Epidurals

Deitra - posted on 09/07/2009 ( 278 moms have responded )

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Ok this is my first baby and I have decided that I want an epidural I just want to know who all has had back problems since and I want an honest answer on how bad it hurt when you got it!

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I have had two epidurals and neither hurt when being administered. With my first I had a itching feeling while it was in (due to the narcotic that is in the epidural) but with the second, I had no problems. I have had no back pain from either . I really believe that the anesthesiologist matters....do some research in the hospital you are delivering at and see who people have liked the most, that can be the difference :)

Hope this helped.

Samantha - posted on 09/11/2009

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I had no problems with my epidural, it did even hurt that much (kinda felt like getting pinched hard on the back), although I got it late into labor after my contractions became unbearable so maybe that helped "mask" the pain. I had already been in labor for more than 12 hours and I just wanted to try and get some sleep! It felt so wonderful once I got numb, which happens pretty quickly, and I finally got some rest. The thing that no one told me about epidurals is that you still feel uncomfortable pressure during contractions and the pushing stage still HURTS, but that your numb from your legs to your lower back so the discomfort is much easier to deal with (once I had to start pushing my legs were so numb the nurse and my husband had to lift and hold them in position, which was weird, but it didn't really make it any harder to get my little guy out). At least that was my experience.

Shelby - posted on 09/11/2009

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With my first I got an intrathecal and no back problems and I barely felt it, the contractions hurt way more, and with my second I had an epidural and again no back problems and the contractions hurt much more.

Heather - posted on 09/11/2009

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I have a 7 month old boy :) I got my first epidural and it didnt work. I had to wait the full hour and then i got another one and that was the best thing ever!! Yeah, it did hurt, but now i dont remember the pain at all! I guess it was like the labor pains..dont remember! A couple months ago i would get back pain where the needle was placed, but i say it was worth it!!!

Sonia - posted on 09/11/2009

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Hi there I had an epidural with my first child and swore I would never have another!! I was so numb I couldnt even push then had to have an epesiotomy and then my son was born with forceps. My second son I had a completely natural labour and yes it was painful but once it was all over I was free to move around and not cooped up in bed like after an epidural. But each to there own, my sister would never have a child without an epidural.

Amanda - posted on 09/11/2009

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i have had an epidural with both my kids only 12 months apart, and with the first it was awsome worked great, and honestly doesnt hurt bad! with my second one it only worked on the right side, but i was only in labor for 3 1/2 hours so it wasnt too bad! hope this helps

Jessica - posted on 09/11/2009

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Definitely get it!!! When I had my baby girl almost 4 mos ago I was having the absolute worst contractions and in crazy pain. Once they gave me the epidural I felt nothing and I could relax and even sleep a bit as I waited for my baby's head to come down enough to push. It really didn't hurt too much going in...it was just hard to be still as it was during contractions. And no back problems since then! You will be so thankful if you get it...it makes the whole process much more bearable:-)

Stephanie - posted on 09/11/2009

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I have had 2 kids and both times I got an epidural. I would not of had it any other way..epidurals are WONDERFUL!! I had no back pain, did not feel a thing even during pushing, and did not feel the stitches! For me it even sped up the delivery..each child was only 6 hrs of labor. So I wish you luck and say go for the epidural girl!

Stephanie - posted on 09/11/2009

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With me, The initial getting it put in hurt, but right after it was in-- everything was better:) I didnt have any back problems or any other problems with either time I had one. But if anestesia ( sorry I cannt spell this morning) makes you feel sick ask for them to give you some meds to help with that. Good Luck :)

Michelle - posted on 09/11/2009

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during my preg i was certen to not have a epidural but once i got to the hosi i wanted one. i tried to have one but every time they went to put it in my son would kick of my back and i would have a contraction, so i would keep moving and they couldn't do it i ended up having a c section and the knocked me out for it which looking back i was completey happy for that as i can't stand pain and have heard stories of women feeling everything when having a c section with a epidural. the only thing i wish i could change would be my partner missing out on the birth but then he got to spend 2 hours alone with him, and was my sons first contact and now they have this really special bond that wont be broken because of tht time that they got to spend together. hope this helped.

Erin - posted on 09/11/2009

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I just gave birth to my baby girl in June 2009 and I had an epidural. I actually didn't feel any pain when they were administering the epidural. Just a slight pinch. I have not had any backpains or headaches that can come as a result of an epidural. Actually, before administering the epidural, the doctor went through an entire "speech" on how it would all happen - pros and cons. He said that as soon as he was in the process he would know within seconds if there would be problems (i.e. headaches or future backpains). As soon as he was almost finished he announced that it went in correctly with no problems and that I would be fine once they stopped it after labor and removed it.

