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Do Epidurals Wear Off
Sometimes: Usually a small tube called a catheter is placed into the epidural space, and then medication is administered via the catheter. Often, a pump is connected to continuously supply medication for anesthesia or pain control. Occasionally the medication can "wear off" some or your pain can intensify, in which case additional medication can easily be administered through the catheter to help the pain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The epidural space is an anatomical space just outside the fluid filled sac that contains the spinal cord and brain. Anesthesiologists and pain physicians are skilled at placing needles or catheters (tubes) into this space in the spinal canal to administer medications. These medicines can treat the pain of surgery or labor. These medicines can also be used to treat chronic ...Read more
How quickly will the numbness wear off? I've seen a lot of births, and some of their epidurals wore off immediately some didn't, what is the average amount of time?
Getting induced, when should I get my epidural so that it doesn't wear off when I start to push? About how many cms? Or if I can't handle the pain?
Not Specific: Epidurals can be "placed" relatively early (2-5cm) as studies have repeatedly shown no significant untoward "slow down" in its progress. Do discuss this with your OB and anesthesiologist. Once the epidural's continuous infusion is working well, the drip rate can be adjusted (either by you or your anesthesiologist) to allow for for comfortable "pushing" to assure comfort but preserve "feeling.". ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
During my1st labor i had an epidural, it seemed to wear off on one side. I could feel pain on my left & my left thigh was on fire. 13 years later, my menstral cramps feel that way. Why?
Doubt are related: Sometimes an epidural is more effective for one side of the body than the other. If that happens, the anesthesiologist may pull back the catheter a little, or may administer a different concentration of medication. Sometimes the epidural has to be completely removed and a new one inserted. I can't think of a reason that your menstrual cramps would have the same pattern as your labor pain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Rare: Despite lots of "stories, " the truth is severe complications (abcess, permanent injury) are very rare. And the reputation that epidurals can cause chronic back pain has been disproven in multiple studies...The actual cause is really from the pregnancy itself, or the weight gain (or lack of weight loss after the pregnancy). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not usually painful: Epidural insertion doesn't usually hurt since the area is numbed with local anesthesia. Possible complications include bruising or tenderness at the insertion point, bleeding into the epidural space (hematoma), infection, headache, and nerve damage. The anesthesiologist will explain these risks in more detail. As with any procedure, only get an epidural if the benefits outweigh the risks for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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