Did getting your Epidural hurt or not?

Sarah - posted on 02/03/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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I never felt any pain when getting my epidural when I had it with my daughter! Kinda scared about getting a scecond one with my next child.

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Sonya - posted on 02/06/2010

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Hi Sarah,
I had my 2nd daughter by elective C section back in Oct 2009
I felt the same way, was actually teriffied up to minutes before hand
It felt the same as getting a general blood test, if not a little less of a sting.
Tell your birthing team how you feel, I was in Chch Womens and told mine (about 10 mins before I had it) as was in tears, just from worry, and they calmed me down.
HONESTLY, it not that bad, hope you get over your nerves, and enjoy arrival of your new baby.
Take care, hugs Sonya

Sharon - posted on 02/03/2010

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Mine hurt - well one of them did - but compared to the contractions? lol not that much. It didn't hurt much more than any other shot - it just sort of went deeper....



nah - compared to contractions the epidural was nothing.

Jessica - posted on 02/03/2010

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When I got mine it hurt. They had to stick me four times before they got it to work. I really wish I would not have got one because my back still hurt were I got mine.

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Jenn - posted on 02/26/2010

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Yes it hurt, but it was worth it. Though to this day I can still feel where it was and it is a tender spot on my back. :(

Amanda - posted on 02/26/2010

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I had mine before contractions cause they had to go into surgery. The only real pain i felt was in my tailbone and it passed quickly.

Stefanie - posted on 02/17/2010

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My epidural was REALLY painful, even with the contractions. I would, however, still get one because it was so helpful later.

Crystal - posted on 02/07/2010

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i was so worried about it hurting, i def dont like needles..but my contractions were so bad that i didnt really feel the epideral

Erin - posted on 02/06/2010

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I had a C-Section, so there were no contractions to distract me lol. It wasn't so much pain, than a little pressure and discomfort. Don't be scared. The worst thing you can do to yourself is get all tensed up and nervous when they're doing it. Relax and breathe - you'll be just fine. Good luck.

Abbie - posted on 02/06/2010

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I don't remember any pain, but really compared to the contractions I am sure if I did feel much it was worth it. I actually used my epidural during my c section, they just cranked it up a lot. My hands were numb!! Worked very well!

Dianne - posted on 02/06/2010

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I had an epidural, and it hurt like hell! But I felt great after it was done! :o)

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I have had the epidural with both of my past pregnancies. The only problems I have ever had was human error. before they actually put the epidural in they numb your back all around the area they are going to put it in. The best way for everyone involved is to have you lay on y0our side and pull your knees up to your chin as far as you can. It makes it easer for the doc and easer on you as well. Another way some docs like to do it is to sit you on the edge of the bed and have you hunch your back.This was how they did it for me and it was a lot harder. The first time they rubbed a nerve, it didn't hurt but you loose control of muscles for a second. The socond time took forever because the doc didn't know what she was doing and it took her like 5 trys to do it right and I was just tired of dealing with her. It is pretty rare to get someone like that though. It doesn't really jurt much at all just a small sting when they first start numbing you.

Tamika - posted on 02/05/2010

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I had to have 5 epidurals as they all wore off within about 20 mins...... but I was in pain free bliss when they worked..

I didn't feel the needles go in or out or being sucked in by my body. lol

Tatiana - posted on 02/05/2010

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with my first child I didn't feel a thing, with my second it hurt like crazy. I asked my gyn why and he said that it depends on whether the anesthesiologist hits a nerve or not..Good luck!

Adri - posted on 02/05/2010

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It wasn't painful for me at all. It was definately uncomfortable because of the pressure you feel when it's going in but other than that it wasn't too bad. I don't understand some who say that they are more afraid of getting an epidural than actual labor pains because let me tell you, labor pains are 1000 times more painful than getting an epi, at least for me it was and I had to have two with my first baby.

Crystal - posted on 02/05/2010

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Yea getting mine with my 1st jaydin really messed my back up and it didnt take, And With dakota I didnt take any pain meds or the epidural and was very thankful i didnt I felt great I was up walking around with in minutes after his birth.

Leslie - posted on 02/05/2010

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I think I still have marks from multiple pricks with the needle (4 years ago). They couldn't find the right place to stick me. After several painful minutes I mentioned that I had a touch of scoliosis. They acted like it would have been helpful if they had known that before. Well that should be on the list of things to ask a patient, I think. I didn't know that it was important until after all that pain and trouble!

Cheri - posted on 02/05/2010

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I have had 3, and to me they did hurt, but I think it was more the fact that I waited too long, and got them when I was having BAD contractions. However, I tried going without one with each labor, and suffered a severe amount of pain, just to give in and get the epidural everytime, and it was worth it everytime.

Chrissy - posted on 02/05/2010

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Soon as I started having contractions I couldn't believe how painful they were...The epidural was nothing compared to the contractions. All that was on my mind was that the pain wouldn't be as bad so I didn't care how much the epi was going to hurt and looking back... it did not hurt bad at all, I was so relieved when I got it.

Dana - posted on 02/03/2010

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I have had 3 epidurals and 2 spinal taps. I got meningitis when my first child was 2. The only thing that ever hurt was when they put the local in. It felt like a bee sting but it went away quickly and so did all the pain. Good luck.

Esther - posted on 02/03/2010

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I got my epidural very early before my contractions had gotten bad (because the anesthesiologist had to go into surgery) and it didn't hurt at all. And I'm TERRIFIED of needles.

Erin - posted on 02/03/2010

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Well I had a c-section with no contractions to take my mind off of it, I felt everything. But it didn't hurt, just the numbing shot they give you first was the only thing I felt. It felt like a bee sting, not bad at all. And I'm a baby about pain!!

Emily - posted on 02/03/2010

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Both times it just hurt like getting a shot. Way less painful than the contractions!

Tawny - posted on 02/03/2010

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I had an epidural and mine hurt because I didn't have any contractions to keep my mind off of it. But it sure left a nasty bruise on my lower back. And if I was to get pregnant again I would get an epidural again.

Carolee - posted on 02/03/2010

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I'm pregnant with my second right now, but I'm still planning on getting another epidural. With my son, they screwed it up the first time. They didn't get it quite in place, and when they sent the "test ammount" through, I felt fire go down my side. They took it out and re-poked me (got it right), and then I felt the nice ice water sensation. I went through 20 hours of labor without it with my son, so I was willing to take almost any ammount of uncomfortable for a couple of minutes to alleviate the pain I was having. I don't remember if anything other than the fire feeling hurt, though. I'm getting the epidural with this birth WAY earlier!

Rosie - posted on 02/03/2010

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the only thing that hurt for me, and i wouldn't even say it hurt, was the local to numb the area. it wasn't worse than the IV by far, and the pain relief is fabulous. i've had 3 and never had a problem, each time it was placed perfectly, i never had any side effects, my babies have never had side effects, they were all alert, had wonderful apgar scores and i was able to walk about 5 minutes after giving birth with my last 2. the epidural is fabulous in my opinion. i tried to not have one the first time but i gave in when i was 8 cm. - i never want to go without one again!

Charlene - posted on 02/03/2010

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I was the same as Krista. My contractions were so incredibly painful that I barely felt the epidural.. even when they had to redo it three or four times.

Sarah - posted on 02/03/2010

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Thats pretty much how i felt lol, there was so much going on I never even noticed. But I hear from some women that is was very painful!

Krista - posted on 02/03/2010

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I didn't feel anything at all, but I was having absolutely hellish contractions at the time, so they probably could have stuck a barbecue fork in my spine and I wouldn't have noticed or cared.

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