What can be done for severe back pain following an epidural during labor?

Time. Usually the back pain is not related to the epidural but to the labor and delivery of the baby. The back pain usually resolves, whether its from the delivery or from the insertion and infusion of the epidural in several weeks to months.
Depends. It depends in part on the length and severity of the pain as well as the underlying cause. Many simple cases are treated with rest and medications, more involved cases are often treatd with physical therapy or chiropractic. Imaging the spine to aid in the diagnosis is oftened used for potentially more aggressive options. Thank you.

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I've been having extreme back pain where I got my epidural during labor almost 2 years ago is this normal?

No. Most likely its just coincidence that the same place you are having back pain is the place your epidural got placed for your baby. Typically l4/l5 is a place where most people have back pain at and one of the top areas for disc herniations in the back. I would consider getting an evaluation by your doc and maybe considering an MRI since you are still having pain 2 years later. Read more...
Lumbar strain. The point where the epidural is placed is same place where a lot of strain is placed during labor. Get evaluated because you may have another cause of pain. Read more...

Got epidural about 5 months ago during labor. Ever since I've had bad back pain. Lower spine feels like there is little rocks in it or knots. Serious?

Common misconception. That epidurals somehow cause lasting backache. The backache is from the pregnancy itself. During this period large amounts of Progesterone lead to ligament laxity everywhere, in the spine, pelvis and hips. After delivery women who don't strengthen their core or don't address the chronic psoas muscle spasm will frequently complain of chronic back ache but wrongfully attribute this pain to epidural. Read more...
Not related. Epidural itself is unlikely cause. There are many reasons for back pain: strain, herniated disk, spondylitis , kidney problems, sciatica, arthritis among many others. See physician for evaluation. Read more...
See below. Low back pain is a well recognized "side effect" of pregnancy. It has never been shown to be related to epidural placement. I suggest you see your pcp or ob/gyn. Read more...
Unlikely if no other. Back pain can be caused by many of the physiologic changes related to ligament laxity, position during delivery, descent of baby down birth canal, as well as changes related to presence of catheter. Most pains usually improve within a few months. Some may last 6-12 months. If no additional neurological symptoms, i would recommend therapy and improving core muscle strength as first steps. Read more...
SIJ. Earlies twenties female with back pain radiating to buttock 9 months after delivery and epidural should be evaluated for disorder of sacroiliac joint (sij). I have seen same pain pattern in several women with epidurals preceding severe chronic low back and pelvic pain of sij disorder. My speculation: absent proprioceptive-driven guarding, the pelvic ligaments were injured during birthing process. Read more...