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Can an epidural cause prolonged backaches?
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
21 doctors agree
In brief: No
The weight gain of pregnancy, the curve that develops in the lower back with pregnancy, prolonged pushing, etc these are all likely to cause back problems after delivery.
The epidural is probably not a major reason for it. As soon as you are cleared by your doctor start exercising. Yoga, in particular, is very good for strengthening the back. Also eat a diet of largely fruits and vegetables.

In brief: No
The weight gain of pregnancy, the curve that develops in the lower back with pregnancy, prolonged pushing, etc these are all likely to cause back problems after delivery.
The epidural is probably not a major reason for it. As soon as you are cleared by your doctor start exercising. Yoga, in particular, is very good for strengthening the back. Also eat a diet of largely fruits and vegetables.
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Very rarely I have seen chronic back pain from an epidural. Those cases are extremely rare and have to do with the very small incidence of complications with the needle. Overall, epidurals are very safe procedures.
Dr. Paul Gause
It is probably a good idea to be evaluated for your persistent back pain. As mentioned above, there are very rare complications associated with epidurals, but significant continued back pain is abnormal in an otherwise healthy individual.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
In brief: No
Generally there can be some transient back pain after an epidural injection.
I would suspect it would be something else causing your back pain if it does not let up. However if you are concerned or have other issues like increasing numbness or weakness that you see a doctor soon and maybe get an MRI if warranted. Rarely hematomas are known to happen and should be evaluated for if concerned.

In brief: No
Generally there can be some transient back pain after an epidural injection.
I would suspect it would be something else causing your back pain if it does not let up. However if you are concerned or have other issues like increasing numbness or weakness that you see a doctor soon and maybe get an MRI if warranted. Rarely hematomas are known to happen and should be evaluated for if concerned.
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology
In brief: Unusual
It is possible that am epidural can cause prolonged back ache, particularly if it was a difficult placement.
It is a little more common to have discomfort at the insertion site. Consider other causes, like labor, pushing, and hyper extension of the lower extremities during the second stage of labor.

In brief: Unusual
It is possible that am epidural can cause prolonged back ache, particularly if it was a difficult placement.
It is a little more common to have discomfort at the insertion site. Consider other causes, like labor, pushing, and hyper extension of the lower extremities during the second stage of labor.
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
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