Catheter-- how bad is it, really?

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Catheter-- how bad is it, really?
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Fri, 10-03-2008 - 7:45pm

Maybe I don't want to know the answer to this one, but at my pre-op consult this week, I learned that the catheter is inserted before I get the spinal. I've noticed on some of the c-section birth plans that one of the requests is to do the catheter after the anesthesia has taken effect, which makes me worry.


Is it really that bad? I was catheterized once, briefly, during an ER visit, but I was in so much pain that I barely noticed. Is it terribly painful, or just uncomfortable, or what? Ah, the things I find to worry myself over :0)

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Sat, 10-04-2008 - 12:14am

Well, when they took the catheter out, after the anesthesia had worn off, it hurt just a tiny bit. Not very painful mind you, more like an annoying pain if that makes sense. But only for a second. When you consider the fact that the incision was horribly painful for me (right after the anesthesia wore off, not after that, so don't worry about the section being unbearable or anything), it could have been worse.


Last time, I already had the epidural, because I was trying to go vaginal. So I can't say how it feels going on.


But, I do know like you said that many women request the catheter after the spinal.


So, I am going to do that this time, so I won't even have to worry about it.

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Sat, 10-04-2008 - 1:34am

hello my fellow harvest honey/baby name Jack friend!! =)

at my c-section, the catheter was placed after my spinal (so obviously i didn't feel it). the most painful thing about the section was the spinal shot in the back, but it wasn't that bad. over pretty quick.

last year i had a miscarriage, and they had to put in a catheter to take out pee to test i guess, LOL. don't know if that counts because they didn't leave it in for an extended period of time, just long enough to collect urine. it hurt, yes it did. but i handled it. and it wasn't THAT bad either.

i guess i put it like this for myself, would i rather have a catheter placed and a shot in the back, both of which are over very quickly (they hurt, but its totally manageable), or MAJOR pain trying to push a watermelon out of something the size of a lemon? i hear the pain of labor is the worst thing ever, and i'm kind of glad i've had a planned c-section and will have another, because the long horrible labor stories scare me. ripping, and crowning, youch. my SIL was in labor forever, the baby's ear was coming out first, and he got stuck like that and wouldn't come out, they had to do an emerency c-section, she got the worst of both worlds, NO THANKS. she said it was the worst pain you could ever imagine, him getting stuck like that.

but i would go through it, anything for the health of my baby. but in my DS's case and in this baby in the belly's case, c-sections are the best choices.

don't feel alone my friend, i worry about those little things too. one thing i freaked about with my c-section with DS, was the nurse told me the morning of the day she was going to pull my staples out, and told me it would pinch like a beesting. never been stung before, and was expecting it to hurt, thought about it for hours. then she gets to it, and i'm like, Hey that doesn't even hurt. Sheesh i worry myself for nothing about these things. LOL

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Sat, 10-04-2008 - 1:41am
I don't think they hurt that bad going in. It certainly isn't an inscruciating pain. Just uncomfortable, that's all. I've felt much worse.




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Sat, 10-04-2008 - 3:04pm
I had mine inserted in my room before they brought me to the OR. It was before the spinal was placed. I can say I did hurt but could have been much worse. I also want to say dont look down in that area, until after they have cleaned you up. (TMI not going there).

 

 

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Mon, 10-06-2008 - 10:42am
I didn't have any pain at all when I got my catheter.

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Mon, 10-06-2008 - 12:13pm

4 days! I'm so excited for you!!


I'm not a good person to ask b/c I don't remember it happening either time. I was unmedicated in labor until they went in for the spinal in the OR and I have no idea if they did the catheter before or after the spinal.

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Mon, 10-06-2008 - 12:45pm

Hey, fancy seeing you here :)


When I had the catheter, it was only for maybe 30 minutes total so they could get a urine sample and I was in SO much pain (ruptured ovarian cyst) that I barely noticed-- I just didn't know how it would be under normal circumstances.


You're so right, though: what's worse, a catheter and spinal or labor pain? Putting the longer recovery aside with a c-section, the whole thought of pushing a baby out is definitely the scarier scenario. Because I've known it would be a c-section since 20 weeks, I've let myself read all the horror stories about vaginal births with the ripping and getting stuck and awful hemorrhoids and now the thought just totally freaks me out. Of course, I wouldn't have read any that if I knew for sure I was having a vaginal birth, but since I did, I'm glad to be able to avoid it. My biggest fear about labor when I first got pregnant was that I'd go through all of that and then have to have a c-section anyway like your SIL-- ugh, that would be terrible. So like you said, I'd go through whatever I had to for my baby to be delivered safely, but at this point, I'm glad it worked out the way it did.


When is your c-section coming up? I can't remember, but you still have a week or so until you meet Jack, right? I can't believe I will be meeting my little Jack in just a few days. It doesn't even seem real!

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Mon, 10-06-2008 - 12:47pm
Oh, I am so glad I found this board. I keep asking these questions about all the little details and no one thinks I'm crazy to be obsessing over the smallest things. I just like to be prepared for what's coming, and it's so nice to hear what things were like from BTDT mamas. Sounds like the catheter isn't too bad-- not the greatest thing ever, but more uncomfortable than painful. I still wish they could do it after the spinal, though. Thanks for all the feedback!
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Tue, 10-07-2008 - 12:29am
For my first c-section they inserted it first and to be honest it hurt and I was very uncomfortable until they started my epi.



















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Tue, 10-07-2008 - 12:08pm

lets put it this way, they had to re do the catheter after 5 attempts pre spinal. It was excruciating and I would never allow it again, they ended up having to re do it after the spinal was done and it took seconds to do post spinal. Had the nurse gotten it on the 1st try it wouldn't have been too bad but come on 5 tries and then it was still leaking, just do it after the spinal and there is less chances of problems.

I know my hospital said the same thing that it is only done pre spinal but now I know better and I would refuse to allow them to do it. Honestly I would just tell them that they are wasting time now when it can be done in the or, so no you are not inserting it pre spinal, but thats just me having had to live through the experience I had with my 2nd c.

My 1st c it was inserted after the spinal so it was no big deal at all.

Good luck to you, and keep us posted.

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