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How can you deal with the back pain caused from an epidural?

How can you deal with the back pain caused from an epidural?

If it is pain: At the insertion site, warm compresses and anti-inflammatories should help. If it is more severe you should speak with your anesthesiologist who may refer you for an MRI and neurology consultation. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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Epidural (Definition)

The epidural space is an anatomical space just outside the fluid filled sac that contains the spinal cord and brain. Anesthesiologists and pain physicians are skilled at placing needles or catheters (tubes) into this space in the spinal canal to administer medications. These medicines can treat the pain of surgery or labor. These medicines can also be used to treat chronic ...Read more


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What can I do to ease the back pain caused from an epidural?

What can I do to ease the back pain caused from an epidural?

Heat, Meds: Mild back discomfort after an epidural block is not uncommon and is self-limited. Warm compresses, a heating pad, or mild analgesics.... If not contraindicated...(ibuprofen, asa, etc.) may help. It's best, however, to speak with your provider and find out if there were any unusual problems during the procedure or further needed work-up. ...Read more

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Is it possible for an epidural cause chronic back pain?

Is it possible for an epidural cause chronic back pain?

Epidural: If the epidural was done correctly and by a md properly trained — then no you should not have back pain. ...Read more

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Can epidural steroid injections for back pain cause bone deterioration?

Can epidural steroid injections for back pain cause bone deterioration?

Steroid: Too much steroid can cause osteoporosis no matter where it is placed. Oral, IV or epidural steroid may increase chance of osteoporosis. The amount of steroid used in epidural injection for a herniated disk is less than the amount of steroid consumed as a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack taken orally to treat the same symptoms. Generally, though, we do not recommend more than 3 steroid injections in 6 months. ...Read more

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Could epidural steroid injections for back pain cause bone deterioration?

Could epidural steroid injections for back pain cause bone deterioration?

Yes and No: Osteoporosis after any sort of steroid exposure can occur. Usually this requires repeated chronic long term exposure after several years. Based on your age, unless you have previous exposure to oral steroids or have had significant exposure to epidural steroid injections I would not be too concerned yet. ...Read more

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Would having an epidural during child birth 19 mos ago cause mid to lower back pain while laying down?

Would having an epidural during child birth 19 mos ago cause mid to lower back pain while laying down?

Back pain after epid: It is not likely your pain is from the labor epidural after 19 months. What is more likely is a back injury resulting from the actual vaginal delivery and associated efforts. This can be caused by a strain or herniation. Also, you should not overlook the possibility of an unrelated medical problem. If the pain is not dissipating and does not respond to over the counter medications, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Have severe low back pain that happens a couple times a year. Could the epidural I had from.my c-section 10 years ago be the cause of the pain?

Have severe low back pain that happens a couple times a year. Could the epidural I had from.my c-section 10 years ago be the cause of the pain?

Unlikely,chance smal: Epidurals can be a way to minimize delivery pain and also sciatica or radiating pain. So chances are small that the epidural is a cause. However, see a spine specialist or PMR doctor for a full evaluation which is likely to include an MRI and Physical Therapy. Many people develop back pain over time and good imaging and core strengthening respectively, can evaluate & treat most causes effectively. ...Read more

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Can back pain be caused by previous epidurals?

Can back pain be caused by previous epidurals?

Possible: It is possible that an epidural can result in scar tissue and thus pain, however it is much more likely that the reason for the epidural in the first place is the cause of the current back pain. ...Read more

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Is it possible that back pain to be caused by past epidurals?

Evaluation : In unlikely event of epidural injections contribute to your pain syndrome, you need evaluation to determine cause of pain. Chances that epidural caused it are very low. ...Read more

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Do epidural injections relieve back pain?

Yes: Epidural injections can relieve back pain. This is not true for all conditions or all people. Only a qualified physician who specializes in this procedure can give you an opinion whether an epidural would be indicated. ...Read more

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What to do if I have back pain after the epidural.?

Follow up with doc: Some discomfort for a couple of days is normal — if it lasts longer make your doc aware. ...Read more

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What are some remedies to epidural related back pain?

