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What anesthesia did you have during your c-section?


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December 4th, 2013, 06:48 PM
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I know some people have epidurals, and some (like me) have spinals - just one shot in the back, not an ongoing drip...

My question is:
A) Which did you have
B) Did you find it to be effective - no pain during surgery
C) Does anyone else's (besides mine) body not respond much to anesthesia in general (novacain at the dentist, for example) and did it affect your c-section experience?

the reason i ask is taht I had a spinal. With my first, the whole surgery was under an hour, so i didn't feel anything, but the anesthesia started to wear off just as the dr. was finishing up (even tho it was supposed to last at least 4 hours)
With my second, I had complications, so surgery lasted 3+ hours, it wore off after 1 hour, was the worst pain i have ever felt in my life and they had to knock me out...very traumatizing and NEVER want to go through that again.

Some tell me epidurals work great for surgery, one friend told me it didn't work for her - she felt the pain through the epidural...

I'm preggo again - scheduled c-section in july - DO NOT want the same experience - any advice/experiences would be appreciated
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December 6th, 2013, 12:28 PM
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I had a spinal, worked immediately and took a loooong time to wear off. Normally I have to have extra pain medication at the dentist, but it didn't seem to be that way with the c/s. I think it took a good 5 hours before I started to get some feeling back in my legs. I couldn't stand for about 7-8 hours I think. And I spent the first 4-5 hours of recovery puking every time I tried to move. Definitely don't want to do that again!

I hope you have a better experience this time!
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January 1st, 2014, 04:43 PM
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I had an emergency c section this time, my first one ever, luckily I had an over active epi that had numbed me pretty good, but despite that the med guy was there putting something in my IV over and over since I was feeling stuff and pain.... not a very pleasant experience.
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January 1st, 2014, 06:55 PM
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I know some people have epidurals, and some (like me) have spinals - just one shot in the back, not an ongoing drip...

My question is:
A) Which did you have
B) Did you find it to be effective - no pain during surgery
C) Does anyone else's (besides mine) body not respond much to anesthesia in general (novacain at the dentist, for example) and did it affect your c-section experience?

the reason i ask is taht I had a spinal. With my first, the whole surgery was under an hour, so i didn't feel anything, but the anesthesia started to wear off just as the dr. was finishing up (even tho it was supposed to last at least 4 hours)
With my second, I had complications, so surgery lasted 3+ hours, it wore off after 1 hour, was the worst pain i have ever felt in my life and they had to knock me out...very traumatizing and NEVER want to go through that again.

Some tell me epidurals work great for surgery, one friend told me it didn't work for her - she felt the pain through the epidural...

I'm preggo again - scheduled c-section in july - DO NOT want the same experience - any advice/experiences would be appreciated
I had a spinal with both of my C sections my daughters C-sectionI had a reaction to the Spinal and felt like I could not breath so bad I tried to get up off the surgery table. My son it was at a better hospital and I was able to speak to the anesthesiologist before hand and it went smoothly. But my daughter C section was traumatizing . hope this helps
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January 2nd, 2014, 07:01 PM
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I have had three c-sections. From what I know, after the first or second surgery they give you an epidural instead of a spinal because the surgery takes longer due to scar tissue. My experiences were all different.

Baby #1: I had a spinal, didn't feel a thing, other than the normal tugging when they took the baby out. After the surgery, it took me quite a few hours before I could feel my legs again. Recovery was pain free and easy. Surgery took about 20 min.

Baby #2: I had a spinal. They gave me the spinal and than did not page my OB for 20 min. Therefore, when she was sewing me up, the spinal wore off and I was in excruciating pain. I could feel my uterus on my tummy and her hands moving around. I felt like I was on fire and I couldn't breath. After the nurse told me a million times that "this was normal" !!!!!, she finally gave me morphine. And I was zonked out for a while after the birth, I also think that the morphine transferred to my baby through breast milk, because she slept quite a lot.

Baby #3: I had an epidural. I didn't feel anything! Half way through the surgery I started to feel a bit but than the anesthesiologist gave me more pain killers through the epidural and I was fine right away. But I did not other side effects to the epidural. I was shaking uncontrollably, I couldn't hold my baby because I was shaking so much. I was also freezing, although everyone told me it wasn't cold in the room. I also felt like vomiting, but they gave me medicine right away for that. It wasn't the best experience, but I was happy to not feel pain!!
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