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Epidural and bfs

PostPosted: July 24th, 2013, 12:47 pm
by Neecie
Does anyone have any information or experience in being pregnant and delivering a child while having BFS? In regards to increase/decrease of symptoms or anxiety, and also a possible epidural/drug link?

Re: Epidural and bfs

PostPosted: July 24th, 2013, 1:11 pm
by LApea
Hello!

I can only speak from experience of giving birth and BFS. I didn't have any symptoms until after I gave birth, that may have been because I received a couple of vaccines, had high blood pressure, was given antibiotics, and have a lot of anxiety during pregnancy. I think the culmination of all these things caused my body to go haywire, I don't think the epidural played a the role in it.

I actually asked my OB-GYN about my symptoms in correlation to the epidural, and he said in his 20 years of practice he has never heard of it causing the BFS like symptoms.

I think as long as you try to keep your anxiety in check, and remind yourself that BFS is benign, you will be fine. I think it affected me so much because I didn't know what hit me. Congrats on your baby. :)

Take Care

Re: Epidural and bfs

PostPosted: July 24th, 2013, 8:14 pm
by Neecie
Thanks for replying. I'm actually not currently pregnant. I had the same experience with the BFS starting after childbirth. I am afraid if info through it again, things will get worse, or whatever in pregnancy/childbirth caused me to have BFS will do something worse this time, if that makes sense.

Re: Epidural and bfs

PostPosted: July 25th, 2013, 1:03 pm
by Gerard
As someone who has inserted over 1000 epidurals, my immediate reaction is to say "not that's not possible". But, as we don't know anything about the pathophysiology of BFS, I'd have to upgrade that to an "extremely, extremely,extremely unlikely". :) Certainly shouldn't be a factor in any decision making process about having an epidural.
LApea wrote:
I actually asked my OB-GYN about my symptoms in correlation to the epidural, and he said in his 20 years of practice he has never heard of it causing the BFS like symptoms.


Just as an aside, you may as well have asked your cat.

Re: Epidural and bfs

PostPosted: July 25th, 2013, 1:11 pm
by mwagner
So many of us came down with BFS shortly after having kids. My little boy was 2 when I first really noticed my symptoms, but looking back I was twitchy while I was pregnant with him (although all I can remember is my thumb moving on its own for about 6 hours or so).

I think it's the hormones, lack of sleep, stress of taking care of small kids that contribute to BFS and highly doubt the epidural has anything to do with it.

That being said, I don't think BFS should stop you from having another child if that's what you want to do.

Mitra