliver her naturally but things didn't go so well therefore the doctors convinced my to have an epidural b/c of the extreme agony I was going through.  With the second I did not have to second guess and the delivery was so painless and much easier.  The only difficult part of having an epidural is that you must sit very still when the doctors are inserting the epidural even though you are having contractions.



Good luck!

Lorilynne - posted on 01/21/2009

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Quoting Tracy:



I had one with our my daugther and I felt all the pain on the left side of my body and nothing on my right.  They could of cut off my right leg and I would not of known.  I felt like I was being ripped apart during actual labor.  Do you know how weird it is to have pain only on one side of your body






That happened with my second epi but luckily, they just had me roll onto my side a bit and eventually I couldn't feel anything on either side.  Kicked in completely right before I had to start pushing, thank goodness.  With my first, I had been on the epi for so long, by the time I had to push they had to turn it off because I was pushing so ineffectively.  It wore off right at the worst part so the only thing the epi helped with was the contractions!

Leslie - posted on 01/20/2009

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yes, especially when I got upset...go figure....but eventually it went away, after about a year...

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i had epi with my first child cos he was five wks earlie and in intensive care. didnt have much probs till i had my second three yrs later cos c section he was breach then i gt bk pains little bit. had two more kids since and thats when i was in pain went docters gt sent phisio they said my lower spine is weak cos of kids. and take codiene for my bk pains smetimes its k other times it really does hurt

Tracy - posted on 01/20/2009

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I had one with our my daugther and I felt all the pain on the left side of my body and nothing on my right.  They could of cut off my right leg and I would not of known.  I felt like I was being ripped apart during actual labor.  Do you know how weird it is to have pain only on one side of your body

Andrea - posted on 01/20/2009

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No spasms, but i do occasionally a pin is poking me in the spot i had it. I've asked others if they ever feel it and they all said no, so i am happy to read that it IS normal.

Lisa - posted on 01/20/2009

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no spasms but when it is going to rain or snow i can tell you exactly where they put the needle in. also when i am pms-ing, thats the spot my back hurts in. my son will be 11 in may.

Danielle - posted on 01/20/2009

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i had an epidural c-section and suffered lower back pain and migranes for the first month, at first i thought the back pain was because of the c-section i wasnt really stretching or moving so i thought my back was seizing up. but even now just over a year later my lower back hurts and makes me almost paralysed. not all the time but often enough. enough for me not to have anymore children. 1st child emergency c-section, 2nd child started tearing, so another c-section, i thought at least i will be awake for this birth.

Lorilynne - posted on 01/19/2009

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Omg, I feel so terrible for all you with the pain!  I have had two epi's and no side affects.  Well, except for the week after giving birth my legs and feet were so swollen I could hardly walk. 

Tammy - posted on 01/19/2009

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Oh, and the doctor told me to use cold compresses, not hot. The cold helps with the inflamation that causes the spasms.

Tammy - posted on 01/19/2009

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Yes, I had problems getting out of bed. My husband had to literally lift me up on my feet. It gets better with time but never really goes away. I recently had to go to the doctor because I had really bad spasms (1st time in 8 years) Gave me muscle relaxers and it was better. Not anymore problems.

Amy - posted on 01/19/2009

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I don't get spasms...but I have horrible trouble with my sciatic nerve, which I never had before the epi.  It's been 4 and a half months and it still hurts to the point of distraction.  

Megan - posted on 01/19/2009

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I had back pains for about a month afterwards and still have debilitating migrains.  My epi was for a c-section, and we didn't realize that it hadn't taken fully on the Left side of my body until the Dr had cut into my tummy to get the baby out and I started screaming in unbelievable pain!  It had taken on the surface of my body, but I felt everything once they got in a few inches, my entire body errupted in what felt like fire and burning.  They knocked me out immediately and delivered the baby in a hurry, so I always assumed that was why I hurt so badly.

Sam - posted on 01/19/2009

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hey yeah i had spasms, pain, pins and needlesall from my first birth in 2006 i only had small amounts of pain until my second birth in 2007 i had no pain relife but it caused more back problems.

Megan - posted on 01/19/2009

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ive had two of them and with the first, i never felt a thing afterward, but with the second i have a had a few back aches and such nothing to pain full.

Kelly - posted on 01/19/2009

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After reading Cheryl Quinn's reply, the light came on upstairs. LOL..



When I was gettingmine done, they had to try twice...the first time it didnt work or he didnt get the right spot. The 2nd time worked, but I felt it. I too have trouble sleeping and most mornings I wake up in so much pain I cant sit up..I have to roll off our high bed. After a few hours it calms down too. The Chiropractor helps me out..but not everyone belives in that. Mine uses his hands to adjust me, not the clicker.



Hubby and I are talking about how to do it this summer when I have baby 2. I really dread the epidural, but my hospital doesnt do water births..which is what we said would work better for me.



