Ease my fear, please!

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Ease my fear, please!
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Thu, 02-26-2004 - 8:41am

With #1, I needed a c/s after a long labor and ended up needing a general. The Spinal meds interacted with the epidural meds that were already in place (but completely ineffective) causing the lung paralysis issue. So I almost feel like I am walking blind into this next one! I have done it before--but I was not "there."


I have very positive thoughts about my c/s recovery and plan to schedule one this time for early June. I am starting to get nervous. My biggest fears are about the pain relief during the surgery. My Dr. said that the lung paralysis I experiences would be unlikely to occur again because they will be able to place the spinal in the ideal location (which was previously taken by the epi) and the meds won't interact. Lung "heaviness" may be a factor, but It would be unlikely that I would not be able to breathe. How common is this side effect and how common is the complete lung paralysis?


I am also scared about what happens if I start feeling during the surgery. I know the spinal is a one-shot deal, unlike an epi that they can continue to re-dose. (The epi is not an option for me due to my previous reaction and its total lack of effectiveness for me). How common is this? and what can they do?


I have a friend who felt pain during her first c/s and she could not talk to tell someone because of her pain. Her baby was also in danger and she did not want to put her at further risk by having them stop the procedure to control her pain. Her 2nd c/s, she was so numb that her lungs felt almost numb. She needed to talk constantly to prove to herself that she could breathe. Both of those situations sound horrible to me!


Thanks for your feedback!

Shelly (29) and DH (30)
DS (via c/s) 4/8/02 & dd EDD 6/16/04

Shelly (30) and DH (31) DS 4/8/02 & DD 6/7/04

 

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Registered: 01-01-2004
Thu, 02-26-2004 - 9:26am
Dear Shelly,

I'm sorry for your bad experience. It of course is going to influence how you feel. What you experienced is NOT normal. I do not think it happens often. I've had 6 c-sections and I have never had these things happen. When you have a spinal or an epidural you might feel like you have a rock on you chest. You can breathe, it just feel heavy. I just keep on talking so that I know everything is okay.

With a spinal they use a smaller needle. If you feel pain, then you need to tell them! Don't take the pain.

I will be praying for you!

Ann EDD 9-28 #7

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 02-26-2004 - 1:21pm
Sounds like alot of scary experiences surrounding you making it worse!

I've had an epi and it was by far the worst csection experience. I began to feel pain as soon as they closed me up, and it was excrutiating. No, we weren't in surgery, but my pain spiraled right out of control for me.

With my 2nd baby, I had an epi and it felt like Ann said, a rock on my chest. I could still breathe, but it was scary.

I just had my 3rd and had another spinal, and the anesthesiologist said he put another drug in it so that when the numbness wore off, the pain wouldn't be felt right away, and my 2nd was the same way so I must have gotten it then.

My understanding is that if you feel anything, they can put something in your IV, not sure if they'd knock you out, or what, but you'll still have an IV in your hand. My docs were adamant not to start till I was totally numb, and adamant that I say something if I felt pain. They said feeling touches and the zipping feeling was normal, but it shouldn't hurt. Luckily I felt no pain or sensation whatsoever. I didn't want that.

I was scared of the spinal being the one shot deal as well, but again, the 2 I had were exponentially better than the epidural. I hope this eases your fears some.

Julie

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Registered: 08-25-2003
Fri, 02-27-2004 - 11:26am

Thanks to you who responded!

Shelly (29) and DH (30)
DS (via c/s) 4/8/02 & dd EDD 6/16/04

Shelly (30) and DH (31) DS 4/8/02 & DD 6/7/04

 

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Fri, 02-27-2004 - 9:52pm

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