I had one with dd, but I was so delirious with pain I cannot remember if it hurt or how much. I remember the anaesthetist (sp?) telling me over and over to keep very still and I know I had a lignacane (sp?) injection first.
Also my whole body twitched twice, involuntarily, which was frightening. Did this happen to anyone else?
basically I just want reassurance from people who remember the process because I'm having another baby and will be having a c-section. Thanks
I had no problems at all with the epidural, no twitching or anything. I agree with Lunavix tho, after howver many hours of labour, I really didn't care and I can honestly say it didn't hurt me at all!
Good luck, you will be fine!
I was dreading mine, don't mind needles, but it was the thoguht of where it was goin. They did numb it first though, and when they first tired I could feel it going it and it stung slightly so I told them and they numbed it a bit more, and I didn't feel a thing. If I was going to ahev another bab, would def have one again even if I didn't have section.
I'm afraid it did but that was because I was being made to sit still through contractions and told not to push when I really wanted too (I had a 'lip' on the cervix that wouldn't go back). So it shouldn't be a problem in a planned c-section.
IIRC, the anaestheologist took 4 tries to place the epidural. When it worked though, the sleep was bliss....
Oh, and do you know how proud I am of myself for typing 'anaestheologist' - there, look! I did it again!
I had a spinal block for stitching. I'd heard that epidurals were painful when inserted, so asked the anaesthetist in a voice of doom how much it would hurt. I can't remember exactly what she said now, but the gist was 'don't worry' and she was right, it was very very mild, probably one of the least painful injections I've ever had. Medical techniques do advance, and I think possibly epidurals used to be more painful than they are now? That's a guess though.
with a c-section you normally have a spinal block if its elective. a spinal block is basically the same as an epidural but just one dose you don't have a catheter to top up a spinal block.
It doesn't hurt, they inject loads of local anesthetic into the area, this can sting a little bit when its going in, but thats all. and then its just a case of satying still while they put the spinal in. there is only one point where you have to be reallyreally still and the aneathetist usually tells you when. If you feel the need to move or twitch just tell them and they can ussually pause for a while to let you move.
I've had 2 spinals/epidurals for c-sections and have seen loads done as a student midwife.
Spinal blocks are different from epidurals, as vicky pointed out. A spinal block doesn't involve inserting a catheter. It's one injection to numb the area, and another to do the block. Then your bottom half literally becomes paralysed - very, very quickly.
Epidural of course involves an injection to numb the area, then insertion of a catheter - numbing drugs can be topped up.
I've had both. When I was not pregnant and not having painful contractions, the numbing injection hurt. But the pain of contractions sort of cancelled it out whilst I was having one in labour.
Didn't feel the epidural at all (or the dreaded "internal exams" either). I think there are so many endorphins at that stage that you don't feel things that you would feel under 'normal' circumstances.
dw had an epi for her c-s (at least, I don't think it was a spinal, but I may be wrong). She found it very painful, but 100% effective for the op. I couldn't bear seeing her in so much pain, so I thought it would be useful to pass out on the pre-op floor (no joking), but I came around very quickly as was still there to do Offical Event Photography, LOL.
The guy doing it was a consultant anaestheologist and I get the impression from reading various birth stories on MN and elsewhere that sometimes it hurts and sometimes it doesn't.
dw also got the twitches / shakes as you describe and these endured for the op too. Apparently that sometimes happens.
Sorry if this isn't what you want to hear - but it can be like this. The way I see it, if you know what to expect sometimes it doesn't feel as bad / scary - certainly I know dw would have preferred to have been warned it wasn't always all 'roses' IYSWIM.
I had a spinal for a CS. it wasn't sore, but they had to guide the needle in by direct contact with my vertebra, so I got really wierd tingly nerve sensation down that side into my pelvis. it was an elective so they really took their time.
I was in so much pain after 18 hours of contractions that frankly the epidural was a relative walk in the park (and this is from someone who really didn't want one and is crap with needles anyway....). BUT, I recognise that your case is a bit different, if you are having a c-s. I was on the gas and air too (and in fact would not let it out of my claw-like hand for at least 2 hoursw AFTER dd was born and I was stiched up, just in case!). Good luck