nerve damage after giving birth?

Crystal - posted on 02/11/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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my doc siad that i have nerve damage/pinched nerve...he called it the pedendal nerve... i gave birth 10 weeks ago at first he just told me that time was the only thing that could heal it but now he is sending me to a neurologist....but my bottom has a weird feeling to it (kinda numb but painful...similar to when you foot falls asleep) and then there is a sharp stabing sensation that goes through the front...it hurts to sit, stand, or walk for very long at all....i was wondering if anyone else has ever had this problem and if so what they did to make it go away?

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Sharon - posted on 02/11/2010

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The pudendal nerve isn't not directly affected by the epidural. That is a procedure administered high above the pudendal nerve which is a sensory, autonomic, and motor nerve that carries signals to and from the genitals, anal area, and urethra. There are slight differences in the nerve branches for each person but typically there are three branches of the nerve on each side of the body; a rectal branch, a perineal branch and a clitoral/penile branch. There is ongoing research into the exact areas innervated by the pudendal nerve. PN occurs when the nerve or one of its branches becomes damaged, inflamed, or entrapped.



In exploring the pudendal site - causes - epidural is NOT a cause, childbirth is.



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Treatment



There are many treatment options depending on the cause of the neuropathy. The most common treatment options include pelvic floor physical therapy to relax the overly tense pelvic floor muscles, medications, pudendal nerve blocks, and if an entrapment is suspected pudendal nerve decompression surgery. Other available options are pelvic floor Botox, intrathecal pain pump, and neurostimulation. The administrators of this website are volunteers who are veterans of pudendal neuropathy.

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I had similar pain after I gave birth so I went to my chiropractor and after a few adjustments, I was fine. Chiropractors don't do surgery or give prescriptions. They are also inexpensive. Try that route before meds. It may help. It did for me.

Sherry - posted on 07/17/2011

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i have been having similar symptoms for 5 months now. it seems pretty hopeless. did you ever recover from it?

User - posted on 11/05/2010

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OMG! I never met anyone with the same problem I have!!! I had my daughter in august '09 and still can not walk sit or stand for long periods of time! I felt like no one believed me until I saw a doctor who prescribed me neurontin...the first few months I could barely walk 10 min and it would keep me up all night long. it almost felt like everything down there was going to fall off!

Julie - posted on 02/11/2010

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I KNOW THE (LACK OF) FEELING. I have the same thing and my baby is 15 months. Another thing is parenatal swelling. Ive been experianceing that as well. What that means is you have numness and swelling in your pubic region if you sit a lot. I spent a month in the hospital with complications and was miserable. no dr. has been able to help me with this, so anything you find, please pass on. its very uncomfortable !

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Kathryn - posted on 07/17/2011

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Crystal, mine was not from giving birth, but from a hysterectomy! It is not pleasure, and when "unnerved," I can fly off an examining table if someone touches it. After narrowing the options, I was sent to a pain clinic for treatment. Sometimes I have injections, but I also have lidocaine patches to apply right on the area. Keep seeking treatment!

Angie - posted on 11/05/2010

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I had this too but my pain radiated to the sole of my right foot. It started about a month before childbirth and was the most painful part of labor (I don't do pain meds). All that took my pain away was time and a lot warm bubble baths.

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no kidding sharon i can read...i was only saying that maybe her nerve prob had to do with epi if she had one.. thats all.. i was only trying to help or give suggestions to her prob that she was asking us about...im sure she will be able to take care of it with her dr and/or specialists, good luck to you

Sharon - posted on 02/11/2010

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The OP never said anything about "headaches." numbness in her arse and pain through her "front".

Sharon - posted on 02/11/2010

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LMFAO um a lawyer? Headaches as a side effect from an epidural affects her ass and vagina? REALLY????????????



I want to call my doctor right now and rain blessings and thank yous on her for having intelligent helpful staff...... its been nearly 8 years...

Jodi - posted on 02/11/2010

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A Lawyer? Do they have a double degree as a doctor these days? I suspect the OP is looking for a solution to try and FIX the problem right now.

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i havent.. but it may have been side affect from epidural?? my sister had an awful epidural headache after one of her kids

Sharon - posted on 02/11/2010

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Oh that is weird! I thought that was normal? I had it but it did go away on its own. Or at least, I had something similar.

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