epidural and back pain!

Amanda - posted on 04/15/2010 ( 94 moms have responded )

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so when i had my son on march 12th 2010 i had an epidural after 17 hours of labour because i was induced and the contractions came strong and fast...well my son finally came out 19 hours later and for a few days after my back was killing me...now hes a month old and i get bad back pain from doing the littlest things like sittin in a chair or cleaning..i'm wondering if anyone else had this happen and when and if this back pain will ever go away ?

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Liz - posted on 07/10/2010

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You should tell your doctor. Sometimes the epidural can cause empty spaces. For some women this causes horrible headaches, for others it's intense back pain. There are treatments.



It is NOT normal to have recurrent back pain from an epidural if it was administered correctly.



For all of you saying you have this problem, GET NEW DOCTORS! This is NOT normal!

Alexandra - posted on 08/29/2012

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I had an epidural just over 4 year ago as i got induced with finding out i had diabeties on my baby and still gt it 4 years later but ever since i have a lot of pain down my neck and spine its agony seen drs and just said to take Diazepan tablets and Dicloflex tablets and Co-Codamol tablets but still in agony with it

Rebecca - posted on 05/09/2010

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Hi Amanda,
Okay now I had a similar labour experience and decided to have an epidural (I was having contractions 4 min apart and only 3cm dialated). I am a different case because the woman who administered the epidural abandoned me and I was very roughly handled. (She just kept thrusting the needle into my back, no need for any more details there) The NSW board has been involved, she was sacked from the hospital and I'm in the middle of a pretty straight forward compensation case. So I understandably have some spinal issues now. They suspect damaged nerves. In saying all of this, I can almost guarentee this isn't your case, but I did in my time (its been 18 months) learn a lot from doctors and specialists (a lot of them no help at all telling me to just live with it) so I hope this will help. Firstly go and see your doctor and demand (do not take no for an answer) that you have him/her have a look at your back. If you are in constant pain, again demand an anti-inflamitory and pain killer to be taken when needed. You do not (and this goes for everyone) need to be in pain. You have enough on your plate. There are enough prescription drugs that have low side effects and are NOT addictive that can be taken to ease the pressure and pain. The other thing (always check first with your doctor) that helps and I have been on minimal pain relief since is exercise. I know it's hard when your bub is so young but I really wish I had started ages ago. Indirect exercise to the area will do you wonders. Start slow and what ever you do don't push yourself. (In two days I noticed a MASSIVE difference) This is what helped me and it only takes 15 min a day. Start with some squats, do as many as you can handle, don't push yourself and you don't need to do a full squat, just enough that you can feel your lower back working a little, then lie down (with a rolled up towel if it helps under you back) and do some bicycle leg sets. Just in case you're not familiar, bring your knees up to your belly then rotate a leg at a time out making the same moves as you would if you were riding a bike. Again do as many as you can and don't push yourself too hard. Then lie on your side and do leg lifts. These ones are obvious, just lift your leg (keep your leg straight) up and down while on your side. Rules same as above. Lastly grab some hand weights (or a 600ml bottle in each hand filled with water) and do some laps around the backyard while doing curls (this helps warm up the middle of your back and shoulders as well). I really really do understand how bad the pain can be and I really do wish that we were all given a lot more information after having an epidural on how to help speed up the healing process if intense discomfort is felt after having an epidural. The information is out there (as are the doctors). I eventually found a really good doctor who I wouldn't trade for the world who got me on the right anti-imflamitories and pain killers and finally on the exercise. I know that exercise sounds like crap, I did for a long long time. I couldn't work out how the exercise was going to help nerve damage. In the end I just got desperate. The only way I was comfortable was standing straight up, I hadn't slept in 32 hours because I couldn't lie or sit down and I just got angry in the end and thought what the hell? It isn't going to get any worse. That night I slept for the first night through (I was up every two hours because my back would seize) the night and I am able to do so much more than ever before (I couldn't even push the pram or lift my daughter). Now I never miss a day. Just give it a go. If it doesn't work then at least you tried it.I wish you the best of luck and I really hope that you will be feeling much better soon.

