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Epidural pain worse than contraction?

Epidural pain worse than contraction?

No: The discomfort from having an epidural placed is generally not worse than contractions. Epidurals are one of the most popular tools used to provide relief of pain during the active phase of labor. Your md can give you more info and help you decide if this is a good option for you. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Epidural (Definition)

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


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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.

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.

Epidural: An epidural lastsapproximately 3-5 hours. You can discuss your problem with your obstetrician and maybe he can give you a more potent cocktail in your epidural. ...Read more

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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 (oxytocin) will bring them back and you will still be comfortable for delivery. ...Read more

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For vaginal delivery, does the epidural numb the vagina too or does it just take away pains from contractions and not from pushing?

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

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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?

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

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My cramps feel like contractions & get worse monthly. Today my bleeding increased and I am almost sure I lost 1-2 tbl in 5 hours. Causes & otc treat?

My cramps feel like contractions & get worse monthly. Today my bleeding increased and I am almost sure I lost 1-2 tbl in 5 hours. Causes & otc treat?

GYN exam: You must be seen and examined by your PCP or GYN. There are multiple causes for this issue: female and thyroid issues, cervical and uterine problems, fibroids, cancer etc. If you are not allergic you can use Aleve- 1 tab by mouth every 8 hrs to help with cramping and bleeding; however, you must be seen for a GYN evaluation. ...Read more

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Fell down stairs. Went to l&d & was contracting. Had shot to stop contractions. Stomach is cramping & gets worse. Should i be concerned? 29 weeks

Fell down stairs. Went to l&d & was contracting. Had shot to stop contractions. Stomach is cramping & gets worse. Should i be concerned? 29 weeks

Get evaluated.: If you are 29 weeks in your pregnancy, and having regular contractions - particularly if they are getting stronger, you could be at risk for going into labor for real, and it's too early! drink a quart of water - being dehydrated can encourage contractions, and call your OB provider. Good luck. Lgromkomd. ...Read more

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33 weeks been in hospital 2 days now on medicine to stop contractions cervix shorteneing contractions worsening what's next? Not gettin any answer

33 weeks been in  hospital 2 days now on medicine to stop  contractions cervix shorteneing contractions worsening what's next? Not gettin any answer

In the US: Your OB would have already explained that to u, in the us we sometimes give steroids at that gestation to try to increase lung maturity and a medicine change will be tried, if your labor can't be stopped then u will be delivered and the neonatologist will be there to take care of the premature baby, please make your docs explain the plan to you. ...Read more

Contraction (Definition)

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