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Epidurals

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Epidural anesthesia is one of the most popular ways to relieve pain during labor. A needle is inserted into the region that surrounds the spinal cord in the lower back. is threaded through the needle into the epidural space to block pain in that particular region.
Well not necessarily an epidural. You can get a spinal anesthesia instead. You do need an anesthesia for a C-section, or it will be truly painful. You have choices so if you're against an epidural you can choose another anesthesia.
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There is mild narrowing of the central canal and teh lumbar spine.  This in combination with prominent epidural fat, results in  Effecement of Ceberal Spinal Fluid (CSF) around the nerve roots in  the thecal sac.
No. The medication is assimilated (absorbed) by the body. The amount of time it takes to absorb depends on the type of medication being administered. The amount of relief provided depends not only on the type of medication, but the amount, and the condition being treated. Do not forget about...
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not at all, you're numb from where the epidural is administered down to your toes.
  == Answer ==   Sounds like to have sufficient pain to require treatment by a pain specialist [anesthesiologist], if you are not already being treated by one. There are many treatments available short of surgery, such as narcotics, antiseizure medications that seem to reduce pain,...
yes birth etremily hurts some people even die from birth .But most people survive birth only if something is wrong or your not feeling good or something bad you may not survive birth but if you are having children or pregnant you will be fine just pray to god .
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An epidural hematoma occurs when a blood clot forms underneath the skull, but on top of the dura, the tough covering that surrounds the brain. They usually come from a tear in an artery that runs just under the skull called the middle meningeal artery. They are usually associated with a skull...
From the hips down, your body feels 'tingly'-numb in some spots and completely numb in others. The 'tingly' feeling can be almost exactly compared to the feeling you get when your foot 'falls asleep'. When put in the right spot it takes away ALL of the pain. THEY TRULY ARE A BLESSING!
Not sure but if you are on a drip in your back with the epidural the line into your back is quite surprisingly long and kind of like fishing line. Having seen that, I would suggest not looking at the length of the needle!!
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Epidural analgesia, sometimes called an epidural block, causes some loss of feeling in the lower areas of your body, yet you remain awake and alert. An epidural block may be given soon after your contractions start, or later as your labor progresses. An epidural block with more or stronger...
Can you taie your lortab with a epedual injection
Answer . \nIt is an injection of pain relief directly into the spine. It numbs your legs and lower torso but still enables you to push.. Answer . \nIt is a shot right into your spine.. I have had one and my suggestion is if you are thinking of having one go ahead with the epidural that way it...
Women do not have to wait until they are dilated to a certain level before they can ask for, or receive, an epidural. According to the ASA's current guidelines, "patients in early labor should be offered the option of receiving neuraxial analgesia (spinal or epidural) when the service is available,...
Epidural analgesia, sometimes called an epidural block, causes some loss of feeling in the lower areas of your body, yet you remain awake and alert. An epidural block may be given soon after your contractions start, or later as your labor progresses. An epidural block with more or stronger...
I truly wish you the best of luck. I am not at all trying to scare you TRUST ME. I have one daughter, whom I was in labor with for 33 1/2 hours,thanks to the epidural. When I did feel the pain, I just thought to myself........ almost ever woman in the world does it, "I can do it", and the pain does...
The dura (sack containing the spinal cord and also the spinal fluid) is surrounded by the epidural space. So, when placing a lumbar puncture needle ("spinal" needle) successively through: the skin of the lower back, the underlying fat, the ligaments that run vertically between the spinous processes...
  they use a small needle and make the area numb,then they insert a larger hollow needle into the back,they then thread a catherder into your back,gently remove the larger needle,the cathader stays in place and gives you numbing medicine as you need it-then after the baby is born they gently...
Epidurals are used for pain management during labor.    Epidural analgesia, sometimes called an epidural block, causes some loss of feeling in the lower areas of your body, yet you remain awake and alert. An epidural block may be given soon after your contractions start, or later as your labor...
By definition an epidural is a shot that goes into the epi-outmost, dura- part of the spinal cord. In simple terms it is a long needle place between your back bones into the edge of the spinal column. An IV is place intravenously; meaning in the veins. There is medication for pain that can be given...
The top of the eye is mapped to the upper body (e.g., brain, face, neck, chest and heart).
  An epidural can't totally take everything away, usually the midwife or dr will let it wear off a little when it's time to push so that you can push effectively. If you cant push well and spend too long without any progress then the baby can get distressed and you might end up having to have...
