Your anaesthetist would have explained the risks associated with having an epidural prior to its insertion.
The following is a list of symptoms and signs that are significant and may need further investigation in the days to weeks following your epidural:
- New back pain, with or without a fever
- Leg problems – pain, weakness or numbness
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Fever – (temperature >38.5 deg C)
- Bad headache – worse when you stand or sit but improves when you lie down.
If any of the above occur then please contact us between the hours of 9am-5pm and we will put you in touch with your anaesthetist.
Out of hours, please contact the delivery suite at the hospital where you delivered and the midwives will contact the on call anaesthetist. In either case you will be contacted by phone by an anaesthetist and you may be asked to come back to hospital and be reassessed.