PDF Available: After a spinal or epidural – 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.
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