Has anyone experienced back pain after getting an epidural? I've heard this is a possible side effect but not sure if it's true.

  • Tiana
    Dec 06, 2018

    I’d recommend that you try going natural. My epidural didn’t work after 4 hours and I still have residual back pain in the precise spot where it was inserted. I still can’t lean back in hard backed chairs because it feels like there’s a bruise there. Almost 2 years post partum now. 😔

  • Laura
    Dec 06, 2018

    Epidural was great and recovery was super easy (I was up and walking right after). I had upper back pain for weeks after, but that was probably from all the pushing

  • Jessica
    Dec 06, 2018

    Yes only in the injection site but it goes away.... less pain than natural birth I’ve done both! 😆❤️

  • Makaela
    Dec 06, 2018

    My epidural was too far to the right and I told him that it was and he replied “I’ve been doing this for 10 years don’t tell me how to do my job” and 15 minutes later they tried to move me and I couldn’t feel the right side at all! And my left side wasn’t numb! I’ve had back problems ever since

  • Julie
    Dec 06, 2018

    I actually don’t even remember the injection site pain that people are referring to!! Maybe that’s because I spent 3 days being induced and tethered to a birthing bed by tubes and then 5 hours dry heaving between contractions before I finally realized it was 2017 and there was no reason to force myself and my ego into a medication free delivery when there was a dr with a magic needle just chilling down the hall waiting to give me relief. Best decision I ever made! Everything about labor and delivery after the epidural was in place was NOTHING compared to the 3.5 days leading up to it!! Even pushing was easy...10 minutes and my girl was out!! My o my regret was not asking for it sooner. To the OP, no matter what you decide, your choice will be the right one!! Maybe if I hadn’t had to be induced (I was 8 days overdue and was basically ordered to be induced by my drs because of results of an NST) things would have gone differently and the contractions wouldn’t have been as severe, but it was what it matter how you decide to birth your baby, as long as they and you are healthy afterward that’s all that’ll matter. Good luck!!!

  • Julie
    Dec 06, 2018

    Makaela, how horrible!!!! Ugh!!

  • Ashley
    Dec 06, 2018

    Hello! I've had 2 epidurals (not by choice) the first one 7 years ago and the bottom of my spine has been degenerating from it. About once a month my back goes out, sometimes its a quick pain and other times it lasts for a few days. My second time around has been so much easier so far!

  • Julie
    Dec 06, 2018

    I’ve experience sporadic pins and needles in the upper spinal area for the past (almost) 3 years... nothing painful, but it is noticeable

  • Candace
    Dec 06, 2018

    Just had my son almost 2 months ago and sometimes I feel a little pinch in my back where they placed the needle at. It also happened to me with my 2 year old. To make it go away is by stretching and taking warm showers

  • Sole
    Dec 06, 2018

    My experience was horrible. They didn’t put it in the right place, so after I had very bad headaches, I couldn’t even hold my baby. After I got a procedure where they transfer your own blood to the epidural and it was the worst experience ever.

  • Marga Phuang
    Dec 07, 2018

    I had epi done last week! It was scary thinking how they go about to do it but once t was done my legs were dead! Couldn’t feel a thing. The ware off felt like pins and needles on them and yes, I had back pain about three days post epi but now it’s completely gone. Seemed pretty muscular because it was hard to twist and turn in bed

  • Anonymous
    Dec 07, 2018

    Thank you, all! The feedback has been great, so many different stories. I got an epidural and now almost 5 months postpartum . My back has been hurting since I gave birth, my doctor said because my body is adjusting back, but now that it's cold it's the pain has gotten worse. My pcp said it could be results from the epidural but my o/b said it's not related.

  • Sammie
    Dec 08, 2018

    I have had chronic back pain a good majority of my life. It started at about age 10/11. I got into a car accident 3 days before my senior year and that made it worse. And recently it has just been getting worse. Probably from constantly lifting my baby and other children at the daycare. I am now 20, so for about 10 years I have had back pains. Every time I see a doctor about it, all they do is prescribe some medicine and tell me that there is pretty much nothing more they can do. I think my labor with the epidural was the only time I didn't feel pain. After it wore off, the pain was back.

  • Bhavana
    Dec 10, 2018

    Yes I had pain after I had the epidural. My doc recommended I go see chiropractor. Once he aligned my back I have no more pain

  • Tianna
    Dec 11, 2018

    Mine was amazing but make sure you don’t lay on one side because then you kind of gain feeling but all in all it was great

  • Britt
    Dec 12, 2018

    My back was sore for a couple weeks. I’ve had two epidurals and each was a godsend. I’ll get epidurals for future deliveries too.

  • Jaime
    Dec 17, 2018

    My epidurals were meh-- Both wore off after about 4 hours, and there's a mild "achey-ness" in the spot where they had to do the epidural at. It hurts every now and then when I run or lay wrong on it. I wouldn't say I regretted getting it, but I don't think it helped me much, especially after it wore off. :(

  • Amanda
    Jan 21

    I had an epidural for all of mine. Couldn’t imagine giving birth without. Props to all the strong women who have given birth naturally! When people say giving birth is the most painful experience in the world I believe that’s true if you don’t get an epidural. I didn’t feel any pain. In my contractions yes, but as soon as my epidural kicks in my contractions were a lot less painful. Still painful but it really helped. But during birth I couldn’t feel the pain from ripping or my hole stretching and hurting. All I felt was pressure. Lucky for us we have a choice to do either way. So if you want to do it natural more power to you, but if you decide it is to painful then get an epidural. But after a certain point in labor they won’t give you an epidural. So if you are pushing already and decide you want an epidural, it is to late. Then you need to just push through it.