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Posted by Kim Nevitt on July 04, 2000 at 15:21:35:

In Reply to: Re: Nerve damage due to epidural during child birth posted by j cummings on March 25, 2000 at 01:22:10:

: : Does anyone have information about nerve damage caused by epidurals during childbirth? I had a bizarre reaction to an epideral during child birth 19 years ago and began to experience periods of severe muscle weakness and pain less than a year later. Many episodes and years later after being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, I am going through investigations that suggest a diffuse neuromuscular disorder such as LGMD. Pending final diagnosis, I ask that anyone who has more information on the relationship between an epidural reaction and nerve disorders to please contact me at [email protected]

: I have been suffering chronic pain on my left side. Headaches neck pain shoulder pain pins and needles and now I have delevoped hip pain. This has been going on for seven years. I have been told I have a chronic pain syndrone myofasical pain It's all in my head and told there is nothing wrong with me. To me It's unbeleiveable how doctors seem to dissmiss my problems. I have discovered that things went wrong doing my birth of my son. The doctor could not get the needle in my back, it took 4 times untill he succeeded. Then right before they gave me my c-section they numbed me to far up. I was numb from the top of my breasts to my feet. I will not stop trying to find a doctor who will take me serious. Don't let anyone tell you that a epidural can not do nerve damage. I believe in my heart that the epidural has caused my problems. Good luck and if you need to talk contact me at [email protected]

Epidurals can cause the condition Arachnoiditis. An Inflamation of one of the membranes surounding the spinal cord.
This can be due to one of 4 reasons
1. Epidural given too late on in first stage labour, mother unable to flex her back sufficiently to open up the epidural space.
2. Competance of the health professional giving the epidural, several attempts!
3. Anaesthetics contain preservatives which are neuro-toxic
4. Congential back problems, asymptomatic until invasive procedure i.e spina biffida acculta, scheurrmans, stenosis

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