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stickybean Tue 12-Mar-13 17:05:45

How painful was getting the epidural / spinal?
I've had 2 EMCSs but was in full blown labour by the time I got the epidural. You could probably have cut my leg off at that point and i wouldn't have noticed.

I am due to have a planned c section with this baby and was wondering if getting the anesthetic is really painful when you don't have labour pains to distract you.

pipsy76 Tue 12-Mar-13 17:24:18

My first DS when I had been induced for 36hrs it took an hour and 8 attempts for 2 different anaethetists (sp?) to site my epidural, I was DREADING my elective for DS2 but in the nice calm environment of the anaesthetic room they sited the cannula and epidural seemingly painlessly first try, I was amazed and very pleased!

Good luck you'll be fine!

HumphreyCobbler Tue 12-Mar-13 17:25:14

I can't remember if it hurt - so this probably means it didn't!

pipsy76 Tue 12-Mar-13 17:26:18

It was like someone pressing hard on your spine which the anaethetist did first time to demonstrate the sensation with his fingers then second time for real

Panzee Tue 12-Mar-13 17:26:25

Didn't feel a thing. They helped me sit properly so I wouldn't.

Jemma1111 Tue 12-Mar-13 17:30:06

I've had two planned c-sections and honestly the epidurals were no problem at all with either .
The only thing I felt was a slight uncomfortable feeling and some pressure and if I was to go through it all again I wouldn't be worried in the slightest .

C0smos Tue 12-Mar-13 17:34:46

Honestly can't even remember so it can't have hurt much if at all, now trying to get out of bed the morning after csection that pain I will remember for a very long time....

BoyMeetsWorld Tue 12-Mar-13 17:36:27

Is the pain after a C section far worse then than after vg birth?

stickybean Tue 12-Mar-13 17:39:33

Thank you all! Very reassuring responses. I'll need something else to stress about now. smile

SissySpacekAteMyHamster Tue 12-Mar-13 17:39:37

Not painful at all. Was a bit hard work having to sort of bend over in sitting position with a huge stomach, but no pain that I can remember.

(My first section was planned, second and third were both emergency.)

Damash12 Tue 12-Mar-13 18:34:38

2 ELCS, the last was 7 weeks ago and was only worse cos I knew what to expect. I did jump as it felt like a punch to the back but really no worse than any injection and I think the cold solution they put on first is worse as it's bloody freezing. All in all the only thing to think about is after 10mins of that injection you get to see your gorgeous baby. And 7 weeks down the line I can hardly remember the pain and would go it again so it can't be that bad! Good luck and enjoy!

QTPie Tue 12-Mar-13 18:42:09

I am sure that experiences vary.

At my ELCS the sprayed the back first, then injected some local anaesthetic into my back, then put the epidural needle in place in my spine.

To be perfectly honest, I "yelped" when they injected the local into my back. It was a very sharp pain, but was gone immediately. However I think that I have a very sensitive back. When the epidural needle went in, I just felt "tugging" - no pain.


OddFrog Tue 12-Mar-13 20:00:32

Not painful at all. Curl forwards as far as you can, Take a deep breath and let it out slowly, try to relax. Mine was a quick nip like getting bloods done, then pressure, then a spreading warmth, then a rush to get my legs up on to the table as it took effect. Fwiw, the csection scar area was uncomfortable for about a week after (and again at about 4 weeks as I overdid it a bit!) but never so bad that a paracetamol didn't help! Enjoy your baby!

Stropzilla Tue 12-Mar-13 20:03:04

Nope not painful. I say that as someone whose anaesthetist took 5 attempts to get it in the right place!

StateofConfusion Tue 12-Mar-13 20:04:24

I've had 3 elcs, last one almost 12wks ago. The anesthetist was a magician i swear i didn't feel a thing and it was done in seconds, me and dp were shock

MadeinMarch Tue 12-Mar-13 20:05:30

Not very painful. They had trouble getting mine in the right place but it still only felt a bit scratchy/pinchy.

About 1 millionth of the pain of labour (I've done both)!

phlebas Tue 12-Mar-13 20:06:52

I've had 1 epidural & 3 spinals & none of them were painful. It stings a bit when the local goes in & with the epidural I had a weird jolt going down my leg but otherwise it was just a bit of painless poking.

herethereandeverywhere Tue 12-Mar-13 20:37:44

Like getting bloods taken during pg, that needle feeling - then a bit of a dull ache as they pushed the needle in. I was so happy about having DD2 and the birth I wanted for her (ELCS) I floated into the theatre and breezed through the whole process.

If you've experienced the pain of labour then epidural procedure is nothing - nada - easy-peasy!

Oh, you're having a lovely little baby envy Lucky you!

<broody x1000!>

eversomuch Thu 14-Mar-13 13:28:17

First birth -- emcs -- the epidural was hell. Took six tries and I heard the cartilage in my back crunching every time.

Second birth -- elcs -- an absolute dream. I'm still a little in love with the anesthetist who did it. I hardly felt a thing. And I felt nothing when he put the IV in my hand, another improvement over the first time.

Beatrixpotty Thu 14-Mar-13 16:34:03

Just had 3rd ELCS,spinal was almost painless..the cannula going into the hand was worse but even that was nothing to worry about,no worse than a blood test .

rainrainandmorerain Thu 14-Mar-13 19:33:06

Some good descriptions here - my spinal was SO much easier than I was expecting - some heavy pressure is all I can remember. I've had injections at the dentist that I would say were painful and unpleasant sensations, and the spinal was honestly nothing in comparison. i thought - 'that's IT?!' - and then got distracted by the odd but entirely painless sensation of warmth spreading down my legs as the anaesthetic took effect.

fwiw, I had several failed lumbar punctures when I had meningitis, and those were awful. So it's not like I'm especially tough with needles and backs etc.

cjbk1 Thu 14-Mar-13 19:51:56

just to answer boymeetsworld I wouldn't say far worse but after the first week or so you're still very 'aware' of your tummy same as you're aware of your bits after a vb
hope I'm not flamed
it took quite a few attempts with my spinal so I experienced most of the sensations others have described but during the surgery i didn't even feel the 'tugging' or 'washing up' iv heard about x

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