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Any epidural experiences out there? Any epidural experiences out there?

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Unread 06-25-2004, 12:01 PM
Any epidural experiences out there?

Hi. I am 46 years old, have two almost grown children, and I had a SAH on June 17. I had very large fibroids, about the size of a four month pregnancy. I have fought to keep everything for quite some time, and I finally decided to have it done, but just having my uterus removed.

Even though I once already had general anesthesia for an exploratory laparascopy, I did not like the idea of general anesthesia, because the thought of it seemed so overwhelming, and I wanted to have an epidural while being sedated. The anesthesiologist, with whom I probably should have met with ahead of time, but I did not, and my doctor did say that I could have this done with an epidural, was a little on the gruff side. On the morning of, we talked about it for the first time. She did not act extremely welcoming to the idea ofme having an epidural instead of general, but she did agree to let me try it. She told me kind of firmly that if I was uncomfortable during the surgery, that she would have to put me to sleep anyway. What happened to putting more medicine into the epidural? Anyway, I was lightly sedated so that I could hear almost everything that was going on. I wanted to be as quiet as possible, because I felt that my option was definitely the less poplular one that medical staff would like to have to not deal with. I don't know if that is correct, or if I am just imagining that idea. In fact, I felt a little more than just pressure, but I can't actually say I felt true pain. But it was kind of strange. It was not like I was unable to endure it, so I was able to lay there and have my surgery completed in that manner. (close to two hours) She did tell me if I didnot want to hear too much or know what was going on, then I prpbably should have general anesthesia. I was glad to be more awake and not have the heavy grogginess that follows having had general anesthesia. I don't think that I am really alone with these kinds of feelings!
I was just wondering what some of your experiences were like with your types of anesthesia. Did any of you have epidurals, and if so, what were your experiences like? Overall, I am glad that mine went as well as it did, but if Ihad talked to the anesthesiologist ahead of time, perhaps I could have had less anxiety about this whole procedure. I would love to hear back from you gals.

Fondly,
Solivia
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Unread 06-25-2004, 02:05 PM
Any epidural experiences out there?

solivia,

I had general but was offered epidural or spinal. I opted to be completely out. You are quite a trooper! I'm glad it worked out for you! You're right, talking to the A man ahead of time would have been a good idea. I hope you continue to do well!
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Unread 06-25-2004, 02:50 PM
Any epidural experiences out there?

Hi Solivia,

I had a TAH June 1st. I opted for the epidural & I was really happy with it. That along with sedation, I don't even remember being wheeled into the operating room. The next thing I remember is waking up in the recovery room. I woke right away too without having to fight the groggies. They kept the epidural in for 24 hours to manage the pain & that worked fine too. The only thing is that one of the side effects you can have from the epidural is itching, which I had and it drove me a little nuts. Fortunately I was also able to take something that was helpful in relieving that. If I had to do it over I'd still do the epidural. I too like the idea of not having to be on a narcotic.

Take care

Vickie
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Unread 06-25-2004, 02:50 PM
Any epidural experiences out there?

Hi,

I opted for a spinal with some twilight medicine to make me sleepy. I remember waking up during the surgery and looking around. It wasn't scary because of the meds I was given. I asked the doc some questions and remember there being a lot of people around smiling at me. They probably thought it was funny I was awake and asking questions. The doc said that everything was going fine but they weren't done yet. He said I should probably go back to sleep. I remember thinking, "oh, ok" and off to sleep I went. Too funny! The recovery time from the spinal and twilight meds was so much better than my last experience 2 months ago with general anthes.

Ann Marie
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Unread 06-25-2004, 02:56 PM
Any epidural experiences out there?

I had an epi in addition to the general for pain management. My doc was glad I did b/c of the amount of work they did. Funny thing was I had more anxiety about the epi than I did the general!!

Esme
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Unread 06-25-2004, 03:40 PM
Any epidural experiences out there?

Well, I guess I am living proof that epidurals are not fool proof. I had an epidural and a general. The epi. was to help with pain after surgery and not to be so drugged and groggy.

Well, the epidural only worked on half of me. The left side felt ok, not much pain, but the right side was on fire when I woke up.

It was pretty miserable. They tried to adjust it by pulling it out just a bit to re-adjust it. But that did not work. So they just kept putting in demoral into my IV every couple of hours to help with the pain.

In retrospect, I guess I should have had them take it out and re-do it. But how are you supposed to make a clear decision on such strong narcotics?

I was of the opinion (in that drugged haze, of course) that I had already taken the risk to do it once, and was not fond of making that risk again.

I am so glad to hear that others have had a better experience with these epidurals than I did.
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Unread 06-25-2004, 04:15 PM
Any epidural experiences out there?

I HAD GENERAL AND SPINAL BLOCK. THOSE OF YOU WHO OPTED TO BE AWAKE ARE SOME VERY BRAVE SOULS IN MY BOOK. I WAS FREEKED OUT JUST BY SEEING THE ACTUAL OP ROOM FOR THE FEW MINUTES THAT I WAS AWAKE. I FIND THE THOUGHT OF BEING AWAKE WHILE SOMEONE IS CUTTING ME OPEN AND REMOVING PARTS VERY DISTURBING, EVEN THOUGH I WOULD FEEL NO PAIN. HOPE YOU ARE ALL DOING WELL.


LISA
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Unread 06-25-2004, 06:00 PM
Any epidural experiences out there?

I asked for an epidural because anesthesia makes me very sick. The anesthesiologist that I met with before the surgery, explained that if the surgery lasts longer than 3 hours they may have to resort to general anesthesia to finish up. (I was warned in advance)

Well, my surgery ended up being more complicated due to large fibroids and endometriosis and yes it took longer than 3 hours. I was given a "general" towards the end. The bad news is I vomited most of the night.

The good news is: I'm still glad I had the epidural.............the next morning, I was able to get up and walk without pain and never needed the morphine pump.

BTW, I had a TAH BSO and I'm 4 1/2 post and I'm feeling like a new person!
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Unread 06-26-2004, 12:04 PM
Any epidural experiences out there?

I was given a spinal epidural (I believe he said it contained morphine?) and had surgery with general anesthisia as well. I also received versaed prior to surgery. I am super closterphoic and cannot hardly stand for people to "mess" with me. I don't even like to get my hair done for that reason. LOL

The spinal was given to help me manage pain the first day after surgery. I was able to eat a few hours after surgery-lunch and have been eating regular foods. I never did have any restrictions on my diet. Because I have had Bariatric surgery (BPD/DS) I normally eat 6 small meals each day. I only threw up once-when DH was driving me home. It was a bit warm outside, and I got very dizzy in the truck. Otherwise, I have ate/drank rather normally. I have noticed that everything tastes strange and my throat and nose are sore (but the doctor says I did not have a tube or anything in my mouth/nose/throat).

The pain did not get too bad unless I went too long between doess of painkiller...until today-I woke up hurting.

I was rather scared to have the spinal, but looking back I believe I woud opt for the spinal again.
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Unread 06-26-2004, 12:08 PM
Replu to Keyysprincess

Dear Kellysprincess,
Thanks for yuor response and your caring comments. Get well soon! Love ya all,
Solivia
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