Loss of bowel or bladder control
Loss of bowel or bladder control is also a fairly common epidural side effect. This is because since the epidural has numbed some of your nerves, you might not be able to tell if you need to go to the bathroom. These symptoms typically go away once the medication used has worn off4.
In the meantime, what doctors usually do is insert a catheter into your bladder in order to help drain the urine.
Headaches are fairly uncommon when it comes to epidural side effects. Typically, these can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication, and goes away after a short time.
However, it’s possible for the headaches to last for a few days or even weeks. This is what’s usually known as a spinal headache. For the most part, getting enough rest as well as taking pain medication can help you with this type of headache.
But if it gets worse, or if the pain doesn’t go away, it would be best to consult your doctor about it.
Lastly, it’s possible to experience difficulty walking as one of the possible epidural side effects. This happens as a result of the numbing effect of the anesthesia5.
For the most part, you should be able to walk and feel your legs shortly after the anesthesia wears off. However, you might feel some numbness or weakness even after it has worn off. This shouldn’t be anything to worry about, but you’ll need to be extra careful to avoid any slips and falls.
As always, if you experience these symptoms for much longer, or if the numbness doesn’t go away, be sure to consult your doctor as soon as possible.
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