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Unread 11-25-2009, 11:13 PM
epidural the ONLY way?

I'm having a hysterectomy real soon. It has to be abdominal because my uterus is covered with fibroids and is enlarged. I'm okay with the abdominal method.

This doc usually does the surgery with an epidural. I know, that the patient is in twilight sleep and doesn't remember anything.

I don't want an epidural and want general. The last time I had an epidural was when I had a C-section and I got that epidural headache and I didn't sleep at all in the hospital. I never want that to happen again. I don't do poorly with general anesthesia. I had general when I had a myomectomy many many years ago and did fine. I have done fine with it on other occasions. I don't even want the epidural for pain management. I've had a morphine drip before and it worked fine. How do I convince my doc that I won't be "just fine" with the epidural?
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Unread 11-25-2009, 11:25 PM
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All I can say is you are the customer and you pay the doctor so your wishes should be of utmost importance. if you explain that you are uncomfortable with the epidural idea and, unless he has a medical reason for not doing something else, then I think your wish is reasonable.

I will say, however, that I had an epidural and loved it. I was able to have it in for 4 days and, other than the itching, I was very happy with it and it really helped control my pain.

Best wishes to you!!!
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Unread 11-25-2009, 11:26 PM
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Plain and simple you tell them NO.
When I went in to surgery I told the nurse I wanted to speak to the anesthesiologist I then told him I didn't care what he did but NO epidural NO spinal end of story. When I was wheeled out my husband overheard them taking to the transfer nurse who was advised that I was in a lot more pain then normal because I refused to have it. Was I in a lot of pain? You bet! But they gave me a lot of other drugs to counter it so as far as I'm concerned I made the right decision.
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Unread 11-25-2009, 11:32 PM
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You are the doc. Just so you know, though, it may be that the doc. is planning on doing a general and epidural. A lot of docs do that now for pain management when you wake up.

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Unread 11-28-2009, 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by ReliefSeeker View Post
You are the doc. Just so you know, though, it may be that the doc. is planning on doing a general and epidural. A lot of docs do that now for pain management when you wake up.

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I know. I don't want it AT ALL. When we initially scheduled this surgery last fall, nothing was said about this. It wasn't until I talked with the surgical nurse a week later that she told me "oh, we ALWAYS do it with an epidural" and I got a bit of an argument as to that is just the way they do things. I made it abundantly clear right then and there that epidurals were a deal-killer. She said "ok... I'll put a note in your chart". I go for my preop next week and I hope I don't have to make a stink or find another doc, which I will do if I have to. But jeez, don't they realize that epidurals are not for EVERYBODY?

BTW, thanks all for your kind comments. Sorry for the rant.
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Unread 11-28-2009, 09:39 PM
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Thanks for bringing this up as I never even thought about it. :0( I got a spinal headache when I got an epidural last time and couldn't really function and was seriously ill for more than 24 hours. Not cool. While I know that there will be a period of recovery, I never want to go through that again if I can help it. I will have to add this to my list of things I am going to talk to my doctor about this Wednesday.
Thanks!
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Unread 11-28-2009, 09:54 PM
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You should absolutely have control over this. Just make it clear at your pre-op and when you show up for surgery. You could have your dh write no epidural on your back with a sharpie. lol Actually, you really could. ;-) My anesthesiologist is who my doc. usually contracted with but was willing to do whatever I wanted.

Hang in there,

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Unread 11-28-2009, 10:12 PM
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There is another option. I had a device called a "Q" ball. It is a device that continually delivers numbing medication directly into the abdomen via a very thin flexible tube via a very tiny incision. (mine lasted for about 2 days) This worked really well for me and didn't cause "pain pill brain fog". Sending hugs!
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Unread 11-28-2009, 10:14 PM
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Originally Posted by ShoeSister View Post
There is another option. I had a device called a "Q" ball. It is a device that continually delivers numbing medication directly into the abdomen via a very thin flexible tube via a very tiny incision. (mine lasted for about 2 days) This worked really well for me and didn't cause "pain pill brain fog". Sending hugs!
I've heard very good things about that on the post op page.

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