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A 37-year-old female asked:

since my epidural 5 years ago, my lower back goes out once in a while. i can't get out of bed or bend?

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Dr. Shadia Constantine
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Unlikely: Very unlikely this is related to the epidural. Maybe related to the conditions of your body at the time you needed the epidural. Was it given for delivery? This intermittent pain sounds musculoskeletal which the epidural would not have affected. I hope this helps you. Dr. C

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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!
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A 40-year-old member asked:

Is it normal that my child arches her back and thrusts backward when something's upset her?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Yes: This is a form of temper tantrum and is best ignored after making sure your child is not in a position to hurt herself. Do not try to appease her by giving her what she wants or trying to not upset her. She is smart and will learn to manipulate you if allowed.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Will I feel any pain if I have an epidural?

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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 can I continue to work out, despite a back problem?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Do core work: You may want to alter your workouts to incorporate more core stabilization routines and try more cross training. Avoiding certain workouts may help like rowing and , heavy weight lifting especially squats and deadlifts as well concentrating on less weight with increased reps.
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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