Tuesday Talk: How long did it take for the feeling to come back

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Tuesday Talk: How long did it take for the feeling to come back
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Tue, 02-28-2012 - 10:51am

from the spinal meds after your c-section?

After having the spinal and being numb from the chest down, how long was it before you could start moving and feeling your legs again?

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It took HOURS for my feeling to come back. Like 5-6 hours. I was completely numb from chest to toes, and seriously couldn't even wiggle my toes for at least 5 hours later. I didn't like that feeling, and I kept telling my dh to move my leg over cause it felt like it was trying to fall off the bed even though it wasn't really close to the edge.

The only reaction I had was extreme itching. After my epidurals I had this same thing too, but for the first 24 hours I was clawing my arms, face and chest to pieces cause I was itching so bad. They offered me benadryl, but I didn't take it cause I was just trying to wait it out.
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I wasn't numb and all I wanted to do was go to sleep from about 7 hours BEFORE the c-section. I really have no idea.

Cthulu Crochet

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First time, they asked me to wiggle my toes as we were leaving the PACU (2-2.5 hours after delivery). The second time, they did it before we left the OR (one hour after delivery). I could be wrong but I think with mag they had to do the lightest epidural they could, because mag interacts badly with narcotics. As far as I can tell, I had no side effects.




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Oh, I forgot to say, I could wigglemy toes in both cases. In the first, they got me up to go to the bathroom about eight hours after the birth. The second time, that hospital doesn't allow people on mag to get out of bed so F was born at 4 pm and I got out of bed around noon or 2 pm the next day.




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Did you feel that you were numb enough for the surgery, Holly? I'm really glad that mine was so numb cause I didn't even want to feel the hint of anything, and can't imagine Ca-Dreamers experience. Just horrific!!

Charleigh was delivered just before 4 p.m., and they left the IV and cathetor in until the following morning around 10 a.m. I was on a pitocin pump through the IV until that point as well to control PP bleeding. So, I know I didn't get up to "walk" until after that point.
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It took about 2 hours for feeling to creep back and probably 3-4 hours before I really could move freely (as freely as possible anyway). I think I first sat up on the edge of the bed after about 7ish hours, that's when the nurse got me into the bathroom to clean me up some and let me go to the nursery. I think I also stood holding a table at that time as well. I didn't walk down the hall til the next morning, about 10 hours post op. I had been walking to the bathroom in my room before that though.

I don't think I had any adverse reactions. I did get overheated, which was weird, but I don't know if it was a reaction as the nurse acted like it was normal. I do have some memory loss, but I figure that was the morphine.

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What I do remember is that it was a full day before they let me get up, because my blood pressure was so high. I thought what I was feeling for the next week were those very small California earthquakes, but probably not. I was trying to tell the OB that my blood pressure was rising when it was 120/70; for me, that wasn't normal.90/60 was normal. Hitting 180/??? (memory fails. something between 90 & 120)

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Yeah, I felt numb enough in both cases. First time, I felt nothing. Second time, I felt as if someone were shaking my belly, but that of course didn't hurt. I think this was because I was in labor with my daughter and she had dropped. With my son, he was so high he was buried in my armpit somewhere, something like -25 station, lol.




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-25 station, lol! I think mine did the same thing when he saw that scalpel coming! I swear he was hanging on to my ribcage like it was a jungle gym! Of course, his slight bump on his head indicated at some point he was actually trying to engage. Either that or the drs dropped him and never told me... wouldn't surprise me all that much!

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F was just early, so he was still floating around in the stratosphere, lol. Another reason an induction would not have worked. My bishop score was two, but only because he was vertex.




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