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Old Jan 24th, 2013, 06:18 AM   1
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Spinal block


Has anyone had a spinal block? If so what does it feel like as its being done and how is it done? I have thought all along I was having a epidural turns out its a spinal. It's tomorrow aswel so I'm very nervous!



 
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Old Jan 24th, 2013, 06:44 AM   2
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I had a spinal after having DS as I got stitched in theatre. It was bliss .
I got to theatre, they put in a cannula as I needed anti-biotics. Then I had to sit up, stay still and I had a local anaesthetic injection. Just a little scratch, and not being able to see the needle made it a lot better (I'm a total baby with needles). Then when I was numb from the local I had the spinal injection. I don't think I felt it, maybe a bit of pressure just like someone was touching me. Then I lay back down and a nurse ran an ice cube up my legs and tummy to check whether I could feel it. When they were sure I was totally numb I got a catheter put in and got stitched.
Once the spinal wore off a few hours later I was back on my feet and showering. Had the catheter taken out the next morning and that was fine, didn't hurt at all.



 
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Old Jan 24th, 2013, 06:44 AM   3
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I had a spinal with dd as i had to have forceps....
To me it was ok it stung when they were putting the numbing injection in then they done the spinal.block... As i was having it done i was having contractions and urges to push but me being a weed and a worrier... I handle it well and wouldnt hesitate having it done again if needed...



 
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Old Jan 24th, 2013, 06:49 AM   4
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I was taken to the theatre doctors nurses midwives and the anaesthesiologist were all in the room I was told what was happening etc told to curve my spine as much as I could and not to move. Then they inserted the needle very carefully between the spinal discs and after few seconds it was done. Didn't take long for the spinal to start working it was almost immediate. You can say it starts off with pins and needles then everything just starts going numb. My legs felt heavy and I had absolutely no control from abdomen and below. They ran some tests to see if the medicine worked once confirmed they started their work (I needed stitches after giving birth had 2nd degree tear) hope this helps.



 
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Old Jan 24th, 2013, 06:50 AM   5
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Yep was amazing! Would have one again.



 
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Old Jan 24th, 2013, 07:01 AM   6
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Thanks everyone, has anyone had it with a section?



 
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Old Jan 24th, 2013, 08:00 AM   7
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I've had one done for forceps - wasn't the most pleasant situation in the world as I was terrified by then and basically bullied into it, plus when they got me vertical to do it - the baby, who'd been pretty much wedged stuck, suddenly miraculously got moving again with the power of gravity (funny that huh?). Didn't feel the needle going in - just felt numb and they tested it with a few scratches or something where I felt nowt.

Only things I "suffered" with regarding it - I had absolutely awful bruising the likes of which the staff had never seen before where the BP cuff was on (I bruise easily anyway but this was an entire black and blue band around my arm), my back where the injection had gone in felt slightly bruised for a few days after, and I reacted to the spinal in two ways (both of which I was later informed were fairly common) - I had uncontrollable shakes while it was in, which frightened me even more until someone explained what they were (they hadn't until I started crying about it thinking they were killing me - thanks guys) and even then knowing it wasn't a pleasant feeling, and afterwards I had a pretty bad case of itching for a couple of days until I begged some Piriton to get it under control - again, that's apparently a reaction to it sometimes.

Don't want to scare you - it's just because no one bothered to tell me about those reactions which made it a much worse experience - if I'd have known about the shaking or whatever, I would have been able to rationalise it in my head much more at the time.



 
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Old Jan 24th, 2013, 08:01 AM   8
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I had a spinal block with my 1st c-section and I was throwing up while they were getting the baby out, I can barely remember what happened which is sad. My second c-section I had an epidural and I was alert, and able to carry on a conversation with my hubby and I'm going to request that again this time.



 
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Old Jan 24th, 2013, 08:06 AM   9
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I had one with my second c section. It was amazing and so very peaceful. I was awake but couldn't feel anything from the chest down. It was a very pleasant experience. I will be having another one this time .



 
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Old Jan 24th, 2013, 08:08 AM   10
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I had it done for c section, but mine was an emergency so a needle was nothing compared to the painful contractions, I was terrified I asked question after question, I must of drive them crazy lol. i sat on the bed and they gave me the injection. Then after a few seconds, I felt pins and needles in my legs, they lift you onto the theater bed and set you up with the material so you can't see etc.. etc.. I kept saying wait stop I can feel you, they said can you feel this.. I said mmm no, they said what about this, apparently they were poking me with needles lol. so I calmed down, then just laid there talking, you can feel slight tugging as they do it, there is nooo pain or anything, it's actually not bad at all. Didn't take long, it was recovery after that felt long, I think 2 hours, they did the ice cubes after to see if it was wearing off, it took a couple of hours I think. This time I am more worried about the needle stinging lol then being cut open. But I am sure it will be ok, just keep thinking I will see baby soon. lol, this time will be relaxed as it is at 7am lol and planned.



 
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