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Constant Headaches After Labor? npbaby92 Due May 9 (boy); Port Charlotte, Florida 15 posts
16th May '13

Since I had my son 2 weeks ago, I have been getting headaches on a daily basis. I had my son vaginally and DID have the epidural. The anesthesiologist was EXCELLENT and I had no problems or pain that followed having the epidural. Also, my headaches do not go away when I lay down, so I do not think that these headaches are epidural related.
I did ask my OBGYN about what could be causing daily headaches, and he put it down to sleep deprivation, hormonal changes, and possibly dehydration. They did check my blood pressure twice, and both times it came back perfectly normal.
Still, I have never had headaches this bad in my LIFE. Actually, headaches were even rare for me to get. Desperate for answers and relief, I googled it and saw many women complain about bad headaches after labor. But most suggestions to what the culprit might be was the epidural.
The headaches I have range in where they occur. Sometimes it feels like someone has a firm grasp on my brain and is squeezing it on the sides and top of my head. And other times the headaches are directly behind my eyes or near my temples. They never really travel to the back of my head. Last night was the worst headache I've had yet. It started out as a clenching feeling on my head and then changed to a throbbing pain behind my right eye, and whenever I turned my head too quickly it would send a shooting pain in my head. Eventually got to sleep with the help of a heating pad.
This morning woke up and still have a little pressure in the head, and can feel the pressure in my temples when eating breakfast while chewing.



I've looked up everything I could possibly think of that the headaches are attributed to. I've looked up blood clots in the brain (the only symptom that fit me was the constant headaches), the epidural headaches... but just can't seem to find any answers.



The headaches can be quite debilitating at times, and makes it hard to be the best mom possible when I have to hand him off to a family member so I can try to get rid of these headaches. So if you went through the same thing after labor, how long did the headaches last and did you find out the cause? I am currently 2 weeks PP and am just ready to get control back of my head!!!

PurpleBama582 52 kids; Dothan, Alabama 3875 posts
16th May '13

The epidural might not be the cause of the headaches. Your body is still going through hormone fluctuation, and you do have tension and stress that you might not emotionally feel, but you are obviously feeling it physically.



As many as 50% of women get these headaches, some a few days after birth, and some lasting as late as 8 weeks postpartum.

Vanessa L. Chesney 2 kids; Tennessee 1 posts
16th May '13

Honey I would go see your doctor. You could have pre-clampsia. One of my friends kept getting head aches after she had her baby and her dr said she should have came in so they could check her for it. I would probably go to the doctor.

Jamie & Baby Aria 1 child; Ahmeek, Michigan 2606 posts
16th May '13
Quoting Vanessa L. Chesney:" Honey I would go see your doctor. You could have pre-clampsia. One of my friends kept getting head aches ... [snip!] ... she had her baby and her dr said she should have came in so they could check her for it. I would probably go to the doctor."


Well she did say that her BP was perfect so that's probably not it.



OP I had pretty bad pre-e and had to have my DD early to cure it. And it remained high a few days after birth but they still released me and had me follow up in a few days, and by then it was almost completely gone.



But I would still talk to your doctor again if it's worrisome

Tabatha Allen 1 child; Bardstown, Kentucky 504 posts
19th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting npbaby92:</b>" Since I had my son 2 weeks ago, I have been getting headaches on a daily basis. I had my son vaginally ... [snip!] ... headaches last and did you find out the cause? I am currently 2 weeks PP and am just ready to get control back of my head!!!"</blockquote>




I got migraines that were caused by my epidural and when I layer down it didn't make them go away it just relieved some of the pressure to make them tolerable. I still get migraines after 7 months lol. Maybe doc can prescribe fiorcet it's for migraines.