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Is it true if you get an epaderal you will have back problems?

19 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
6 doctors agree

In brief: No

There us no evidence showing back pain after labor epidurals is any more prevalent than a delivery without one.

In brief: No

There us no evidence showing back pain after labor epidurals is any more prevalent than a delivery without one.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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Dr. David Edsall
Anesthesiology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Define problems

The epidural if many inches away from the disc and will not cause disc problems.
It can cause a bruise on the bone or ligament. This can hurt and usually resolves in a few days it is like a bruise on your hand from the iv. R u worried it will cause a problem with your hand? 1in5, 000 will have nerve damage to one nerve. 99 out of 100 have no problems at all. 4999 out of 5000 no severe problems.

In brief: Define problems

The epidural if many inches away from the disc and will not cause disc problems.
It can cause a bruise on the bone or ligament. This can hurt and usually resolves in a few days it is like a bruise on your hand from the iv. R u worried it will cause a problem with your hand? 1in5, 000 will have nerve damage to one nerve. 99 out of 100 have no problems at all. 4999 out of 5000 no severe problems.
Dr. David Edsall
Dr. David Edsall
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Dr. Leslie Garson
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Highly unlikely

Epidural anesthesia is administered by placing local anesthesia into an area outside of your spine called the epidural space.
This is a common anesthetic used in millions of patients every year all over the world. It is also a very safe anesthetic. Back problems after an epidural anesthetic are highly unusual and should not be a concern.

In brief: Highly unlikely

Epidural anesthesia is administered by placing local anesthesia into an area outside of your spine called the epidural space.
This is a common anesthetic used in millions of patients every year all over the world. It is also a very safe anesthetic. Back problems after an epidural anesthetic are highly unusual and should not be a concern.
Dr. Leslie Garson
Dr. Leslie Garson
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Dr. Scott Roethle
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Rare long term

Epidurals are usually straight forward procedures for analgesia, done usuing a needle in the the back.
There are very rare long term consequences of back pain or nerve damage. Expect bruise-like pain for several days afterwards, similar to a shot. But there should not be lasting nerve issues or pain after the epidural medication subsides. Persisting problems should be discussed with your doctor.

In brief: Rare long term

Epidurals are usually straight forward procedures for analgesia, done usuing a needle in the the back.
There are very rare long term consequences of back pain or nerve damage. Expect bruise-like pain for several days afterwards, similar to a shot. But there should not be lasting nerve issues or pain after the epidural medication subsides. Persisting problems should be discussed with your doctor.
Dr. Scott Roethle
Dr. Scott Roethle
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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Usually not

Despite a fairly common misconception of epidural causing back problems, there's no good proof that it does it.
A traumatic epidural or erroneously performed one may cause more or less problem depending on the damage.

In brief: Usually not

Despite a fairly common misconception of epidural causing back problems, there's no good proof that it does it.
A traumatic epidural or erroneously performed one may cause more or less problem depending on the damage.
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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Dr. Gabor Racz
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not usually

You get it because you have back problems.
But choose your doctor carefully look up the qualifications. Your best protection is a good doctor.

In brief: Not usually

You get it because you have back problems.
But choose your doctor carefully look up the qualifications. Your best protection is a good doctor.
Dr. Gabor Racz
Dr. Gabor Racz
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Dr. Richard Grisoli
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

It should not cause back pain.

In brief: No

It should not cause back pain.
Dr. Richard Grisoli
Dr. Richard Grisoli
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Dr. Dimitry Baranov
Anesthesiology

In brief: Unlikely

Millions of patients get epidural anesthesia every year without any adverse consequences and with multiple benefits.
However, there is a small percentage of patients who will develop various complications. Some of these are predictable due to per-existant patient's conditions, others can be due to poor technique and still others happen for unclear reasons.

In brief: Unlikely

Millions of patients get epidural anesthesia every year without any adverse consequences and with multiple benefits.
However, there is a small percentage of patients who will develop various complications. Some of these are predictable due to per-existant patient's conditions, others can be due to poor technique and still others happen for unclear reasons.
Dr. Dimitry Baranov
Dr. Dimitry Baranov
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