Crystall - posted on 04/20/2010

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I have suffered from dibilitating muscle spasms, focusing where i got my epiural when I had my daughter, for almost 5 yrs now. I tried narcotics, muscle relaxers, physical therapy, chiropractic, everything! Out of those chiropractic helped the most, mainly because my chiropractor has massage therapists there as well. I would get an adjustment, then go in for massage therapy. It really helped for a while. Then I needed something more. It didn't matter who I saw, no one could come up with a conclusive explaination mor my muscle spasms. I decided that I needed to lose my baby fat (4yrs after giving birth) and talked to a personal trainer. We discovered that quite a few of my muscle had atrphied from lack of use. All my life i had been pretty active, not athletic, just active. When i had my daughter, i didn't have as much energy anymore. As a result, i stopped doing as much. From working with the trainer we were able to discover which muscles were weakest and how far I could push my body. After training with him for almost a year, i can't tell you the last time I suffered from one of my muscle spasms in my back.

Amanda - posted on 05/09/2010

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so i went to my doctor and she said "the back pain is not from the epidural and it doesnt cause back pain and that i sould work on my core musles and then my back wouldnt hurt" ! so i was a bit annoyed by this cause i now were the pain comes from cause the spot they put it in is where it hurts and a bit offened too i just had a baby a month ago and you telling me to tone up my mommy tummy .....lets just said i wont be seeing her anymore

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Amber - posted on 07/10/2010

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my duaghter was born the same day as your son and yes after i had both my kids i had real bad back pain and it lasted for about 2-3 months after just take tylenol pms for the time it happened when i was claening and sitting...

Katrina - posted on 07/10/2010

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Ive been placed on oxycodone because of the severity of my back pain following an epidural the doctor says it cant be from that an refuses to acknowledge thats whats causing it. My baby was born on 1/16 this year

Kimberly - posted on 05/09/2010

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I still get back pain and my daugther is 16 months old. But your VERY lucky to only get one epidural. I had to get 3 because the first 2 didnt work. I get bad back pain at times and pain in the top of my butt where it actually hurts to sit for long periods of time. I take mortin 800 for the pain and that seems to help.

Sheryl - posted on 05/09/2010

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hey amanda! i would maybe try having your husbend massage your back. my mom keeps till me to having my husbend do it but i don't like anyone coming close to it at all. if not that warm shower. i even use icy hot! around the spot. not on around. plus i try to make sure i alway set upwright. if its really hurting i would talk to maybe a spec. doc. it may even be that you may need a blood patch. do you get lost of headachs or pains in the back lower part of your head? if you do sound like what i had some what! best of luck, hope things get better!

Sheryl - posted on 05/09/2010

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i did have any problem the first time i had my oldest son. but my youngest son is another story. the lady missed the right spot the first time and got it the second time. could not move with out hurting and got a bad headach. what they said i had spine flood leaking out cause she miss up. they said it should stop but lets just say when my son was 5 days old and went home on the 3 day. and me not being able to move one lil inch with out have pain overload. i was in the er. getting a blood patch. i still get back pain from where it happen. woooo, one thing i can say to any women never let an older lady to your epidural. i don't if they are have years of training. she missed up mine. hope things get better i would really talk to your doc.

Tiffany - posted on 04/23/2010

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yes, they are there forever! :(
I have a 3 yr old and a 1 yr old and still have back pain!
it will fade but never go away! sorry :{

Rachelle - posted on 04/23/2010

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I hsd no problems with my epidural... I wish there was advise I could give.

Almas - posted on 04/23/2010

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Hi Amanda, this is almas.sorry to hear abt ur backpain,bt dont worry it will get better, bcoz i had my daughter on 16th feb, it was a normal delivery, but i also had an epidural andthe following day i was like in hell, i couldnt move my neck i couldnt look down never mind hold the baby,the doctor told me that i have a leakage bcoz the guy wh did it has ruptured a cartilage and they will av to do a bloodpatch which is take blood and put it back in the same place of epidural,so they did it but it didnt work then they did one again the following day,which made me fel better but i had a severe headache which went after a few days, i had a backpain too and was advised not to do any houework for atleast 6wks and lifting for 3mths,i am now feeling much better but believe me it was hell, i also wore the thermal patch for the back,they last for the whole day,u can get from any pharmacy. hope u get better.

Shelby - posted on 04/21/2010

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i had an epidural..and im starting to have lower back pain..my son is month and 1 week old..i told my doctor and she didnt do nothing about it..i guess it just goes with getting an epidural.

