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State: MA
When I was in labor with my son the resident that did my epidural got "clear fluid" back with the first attempt at my epidural. Knowing this, after I finished delivering my son, they removed my IV and left me sitting straight up in bed while I complained of a terrible headache. She tried to get the OK from another DR. to do a bloodpatch before I left L&D. He refused saying it was not a spinal headache because it was too soon for one to develope. They sent me to the maternity floor while I was slumped in the wheelchair, unable to keep my head up. I met with another anesthesiologist later who said I DID NOT have a spinal headache and again refused a bloodpatch. The next morning some more anesthsiologist showed up to attempt a blood patch because my headache was worse. Once again they got clear fluid back! and were unable to successfully do the bloodpatch. One MD told me that they discussed it among each other and thought that I may have an abnormality in my spine. So they sent me for an MRI. It showed my spine was perfectly normal but I had a substantial leak. So large that if they injected blood then it would just be too diluted to work. So they sent me home the next day!!! This was my 3rd child and I was unable to care for any of them, let alone a newborn! I spent the next 10 days bedridden and on 2 Fioricet every 3-4 hours & percocet. I waited the week they told me to and called them. They had me come in for a bloodpatch under flouroscopy and found I was still leaking CSF!!! The blood patch took but 2 days later I was back with double sinus infections and an ear infection because of lying flat for almost 2 weeks. I missed out on the first 2 and a half weeks of my sons life and my other 2 children had to see their mother crawling to the bathroom and lying on the floor crying to my husband that I wanted to die because the pain was so bad. Isn't there any pain and suffering I could be compensated for? The DR that made the first puncture knew she did something wrong. Everything I've read states that with a spinal headache you should get plenty of fluids and lay flat immediatley. Why did she let me sit up for 2 hours and remove my IV and foley, making me walk to the bathroom??? They were wrong. Is there anything I can do? PS. my friend delivered her son the next day and they accidentaly put her spinal in too high and ended up paralyzing her breathing and intubating her during the emergency c-section. Same hospital, same anesthesia department!




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