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May 22nd, 2013, 08:21 AM
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So my midwife/hospital don't do epidural but do the intrathecal block. anyone familiar?? had one??
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May 22nd, 2013, 08:22 AM
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I have never heard of this??
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May 22nd, 2013, 08:29 AM
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I've never heard of it, but from doing a quick search, it looks like it might be more commonly referred to as a "spinal".
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May 22nd, 2013, 08:31 AM
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This sounds like what I had with my youngest, as our hospital didn't do epidurals either. It takes away the pain but you can still feel pressure so you know when you're having contractions, and you can still move if needed. I had a reaction to it and was super itchy the next day, and it made me vomit, too =\ But, it did help me progress from a 6 to a 10 in an hour because I could relax more with it.

If this is the same thing, anyway.
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May 22nd, 2013, 08:51 AM
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Sounds like the same, that's how she explained it, yes maybe it's called a spinal too. Just trying to get some thoughts on it. I am googling it now
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May 22nd, 2013, 08:59 AM
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I've never heard of it either but if it is a spinal, I thought those were used for sections? Learn something new everyday.
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May 22nd, 2013, 09:10 AM
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It's like a spinal, i am going to post some info. i am surprised that is is not used more and it is at our little hospital.

Just some info if anyone cares: I may possibly be having one of these


Intrathecals FAQ


This is not my hospital FYI


What is intrathecal analgesia?

‚ÄúAnalgesia‚ÄĚ is a medical term for pain relief. ‚ÄúIntrathecal analgesia‚ÄĚ is one of the pain relief choices for women giving birth. A very small needle goes between the vertebra of the spinal column and into the fluid-filled sac around the spinal nerves, below the level of the spinal cord. Only a small amount of medication is needed because the fluid in the sac is in direct contact with the spinal nerves.



Is this the same thing as a ‚Äúspinal block‚ÄĚ?

It is similar, but the type and amount of medication is different. The ‚Äúspinal block‚ÄĚ uses concentrated local anesthetic medications and results in significant numbness throughout your lower body. In contrast, the intrathecal uses small amounts of local anesthetics combined with narcotics. (‚ÄúLocal anesthetic‚ÄĚ means medication that makes just a specific part of your body numb.) So, with the intrathecal, less of your lower body is numb and you can be more involved in the birth process.

They also talked about just doing some pain meds by IV. Fentenol and others. They had a name for it but I forgot at the moment
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May 22nd, 2013, 09:14 AM
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I *think* this is what I had. Is this the kind where they control the volume of medication going in? What I had was something that could be turned up or down and was eventually turned off completely before pushing so that I could feel everything and at all times I had complete control and feeling in my legs
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May 22nd, 2013, 09:20 AM
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I am not sure tanya, I thought that this did not stay in, just administered and needle removed, doc said I could still walk around. So yeah I'm just not sure.
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May 22nd, 2013, 10:41 AM
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With my spinal it was a single shot, not continuous medication that could be controlled. They came in around 7:30/8:00 and gave me the spinal block, I was a 10 by about 9:00, and my kiddo was here by a little after 10:00. It helped me to relax a lot, because I had been having horrible transition-like pains for hours and not progressing at all because I was so tense. The worst part was, like I said, the next day when I was all itchy and getting sick from it.
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May 22nd, 2013, 12:08 PM
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Uh that's sounds not fun
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May 22nd, 2013, 12:12 PM
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Minus the itching, it sounds like a decent alternative to an epidural.
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May 22nd, 2013, 12:25 PM
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I've never heard of it but anything involving a needle going into my spine does not sound like my idea of fun.
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