Mica - posted on 04/21/2010

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i had an epidural and it was my worse decision ive ever made.... i have really bad back pain, i cant bend over for long, i.e when changing a nappy or giving a bath, and my lil girl is 10months old so im afraid to say it will neva go away!!!

Vina - posted on 04/21/2010

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Hi, I also get epidural but so far my back seems fine..I followed my mom advice to have a bed rest, not to go out for the wind is bad for your body and eat food that can warmed up the body, like ginger..at least for a month, because your body need to recover.

April - posted on 04/20/2010

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Well you need to stop doing anything let someone take care of you I tried to do all of that and everyone said sit down sit down but I didn't listen now my son is 7 months and I have horrible lower back pain I just left the ER yesterday it was hurting so bad felt like someone had hit me with a sledge hammer the ER doc said she thought it was an inflamed nerve I have to get checked out at a specialist to find out what's really going on so PLEASE PLEASE SIT DOWN AND DO NOTHING

Jessica - posted on 04/20/2010

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I have had 2 children by c-section and had back pain after both. After the second child the pain was worse because she laid on my siadic nerve for the last four months of my pregnency. I still have back issues everynow and then. And when it comes to working out, my back is one of the places that hurts the most. I think from carrying the baby and having a needle the size of texas put i your back there is bound to be some side affects. My children are 3 and 2 so I don't think it will ever go away.

Jennifer - posted on 04/20/2010

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My daughter is 8 weeks old and i still have back pain. Its almost like shooting little pains I get every now and then

Erin - posted on 04/20/2010

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for about 6 months after my epidural, i had intermittent back pain at the insertion site of the epidural. i would take ibuprofen when it would bother me and now i don't have any problems. hope your pain goes away soon! and i agree with the men having babies...but the human species would die out if it was up to them! :P

Sierra - posted on 04/20/2010

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I had an epidural by someone who was very experienced and was careful, and the first couple of wks afterwards I did notice a little stiffness in the injection spot, but it went away completely after that. If the anesthesiologist does it right then there shouldn't be any pain. They showed me what they have to do and they have to put the needle in a precise spot, in the hollow space between 2 nerves I think, and if they go into the 3rd layer, a nerve, it means they've gone too far, and that's when a person has pain. It helps if the man or woman is experienced also. I've had friends who say the guy had to keep poking around for the right spot (ouch) and I've heard people who have had painless experiences. But to answer your question, there's always the possibility that it'll never go away..I know people that had kids a long time ago and it still affects them, including a woman who had a child 2 years ago and still has pain. Definitely do physical therapy!

Carrie - posted on 04/20/2010

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i think its just one of those things all women have. epidural or no epidural. that's a side effect of child birth. that's just one of those wonderful things we have to go through as women.

Marina - posted on 04/20/2010

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i had an epidural with both my kids but didnt get pains til a yr later after my son&&now i usually only get bad back pains when it gets cold &&the doctor told me it would be normal bc of the epidural shot!!

Jennifer - posted on 04/20/2010

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Reading this really helped me to decide not to get an epidural this pregnancy. i was thinking of getting one but after reading that alot of women expericned back pain after word im going to try something else

Tracey - posted on 04/20/2010

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When I had my eldest daughter in 2004, I had an epidural and contracted at the same time as it was put into my back...I was then warned I would suffer neck pain and headaches for a while afterwards. The next day the pain in my neck was so bad I was put on Kapake and Hyperventilated.

I then did experience dull aches for a while in my back until January 2008 when I then developed Sciatica and was bed ridden for 3 weeks and on sick from work for 6 weeks. I'm not sure if this was because of the epidural I had but the doctor says it might well be. I still get the aches but I am now very cautious of heavy lifting.

Now that I am 19 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child, I have been told that I should not have another epidural because of my chronic back pain and my midwife has sent a letter to my anethatist due at the birth...but I don't want another anyway!! Luckily so far I have not suffered so much with my back since being pregnant again!

Stephanie - posted on 04/20/2010

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i have had excruciating pain postpartum with both of my babies... it wasnt from the epidural itself as i originally thought, but from my muscles all over my body being overstretched... it hasnt stopped and my DD is 2.5 months and im having to go to physical therapy to rehabilitate my muscles... however, i got in a nearly fatal car crash several years ago so any soft-tissue damage lingers in my body which sucks, BUT my precious babygirl was sooo worth it! ;)

Lisa - posted on 04/20/2010

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I had an epidural. I get back pain from doing things now that I didn't before. But I don't believe it is from having an epidural, just from the plain fact that I carried a baby for 9 months and that is hard on your back in itself. However, I do know 2 people who got back pain from epidurals, their pain was right where the epidural was put in and lasted for about a year each.

