Alternative for Epidural?

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Registered: 06-21-2003
Alternative for Epidural?
Fri, 07-18-2003 - 6:15pm
Hello, my name is Melanie, I'm 26 years old, with a husband, a 21 month old son, and a new baby due Aug.30. I've elected for a repeat c/s instead of vbac. Does anyone know if there is an alternative for the epidural without getting completely knocked out? I had one before my emergency c/s with my son and had terrible migraines on the left side of my head (I normally get them on my right side) and shaking fits along with chills for months after he was born. Not looking forward to that again. Did anyone else have bad side effects from an epidural?
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Registered: 07-21-1998
Mon, 07-21-2003 - 8:26pm
Mostly, the alternatives are "epidural" or "spinal". Both are needles in the back. A lot of folk seem to think spinal is the preferred way for a planned c-section, as the needle is smaller & doesn't stay in. The spinal does, however, go deeper, and is sometimes associated with headaches, especially if you get up too soon. Emergency c-sections are often done with epidurals, because they were used for pain relief during labor, and the dosage is just increased a bit.
Cthulu Crochet

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Registered: 04-22-2003
Tue, 07-22-2003 - 4:39pm
The only other alternative I know of is a spinal. Prety similar to the epidural though!