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    Default Spinal or Epidural?

    I didn't get a choice for either cs...got epidurals for both. First one was a breeze...second one got wierd side effects (all over body itching - gave me a drug and stopped immediately and I got uncontrollable shakes, like jaw moving up and down and couldn't stop it- this stopped after about an hour after csection, it was horrible) I have to say its very rare and my anesthetist the second time around was nothing short of a loser! Having said all this I would still do an epidural again. You have a pva and you administer your own pethadine for up to three days. Doesn't get in the way. Have no idea about spinals coz never had one.

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    our anaesthetist does an epidural for a planned caesarean, and a spinal for emergency (spinal is quicker)

    Id prefer to be able to get up as quickly as possible personally

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    I've had an epi with first, spinal with second and spinal epi with third!

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    Oops posted too soon. I've had an epi with first bub, spinal with second and epi/spinal with third.
    I prefer the spinal by itself. I had the quickest recovery time with the least amount of drugs.

    The combination of both gave me the most incredible shakes and I hated the epi still being in my back.

    The epidural was good as they left it in and I could administer my own pain relief but again i didnt like the thought of having it in my back.


    I'm not one for lots of drugs so I managed most of my pain with nurofen and panadol.

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    My anesthetist used a spinal but inserted the epi without turning it on. If I just had one or the other and suddenly felt something during surgery I would have needed a general - this way if I felt something during surgery there was a backup - the epi could be turned on. It wasn't needed in the end and was removed in recovery.

    My first csec I'd had an epi and in comparison I preferred the numbness of the spinal. It just felt denser. I also had less shaking and didn't feel as spaced out.

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    Our hospital uses epidural for emergency and spinal for planned. To be honest I had an epidural for the first Cesar and had the shakes and stuff as well... and I also had the shakes after the spinal but they weren't as bad as the one with the epidural. I got the itchy sensation with both so I don't think there's much of a difference.

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    Random question....but does it hurt getting a needle in your spine ?
    I have to have a caesar with this bub and am petrified of needles.

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    Default Spinal or Epidural?

    Quote Originally Posted by mumofprincess View Post
    Random question....but does it hurt getting a needle in your spine ?
    I have to have a caesar with this bub and am petrified of needles.
    You get a local first and that stings a tiny bit. There's no pain after that, but it can feel really weird. With #3 I felt nothing at all, but with the other three I could feel various strange sensations. With #4 in particular there was heaps of pressure; it didn't hurt, but it wasn't pleasant.

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    Ok thank you. At least they give you a local. I thought they just put the needle straight in! Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by mumofprincess View Post
    Ok thank you. At least they give you a local. I thought they just put the needle straight in! Lol
    That was a big fear of mine too this last time as for my first csec (emergency) they didn't have time for a local! But they numbed it nicely and all I felt was pressure

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