An epidural is normally given by an anesthesiologist, although the obstetrician is well qualified to also perform it. And an epidural, especially nowadays, is not necessarily given for "difficult" births. It is, like you said, a pain relief measure. It can, however, only be given during a short...
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  depends on the hospital and insurance. Mine cost $1300, but it was worth every penny. I fell asleep after I got mine, woke up 4 hours later and gave birth. The trick is to make sure the epidural goes directly in the middle of your spine- if it's too much to the right or the left, you could...
Anesthesiologists of Greater Orlando charged us $5000. Our Insurance would only cover $2000 towards our pregnancy which of course was exhausted from just the OB's bill. So after a "discounted price" for United Healthcare Golden Rule they gave a $2000 discount so final bill is $3000 that I'm going to...
Benzphetamine is category X during pregnancy. Diethylpropion is category B. Other anorexiants have not been rated; however their use during pregnancy does not appear to be advisable. Safety for use of anorexiants has not been evaluated.
Opioid analgesics relieve pain by acting directly on the central nervous system. However, this can also lead to unwanted side effects, such as drowsiness, dizziness, breathing problems, and physical or mental dependence.
Heck yeah, get the epidural! Especially if you are a woman in labor!
Multimodal analgesia uses more than one method of pain management. Multiple methods can actually reduce the amount of medications necessary to relieve pain, and can minimize uncomfortable side-effects.
After delivery, your back may be sore from the injection for a few days. However, an epidural does not cause long-term back pain.    Source: http://www.lifelinetomodernmedicine.com/ArticlePage.aspx?ID=878fabbc-dd11-45d8-8524-fa7831b485a5&LandingID=fc6eb1da-98e4-43c7-bb9f-09c17e2a005d
An intravenous needle will be inserted into a vein in the arm to deliver medications and fluids during the procedure. The catheter insertion site may be shaved.
Women of higher socioeconomic status are more likely to have a c-section, 22.9%, compared to 13.2% of women who live in low-income families.
The anesthetic agents that are infused through the small catheter block spinal nerve roots in the epidural space and the sympathetic nerve fibers adjacent to them.
Epidural anesthesia can block most of the pain of labor and birth for vaginal and surgical deliveries. Epidural analgesia is also used after cesarean sections
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Yes. Just stand in the shower, and let the water run down your back.
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it really depends on the female's size,weight, and tolerance. I am a petite woman and I do not weigh much, So, when the doctor gave me my epidural, I was numb from the waist down. I only felt a painless tugging when the doctor pulled my daughter out of me. I even had to wait and hour and a half for...
An epidural block is given in the lower back into a small area (the epidural space) below the spinal cord. You will be asked to sit or lie on your side with your back curved outward and to stay this way until the procedure is completed. You can move when it's done, but you may not be allowed to walk...
  I think the needle will be inserted in lumbar 3 and 4 for epidural.
I had a series of 3 injections and my bill was $23,000
chest pain is best treated with a visit to the doctor, chest pain doesn't occur with heavy work it is the work of something more, so see a doctor always for chest pain.
Birthing classes are an alternative method. They give you lots of  breathing techniques and alternatives not found with an epidural.  Laboring in water is another tool to use since the pain is so much  less when you're submerged. Some hospitals even allow you to give  birth in the water, which...
not at all, they give a local first so you cant feel a thingalso slightly distracted by pain elsewhere in the body!!
Although Most Women Have Epidurals With No Problems, There Are Some Potential Side Effects They Should Be Aware of When Choosing This As a Pain Relief Method:   Sometimes, an epidural can cause your blood pressure to decrease; this may occasionally cause your baby's heart rate to slow. To...
It can slow down or completely stop labor
One meaning is that an anaesthetic is injected into the area around the spinal cord to deaden a body below the point of the injection. This is often used to deaden the pain of childbirth.
  an epideral is awesome i had it when i was in labor with my first child, first u will feel a pinch then a sting, then u might feel the capita go in but 5 min after it is done u will go threw pregnancy as a pro. you will thank me.<3 jenn<3
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by being pregnant and going into labor
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After 12 hours of being in labor I decided to get an epidural. I got it when I was at a 7 shortly after I was at a 10 I pushed for 2 hours then I had my baby right after I had him I was walking just make sure a nurse or someone is close incase you feel dizzy.
