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spinal epidural block forpeople with disc extrusion?

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology 33 years experience
Yes: It can be given in this situation but often times not preferable. The reason being, if the disc situation were to worsen during procedure positioning(ie, someone developes a neurologic deficit) it would be unclear as to what caused the deficit-the epidural or the disc. A laboring pregnant woman may receive an epidural, but the above situation and risks must be understood by patient.
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 18 years experience
Failed other options: Epidurals are often used to help relieve pain from an inflammed disc or pinched nerve. These may be used to relieve back pain after a conservative trial of medication, physical therapy, and rest.

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Is it dangerous to breastfeed after an epidural?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
No: It is perfectly safe to breastfeed your baby if you have had an epidural. The medication you have been given has been carefully dosed and placed such that your baby is not likely to experience any side effects from it. In fact, the earlier you start breastfeeding after your baby's birth, the better!
A 38-year-old member asked:

What is the incidence of complications resulting from epidurals?

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Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Rare: Despite lots of "stories, " the truth is severe complications (abcess, permanent injury) are very rare. And the reputation that epidurals can cause chronic back pain has been disproven in multiple studies...The actual cause is really from the pregnancy itself, or the weight gain (or lack of weight loss after the pregnancy).
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can an epidural cause prolonged backaches?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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No: The weight gain of pregnancy, the curve that develops in the lower back with pregnancy, prolonged pushing, etc these are all likely to cause back problems after delivery. The epidural is probably not a major reason for it. As soon as you are cleared by your doctor start exercising. Yoga, in particular, is very good for strengthening the back. Also eat a diet of largely fruits and vegetables.
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 29 years experience
Very rarely I have seen chronic back pain from an epidural. Those cases are extremely rare and have to do with the very small incidence of complications with the needle. Overall, epidurals are very safe procedures.
Sep 5, 2013
Dr. Paul Gause
Dr. Paul Gause commented
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 19 years experience
It is probably a good idea to be evaluated for your persistent back pain. As mentioned above, there are very rare complications associated with epidurals, but significant continued back pain is abnormal in an otherwise healthy individual.
Sep 6, 2013
A 29-year-old member asked:

Will I feel any pain if I have an epidural?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
No: The best epidurals are when the patient is not experiencing pain but is still able to push effectively. The anesthesia provider will work with you to get your pain under control, but the amount of pain relief can vary from person to person. Sometimes patients are not pain free. Sometimes patients are so numb they can not push very well.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How effective can cervical cortisone epidurals be?

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Dr. Ryan Keller
Anesthesiology 15 years experience
Cervical epidural: They can be very effective for some types of pain especially those radiating down the arm. Pain specific to the neck with or without head movement may be better treated with other types of injections/therapies.

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