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Unread 07-13-2003, 03:49 PM

I have read several messages from women who had epidurals for pain. This was not something brought up by my doctor. I never had one with childbirth - I always wanted to do everything as natural as possible.

Many pain meds make me nauseous or actually vomit, so I am very curious about the epidural.

If you had one, did you ask for it? Did your doctor suggest it? Was it given before surgery? After? Before you came out of anesthesia or after?
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Unread 07-13-2003, 05:02 PM

The epidural was something I asked my surgeon about during my pre op visit. He said it is a very common method of post op pain control. He said that whatever kind of pain control I used was basically my option, and the anesthesiologist would administer this. The post op oral meds were ordered my my dr. So, the anest. gave me my epidural during surgery prep. He also gave me anti naseau meds in with the general. Anyway, they start the epidural meds before you wake up from the general, so your body is already getting pain relief-I woke up completely PAIN FREE--which is very different from the c section I had. I was behind the pain on that, and I made it clear to my Dr. and the anest. that I wanted to stay ahead of the pain this time. The epidural works wonderfully. I also had a PCA (pump) that I could "hit" every 20 minutes to release more meds into the epidural. I also had a small (mild) cramping which they gave me morphine for in my IV. I had the epidural for about 48 hours, then percocet (2 every 4 hours) and 1 Ibuprofen 800 every 6 hours in between. I would highly recommend this type of pain control. I truly believe that it has helped me in my quick recovery--unlike last time, when my pain got out of control, my body was healed much, much slower. Good luck to you--just remember--it's YOUR body and you have the right to whatever kind of pain management you desire!!
Unread 07-13-2003, 05:05 PM

One more thing-I got itchy-could have been the morphine, but most likely it was the epidural. Benadryl via the IV worked for this. Good luck!

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