 

Cheryl - posted on 01/19/2009

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I have the same problem. When I had my first 2 kids- I had no problems but when I had my third child- they had to put the epi. in 2x. After her birth I have had lower back problems and spasms. My doctor gave me meds for the pain and the spasms but nothing works. It's been 2 years and I still have problems. I wake up most mornings and can't walk. It takes up to 2 hrs to start feeling ok, to the point where I can walk or at least be mobile. The weather does affect it too. On damp or cold days that's when I hurt the most. I have tried excerises to releive the pain, and I have also gone to physio. The part that hurts the most is the lower back, my hips and sides. My doctor has sent me for x-rays and found out that I have Cronic back pain and it will never go away.

Theresa - posted on 01/19/2009

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my daughter who is a healthy 19 year old, had her baby one year ago and is still getting spasms.

Sanna - posted on 01/18/2009

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I had mine 4 years ago and at times I have stiffness esp. right before my period.  My sister has pain in her legs since her epi 12 years ago.  If there is a nest time, I will not get one.

Marcie - posted on 01/18/2009

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I just wasn't sure if anyone else had problems with back spasms or pain afterwards. Only one other of my friends had spams afterwards. I keep trying to figure out why I am having them. I never had back spasms before until after I had my first sone and he is six years old now. They come and go. I can go a month or two without having any and them BAM they come back and they are just so damn painful. I've done physical therapy for it and that didnt do anything. About two weeks ago i had them so bad they went up into my neck and I had to go to the er. I had problems breatheing they were so bad and it was like someone was stabbing me over and over. It didnt' quit forever it seemed like. I told the nurses to just knock me out with a cast iron skillot or something.

Kelly - posted on 01/18/2009

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I do quite a bit. I had my first one 2 years ago this week. I get them a few times a week and it makes my whole upper body jerk a little when they come on.



I am pregnant with #2, and I am nervous about having it. I want the pain med, but not the after effects that come with the epidural.

Ann - posted on 01/18/2009

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No spasms but pain, pins and needles and sciatic pain. Mine was 12 years ago and still experience these problems.

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No problems with my epi; and none of my friends who have had epis had any sort of back pain either.  

Erin - posted on 01/18/2009

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I've had really bad spasms and migraines since my epidural.  Sometimes my back will completely seize up.  I've found no help from doctors except giving me nerve pain medicine, but it makes me loopy.  Good luck

Connie - posted on 01/18/2009

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I havent had a problems from my epidurals but I do know a lady who did. When she got her epidural they went through the side of the spinal cord instead of into it. Her kids are in the 30's now and she still has a little bit of pain at the epidural site.

User - posted on 01/18/2009

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hi yeah i had them too they started in my neck and just gradually worked there way down my spine i started to have them very late in pregnancy so didnt think it was because i had a spinal block and c-section the worst came when my midwife examined me and pressed down on my tummy a few days after i left hospital! i went to the doctors and they said there was nothing wrong wich i didnt quite believe as it was agonising! luckily i havent had any since my son is now three months old and i only suffered with about 4!

Dalia - posted on 01/18/2009

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Yes, I did for about a month. They were extremely painful. At my prenatal class they gave us a rice sock. This is a sock filled with rice that you can heat up in the micro as a quick heat pad and this saved me from those back spasms. Also, I wasn't checking my posture when I nursed and it made it worse. So I made sure I used lots of pillows for back support and side support at night. HTH!

Kim - posted on 01/18/2009

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hiya i had an epidural with my first child in 1993 but it failed on me it didnt help with the pain an i cudn't walk for 2 days afterwards . an since then i have suffered back pain. :(

Dawn - posted on 01/18/2009

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Hi Marcie, I had an epidural with my first child in 1989, apparantly it was a full spinal tap, so i was completely paralysed for many many hours after i'd delivered him.
19 years later i suffer horrendously with my lower back, to the degree that i cant move in the morning, or even if i wake up on my back during the night, i cant move an inch, its like my back is totally locked up, and when it starts to relax the pain is so intense i cant stand it. :(

Angie - posted on 01/18/2009

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My back is still tender in that spot and my daughter is 12 years old already. Something that I wish they would have explained could happen BEFORE they inserted the needle. It's not bad enough to cause me to slow down in life - just noticable. Sorry to hear yours is giving you that much trouble. :(

Miriam - posted on 01/18/2009

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I had problems with my epidural so I had bad back pains at first but I got treated by a Craniosacral therapist and over a year later I am doing well.

Matty - posted on 01/18/2009

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I haven't had spasms, but, when the weather changes (expecting rain, snow), I have pain in the site where the needle was inserted. I've had this pain for 12 years (my son will be 12 this year). It comes once and then when the weather passes, it goes away. 

Kimberly - posted on 01/18/2009

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I had an epidural because the pitocin administered during my induced labor was INTENSE! But then baby got stuck and I had to have a c-section, too. The first 3 or 4 months after he was born I was tender, tight and sore in my whole abdominal, back, hip region, but now (baby is almost 9 months) I feel just fine. I do yoga, so I think that has helped A LOT! :)

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