Spinal vs Epidural?

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Registered: 07-05-2003
Spinal vs Epidural?
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Tue, 10-21-2008 - 10:27am

I will be having a repeat C/S in December.

 

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Registered: 02-08-2008
Tue, 10-21-2008 - 2:06pm

I just had my 3rd c/s at the end of August. My first was general because he was an emergency c/s. With my 2nd and 3rd I had a spinal and had no spinal headaches. My hospital does not do epidurals for what reason I don't know. But I know alot of women on the board here will recommend spinal some have had the epidural and say that it started to wear off during the c/s. Talk to your dr about the duramorph spinal they put the morphine in your spinal so you don't have to have it in a pump after the surgery. It

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Registered: 08-23-2005
Tue, 10-21-2008 - 2:10pm

Hi Heather, Welcome!


Wow - those are some great questions. You know, with both of my sections I was given a spinal. My understandng of the difference is where the needle and medication is placed inside your spine. The "spinal" goes in further while the epi is in a different layer of the spine - does that make sense? I do believe that they do both for sections, but typically they prefer a spinal -- it's a good question to ask your doctor if you have a choice!


As for your second question - my spinals were also after long labors -- so I was really ready to have them and dont' remember much pain. I'm sure that someone here will jump in with better BTDT advice around planned C sections and how the spinal feels.


When is your due date in December? I think my January baby is going to be born December 29th!

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Registered: 07-05-2003
Tue, 10-21-2008 - 4:45pm

Hey Heide-


I'm "technically" due Jan 7...very close to you!

 

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Registered: 09-30-2008
Tue, 10-21-2008 - 11:57pm
I had an epi with my oldest, but that was before we knew I was going to have a c-section. I didn't have any negative effects, just worrying about ripping the cath tube out of my back. With my youngest they gave me a spinal wich wore off faster, so I was up and about faster. The only bad part of it was the anti nausea meds they gave me made me vomit like crazy *phenergan does this to me too, so this time around, im refusing!!!lol!* I was terrified of the needle, but you get 2 or 3 shots, the first is a local anesthetic with a smaller needle, then the big scary needles come next. I hope this helps!!~ Good luck to you!!~
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Registered: 08-13-2006
Wed, 10-22-2008 - 3:44pm

Most hospitals do spinals for planned CS.

 

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Registered: 11-15-2007
Fri, 10-24-2008 - 5:53pm

It is my understanding that most hospitals do a spinal with a planned c-section. You usually don't have a choice from what I hear.


I had an epidural because my baby was breech and I had the version procedure done that day