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Unread 01-23-2006, 01:45 AM
Why have an Epidural?

I've read other posts where sisters opt for an epidural rather than anesthesia.
Since I suffer from several panic attacks, I ask the dentist to knock me out! I couldn't imagine having major surgery without the benefit of being put under.
Could anyone share their reasons for opting to have an epidural?
Thank you and God Bless...
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Unread 01-25-2006, 11:08 PM

Hi Gloria,

There are quite a few members who had their hysterectomy with an epidural versus general anesthesia. Did your doctor suggest going with the epidural or is it an option for you? I would certainly talk to my doctor about your concerns.

You can find some recent threads related to it here.

I hope someone with an experience to share will be along!

s, Deb
Unread 01-26-2006, 12:53 AM

Hi Gloria,
I was suppose to have an epidural. They put it in before surgery and when I was in the operating room I had a panic attack and went hysterical so they ended up giving me general anesth. Then I had both the epidural and the general. It worked out pretty good. Let us know what happens. It will work out alright.
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Unread 01-26-2006, 01:02 AM

I have in the past had spinal blocks(laymens terms..epidural without cath left in). For my hyst I had General and It made me very sick to my stomach. It doesnt do it to everyone but if you throw up easily it will be terribly painful IF you have abdominal surgery instead of Lap. It did for me anyway. The advantages of an epi is that you are not in pain when you wake up. My hospital has offered them together and i may that route this time.

Good luck and best wishes
Unread 01-26-2006, 01:15 AM

My gyno says that for the type of procedure that I am having, an epidural is not possible. Because of the gas used during a laprascopic procedure, she said it can make breathing difficult, thus the anesthesiologist needs to use a breathing tube which can only be used during general anesthesia. So I'll be completely asleep during my hyster, which is just fine with me! (I have panic attacks too)
Unread 01-26-2006, 01:16 AM

I had an epidural for slipped discs a few years ago which didn't work, so there's no way I'd have an epidural for this. They'll have to knock me out.
Unread 01-26-2006, 07:15 AM

I had a spinal block, as well as general anesthesia. The block shot morphine into my abdominal cavity. When I woke up, I was basically pain-less. By the time the pain kicked in, I only had to take Extra Strength Tylenol. It's the way to go. Put me ahead the healing curve.
Unread 01-26-2006, 07:20 AM

Dear Pooped, Do you know if it was Duramorph that you had in your epidural? That's what I'm having for pain relief and I'm just trying to find out something about it. Any bad side effects (like nausea or dizziness or something like that) or just good pain relief? How long does it last? Thanks for your help. Emily
Unread 01-26-2006, 07:32 AM

I had an epi and general anesthesia, and if I had to do it all over again, I'd go the very same route. I felt like it put me way ahead of the pain/healing curve.
Unread 01-26-2006, 08:11 AM

Emmy, that's exactly what it was. I'm a whimp and I was terrified of the pain. When I woke up, I was so relieved that I was not in pain. I was coherent and walking. It's truly the way to go. Once it wore off, I still was not in a lot of pain. Nothing that Ibuprophen can't handle. I'm here if you need me.

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