My baby is 17 days old. She was eventually delivered by c-section when I developed high blood pressure and headaches two weeks before her due date. One week before her due date, my doctor admitted me to try and get the blood pressure under control using Magnesium. Once my blood pressure was okay we decided to try inducing labor and attempt a vaginal birth. After ten hours of unproductive labor, and my blood pressure spiking again, the decision was made to do the c-section. I had an epidural and my daughter was born a week early. My blood pressure continued to flucuate and so I was kept on magnesium an additional day at which time I was switched to an oral blood pressure medication, Procardia, and sent home two days later.
My headaches had stopped by the time I left the hospital and our nursing was going very well, with my mother's coaching. Three days later I developed severe headaches and my blood pressure shot up again and we were admitted back into the hospital. I was able to keep my daughter in the room with me, so there was no break in the nursing. My milk came in while in the hospital.
Following a series of tests, including EKG's and a CT scan, and after getting my blood pressure back under control, my headaches were still unbearable. Three doctors saw me. My OB/GYN, the Anestheiseologist and a Neurologist. They all concluded that my headaches did not appear to be epidural induced and that a blood patch would not help. i was discharged with instructions to see my PCP.
Although the headaches have gotten less frequent, when they hit they are really bad. I have at least one and usually two or more a day. Since I am breast feeding, my PCP is reluctant to treat them with anything more than tylenol and has referred me to another neurologist to determine if they are migraines. Two additional complications are that I am post gastric bypass by three years and cannot take slow release medications. I am also a recovering alchoholic, (23 months, 7 days sober!), which limits the pain medications that I can use.
Now to my question; Can my headaches be nursing induced? I am drinking water and fluids all day long and feel I am well hydrated, but I am also nursing all day long. Has anyone ever had headaches as a "side effect" of nursing? And what did you do about it?
Thank you for any help you may be able to give me.