epidural pain equal to spinal tap pain?

Elizabeth - posted on 08/19/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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i was very sick a few winters ago, and had to have a spinal tap done. i dont mind needles so i didnt think it would be a big deal, only they had the er doc do it instead of the anesthesiologist so he was really just digging around my back with a roofing nail sized needle. i dont remember the exact pain, just that it hurt. when it was finally done by the anesthesiologist, i barely felt anything more than a pinch. does an epifural feel like anything close to that for those of you that have had both?

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Christina - posted on 10/11/2009

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For myself, I find that the epidural is nothing compared to a spinal tap. I'd opt for a epidural over a spinal tap any day lol!

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Erin - posted on 10/14/2014

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I birthed 3 children & gave birth to the 1st two without an epidural. I was scared of the epidural & am of needles in general but the 3rd time around i gave the epidural a try after hearing the sake things others posted " it doesnt hurt. Its nothing" i was also told if i gave birth twice naturally an epidural was no pain compared. So i got it during my last delivery & felt everyone who told me it wouldnt hurt lied. If i had to do it again id never of gotten an epidural. It was painful. There was a zing feeling that shot down my back & i cant evwn describe how painful & uncomfortable that zing felt. Plus the doctor let me know during it that the epidural has different effects for everyOne who gets it. Some woman become over numbed and cant feel at all and cant push. Some dont numb at all. Some numb only on half their lower bodies etc. some numb just enough for all to go well. My epidural doctor waa very honest about all that. i unfortuantely didnt get numb completely & felt everything by the time it was time to push. I felt like why did i go through it to feel what i felt during my first two times. Since my epidural i get the zing pain in my back. Twice so far. Its so painful i cant move when it happens and have yet to find out why. though this question was in 2009 Im writing my experience for those who come across this though the years now and later so others know its not always as said as being easy or not painful. Also.. Anyone reading this with a sciatic nerve pay attention- the doc who gave me my epidural told me sciatic nerve affects the epidural sometimes. Sciatic nerve is actually a herniated disc the doctor told me. Not to mention i had to feel that zing pain not once but 4times because my sciatic nerve effected how the epodural/needle was going in. By the past try i was crying very hardctelling the nurse i dont wanna feel that zing again. Im not trying to scare anyone. I just want it to be known so anyone who is doing it is aware it could he easy and painless but also it could be painful. Eapecially want to give a heads up to anyone with a sciatic nerve. Talk to an actual back specialist. One who performs epidurals before u get one. Though my experience was awful with the epidural i did appreciate the doctors honesty and knowledge. The positive in this experience was i knew to go see a doctor about my sciatic nerve because i learned it was a herniated disc which is quite serious. Hope this info will help someone

Kate - posted on 01/20/2012

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Hi Elizabeth, Spinal tap for me was like a "pop" sensation. Epidural kind of felt the same. the Anesthiologist kind of wriggled the epidural and it sent an electric shock sensation down my leg. it didn't hurt - it was just weird.

The major side effect of the epidural for me was the migraine i had for the fortnight following the birth and the fact that i delivered on my back without being able to feel my flexibility limits caused pelvic girle issues for my second pregnancy.

Best of luck

Tamzin~Rose - posted on 10/11/2009

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pretty much it feels like a slight pinch then a bit of pressure on your lower back, but you gotta remember they also numb the area before hand, the main thing i remember was the alcohol wash on my back, man that stuff is cold.

Peta - posted on 10/06/2009

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I had the epi, and it didn't hurt at all. they did a local first, that was the most painful bit, and it was just like a pinprick :P

Sarah - posted on 09/24/2009

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i got mine done right after the doctor broke my water.through out my whole pregnancy i said i wasnt going to get it because if i could sit through habing my rib cage tattooed for 2 hours i could deal with child birth. boy was i wrong! i made the decision when i was already in labor to get it. when they gave it to me they first did a local anestethic which really didnt hurt all that bad n then the actual epidural didnt even feel like it was going in my back. it just felt like something was pushing against me. i didnt feel a thing giving birth either. i was numb from the middle of my chest down. i almost dropped my knee on the doctors head because i couldnt keep it up! i had to push it back up with my hands! some people dnt get THAT lucky but getting the epidural is a piece of cake!

Charquita - posted on 09/18/2009

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i only had the epideral and it didn't hurt but it also didnt work for me either!!

Caryn Ann - posted on 08/20/2009

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I've had both. The epidural is done by an anesthesiologist, not an inexperienced er doctor. No digging around. By the time you have it done, the contractions are painful and the epidural is just a little prick to ease the pain. No biggie, but a great relief. They don't spend a lot of time working on it either. They numb you up, stick the needle in, thread a line in and tape it down. Quick and easy. In a spinal tap, they take more time (and more poking around) to measure the pressure of your spinal fluid and draw some out for testing. I've had a few of them done and the experience level of the technician definitely makes a difference. I had one done where they had to use two test kits on me because he botched the first one. That time it took a long time and was more painful than usual. I'd expect the anesthesiologist to have quite a bit of experience doing epidurals, since this is a routine procedure done on a daily basis. I wouldn't worry too much about it. Good luck with your birth.

Leanne - posted on 08/19/2009

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i waited until i was 7cm dilated to get an epidural, and by the time i got it my contractions were so close together and so strong i didnt feel a thing.. all the sudden they said they were done and that i could lay down.. then i was able to fall asleep for a good 2 hours!

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