Epi and spinal failure?

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Registered: 01-10-2007
Epi and spinal failure?
Thu, 01-07-2010 - 7:33pm

Hi everyone,

I had my daughter a little over 2 years ago. After 24 hours of labor and 2 epidurals that raced through my system and then vanished we decided to have a c-sect. They tried a spinal but that completely failed so they had to put me under general anesthesia.

I'm now pregnant again and would really like to have a scheduled c-section but really, really don't want to end up under a general again. My doctors, etc were fantastic and the head of anesthesia visited me the day after my surgery to chat about things. He said that sometimes part of your body just rejects the meds but that doesn't mean it would happen again. They suggested going straight to a spinal next tie around.

I was just curious of anyone else had this experience. I know it's going to stress me out the whole pregnancy but not as much as stressing over labor LOL! I know a c-section is the right call for me but would love to have a crystal ball to see if the meds will work this time.


iVillage Member
Registered: 02-26-2008
Thu, 01-07-2010 - 8:51pm
well, I had a friend who did two vaginals...first baby epi wore off fast, second one it stuck around...not quite sure if that's same as spinal, but.....VBAC not option? Just wondering.....
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Registered: 03-18-2009
Thu, 01-07-2010 - 11:56pm

Hi Amy!

Congratulations on your new pregnancy! :) I wish you a very happy and healthy 9 months!

I had no problem with the 3 spinals that I had... all were easy and "took" right away. Something that went through my head based upon your story is I wonder if just having the pressure off of "emergency C" and less adrenaline in your system would be enough for it allow the medication to take effect this next go round. I found the scheduled Anestiologist much more "relaxed" than the 2 emergency Cs that I've had.

Don't be afraid to ask for a consultation with an anesthesiologist while you are pregnant to have another conversation about your situation. It might help to have that consult outside of the hospital setting so that they can review your charts and talk with you about your history.

G/L and I hope you have an easy delivery!

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Registered: 01-23-2006
Sat, 01-09-2010 - 9:42pm

Here is my experience:

With my first i was in labor for almost an entire day before my c-section. I had an epidural and they rushed me in for a c-section (fetal distress/pre-e) and added more medication to my epi. I have to admit i felt quite a bit of pain on my left side that i didn't expect, while they were stitching me up. They didn't end up knocking me out, but they put something in my iv that made me feel pretty loopy, and i didn't feel the stitching anymore.

After that, i was super afraid for my next c-section. But the anesth. gave me a spinal instead of the epidural and it made a WORLD of difference. It numbed me completely and very quickly, i felt no pain whatsoever during my 2nd and 3rd c-sections, just some tugging and pressure when they were delivering my babies. I can totally handle feeling some pressure!

I am delivering at a different hospital this time, but i will make sure that they give me a spinal and not an epidural.....