Amanda - posted on 09/11/2009

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i had one two months ago and i loved it. the doctor told me i had to be induced at midnight and i could not sleep what so ever because i was to excited. the epidural stopped the contractions so i could get some last decent sleep before my son arrived. it felt weird but it didnt hurt. of course he didnt want to come out naturally so i had to get a c-section...the only bad thing about those is i got a spinal headache from the spinal tap they gave me...and trust me they hurt really really really bad. so hopefully you dont go through that. good luck!!!

Bonnie - posted on 09/11/2009

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i didnt have ny it was a l;ife savour for me the contractions were so bad so it was great ..... it did hurt a little bit from what i remember but it didnt faze me as st8 after the pain was gone ! i went into the labour not wanting one but renigged ... ask early as sometimes its 2 l8 and they wont give u one ! hope this helps ! good luk with what ever you decide4 to do ! oh and i dont have any back problems now and i gave birth 4 yrs ago !

Sarah - posted on 09/10/2009

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I had one for my first child! I didn't feel it when they was putting it in my back but i have had lower back pain and numbness in my legs for 11 years now and everyone says it wasn't from the epidural. I was fine untill that epidural. Never again for me but it is your choice! Good Luk!

Tashonda - posted on 09/10/2009

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i got my epi after 2cm and was glad too...the contractions will kill you if ou have a low tolerance for pain(like i do) but once you get it you are on cloud nine. i was fine before the epi until my hubby kept telling me to breath (i had the oxygen mask on) at that point i just broke down and cried.he wasn;t going through anything and had the nerve to be tired afterwards. lol ut the epi didn't hurt me the contractions were the worst while attempting to get my medicine. To top it off it was worse because i had to get induced a whole two days before my mom was to arrive. Some women are afraid of the epi because docs try to scare you into having it naturally but they are just trying to save a buck.Im totally afraid of needles but once the contractions are so close together that you cant take a break in between you wont even care about a lil needle in your back.hell you would want to do it yorself with how long it takes.

April - posted on 09/10/2009

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Thank God for epidurals. I got one with both of my boys and it helped!! I had no problems with it either time. and all you feel is some one pinching you.

Jennifer - posted on 09/10/2009

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I have had a epidural with all three of my kids. It was the best thing ever. I was indused with each of my deliveries and got my epidural right away. I napped while I was in labor. I was able to push when it was time and got all of my babies out easily. I didn't have any pain when the epidurals were put in or after I got home. Good luck and congrats.

Amanda - posted on 09/10/2009

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i had an epidural with both of my children. honestly it was a lifesaver...the pain from the contractions was horrible! i have no back pain now, and would have it again if i were to have another child.

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I had my daughter a week ago and had an epidural... the first couple days after birth my back was sore (felt like my back was brusied which i sure it was) but my back feels fine now and i havent had any problems and even before pregnancy i had back problems so i was worried about it but so far so good cant even tell i had one!

Cristain - posted on 09/10/2009

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My little girl is 6 months old and I had an epidural. I am definitely glad I got it, it did not heart when they were putting it in. But I have had back problems since then. I blame my problems on the student doctor putting it it. Its only suppose to take about 2 minuets to put one in and it took this guy 10. When we have another child I will get another one, but I will make shore that its not a student doctor putting it in. Once you fell one contraction you will want one also. I held out for 5 hours of contractions before I asked for one, cause I was scared it was going to hurt bad, but now I'm glade I got it cause I got to enjoy the birthing process much more. Good luck with your delivery.

Sandra - posted on 09/10/2009

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Congratulations on your first baby!



I had an epidural Nov of 07 and though the initial feeling was funky, i have had no problems with my back.

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i havent had back problems since mine. i dont remember the pain from getting it. i was in too much pain from the contractions. i was concentrating more on not moving because i was shaking from the contraction than i was to how bad the needle felt. i will warn you that it is possible for it not to work on one side. that happened to me. good luck.

Larissa - posted on 09/10/2009

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my dr told me (not to scare ya) that so many who get it i forget the exact number here 1 in that number get paralized by epi's kuz there done just a tad wrong or something.that worried my kuz with my luck i would be that 1 in whatever,but i have had friends who have aid there great to get.

