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I think my epidural went bad

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  • Posted By: jnlyle
  • December 24, 2008
  • 07:51 PM

Hello, I have had a child 2 years ago and while in the hospital I had an epidural. This is where it begins. When getting the shot I experienced pains unimaginable, the anastegiologist agreed it went bad and gave me a second shot and the pain went away for about 10 minutes. After that I could feel all of the contractions and the doctors refused to help and give me anything else. I had my beautiful baby girl and 3 days later got to go home. Ever since I have been experiencing severe back pains, neck pains, and severe headaches that sometimes turn into migraines. So I went to my doctor and he told me that it was usual for about the first year. Sending me on my way with no tests done. OK so a year goes by, and I haven't had a doctor listen to me since. My pains are getting worse and no better. I need help PLEASE! I need to go to th doctor armed with information as to what this could be or he will just send me out again! I am tired of these pains and its very hard to even lift my daughter, on my good days. I experience these pains every single day! Sometimes I will even feel sharp shooting pains along the right side of my spine (where the epidural was). Please, if you have any information or have had the same experience, let me know PLEASE. Im only 23 and cannot live the rest of my life in this condition. Thank you.:confused:

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  • everything you need to know: http://www.healing-arts.org/mehl-madrona/mmepidural.htm now, find a new doctor, too..too bad you have waited so long; it could have been a law suit in the making, that is probably why they told you you were fine..now the statute of limitations is up..
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • December 25, 2008
    • 06:28 PM
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  • Although the above statements were helpful, I have yet to find the exact symptoms that I have. Yes, the doctors did send me on my way without even checking me out stating that "It's very usual to have pains for the first year" My question is now, what do I do? I have a state provided medicare that very few doctors accept and I dont have the money to pay for the other doctors. I am in terrible pain and have a child that I almost throw my back out when I try to pick her up. I want to thank you again for replying but I beleive my search is still on. My guess is that my condition is rarer than I had thought.
    jnlyle 1 Replies
    • December 26, 2008
    • 05:08 PM
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  • Sorry to hear about your personal troubles since your epidural.I am currently searching online re:epidurals as the hospital have suggested my girlfriend should have one after fracturing her right ankle!The searching I have done thus far is very, very alarming, and your case is not an isolated one.If you just type in epidural in google, the list that automatically comes up has various options like epidural side effects, epidural pain relief, epidural steroid injection etc etc, these all have a few hundred thousand results each. However epidural complaints has over 5,000,000 results!!! alarm bells are ringing!!!!When I look into this further I find a lot of information on epidurals and for the most part it's bad. I suggest you do your own searches and find out for your self.However a great source for information related to health I find is www.naturalnews.comI found the following info on their site and suggest you check it out, and like I say do your own research.* EpiduralsThis is a treatment by doctors that involves injecting substances into the epidural space immediately outside the spine. Officially, meaning according to members of the modern medical system, there is very little risk of arachnoiditis from epidurals. However, DepoMedrol, a steroid drug manufactured by Pfizer and used extensively and routinely for epidural steroid injections, is known to cause arachnoiditis, among other severe problems. It is so well known that Pharmacia, the original manufacturer of DepoMedrol, issued a warning that it should never be used for either epidural or intrathecal (inside the spine) use and named arachnoiditis as a potential outcome (1).Nonetheless, DepoMedrol and other equivalent toxic chemicals are routinely used by doctors. Whenever you hear of an epidural for back pain, what's being done is injection of toxic materials.To add insult to injury for all those people who are put at risk of arachnoiditis from epidural steroid injections, a metastudy reported in the April 2001 issue of The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, shows no benefit from steroid injections for back pain. In other words, doctors routinely give and pressure patients into having epidurals, in spite of the grave risk of a life-shortening, horrifically painful, and debilitating disease.How many women would agree to having epidural anesthesia during childbirth if they knew that one risk is a disease that can produce pain as severe as that of giving birth every day, all day, for the rest of her life? That is, quite literally, the risk she's taking. Yet, what woman is ever warned?Dr. Lewis E. Mehl-Madrona and Morgaine Mehl-Madrona state, "... these complications are not extremely rare... women are not receiving adequate informed consent about what these complications are and their accompanying frequency." Their paper, "The Medical Risks of Epidural Anesthesia" outlines these risks and includes arachnoiditis. Tellingly, they refer to six women who had gotten arachnoiditis from epidurals during childbirth, adding, "3 were permanently confined to a wheelchair three years after their initial evaluation."The full article can be found here :-http://www.naturalnews.com/022353_Arachnoiditis_disease_doctors.htmlI hope this information is helpful and wish you look in your quest.Sending you healing, love and LightYours Sincerely Keith
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 21, 2010
    • 03:44 PM
