Anyone Had The Intrathecal

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JL - July 26

Have any of you had an intrathecal? If so, what were your thoughts? My hospital will not give me an epidural unless I have a c-section, so I'm nervous about the intrathecal...

 

Ranya - July 27

Sorry JL, have no clue what an intrathecal is...What if you pay for the epidural?

 

JL - July 27

It doesn't matter. Sometimes intrathecal is also called a spinal...just curious as to how effective it is.

 

Staci - July 27

all they offer at the birth center where I will be delivering is the intrathecal. its like a walking epidural, so you can still walk. the tube doesnt stay in your back, the drugs last about 2 hours, and you can have them readministered once only. its like a milder epidural with no inserted spinal tube, Ranya. Anyway. Id like to know what people think of this as well, I am surprised no one has responded yet.

 

Ranya - July 27

An intrathecal sounds very interesting actually, will have to ask my doctor if I can have that instead of an epidural, I'm afraid of some of the side effects and who needs the needle stuck to one's back. I had a spinal for a major knee operation a few years ago and my experience was very good and you definitely can't feel anything below the waist. So anyone out there who's given birth with an intrathecal?

 

JL - July 27

I know that with the intrathecal, you get one shot in the spine, there is not a catheder that stays in your back. From the info. I've been given, it can only be administered once and it lasts 1-2 hours. So, I'm just wanting to know some other peoples experiences with it...I guess I'm just looking for actual stories from people that have really had one vs what the dr. says...

 

Staci - July 27

yep- no medicinal catheter and actually, generally it can be administered twice, as I was saying above. :)

 

JL - July 28

That eases my mind if you can get it twice...I'm worried that I'll get mine too early and then it will wear off too soon. I have a dr. appt. tomorrow afternoon, so I will ask and check back with you guys on Monday morning.

 

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