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Forum Name: Obstetrics

Question: Epidural during childbirth


 babyjjane - Wed Feb 02, 2005 6:44 pm

Hi, I am 23 weeks pregnant and I am thinking about opting for an epidural for coping with labor pain. I heard that epidural does not work for every one and a person cannot use epidural if she has had a back problem. I had a tailbone injury like 15 years ago. I did NOT have any surgery but only took anitbiotics and pain killers for relief. My question is: can I use epidural and will it be effective for me? Under what circumstances when epidural does not work for a woman during childbirth?

Thank you so much for your time.
 Shelly S, RN - Wed Feb 02, 2005 10:16 pm

You should be fine to receive an epidural. The epidural works well for many women while in labor. At times, there can be issues with an epidural not working, but usually this does not occur. Some things that could cause this to happen would be inproper placement, or in some rare cases the epidural could be pulled out of place. Given your history with your tailbone issue, I doubt that there would be an issue with you receiving the epidural. I think most women agree that it is a wonderful tool for coping with the pain of child birth. There will always be "horror stories" about any treatment, but I am sure you will be fine. Best of luck with the new baby.

Shelly, ORT, SN

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