Wendy - posted on 04/19/2010

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before i got my epidural my doctor already have told me about the side effect and ask me if i really want it..and i agree with it, i didnt have back pain for the 1st few month but slowly the pain came whenever i bend down too long or sometimes when the weather is too cold...but my pain only came once in awhile so it really never affect me in anyway...

Amber - posted on 04/19/2010

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I had the same problem! My son is now 2 and I have constant back pain only in my epidural site. I however had a HORRIBLE anesthesiologist and had the epidural needle stuck in 5 times! My Drs now tell me that there is not much to do about it but to take pain killers. I hoped in the beginning it would go away over time but like I said 2 years later and it only seems to get worse!

Danielle - posted on 04/19/2010

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This is crazy for you to post this, because I also had an epidural with my son. He was born 12.31.08 and for a couple months after, I would do the slightest move and I would feel that shoot of pain (it felt to me, like it did when they were setting the catheter in). Very painful. I actually began to feel it again recently. So it went away and came back a year later!! I was only in labor for a total of 12 hrs and that's including the time of when my water broke. My water broke around 130pm (12.30.08), I requested my epidural around 8pm and they induced me soon after and I delivered after maybe 20 min of pushing at 139am (12.31.08)

I didn't have the epidural very long and I still received those SAME pains that you have!

Kerriann - posted on 04/19/2010

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I had a problem with my back and tail bone i still to this day have a hard time sitting on hard chairs or sitting for a long period of time. my daughter is too and i still have that problem

Heather - posted on 04/19/2010

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I had an epidural too, and my son is 7 months old now and I still have sensitivity around the injection site. My GYN said it will go away, but hasn't. I would recommend talking to your GYN about it

Sarah - posted on 04/19/2010

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I had the epidural and i don't have much back pain but when i lift heavy things it's like i can feel it tighting or pulling right where they put the needle in. Then sometimes when i pick up my daughter It feels just like it did when i got the epidural. My dr told me it's normal to feel and have some back trouble after getting it.

Emma - posted on 04/19/2010

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Hi Amanda

The back ache is cause the epidural is wearing off. It will get better, but usually takes 6 months to get out of your system. i used to have really bad back pain from it, but it slowly got better and now 8 and a half months later the back pain has gone. If it doesn't go away I think you should probably look at going to your doctor and taking it from there, but it should go away

Jessica - posted on 04/19/2010

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hu...i thought it was normal to have back pain after an epidural. my aunts and mom all have and so when i had one i expected it. It has been 3 and a half yrs since my first was born and i had an epidural w him. if i am doing alot of bending or sitting or standing for long periods of time it will start to hurt. also if my husband is rubbing my back he knows not to go near my spine where it was, it feels like a huge bruise being pushed on to this day. I really didn't realize this wasn't normal persay or just a side effect. I am blonde though :)

Krystal - posted on 04/19/2010

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when i had an epidural with my son my legs would go numb sometimes... and in october 09 i had an epidural with my daughter and i was having real bad back pain for like 3 months... it eased off and now im working 30-40 hrs a week and i have to stand up all day its killing me again!!!!

Christina - posted on 04/19/2010

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I had an epidural as well and sometimes usually when I've been over working myself or doing alot my back will start to act up. My dr told me that in some cases that can happen.

Diana - posted on 04/19/2010

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Never had a epidural but they say your back will hurt forever more in the winter

April - posted on 04/19/2010

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I had the same thing happen with my first child and the pain stayed with me for a couple years only on and off though. The doctor told me after the fact that the pain was a side effect that happens to somepeople. That would have been nice to know BEFORE i had the epidural.

Sarah - posted on 04/19/2010

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I had my little girl on the 14th November 2009, i also had an epidural that didnt work though, i algo get back pain my dr advised me to see a chripractor which i did and he examined me and found that the pain was actualy coming from my pelvis as it hadnt got back in properly a few clicks etc!! later it was back in place, although i do still get back ache if im on me feet etc for a while

Dana - posted on 04/19/2010

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I received an epidural, then about 30 mins later ended up having a C-section. For awhile it would hurt my back certain ways I sat....or if pressure was applied to the spot it was inserted. My daughter is now 2 1/2 years old & thankfully I have no problems anymore. I think the pain lasted approx. 6 months. The area was just tender...felt almost like a bruise on my lower back. Hope it goes away for you too! Good luck!