Hillary - posted on 09/10/2009

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I had an epidural for my c-section, and I really think it depends on your anesthesiologist as far as comfort and pain goes. A good anesthesiologist will be able to get the needle in the right place the very first time. I had really wanted an all-natural birth, no drugs, no epidural, but I ended up having to have a c-section, and I was so nervous about the epidural! But honestly, I was surprised how not bad it was! I had a very nice nurse stand in front of me and hold my shoulders while I hugged a pillow and arched my back (this is very important because the better your back is arched the more space the anesthes* has to put the needle) and she reminded me to BREATHE (also very important, when you focus on taking deep breaths you won't feel a thing). I felt the pinch of the local anesthesia (a nice thing they do before the big epidural needle) and it felt like a bee sting, and then I just felt a little discomfort, and it was over. Not a big deal at all. As always, its better to go natural if you're having a vaginal birth (you can "listen" to your body better, and feel what its trying to tell you to do) but to each her own! Good luck to you!

Carolina - posted on 09/10/2009

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i had an epidural and it hurt like hell and i have back problem since it. I mean it did help but i wish that i didnt get it. The doctor made me because i was having twins

Hillary - posted on 09/10/2009

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I had an epidural for my c-section, and I really think it depends on your anesthesiologist as far as comfort and pain goes. A good anesthesiologist will be able to get the needle in the right place the very first time. I had really wanted an all-natural birth, no drugs, no epidural, but I ended up having to have a c-section, and I was so nervous about the epidural! But honestly, I was surprised how not bad it was! I had a very nice nurse stand in front of me and hold my shoulders while I hugged a pillow and arched my back (this is very important because the better your back is arched the more space the anesthes* has to put the needle) and she reminded me to BREATHE (also very important, when you focus on taking deep breaths you won't feel a thing). I felt the pinch of the local anesthesia (a nice thing they do before the big epidural needle) and it felt like a bee sting, and then I just felt a little discomfort, and it was over. Not a big deal at all. As always, its better to go natural if you're having a vaginal birth (you can "listen" to your body better, and feel what its trying to tell you to do) but to each her own! Good luck to you!

Michelle - posted on 09/10/2009

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Well when I got mine it didn't hurt it caught me off guard because they want you to relax when they do it. It felt like a pinch in my back that was it. And as for back problems, I have had none! Now I do have to add, I get affected easily by medication, so I was falling in and out of sleep slept through contractions and inbetween pushing. And for 3 days post my upper theighs were really tingly though.

Mary Ryan - posted on 09/10/2009

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Ive had 3 children and chose to use an epidural with all 3 of them! If you ask me, the man(or woman) who invented the epidural deserves a sure-fire seat in Heaven!:) all jokes aside,though,ask that it be given in the middle of a contraction-you will be concentrating so hard on getting through the contraction hat you wont even feel the stick from the needle! Ive had no back problems at all either!

Nathalie - posted on 09/10/2009

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It didn't really hurt to get the epidural. My contractions were so intense that I didn't even feel the needle. By the way, the needle is pretty long. I did have back pains afterwards but I'm sure that labor itself had something to do with it.

Jamea - posted on 09/10/2009

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HEY DEITRA, I HAD MY BABY 3 WEEKS AGO. I DID NOT WANT AN EPIDURAL, BUT ENDED UP GETTIN ONE AFTER THEY INDUCED MY LABOR AND BROKE MY WATER. IT WAS A RELIEF. IT DID NOT HURT, BUT I HAD THE IV INJECTION PRIOR TO THE EPIDURAL. THE IV INJECTION MAKES YOU SLEEPY AND RELAXED, BUT YOU CAN STILL FEEL THE CONTRACTIONS, THEY GAVE ME THAT WHILE I WAS WAITING ON THE ANESTIOLOGIST. GOOD LUCK, YOU WILL BE FINE. IT ALL HAPPENED SO FAST FOR ME ONCE I WAS IN ACTIVE LABOR. FOCUS ON UR MIRACLE......... THAT'S ALL.

Sara - posted on 09/10/2009

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I loved my epidural. I don't remember it hurting I just remember this relief from the pain of contractions. I am planing on having more children and I plan to have an epidural every time. It gave me a chance to enjoy my delivery. I was even able to watch her be born. I do have to say it is a personal choice and no matter what you decided your delivery will be magical.

Sara - posted on 09/10/2009

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I loved my epidural. I don't remember it hurting I just remember this relief from the pain of contractions. I am planing on having more children and I plan to have an epidural every time. It gave me a chance to enjoy my delivery. I was even able to watch her be born. I do have to say it is a personal choice and no matter what you decided your delivery will be magical.

