Anesthesiology/Epidural side effects following baby delivery
Dear Dr. Russell, I was scheduled for a c-section. The first anesthesiologist tried 4times to get me numb with no results. At that point I asked to take a break. I asked for someone else and the second anesthesiologist also failed to get me numb. During this entire process I was stabbed 8 times and at times I felt pain shooting down the right three times and then down the middle twice. Three times they said they got it and lay me flat to begin the c-section. Unfortunately, I never went numb. My ob/gyn who was in the room didn't say a word . I seriously began to doubt my team and I finally said this baby needs to be delivered another way because I can't take anymore attempts on my spine. My baby was delivered under general anesthesia. I awoke to excruciating pain. The next 4days in the hospital were absolutely awful due to pain, nausea and had the worst headache (not spinal headache though). I was discharged and told to take 400mg Motrin and alternate with Tylenol. That night I had excruciating back pain specifically at the site of the epidural and to its immediate right (worse than what I had experienced in the hospital) and called my doctor's emergency line. My ob/gyn office increased my Motrin to 800mg and alternate with tyneol with codeine. I am still on that 2 months later. I am unable to take care of my babies without help. I can not breast feed because I can't sit. I cannot stand for long periods of time. Does my experience sound normal to you? Do you think there was some negligence? Do you think I will ever recover-if yes then how long will it take?
your experience is certainly not normal. HOwever, proving and claiming negligence is a uphill battle. Part of the problem, is that we live in a healthcare scenario where patients do not pick their anesthesiologists, they pick their ob's or surgeons who then use whoever is convenient for them for the anesthesia portion. I suspect that with time your pain will improve, but it could take some time (i.e. 6 months to 1 year possibly). I would consider seeing a specialist in pain however, in the mean time to determine motrin is the best choice for long term pain. Any pain that lasts greater than 2 months is considered chronic pain and is best managed by a specialist in pain medicine.
I am sorry to hear about your experience.