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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
12 years experience in Anesthesiology
Anatomic location: The epidural space is a potential space in the spine and head that lies between the dura and arachnoid mater. The term epidural is used to descri ... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
38 years experience in Anesthesiology
Not very much!: The anesthesiologist will use local anesthesia to numb the area where the epidural needle will be inserted. If you are having the epidural for surger ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Mosley
23 years experience in Neurology
No: There are potential complications as with any procedure, their effects are often temporary, and the steroids do have potential side effects (especiall ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience in Neurology
Yes: Epidural steroid injections for problems in both cervical and lumbar spines can be employed to quell pain, and control discogenic issues. No sexual r ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Get an epidural: When I was on the obstetrical service in the 1970's and there was a popular movement for "natural childbirth" supposedly without any anesthetics, I di ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience in Family Medicine
It should not: An epidural injection or catheter should not cause paralysis.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
38 years experience in Anesthesiology
Depends on situation: Both general anesthesia and epidural anesthesia have risks and benefits. In obstetrics, epidural anesthesia has a long record of safety for labor and ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience in Neurology
Blocks pain response: Works well during labor and delivery to decrease pain, and can be used well to control symptoms from a lumbar nerve compression (radiculopathy). Unfo ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Ramsey
35 years experience in Adolescent Medicine
Most do: Ask your OB doctor. Most deliveries now include an epidural for pain management.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
12 years experience in Pain Management
Depends: On what the epidural was offered for. See your doctor who examined you and treated you for an answer.

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