Lurker-Epidural question - scared!!!!!

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Lurker-Epidural question - scared!!!!!
Sat, 05-10-2003 - 1:26am
Hi ladies,

I have posted here a couple of time over the last few months and you have all been great. I now have another question. Without getting into fine details, I had a DD 5 years ago the epidural did NOT work and I felt everything (vaginal delivery) even the 27 stitches. I am having a section on May 17th and am getting very scared about feeling the section because the epi didn't work last time. Do you have any suggestions, ideas or encouragemet? I am even willing to have a general if I have to because I am so scared. All info is appreciated!


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Sat, 05-10-2003 - 7:29am
When I had DD#2, I was terrified of the anesthesia. DD#1 was born not by emergency c/s but "rushed" (3+ days of labor, water had been broken for over 24 hrs, and no progress). So, when it came time for the epi, they tried and tried, but were never able to get one in. I ended up with general anesthesia, and it was 3 hrs after DD was born that I was finally able to see her.

With DD#2, it was a scheduled c/s (she was breech), so they did a spinal (which I've heard is becoming the "preferred" way to do a c/s - check with your doc). They were able to take their time, I wasn't in labor, and 1 prick and they were done. I saw DD right after she was born, and was nursing about an hour after they finished with me.

I guess my point is, no 2 deliveries are alike. Just b/c an epi didn't work the first time doesn't mean that it won't work the 2nd time (or they may do something different, such as a spinal). They won't do the c/s with just a spinal/epi if you can feel pain, and IMHO (since I've had both general and a spinal), being awake is SO much better than being knocked out. The recovery was totally different, and with the general, it was like I had surgery, but with the spinal, it was more like giving birth. I'm hoping that this time will be just like #2!

My advice would be to talk with your doc. See if they can set up an anesthesia consult so you can talk to an anesth. about your fears, and maybe they can reassure you.

Good luck!

Becky, mom to Julia (8/98), Katie (8/00) and baby #3 c/s date 7/31/03!

Mom to Julia (8/98), Katie (8/00) and Joshua (7/31/03)
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Mon, 05-12-2003 - 9:55pm
It's my understanding that epidurals are more likely to fail than spinals. I would definitely talk to your doc about your concerns-- it's possible they do spinals as a matter of course for planned c/s. I had a spinal for my (unplanned) c/s and it definitely "took."

Epidurals can be tricky to administer, and it's also quite possible you'll have a different experience with one this time- either because of your body, or the skill of the person administering it. When they gave me my spinal, they definitely tested out before cutting to make sure I couldn't feel it. Definitely talk to your doctor and make sure of what they plan to use.


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Sun, 05-25-2003 - 6:43pm
Go for the spinal if you can. It sounds like you're really scared and spinals are generally the way they go anyway. You won't feel a darned thing after they inject you (and even that's nothing compared to labor pains anyway!)With my DS, I was completely conscious and felt nothing from about the waist down. Of course, afterward you'll need pain relief, but that's because you're recovering from surgery.

Yes, the spinal is definitely the way to go IMHO! Good luck!


Planned C scheduled for Tuesday!

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Tue, 06-03-2003 - 9:32pm
Hi. I had a similar experience with an epidural with DD didn't work at all! I was planning on not getting one with #2 since it didn't work the first time but then I had to have a c-section. I was like you, worried that it wouldn't work. But they sure must do something different when you're having a c-section because it worked really well. I was totally numb from my chest down. Didn't feel anything other than pressure. So try not to worry about it, they probably use more anesthesia when they know you're having a c-section.

Good luck!