Woman Misdiagnosed With Sciatica Finds Epidural Needle In Her Spine 14 Years Later

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We often hear mothers describe childbirth as a beautiful thing, but we're all aware that it is also very painful and can create a lot of complications for both the mom and baby.

Thanks to medical advancements that led to the availability of anesthetics like Epidural, these days, most women can give birth with minimal pain.

Epidural is administered to the spine to block the impulses that cause pain during labor. Depending on the dosage, it can make you partially or fully numb, but its effect tends to only last up to two hours.


For many women, it is normal to experience back soreness at the site of the catheter where the medicine was injected. Around two out of 100 women have reported severe, persistent headaches after the procedure, but that's actually caused by a puncture in the spinal cord sheath, and usually goes away once it's fixed.

However, in Amy Bright's case, one of the side effects continued to bother her 14 years after she gave birth to her youngest son, Jacob.

Instead of enjoying being a mom again, the 41-year-old started experiencing excruciating back pain two months after her 2003 C-section delivery at Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.

Bright told People that she spent the last few years going to doctor's appointments, but they just prescribed painkillers and muscle relaxers.

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She was eventually diagnosed with sciatica since she was displaying symptoms similar to the condition, including pain in her back, left leg and foot.

“It has gotten to the point where it just burns constantly. I’m very scared of my future. [My leg] is getting weaker,” Bright said. “I’m probably going to be in a wheelchair. It’s scary because I don’t know.”

After more than a decade of living with severe pain, Bright finally underwent a CT scan in November 2017, and the results were not what she was expecting.

The scan revealed that there's a portion of the needle from Bright's epidural lodged in her spine.

Despite figuring out the root of Bright's health problems, doctors may not be able to do much to help her.

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