Kim - posted on 04/19/2010

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i had lower back pain for a long time after having an epidural, my daughter is now four and it does hurt sometimes but more if some1 puts pressure on my back, it does get better promise =)

Holly - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was induced too and in labor for 18 hours with my first son. I was also induced with my 2nd son and had an epidural with both of them. My back hurt about the same both times around...and it hurt for three months too. I just took tylenol and used a heating pad. Pregnancy and epidurals are hard on your back...and even though the baby is little lifting carseats, laundry, and not to mention that 10 lb diaper bag....its all hard on your back. It will heal give your body time!

Jaime - posted on 04/18/2010

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I had an epidural twice, first time with my 7yr old and with my 1yr old. I now have lower back pain often. I personally think it doesnt go away, it just fades and doesnt hurt as much as it did when it was first starting to hurt

Delores - posted on 04/18/2010

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i had back pain around the epidural site for a few months after i gave birth to my son he's 16 months old now and every once in a awhile i get a little achy but it never lasts to long.

Cassie - posted on 04/18/2010

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I had to have C-section as well and I got the epidural, My back is fine during the day but at night if I roll onto my stomach while sleeping I wake up in so much pain that it feels paralizing. It doesn't hurt to lay on my stomach during the day just when I've slept and been in that positon too long. My son will be two in Aug.

Jess - posted on 04/18/2010

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I had an epidural when my daughter was born on August 25, 2008. I get terrible back pains. It's almost like a burning sensation. Sometimes if I'm working too hard, get stressed, or worked up, it almost seems to get inflamed. Makes me reconsider whether I want to ever have another epidural. :o(

Jennifer - posted on 04/18/2010

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Most older women that I know today who had epidurals YEARS ago know all too well of the back pain. I've had 3 spinal blocks (from csections) and I too have the same back pain. It's just something you'll more or less live with.

Mary - posted on 04/18/2010

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Angelina,
People either love epidurals or hate them - I don't think you can know which you are until you get one. I hate them. I would recommend looking into alternative birthing methods or a dula - that's what I'm going to do this time. I had a great nurse for part of my labor who let me move and helped me breathe - and had no pain, even with pitocin. My next nurse was awful and did not let me move around at all - that made the pain really bad and she convinced me to get an epidural - bad idea.

Kristy - posted on 04/18/2010

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sorry to hear about your back pain. my son is 3 and i still have back pain from it, no where near as bad as the 1st 2 and a half years, but its still bad, im now pregnant with number 2, and im going to do my all NOT to have another epidural. try physio or massage, they do help a bit. and a physio will show you how to strengthen your core muscles to help with a sore back.

Donna - posted on 04/18/2010

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well i had 4 c sections 2 epidurals and 2 spinals and my back kills me if im bending down for to long. any longer than 3mins really. and when its cold weather (winter times ) the bottom of my back really aches. the cold makes it 50 TIMES worse. all due to spinals and epidurals.. x

Sade - posted on 04/18/2010

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I have had two c-sections one year apart both with spinal epidurals.
My sons are now two and three. I still suffer from back aches and pains. I ve been to the doctor numerous times who perscribed strong painkikkers. I wasnt happy, i was depending on the painkillers on a daily basis to complete sometimes the smallest jobs.eg. hooveering! I had to really push to be sent to see a back specialsit and have pysco.
I was not offered any test x-rays, butI was given some exercises to do. that sometimes work!!!!!
I feel really peeved' the doctor was so relentless to write my back pain off, and tell me to live with it!!!
Easy to say when your not the one living with the continues pains!!!!

Ive come to terms that this is something that i will have to live with. However, it is a deciding factor on whether my body is physically strong enough to carry another child!!

Angelina - posted on 04/18/2010

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so would you say you felt better durring labor with or without the eppidural... i am due in june and my goal is not to have an epidural but im sooo scared i would be able to endure the pain so now im thinking of having the epidural. im just so confused and it doesnt help the every pregnancy is different lol

Maria - posted on 04/18/2010

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well i had my son a little over 5 years ago, and i did have an epidural. even after all this years i can still feel the spot where they did it, and i do have back pain.

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