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Is it true if you get an epaderal you will have back problems?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Usually not: Despite a fairly common misconception of epidural causing back problems, there's no good proof that it does it. A traumatic epidural or erroneously performed one may cause more or less problem depending on the damage.

Answered 8/23/2020

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Dr. Scott Roethle answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Rare long term: Epidurals are usually straight forward procedures for analgesia, done usuing a needle in the the back. There are very rare long term consequences of back pain or nerve damage. Expect bruise-like pain for several days afterwards, similar to a shot. But there should not be lasting nerve issues or pain after the epidural medication subsides. Persisting problems should be discussed with your doctor.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Richard Grisoli answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

No: It should not cause back pain.

Answered 8/23/2020

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Dr. Leslie Garson answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Highly unlikely: Epidural anesthesia is administered by placing local anesthesia into an area outside of your spine called the epidural space. This is a common anesthetic used in millions of patients every year all over the world. It is also a very safe anesthetic. Back problems after an epidural anesthetic are highly unusual and should not be a concern.

Answered 8/23/2020

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Dr. David Edsall answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Define problems: The epidural if many inches away from the disc and will not cause disc problems. It can cause a bruise on the bone or ligament. This can hurt and usually resolves in a few days it is like a bruise on your hand from the iv. R u worried it will cause a problem with your hand? 1in5, 000 will have nerve damage to one nerve. 99 out of 100 have no problems at all. 4999 out of 5000 no severe problems.

Answered 10/23/2017

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Dr. Dimitry Baranov answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Unlikely: Millions of patients get epidural anesthesia every year without any adverse consequences and with multiple benefits. However, there is a small percentage of patients who will develop various complications. Some of these are predictable due to per-existant patient's conditions, others can be due to poor technique and still others happen for unclear reasons.

Answered 8/23/2020

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Dr. David Rosenfeld answered

Specializes in Pain Management

No: There us no evidence showing back pain after labor epidurals is any more prevalent than a delivery without one.

Answered 8/23/2020

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Dr. Gabor Racz answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Not usually: You get it because you have back problems. But choose your doctor carefully look up the qualifications. Your best protection is a good doctor.

Answered 8/23/2020

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