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epidural side effect? E'M Shikari Due March 10 (boy); 1 child; 1 angel baby; Preston, United Kingdom 1747 posts
18th Oct '12

4 weeks pp and since giving birth I keep getting a shooting pain up my neck. A couple of times it was when I moved my head kinda fast but now it's just happening randomly. Could this be because of the epi? And is it worth mentioning to my doctor?

Squeaky McGee [20 wks] Due May 7 (boy); 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 66786 posts
status 18th Oct '12

Yeah, it's pretty common actually.

LoveMyBubbaBoy 2 kids; Michigan 3195 posts
18th Oct '12

I had horrible back/nerve pain... I thought I reherniated my disk for a couple of months. Thankfully it went away. I didn't even want the epi (got it at hour 48 of labor...) but because of this pain, I will NEVER ask for it again... Hope you feel better.

K. P. Walsh Due August 5 (girl); Japan 1385 posts
18th Oct '12

My lower back was sore for a long, long time.
I had terrible back labor, but I thought it was from the epidural.
It went away on it's own.
Like PP said it's somewhat common.
I would mention it to your doctor, though.

snglemama 4 kids; Georgia 11978 posts
18th Oct '12

do you BF? also highly likely from positioning of how you sit when you feed your LO.

E'M Shikari Due March 10 (boy); 1 child; 1 angel baby; Preston, United Kingdom 1747 posts
18th Oct '12

Ahhh okay thanks for your comments :) and I breastfed for the first two weeks but not anymore (milk supply dried up due to stress :( sigh) and I got horrible back pain when lo was feeding, no matter what position I tried. I didn't want an epidural either but after two days of agonising contractions I gave in because I seriously needed a nap lol.

MommyingWithGrace Beverly Hills, California 2427 posts
18th Oct '12

When I got my epidural my heart rate dropped. I remember feeling so faint and just spaced out. I heard something about heart rate and was given an oxygen mask. My husband said to me later that it was because my heart rate dropped.



After the epidural I got shooting pains up my back. I had my daughter over a year ago and that spot where the epi went, I cant stand to have it touched. My husband rubs my back with the palm of his hands and it makes me cringe.