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Unread 01-03-2009, 09:11 PM
Epidural only?

it's getting closer and closer, and now i'm freaking about only having the epidural. Does that mean I'll be awake? Has any one had only an epidural? The doctor also called me a script of Cipro, i wasn't told what is was for or anything? Is that normal? Thanks!
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Unread 01-03-2009, 09:30 PM
Epidural only?


The cipro is an antibiotic. That is normal pre-op. If you are just getting the epidural, they will usually give you some happy drugs by IV so that you don't have any pain at all and won't remember much of it. Talk to your anesthetist before they start and ask them what they will be doing.
Unread 01-03-2009, 09:36 PM
Epidural only?

Thanks, i had no idea what the cipro was for. I'm just really freaking out. Thought I had it under control, but it'll come on suddenly and I'll be a mess. Guess that's normal though. I've read where sisters get xanax and adivan and all that to calm they're nerves. That's not an option for me, I'm a recovering addict. I'm just trying to maintain without going over the edge, ya know? LOL
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Unread 01-03-2009, 09:51 PM
Epidural only?

I can't say for sure if you'll be awake with your epidural, but I was offered an epidural with twilight sedation instead of general anesthesia, so you may be lightly sedated. You can ask your doctor to be sure.

Cipro is an antibiotic used to treat certain infections caused by bacteria. It works by stopping the production of essential proteins needed by the bacteria to survive. Your doctor may have given you the prescription as a preventative measure before surgery.

The best way to find out for sure is to ask your doctor these questions. I wish you the very best with your upcoming surgery! Hang in there!

Unread 01-04-2009, 08:38 AM
Epidural only?

Please ask you doctor about the Cipro. I developed a bladder infection recently and took it for that. It may be a preventative to guard against post-op bladder problems. But, your doctor knows the answer for sure!
Unread 01-04-2009, 09:51 AM
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I had appendicitis during my 3rd pregnancy and had to have it removed. Because of my condition I absolutely did not want a GA or any happy pills!! I had the op under a spinal which is the same as the epidural except they insert the needle into the next layer of fluid around the spine. I was fully conscious, wide awake and chatting to the surgeons during the entire procedure. It was absolutely fine and I felt nothing.

I would recommend asking for a little something to relax you beforehand.

Good luck

Unread 01-04-2009, 11:26 AM
Epidural only?

Hi Brandy,

I had an epidural for my TAH/BSO on December 19th. I was NOT awake for the procedure. The epidural was OK during the surgery, but the day after I started having numbness and tingling in my legs and feet. They decided to remove the epidural and start a morphine drip after that. The problem was that I had to wait for an hour between the removal of the epidural and the start of the morphine, which wasn't very pleasant. But I felt nothing during the procedure.
Unread 01-04-2009, 02:23 PM
Epidural only?

Hi Brandy

Sorry didn't read your second post. Understand why you don't want anything to send you into twilight, you'll be fine without it, honestly. Mine was an emergency op, DH was away and my hormones were over flowing. Do you practice yoga or mediation, I find chanting my yoga mantra in my head is a good way to keep my nerves at bay.

Good luck

Unread 01-04-2009, 02:27 PM
Epidural only?

Thanks for all the feed back. I've been journaling today and it's helped some. I can't concentrate for meditation, but journaling for me is just the same. I wouldn't mind something for nerves, but my OB doesn't even want to give me pain meds after the surgery. Because of my *history*. I've been clean over a year and pills weren't my thing. I know she's just looking out for me and protecting her own butt. Who would have thought choices in the past would affect choices of my future. Lol!!

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