Kelly - posted on 09/10/2009

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Riley was our frist child and we were scared to death of what can happen to me...My hospital was trying to tell us that natural is best, but i don't do pain at all...I mean needles hurt me..the epidural felt to me like someone poking me in the back all you worry about is NOT moving...really not that hard if you concentrate on breathing and have a focus point... Riley is now 5 months old and i have not had any back pain...

Autumn - posted on 09/10/2009

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I had a epidural with my now 2 1/2 yr old son and i have alot of back problems now and somedays there so bad that i can hardly get out of bed i wish i would of got more info about the epidurals before i had my son cuz if i would of known what i know now and knew that i would have back problems for the rest of my life i wouldnt of got the epidural but thats just my choice just thought i would let you know the problems that i have from the epidural and it still hurts to this day where they put the needle inmy back

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I had an epidural, and I am so glad I did. When I had it I was in so much pain from the contraction, (plus I have bad hips so they were extremely painful during labour), that I didnt even realise they had done it. It kicked in almose straight away and was lovely after so many hours of labour. I wouls recommend it if you are really feeling the pain. I dint have any back pain after having one, my daughter is almost 4 months old and I have been fine. Good luck hope all goes well for you x

Sophia - posted on 09/10/2009

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I have not had anymore back problems than anyone who didnt get an epidural. I think a lot of people want to just blame their back problems on the epidural, when in reality, they have small children.. If you have a small child, you are going to have a sore back on occasion. When I had my epidural, I did not feel a thing. I had gotten Nubain about an hour or so before to take the edge off because the contractions got really strong. So I honestly did not feel a thing. If you just follow their directions and relax you will have the same experience! Good luck!!

Cas - posted on 09/10/2009

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it didnt hurt me and i had to have a few boosts more then usual and tbh i didnt even feel the epidural be done .... it was such a relief to have it put in...x nothing to worry about ....x

Lisa - posted on 09/10/2009

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my daughter is 2 now and i had an epidural...i have not suffered from any back trouble at all...and also honestly compared to the contractions you dont really feel any pain having it..its such a relief when you do!!! good luck xx

Nicole - posted on 09/10/2009

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I had an eppie and I didn't have any problems afterwards. It stung for a second when they put it in but that was about it. It was a heck of a lot better than the contractions I was having. It was worth it. No back problems what so ever. I'll definitely get one with my daughter this October.

Cas - posted on 09/10/2009

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to be honest i dont think that is a question that can be answered as everyone is different i had the epidural and had to have ceasearean and had a very high dossage in me to deal with the c section as i could still feel alot and i dont have any back problem honest ..... so everyone is different it cud go either way just have to deide what u want to do huni.....x good luck and be strong...x

Michelle - posted on 09/10/2009

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I had my daughter in april this year, I had to have an epidural as i needed help with delivery. But my choice before going into labour was not to have 1 as i heard about problems you could deal with later. And YES is the answer to your question back ache is now a problem but was'nt before, It causes sleepless nights problems with my walking and bending down as my back seems to lock up alot. Once i'm bending down i have differculty getting back up. Hope i've been some help x

Cas - posted on 09/10/2009

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i had an epidural when i had my son and i didnt suffer from back pain. and it doesnt hurt but then before i had the epidural done i had gas and also pethadin i didnt even fel it being done only way i knew was when he started telling me not to move etc.... but then everyone is different i honestly didnt even feel it happen. and omg it took all the ain away.

Carla - posted on 09/10/2009

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I had an epidural and unfortunately i do suffer from backache now. But i wouldnt change my decision. As a few other peopl have said i didnt even feel the pain off the needle as you are preoccupied with other things lol

Abbey - posted on 09/10/2009

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I have had no problem and it was the best thing I could have done for everyone........I actually enjoyed my babys birth because I was not in crazy pain...I could feel myself becoming miserable and I thought......this is not good for me, my baby or my husband.....it was the best choice I could have made durring labour.....

Krissy - posted on 09/10/2009

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My daughter is three years old and I had an epidural with her - it was wonderful! I have a hustory of back problems and did not have any pain related to the epidural. I just gave birth to my son three weeks ago without an epidural and I have to say if you can get it GET IT!!! It is worth it and so much easier. The only thing that went better without was the pushing phase but I honestly believe that was just because it was my second baby.

Davrina - posted on 09/10/2009

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i had an epidural but i have to be honest i have back problems bad now but it doesnt happen to every woman so.. and when i got it i was laying down so i didnt even feel it go in but it relieves the pain quickly.

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