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Unread 03-30-2012, 01:21 PM
To epidural or not to epidural

Ok I probably need to take a step back from this site because it is making me both nervous and giving me relief all at the same time.

I am not scheduled to have my SAH w/possible BSO in 85 days (June 26) and I have been seeing that some Pretty Princesses had an epidural instead of anesthesia. What was your reasoning? Were you conscience to see and hear everything? and how did it assist or hinder your recovery? Most importantly what was your procedure?

thank you the overly inquisitive one
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Unread 03-30-2012, 01:28 PM
Re: To epidural or not to epidural

I had TAH and had both. They put me to sleep, but I woke up numb. Not entirely numb, but it lessened the amout of painkillers I needed. Its an option.
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Unread 03-30-2012, 01:44 PM
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Pinkink

Thank you. I am trying to decide. After my breast reduction the anesthesia made me sick
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Unread 03-31-2012, 09:46 AM
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I was offered the epidural in addition to the general anesthesia for pain control after surgery. I have had major, major problems with the epidural, so I said no way. I preferred the PCA pump with fentanyl for pain control. If I hadn't had such problems with the epidural, I may have gone that route to help with post-op pain. I was never given the choice of epidural only. I can not imagine lying in the OR for almost 3 hours aware of what is going on. Yikes! No thank you for me. I attempted epidural only for one of my D&C's and they ended up knocking me out anyways because I had a total panic attack once I started hearing all the clanging of the instruments, etc. That was only a D&C. Good luck with your decision.
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Unread 03-31-2012, 09:52 AM
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Let them know in advance that you have issues with the anesthesia making you sick. There is lots of stuff they can give you in the hospital, and there are oral meds they can send you home with. I have severe issues with nausea, so I was on IV zofran and phenegren in the hospital, then got sent home with oral versions of both those drugs. I took them round the clock for 10 days just to be safe. They also gave me a pill called ammend (sp?) right before they wheeled me into the OR that they give chemo patients before treatment. Just be sure to speak up and tell them about your concerns.
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Unread 03-31-2012, 10:18 AM
Re: To epidural or not to epidural

I wanna see what is going on. Call my sick but I need to see what has been causing me problems all these years and almost ruining a relationship. So during my Pre-Op I will ask for the options.

Thank you.
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Unread 03-31-2012, 10:39 AM
Re: To epidural or not to epidural

I wouldnt know of any doctor who would allow you epidural only for a hyserectomy. Think of all that has to be done. You wouldn't want the doctors to feel like they couldn't talk and discuss things. Couldn't imagine being awake during my four hour surgery. With C Sections it was difficult enough.
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Unread 03-31-2012, 12:03 PM
Re: To epidural or not to epidural

I wanna hear it all
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