There is no credible evidence to show that epidurals (or other pain management procedures) slow labor. Since epidurals are more frequently used in "difficult" labors versus relatively easy labors, some have tried to infer that epidurals, therefore, cause difficult labors. This is not an accurate...
  It has been over three months since my wife's C-section, and she's now experiencing tingling in different places over her body, the same tingling you might get if your leg fell asleep. First I'd thought.. maybe she has poor circulation, needs to work on cardio, have a more balanced diet, etc....
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  I had an AC decompression (distal clavicle resection) on 12/12/08. It is now 3/3/09 and I am about 80% better. My pain before the surgery was quite bad and I had been favoring the arm for a long time so my recovery may be longer than some people. Also, I am 47 years old, so younger people...
There is no evidence that lower back tattoos cause harm in this situation. Initiating an epidural through the ink of a lower back tattoo will not cause ink to enter the blood stream or the spinal canal, or cause further complications for the mother or baby.    Source: http://www...
Let it be decided by your anaesthesia doctor.
  mine was right around 8 thousand
  It definitely can! A year and a half ago I had 3 intramuscular steroid injections in my lower back and a couple months later my hair started falling out by the handfuls. It quit just as fast as it started but it did last several months. Then in January my second doctor told me he wanted to try...
When they are born at the same time they are called quintuplets.
There is no evidence that lower back tattoos cause harm in this situation. Initiating an epidural through the ink of a lower back tattoo will not cause ink to enter the blood stream or the spinal canal, or cause further complications for the mother or baby.    Source: http://www...
Usually an epidural is injected in the lower spine so it usually  does not make your neck hurt. Usually it is used to provide  anethesia for the lower extremities from abdomen down.
Like all medical procedures, with epidural analgesia, each individual responds differently to medication and sometimes not enough medication is delivered to the right spot. These instances are rare and even when they do occur, an anesthesiologist can make adjustments.    Source: http://www...
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Each woman's labor is unique … The amount of pain a woman feels during labor may differ from that felt by another woman. Pain depends on many factors, such as the size and position of the baby and the strength of contractions. Some women take classes to learn breathing and relaxation techniques...
Answer . \nI certainly would think so! Good luck!!!. Answer . \nYou may go another week, but labor is likely to be quick when it starts properly so be ready.
After delivery, your back may be sore from the injection for a few days. However, an epidural does not cause long-term back pain.   Source: http://www.lifelinetomodernmedicine.com/ArticlePage.aspx?ID=878fabbc-dd11-45d8-8524-fa7831b485a5&LandingID=fc6eb1da-98e4-43c7-bb9f-09c17e2a005d 
  can be headaches,stomach upset,back problems,and sometimes walking problems
Although most women have epidurals with no problems, there are some potential side effects they should be aware of when choosing this as a pain relief method:   Sometimes, an epidural can cause your blood pressure to decrease; this may occasionally cause your baby's heart rate to slow. To...
The epidural space is just inside the spinal canal and extends from  the neck to the base of the tailbone.
  == Answer ==     No-one really knows but it is very common. Sometimes accompanied by a metallic taste. Not very pleasant I am afraid.
Although most women have epidurals with no problems, there are some potential side effects they should be aware of when choosing this as a pain relief method:   - Sometimes, an epidural can cause your blood pressure to decrease; this may occasionally cause your baby's heart rate to slow. To...
Women do not have to wait until they are dilated to a certain level before they can ask for, or receive, an epidural. According to the ASA's current guidelines, "patients in early labor should be offered the option of receiving neuraxial analgesia (spinal or epidural) when the service is available,...
Epidural analgesia, sometimes called an epidural block, causes some loss of feeling in the lower areas of your body, yet you remain awake and alert. An epidural block may be given soon after your contractions start, or later as your labor progresses. An epidural block with more or stronger...
Epidural Analgesia - Epidural analgesia, sometimes called an epidural block, causes some loss of feeling in the lower areas of your body, yet you remain awake and alert. An epidural block may be given soon after your contractions start, or later as your labor progresses. An epidural block with more...
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  What is found in the epidural space?
  during pregnancy-no during labor yes
  == Answer ==     Sometime in the next 5 weeks.     Sorry I can't be more helpful.     I have examined women with a closed uneffaced cervix and they have had the baby 2 hours later (it happened to me) and others in your position who go another 3-4 weeks.   == How soon? ...