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Numbness 3 months after childbirth?

Hi,

I'm a 35 year old mother of 2.
I gave birth to my son 3 months ago and for about 2 weeks now i have noticed numbness on the right side of my waist, stomach, back, upper right thigh and hip and now also my outer right calf and ball of my right foot.

I have no other symptoms. I'm walking exactly the same and there are no other problems.

I noticed that after i gave birth i felt uncomfortable lying on my right side as i felt a type of pressure around the hip area.

I don't know if this could have anything to do with childbirth affecting a nerve somewhere.
Of course my biggest fear is the possibility of ms.

I went to see my doctor and i've been given a referal for a neurologist but that's not til 1st February. She doesn't think it's ms

Any thoughts of opinions would be greatly appreciated.


Thanks
Paula
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Paula, one question..Did you have an epidural or other local anesthesia during childbirth?
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Congradulations on your new Baby!  I have never heard of a onset of MS, happening that quickly.  Perhaps the way you delivered or when you were carrying your child, it may have herniated a disc in your back which would pinch a nerve and cause numbness and pain.  Definitely something to follow up with.  If you experience any headaches or facial numbness I would go to the emergency room immediately.  I know after one of my friends delivered her child she had a stroke.  When the headaches began she just ignored them.  It has now taken her almost 4yrs and she is still not back to where she was prior to the delivery.  So, just be aware and certainly be your own advocate!  After I delivered my daughter 11yrs ago, I would get numbness down both of my legs and back pain, then an incredible weakness, where my legs would feel like they were going to buckle.  Unfortunately, the only thing the doctors think is when my hips shifted when I was carrying her, they never shifted completely back to where they were before and it compresses one of my nerves at the base of my spine.  Good luck to you, I would love to hear how you make out with the doctors.
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Thanks guys.

Yes i did have an epidural but i'm wondering if it had something to do with that would it take 3 months for these symptoms to present?
I have not had any other symptoms, no headaches or anything.

Paula
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Paula, Did you experience any residual numbness while still in the hospital? It is rare to have continued numbness after an epidural, but it can happen. Thankfully, from what I have seen, it can resolve. (I've been an OB nurse for over 20 years.) However, the fact you did not seem to have symptoms until months after delivery makes me wonder about either nerve irritation or some kind of hip alignment problem that is resulting in irritating nerves. (joints go "lax" in pregnancy.) Pregnancy can also cause malalignment of the spine, which can cause your symptoms as well. Especially if you had a good amt of weight gain.

Of course, the cause could be other things as well..Consider seeing a neurologist if you haven't already.
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I just wanted to add that i have absolutely no pain, just the numbness. Otherwise well.

Paula
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I have had no residual numbness after the epidural at all.
This all started about 2 weeks ago.

Paula
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Hey paula can u tell me are u all right now?  What did neurologist tell u at that time, bcoz i also had epidural during my delivery 2 mnths ago n i feel weakness in my legs, i cant climb up stairs. Waiting 4 ur answer.
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