Rest, heat & advil (ibuprofen): Complications from lumbar epidural injections are extremely rare. When you have major problem you have to go to your doctor how did that and he will treat you.
Mild complications like headache, rest and, warm compresses some advil (ibuprofen) will take of it, if persist the doctor could help with some patches. ...Read more

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What is the success rate for an epidural used to relieve back pain?

What is the success rate for an epidural used to relieve back pain?

Good: Epidural steroid injections are best at relieving radiating leg symptoms from nerve root irritation in the spine but they are also fairly good at relieving mechanical low back pain when noninvasive measures have failed. When done by an experienced doctor there is very little risk from the injection. ...Read more

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I had my baby 9 months ago and still have back pain. I've never had back pain until the epidural . I don't understand?

Common concern!: Your concern is common and often occurs after pregnancy. The key is conditioning after delivery. If you do not respond to exercises then you may need to see a provider to assess the cause of pain. Mri scan may be needed to make certain that you do not have an injury related to the pregnancy. ...Read more

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Back pain at the injection site of my epidural?

Back pain at the injection site of my epidural?

Not uncommon: It is not uncommon to have some residual pain at the site of an epidural injection. It typically goes away in a few days to a week. If it does not go away or is accompanied by fever, severe pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, bowel or bladder programs you should see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Can epidural or spinal for L&D give you cronic back pain?

It's possible, : But not likely. Practically any kind of injection that uses sharp needle travelling throgh the human flesh can lead to injury; however, to my knowledge it is very rare and studies failed to show increased incidence of back pain following regional anesthesia in obstetrics ...Read more

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How safe is an epidural shot (walking epidural) for back pain?

How safe is an epidural shot (walking epidural) for back pain?

Safe: A walking epidural refers to a low dose continuously running local anesthetic in the epidural space that provides pain relief but preserves motor function and allows patients to still walk (like during labor). Single shot epidural steroid injections are for patients with back pain that radiates down one or both extremities from a disk herniation. Procedures are safe but have risks. ...Read more

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Is it effective to use epidural and cortisol shots for back pain?

Is it effective to use epidural and cortisol shots for back pain?

ESI: An epidural steroid injection is a minimally invasive procedure that delivers steroids via a needle directly into the epidural space to help reduce inflammation. It's been shown to be more effective for radicular pain, but can be effective for back pain as well. ...Read more

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Can the epidural and cortisol shot work effectively for back pain?

Depends on: Pathology in your spine. If you have just a small inflammation in an area from a minor injury, then it can be very, very effective. If you have major disc issues, foraminal narrowing, or other issues, you may need more than one and they should be done in conjunction with physical therapy to help build core strength and correct the issues so it does not become chronic. ...Read more

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Will exercising help with back pain after taking epidural labor shot?

Will exercising help with back pain after taking epidural labor shot?

Back pain: After pregnancy is not caused by an epidural needle but by loose ligaments in your spine caused by Progesterone and overall core muscle weakness. Exercise will help with back pain caused by weak core muscles. ...Read more

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What are ways to deal with chronic back pain after having an epidural?

What are ways to deal with chronic back pain after having an epidural?

PT: I don't recommend epidurals for back pain. Epidurals are good for sciatic type symptoms. If you're having chronic back pain then a formal course of physical therapy should help. Ultimately as a last resort maybe surgery. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have back pain at the injection site of my epidural 2 months later?

No: Rarely. There is a distinction between continuous pain 2 months after an injection and the fairly sudden onset of pain after 2 months.

In either case, it is best to follow up with the original person or team that assisted in your care. ...Read more

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How do I deal with back pain after an epidural? What are some solutions for chronic back pain after experiencing an epidural?

Dr. Brian Le Dr. Le
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How do I deal with back pain after an epidural? What are some solutions for chronic back pain after experiencing an epidural?

ESI & back pain : There might be no relation between the back pain and previous epidural injection. The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ... The treatment might include physical therapy, exercise, medications, injections....
Please see a pain specialist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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How long does epidural injection work for back pain?

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How long does epidural injection work for back pain?

ESI: An epidural steroid injection is a minimally invasive procedure that delivers steroids via a needle directly into the epidural space to help reduce inflammation. The steroid is absorbed and metabolized within few weeks. However, the pain relief might extend beyond this time frame. Prolonged pain relief is presumed to result from a reduction in an inflammatory process. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

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