Is it normal to have back pain after an epidural?


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According to WebMD, many people have mild tenderness for a few days after an epidural injection. Lowered blood pressure is the most common side effect experienced by a mother when an epidural is given for childbirth pain.

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According to WebMD, less-common side effects of an epidural during childbirth include a severe headache following delivery, trouble walking or urinating after delivery, fever and extended labor. Having a seizure after an epidural rarely occurs.

Epidural anaesthesia is a popular and effective kind of childbirth pain relief. An epidural involves an injection of a numbing medicine around the spinal nerves in the lower back. Only a small amount of the numbing medicine is given at a time, and the pain relief generally wears off during labor unless more medicine is given.

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