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Epidural Pain Worse Than Contraction
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
My wife is in labor.These horrible contractions that cause her to have labored breathing and pain in her back? Epidural?
Does taking an epidural during labor also help for the awful contractions after the birth? I'm expecting my 10th and suffer terribly after each birth.
If epidural slowed contractions down to almost a halt w first birth, how likely is it to happen again w second? Anethsisioligists please
Convuluted response: Generally speaking, epidurals do not slow or stop contractions. Often the uterus is irritable from dehydration and it is customary to give patients extra IV fluid with epidurals to prevent low blood pressure. This can often slow or eliminate contractions if not really in active labor(more than 4 cm dilated) . Pitocin will bring them back and you will still be comfortable for delivery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
For vaginal delivery, does the epidural numb the vagina too or does it just take away pains from contractions and not from pushing?
Epidural anesthesia: The epidural should remove the sharp pains that occur with pregnancy. There will still be discomfort, but most people say it is more of a pressure than a pain. this is especially true with contractions or with pushing. You will still feel them, but they should not be painful. The anesthesia should affect you everywhere from the waist down. ...Read more
I have been having these contractions that range on a pain scale of 1-3 sense 1-20-13. Im 36 weeks tonight at midnight.Slowly getin worse. Braxtons?
See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately addressed by your doctor in real-time (face-to-face). Only after a thorogh evaluation, possibly including labs and other studies, can he/she determine what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
I was told this pain of labour contractions would ease once pushing began, but instead it became much worse. The pain was unbearable in tummy and bowel. Is this normal?
Last week I was having severe pinching on the left side in my stomach area and it is worse then contractions. Now sulfur burps and stomach pain. ?
See provider: Please see your health provider to assess for the possibility of stomach issues and irritation causing your symptoms. Consider using some Alka seltzer or baking soda in water for the sulfur burps until the visit. ...Read more
If im 39 weeks and feeling stomach pain similar to period cramps but worse, are those contractions?
I have been having contractions since 14 weeks and i'm now 26 weeks and they are getting worse. I'm already on procardia and its not working...?
Cervix: So long as your cervix isn't shortening the contractions may not be threatening. I had a lot of contractions in my pregnancy, took the Procardia as well. My cervix never changed which was good. The cervix is s'more meaningful measurement of whether these contractions are something to be worried about. Ask for a transvaginal ultrasound to check with your doctor. ...Read more
This usually has to do with the onset of labor. It is a muscular tightening of the uterus. Contractions are timed from beginning to end of hardening of the uterus (duration) and from beginning of one contraction until the beginning of the next (frequency). A third descriptor is intensity or how hard ...Read more
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