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Epidural pain worse than contraction?

Epidural pain worse than contraction?

No: The discomfort from having an epidural placed is generally not worse than contractions. Epidurals are one of the most popular tools used to provide relief of pain during the active phase of labor. Your md can give you more info and help you decide if this is a good option for you. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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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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Is pain from fibromyalgia worse than normal aches?

Apples and oranges: Fibromyalgia is a persistent pattern of pain. "normal aches" is a bad term. Aches are not a part of normal. Sometimes it is just a matter of stretching and warm up prior to activities, but if aches are persistent, see a physician knowledgeable in muscle and joint disease. ...Read more

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Thoracic back pain for 4 weeks, worse lying down., pain wakes me. No known trauma. Occasionally moves to cerv and lumb. No relief from msg or chiro?

Thoracic back pain for 4 weeks, worse lying down., pain wakes me. No known trauma.  Occasionally moves to cerv and lumb. No relief from msg or chiro?

Pretty unusual: Thoracic spine pain is uncommon without a lifting/twisting injury and the worsening when lying down is also unusual! Suggest you might need an MRI! See your Primary care Provider ASAP. Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Shoulder pain x4h, dropped ~1 inch lower than than other side, mobility/function limited, mild scapular pain. Cannot lift arm over head. thoughts?

Shoulder pain x4h, dropped ~1 inch lower than than other side, mobility/function limited, mild scapular pain. Cannot lift arm over head. thoughts?

Shoulderpain: Tough to say without examining you. Your symptoms sound as if you at least strained one of your ligaments in your shoulder, with a possible co-existing Muscle strain of your scapula. See your doctor for an evaluation and proper diagnosis to assure you get the best advice and treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Chronic sij pain. Becomes displaced often. 2 steroid inj with min brief relief (2wks) now pain seems even worse 8/10 on pain scale constantly.Surgery?

Chronic sij pain. Becomes displaced often. 2 steroid inj with min brief relief (2wks) now pain seems even worse 8/10 on pain scale constantly.Surgery?

Probably not surgery: Sacroiliac joint pain occurs because the muscles where the spine and pelvis meet are involved in bending, twisting, and lifting. Pain from a sprain or strain may be helped with nonsteroidals or local injections. You may need physical therapy to strengthen and stretch your muscles so there's not so much strain on that joint. Surgery probably won't help your pain and may decrease function. ...Read more

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Major sciatic nerve pain seems to have gotten worse over last 4 works since workout without stretching. Other than NSAIDs + stretching, any treatment?

Major sciatic nerve pain seems to have gotten worse over last 4 works since workout without stretching. Other than NSAIDs + stretching, any treatment?

Get an exam: If there are neurological findings it can change what might be reasonably tried. Chiropractors, acupuncture, physical therapy, gabapentin, trigger point work, and believe it or not emotional work can all help as well as stretches. I like the ones that stretch the iliopsoas muscles. ...Read more

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Pelvic pain, pain is worse with urination/bowel movements Weakness, dizziness, and elevated heart rate Pain is sharp worse when pressure applied ?

Pelvic pain, pain is worse with urination/bowel movements
Weakness, dizziness, and elevated heart rate
Pain is sharp worse when pressure applied ?

Pelvic pain: Pelvic pain is complex as there are several organs in the pelvis. The ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, bladder, appendix, intestines, colon and rectum can all be the source. Pelvic pain requires and examination to help organize the evaluation. ...Read more

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Had excruciating lower ab pelvic pain radiating to groin like but worse than how it felt to rupture ovarian cyst.now pressure&trouble bearing down?

Full exam: 34 year old lady with severe abdominal pain radiating to the groin. It sounds like you need to be seen immediately and get a full history and exam, pregnancy status. Know when the pain started, the location, duration, intensity, radiation, and also your medical history, surgical history, medications, and review of your systems and any other symptoms including bowel and bladder probs. Good luck. ...Read more

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Sharp LUQ pain upon deep breath or stretching. pressing makes it better. S/P lower spine sx 1 month ago. not constant?

Sharp LUQ pain upon deep breath or stretching. pressing makes it better. S/P lower spine sx 1 month ago. not constant?

This could: be due to GAS collected in the SPLENIC flexure ( The TURN the colon takes in the left upper quadrant see diagram)...this often occurs in RUNNERS since any bowel gas "seeks" the highest level in the colon when you are upright) In runners it's often called a "stitch" Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Back strain, seemed resolving/exercise worse plus new hip flexor pain. Ibuprofen causing persistent heartburn other anti-inflam/pain options?

Lumbar. Pain: Taking any over the counter meds like ibuprofen,aleve, aspirin, may cause heartburn , so.. U make sure u take the dose on a full stomach, alternatively use over the counter meds such as Zantac, (ranitidine) cimetidine, orprevacid. Get up with a physiotherapist to be shown proper stretching as well as isometric strenthening or core muscles. ...Read more

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Left hip/lower back pain weeks no better take anti-inflam muscle relaxer. ER doc treated for sciatica hip area Inflam pain unbearable loss appetite ?

Left hip/lower back pain weeks no better take anti-inflam  muscle relaxer. ER doc treated for sciatica hip area
Inflam pain unbearable loss appetite ?

See a specialist: There are many causes of hip/low back pain. Most of these causes are related to the muscles, joints, ligaments, and bones in the back. Other causes could stem from problems with kidney, bladder, or reproductive organs. Further work up is required. Ask to see a spine specialist. ...Read more

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Why would flexeril make back pain worse but helps untightin muscle but makes pain radiate?

Why would flexeril make back pain worse but helps untightin muscle but makes pain radiate?

May not be the flexe: This may not be the flexeril but the underlying condition that causes the back pain. This can be pinched nerve,or back arthritis or something else. ...Read more

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Occipital pain, c spine pain , more intense when head tilts back?

Occipital pain, c spine pain , more intense when head tilts back?

This is a typical : Pattern for pain arising from a cervical spine problem that could be muscular, facet joint related or even of a disc source. If no improvement with time, activity modification, local treatments like heat or massage and the use of otc medication if not contraindicated, see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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27/M lower right abdominal pain. Pain scale of 6/10. Worse when pressed and released. More pain when bending over or taking deep breaths. Past 4 days.

27/M lower right abdominal pain. Pain scale of 6/10. Worse when pressed and released. More pain when bending over or taking deep breaths. Past 4 days.

Sounds a lot: like a "smouldering" appendicitis! See a Medical Professional as soon as possible. A walk in Unit is preferable but consider a ER visit since it is the weekend! Good Luck and I hope this helps! Dr z ...Read more

Contraction (Definition)

This usually has to do with the onset of labor. It is a muscular tightening of the uterus. Contractions are timed from beginning to end of hardening of the uterus (duration) and from beginning of one contraction until the beginning of the next (frequency). A third descriptor is intensity or how hard ...Read more