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  • I am so sorry for what happened to you. I agree with Keith regarding arachnoiditis. I have it as well & took YEARS for diagnosis because Drs will lie, tell you it is in your head & ignore you especially if they did this to you & cover each other's butts. There is a website with excellent info & papers you can print out for Drs to read. Not alot is taught in medical schools on this because they ignorantly think it is so rare. There is also a support group you can join with over 2000 members which have tons of info for you. An MRI is usually the best way to diagnose. Please go to cofwa.org (I think) or google cofwa. Means circle of friends with arachnoiditis. One of the Drs on this site has this herself. There is a wealth of info there. Best wishes. FWI--epidurals are not the only way to get this. Other ways would be Meningitis, trauma to the spine (me) and FBS (failed back surgery syndrome). More often than not it is Dr induced and this has gotta stop. They are not warning people properly of the risks.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 23, 2010
    • 11:31 AM
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  • First Your statute of limitation should not be up. depending on the state you live in. but most have a discovery clause which means that your time ( normally 1 year) doesn't start until you have been told a diagnosis and that the Dr believes (is at least 51% responsible ) that your botched epidural caused the diagnosis and problems. if you at least get a diagnosis but your doctor says , but i don't know where you got it. then you would need to see an attny. because if the feasability is that you got it through the epidural is there than the lawyer will prove it.. remember mal-practice claims almost always settle . it does no one any good to go to court and both parties will tell you that. you must act quick , go ahead and call a lawyer, injury / malpractice to find out the states statues. by the way you file where it happened not where you live so that might help . also if you are close to running out of time they can put a hold on it so you can get a review from dr's second you should be at least getting help with your pain level right now if not , make that priority number 1. numbe 2 should be correct documentation of everything from here on out and go ahead and request copies of the hosp stay and every doctor you have seen for your problems since then. now comes the grinding. if it is arachnoiditis. be prepared to do all the work your self . most doctors do not know anything about it. well let me say this arachnoiditis is the first stage and there are studies out there that say people have it and never have any pain or neurological problems, so if we decide that is true. then the real issue is Adhesive Arachnoiditis. this is the term that you should use if you want to be taken seriously with dr's and here's why. If your Dr doesn't know much about it and they just disect the word they will get inflmation of the arachnoid. and that is what they will get in their medical journal. BUT if you say Adhesive Arachnoiditis they will get a bigger more debilitating clinical picture to compare to you. Next thing is to get Connected to COFWA and there is also a facebook page called Life with Arachnoiditis. for the facebook page you will have to fill out some info, but believe me it is worth it. it has been my salvation lately. For your own sanity keep a record of all of your symptoms. make your self a little graph with time and date so if something is triggering it you can tell. Like with me if i try to vaccum my spasm's in my leg start up with in min. of me stopping. but i went on for weeks until i found out , i just can't vaccum anymore.lol. If it is AA ( abreviation or Adhesive Arch) remember that there are others who understand. and no matter what none of the symptoms are too crazy to confide to your arach family. Good Luck on Your JourneyEmpower yourself with knowledge...it is the best way to find peace with others who do not know your strugglesJessikah
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  • Hi, Im 21, I had my son 8 months ago, and I had an epidural. As far as I know everything went like it was supposed to but I had severe back Labor, shooting pains up and down my back the entire time after I got the epidural, I was not even half that bad b4I got the shot. And I had a really bad headache when I woke up a few hours later after having my son. Ever since having it I have had the same feeling of the severe pains shooting and I have had major headaches. My back hurts all the time in my lower back. What should I do??? I told my OB back in Feb. but she said it was normal and should go away in time. After reading all yalls comments and whats going on, Im starting to think that maybe its not normal and I should get something done about it now before it gets in worse. So what do think I should do??:confused:
    kristamiller1989 1 Replies
    • August 30, 2010
    • 04:27 PM
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  • Damage done to the nerves by such injection can be fixed with the homeopathic remedy called Hypericum. Usually homeopaths use the 1M or C200 dilution of this remedy which is to be taken for some weeks in a certain interval which depend of the patien and the response to the medicine. Can be a dose every day, every 2nd or every 3rd day. As soon as the symptoms are gone the remedy has to be stopped.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 30, 2010
    • 07:29 PM
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  • That's interesting to hear the problems you are experiencing. i had a epidural done with my second son and have the same issues. I deal more with the lower back issues where i get sharp shocks through my back and down into my left leg. I also get to where i can't move at all without feeling like someone is shocking me intensely. I hate it. I deal with it everyday. i also deal with the neck issues that end up in a migraine as well. It has been for 13 years and I hate it. i have been to the doctor and they can't figure it out, i also have gone to a acupuncturist and chiropractor to get relief. It helps for a little while but thats it a little while. I tried for years to ask if an epidural could damage something in the spinal area and nobody would give me a straight answer. All i know is that more people who experience these types of issues after a epidural need to speak out. The other day I had a young man tell me the same thing after he had back surgery the issues of the pain in the lower back he is convienced its the epidural that they are killing the tissue.
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