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how well did your Epidural work?

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GRAIZMOM
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7/27/09 5:12 P

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I had one with both of my pregnancies... the first worked great! I could feel her wiggle, no pain though. With the second it didn't kick in til he was out, then I had a weird reaction. I itched horribly!
Also, if you choose to have one & you're not completely comfortable ask for the anesthesiologist. They're typically the only one who can correct it.

Edited by: GRAIZMOM at: 7/27/2009 (17:24)


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TRACYLYNN623
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7/27/09 1:33 P

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Had and epidural for my First child and the only thing that worked about it is that it made my left leg numb and i couldnt hold it up. Also my nurse was a witch so she would hold it and everytime she walked away she would just drop my leg b/c she didnt beleive that i felt all my contractions till she actually realized it on the monitor. This time I wont get and epidural they are two dangerous.Not worth it

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7/8/09 6:15 P

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Had an epidural for my 1st pregnancy, and didn't feel a thing after about 10 minutes. They broke my water when I was 4cm and after being at the hospital for 8 hours. I was on pitocin and thought labor wasn't that bad, of course until they broke my water and I felt like I was hit with a ton of bricks...the pitocin level was quite high at that point. The anesthesiologist was a resident and she couldn't get the epidural in the right space, after trying 4 times, the head anesthesiologist came up and got it on the 1st try. Once the medicine kicked in, I didn't feel a thing. I kinda slept for about 4 hours then was ready to push. During the hour of pushing I didn't feel a thing, in fact I talked in between contractions and pushing...the whole time. We actually joke about it now.

I am going to try and go natural this time around, but I will get an epidural if need be.

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7/7/09 6:26 P

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Mine worked great. I only felt the ring of fire & that was it!

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I could have written your email. I literally had the same experience. I felt the ring of fire and the stiching up afterwards. I guess my epidural did not "take" either!

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4/13/09 11:31 P

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I had mine for 2 of my pregs and neither worked on pain control. I had one natural birth and honest, it was better and shorter than the ones with the epi. I didn't even push as long.

I think the reason why is due to the fact that with my epis even though I could feel all my contractions, which felt the same as the natural birth contractions, I couldn't move. Yeah only a partial epi I guess, I was unable to move and yet could feel everything so I was unable to get into a comfy position or even try to adjust and cope with the pain.



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BCMOMMY
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4/12/09 3:14 P

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I had two different types during the course of my labour and neither if them worked. With the first, I could still feel and move my legs and I felt the contractions but they weren't as bad. It wore off very quickly though. Then they tried another type before my c-section and it didn't work either so they had to knock me out. Not sure what they're planning to try this time!


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3/20/09 4:35 P

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I went into labor thinking i would do it naturally. My water broke at 4am and at 3 in the afternoon my contractions were not strong and not progressing. I was just sitting in the bed reading a book in no pain at all. So, the team had to induce me with pitocin. Well, the first amount wasn't enough so they gave me more/a higher dose and an hour later I was crying for the epidural. It worked like a charm! However (and I lost track of time during labor, so forgive me) some time later but before pushing I began to feel pain in my left side, gradually increasing. It got bad enough that I asked for the anesthetician who just pumped some more meds into my tube. Well, the pain kept getting worse and they just kept giving me more meds. Finally they listened to me saying it's ONLY ON ONE SIDE and checked the epidural. It had slipped out of place and was only delivering the medecine to one half of my spine. So, the doc adjusted it and I felt better immediately. The problem at that time was I had to push and couldn't feel the right side of my body and most of my vaginal area AT ALL. Luckily, it wore off enough in a few minutes that I could push effectively and deliver.


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AZ_MOMMMA
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3/18/09 9:05 A

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I love this topic as I'm hoping I'll get one this time around.

I was never able to have one before because labor progressed to quickly and I was told that by the time they got the medication started it would likley not kick in in time to do any good.

So perhaps that is why yours didn't work so well? Not enough time for it to take effect?


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PINKPRINCESS008
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3/10/09 1:00 A

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I didn't feel a thing when I had my son. It was so nice I just slept through most of my labor lol

JENNYMACK
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3/8/09 12:47 P

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One word: Heaven! Can't imagine having gone through labour without the epidural!!

FAIRYORACLE33
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3/7/09 10:29 A

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With my First I had an epidural. It took the anesthesiologist 25 mins and 5 different tries to get it right. Sitting still for 25 mins during contractions is not the easiest thing to do! Once she did get it right she could only give me a surface epidural because my spin is not straight. It did kick in fast and was great while it lasted. when it was time for the baby to come out that's when it stopped working! So it lasted about an hour and a half!

I am now expecting my second and I don't think I want to go through all that nonsense of an epidural!


Edited by: FAIRYORACLE33 at: 3/7/2009 (10:29)

JACKMIASMOM
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3/7/09 8:12 A

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I have had two epidurals that didn't work. After my first was born, the anesthesiologist guessed that the epidural didn't work during delivery because I have mild scoliosis, which caused the medication to unevenly relieve pain. After my daughter was born, my OB/GYN explained that epidurals don't always cover the actual birth canal. He kept hitting the button on my pump for me to help with the pain--he felt so bad for me! Luckily her delivery was really quick--I felt everything for two hours with my son!

I think it's kind of hit-or-miss for some people. If we have a third, I won't get one. I have felt everything anyway for two deliveries already!




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JACKMIASMOM
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3/7/09 8:10 A

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I have had two epidurals that didn't work. After my first was born, the anesthesiologist guessed that the epidural didn't work during delivery because I have mild scoliosis, which caused the medication to unevenly relieve pain. After my daughter was born, my OB/GYN explained that epidurals don't always cover the actual birth canal. He kept hitting the button on my pump for me to help with the pain--he felt so bad for me! Luckily her delivery was really quick--I felt everything for two hours with my son!

I think it's kind of hit-or-miss for some people. If we have a third, I won't get one. I have felt everything anyway for two deliveries already!




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SYLVEN
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3/5/09 3:35 P

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Mine only worked partially, too, and then the medication ran out half way through pushing. I won't say that I felt things quite as much as you did, but I certainly felt the pain of the contractions and when the doctor repeatedly had to push my daughter back in to readjust her position.

ABIRONS03
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3/3/09 11:24 P

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I have several mommy friends whose epidurals didn't take or only worked partially.


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3/3/09 10:42 A

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That is NOT what I felt with my epidural. My doctor broke my water, then I had an epidural a couple hours later. It took about 25 minutes to kick in (I was getting scared, they told me 20 mins max!!) and after that I felt nothing. I barely felt pressure when I needed to push. It was amazing. Did you tell them that you could still feel everything? They could have gave you more. I am not sure why it didn't work for you, but by all means, I would try again!!!! It could work this time. I would request a different anesthesiologist though.

LVNMMYHOOD
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3/2/09 11:43 P

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ok so with my first born I got the epidural. right after my water was broke and with in 20 min I was pushing...

I felt alot of pain down below during pushing. I felt the "ring of fire" and felt the Dr. doing perinatal massage so help me stretch but I had a episeotomy anyways. I almost screamed but held back. I also felt most of getting stitched up afterwards
I THINK that I felt most of natural labor for what ever reason.....
So here's the question...
Is this what you felt with an epidural?
What are "blocks" and why didn't it work?


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