After epidural or Spinal – Important Discharge information

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After an epidural or spinal injection it is important to know what signs or symptoms to expect and when you may need to seek help.


  • The epidural site may be tender but usually only for a few days.
  • There may be bruising at the site of injection.
  • Backache is usually NOT caused by epidurals but is common after any pregnancy.
  • The spinal or epidural insertion site does not need a dressing. Please avoid contamination and allow it to heal by itself.

Concerning Symptoms

It is very unusual for anyone to have problems after having a spinal or epidural. However, if you experience any of the issues listed below as a new problem in the next month, you should seek urgent medical advice from your Birth Unit.

Contact the Birth Unit urgently if you develop:

  • New or worsening back pain
  • A high temperature
  • Worsening headache with neck stiffness
  • Leg weakness or numbness
  • Incontinence of urine or stool
  • Redness or discharge from the insertion site
  • Any other concerns

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