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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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 it normal to hurt from an epidural injection the next couple of days?

Is it normal to hurt from an epidural injection the next couple of days?

Possibly: It is possible to have some soreness but excessive pain could be due to infection. Please contact your physician. ...Read more

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Constant pain in my spine where they gave me the epidural normal? How long will it last? Why does it hurt so much its paralyzing at times

Pain is never normal: Are you seeing a fellowship-trained spinal specialist? It sounds like a good time to make an appointment and find out what's going on. It sounds like you have a spinal nerve root that is being impinged, causing the paralyzing symptoms. Take care. ...Read more

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I had normal delivery about 15 months back. I took epidural anaesthasia .I have lower back pain, also spot where epidural was injected hurts. Why?

I had normal delivery  about 15 months back. I took epidural anaesthasia .I have lower back pain, also spot  where epidural  was injected  hurts. Why?

Lumbar strain : Most back pain during labor actual occurs because of lumbar strain. It just so happens that we also place epidural catheters around the same low back area where you develop pain from lumbar strain. If pain persists, get it checked by your doctor to see if there is another cause and good luck. ...Read more

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Would it be healthy to hurt from an epidural injection the next day?

Would it be healthy to hurt from an epidural injection the next day?

Sometimes you can: Have a burning sensation from the steroid before it takes effect and if the epidural was difficult might be temporary soreness. ...Read more

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I had an epidural 3 months ago and my right leg felt numb coud not move it. The next day it hurt. Now I have sharp pains on my right foot why is that?

I had an epidural 3 months ago and my right leg felt numb coud not move it. The next day it hurt. Now I have sharp pains on my right foot why is that?

See details: I assume you mean epidural anesthesia during labor and delivery rather than an epidural steroid injection for low back pain. I am not sure foot pain occurring 3 months later is really related to the epidural. It is more likely an unrelated issue. See your doctor and have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Does a epidural hurt ?

Does a epidural hurt ?

Yes absolutely: An epidural is a needle stick and needle sticks hurt. Uusually it hurts about the same as an I.V. But if i hit a bone(1 in 5) it may hurt or rmay not hurt more. U might get a bruise and it may hurt after like any bruise but there is no chacne of disc dammage which is what most mean by back injury. If i hit a nerve (1 in 1000) it hurts like a bang on your funny bone, usually resolves the same. ...Read more

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Had an epidural yesterday for disc pain.Now pain is worse. Is this normal?

Had an epidural yesterday for disc pain.Now pain is worse. Is this normal?

Yes, probably: The epidural injection you received, as is the case with most "cortisone" injections, has 2 components: a long-acting local anesthetic and a steroid. The local lasts for 4-5 hours, and the steroid takes about 72 hours to "kick-in." during the interval, you pain may be worse, as there is now fluid around the area increasing the pressure. Take you usual pain meds for this. You've got 2 days to go. ...Read more

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Received an epidural anesthesia for ease of labor on 5/25. It took the anesthesologist 5 tries. Normal?

Not unusual: Every patient is different, and the situation at the time of placement can vary. The positioning of the patient during an epidural is very important. If the patient is unable to bend forward to open up the spinous processes it can be difficult to pass the epidural needle. Patient's vary widely in body type, and in some patient's it is very difficult to find the correct landmarks for placement. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have spinal headaches after epidural?

No: A "spinal headache" is actually a post dural puncture headache resulting from leakage of cerebral spinal fluid from the subarachnoid space through the dura, which is the layer that contains the cerebral spinal fluid. So, it is possible to get a spinal headache if the anesthesiologist went too far with the epidural needle through the epidural space and through the dura. ...Read more