Back pain is a common problem face by women after giving birth. But, the intensity and duration of back pains are even more in case of women encountering cesarean delivery; the primary reason behind this in the spinal anesthesia. A study conducted in the year 2009 revealed that 40% women having caesarean delivery stay at risk of suffering from post pregnancy back pain.
We have mentioned before that spinal anesthesia results in back pain due to caesarean birth. This occurs particularly due to two reasons; the first is due to the trauma experienced by the skin, ligaments and muscles from the needle inserted into the spine. The second one is a condition known as post-dural puncture headaches, which is also an effect of spinal anesthesia. This condition is marked by gradual leaking of the cerebrospinal fluid causing severe neck and back pain accompanied by incessant headache. The condition becomes even worse when the patients stands or sit. Patients suffering from this condition are often suggested to take bed rest until the condition subsides.
The pain caused by insertion of needle for providing spinal anesthesia before child birth starts when the effects of anesthetic start wearing off. This means it starts after 2-6 hours of delivering the baby. The post-dural puncture headaches on the other hand begin after 12hrs to 5 days following the caesarean birth.
Generally, both these pain subsides within a few days. However, in rare cases, the new mother can experience the pain for some weeks. If the pain related to puncture-headache is extremely severe in nature, the doctor might recommend you to undergo a therapeutic procedure called ‘blood patch.’ ‘Blood patch’ is a treatment in which blood is taken out from the patient’s body and injected into her dural space. The treatment is known to offer immediate pain relief.