<blockquote><b>Quoting Brooke Alene Powell:</b>" I've been thinking pretty hard about the epidural, im pretty good about drawing blood and that kinda ... [snip!] ... spine... plus ive heard after epidurals, most women suffer from back problems. im in some serious need for advice! please help!"</blockquote>
Trust me, you won't be afraid of that epidural after your in labor. Honestly, it isn't bad at all. It's like getting numbed at the dentist office for a tooth to be pulled. They just give you a little shot in your back, it's like a bee sting and reminded me of when I got my tattoo, but didn't hurt nearly as bad as my tattoo. Then your back is completely numb, and it just feels like their putting cold stuff down your spine. No pain at all. My back did hurt for a month or 2 after getting it, but it went away. Just say you would like it even if you don't just in case you end up changing your mind. If you dilate too far, then you can't get it. Good luck!!
<blockquote><b>Quoting Shibby.:</b>" I loved my epis! Honestly like others said, I was in so much pain I didn't care if they had to poke a ... [snip!] ... in my eye to make it stop. I didn't even feel the needle because of my contractions. I was going "please hurry,please hurry!!!""</blockquote>
^ this! Oh my god, the midwives and anaesthstist must have been so fed up of hearing me telling them to "please hurry" and "why isn't it working?" haha!
To be fair though, I had 2 and neither of them worked!!! There was a 2 hour gap between 1st epi and 2nd when they finally believed me that it wasn't working!
If you're in that much pain during labor, you won't give a smurf about the needle anymore. I've had an epidural (my daughter was breech so they tried to turn her and then I had a c-section) and my son was all natural. Both ways have their pros and cons so it's going to be up to you in the end. For what it's worth, I definitely preferred to NOT have an epi.