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When giving an epidural is there anything you can give me to take my mind off of a big needle going in my back because i'm terrified of needles?

17 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tapan Joshi
Pain Management
6 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

If it is for labor, then no medication but explanation.
.... If it is not for labor like surgery or pain control, conscious sedation is an option.

In brief: Depends

If it is for labor, then no medication but explanation.
.... If it is not for labor like surgery or pain control, conscious sedation is an option.
Dr. Tapan Joshi
Dr. Tapan Joshi
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
5 doctors agree

In brief: Labor epidural?

During a labor epidural generally nothing is given.
Anything you take by mouth or IV goes to the baby.

In brief: Labor epidural?

During a labor epidural generally nothing is given.
Anything you take by mouth or IV goes to the baby.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Reassurance!

We numb the spot where the epidural goes in very well with local anesthesia.
If you're in labor and need an epidural, just breathe and focus on the fact that the labor pain really will ease up in just a couple of minutes. If you're having an epidural for other reasons such as to treat back pain, you'll receive some sedation to help you relax. Either way, it will be worth it to have the epidural.

In brief: Reassurance!

We numb the spot where the epidural goes in very well with local anesthesia.
If you're in labor and need an epidural, just breathe and focus on the fact that the labor pain really will ease up in just a couple of minutes. If you're having an epidural for other reasons such as to treat back pain, you'll receive some sedation to help you relax. Either way, it will be worth it to have the epidural.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Dr. Karen Sibert
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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

If one is receiving an epidural and they're not pregnant, most of the time we can furnish some sedation.
If you are pregnant and receiving epidural for labor pain, gentle explanation helps.

In brief: Possibly

If one is receiving an epidural and they're not pregnant, most of the time we can furnish some sedation.
If you are pregnant and receiving epidural for labor pain, gentle explanation helps.
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
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Dr. Benjamin Sanidad Jr
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Sedative-Assurance

I often administer sedatives to allay my patient's anxeity, if no contraindications.
However, reassurance and careful explanation may help most patients even without sedatives.

In brief: Sedative-Assurance

I often administer sedatives to allay my patient's anxeity, if no contraindications.
However, reassurance and careful explanation may help most patients even without sedatives.
Dr. Benjamin Sanidad Jr
Dr. Benjamin Sanidad Jr
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Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: YES

A quick spray of Ethyl Chloride will numb the area via ''quick cold''.
(kids even ask for it.) then a local numbing agent can be injected without any discomfort. A reassuring explanation of what I am doing and what you can do to assure successful epidural and off you go. Figure 20 or 30 minutes of a ''no feeling'' epidural. I think you will do quite well !

In brief: YES

A quick spray of Ethyl Chloride will numb the area via ''quick cold''.
(kids even ask for it.) then a local numbing agent can be injected without any discomfort. A reassuring explanation of what I am doing and what you can do to assure successful epidural and off you go. Figure 20 or 30 minutes of a ''no feeling'' epidural. I think you will do quite well !
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: CBT

Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias.
One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable.

In brief: CBT

Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias.
One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
Family Medicine

In brief: Sedative

Your doctor may suggest Xanax (alprazolam) to take 1 hr before procedure.
Ask you pain doctor or physician giving the injection.

In brief: Sedative

Your doctor may suggest Xanax (alprazolam) to take 1 hr before procedure.
Ask you pain doctor or physician giving the injection.
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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