I'm wondering the same thing. Lol. I had an emergency c-section with my DD, and was pretty much in shock at the whole thought of it, that I don't remember feeling the needle at all. I remember exactly how everything felt after that, but not the stick. Maybe they numb it somehow? I have no idea.
I'm having a repeat c-section March 22nd, so, now I'm curious.
They usually give you a shot to numb the area then insert the needle. That shot kinda feels like a bee sting to me. You will sometimes feel a lot of pressure as they insert the needle into the right space between the disk.To me it kinda felt like they were trying to push their finger into my back. It might be slightly painful but a lot less painful then full blown contractions. Any pain you might feel usually only last a minute. If you are very nervous ask the anesthesiologist to explain everything he is doing before he starts . Some will also tell you when they are inserting the needle so you they wont startle you. I have had 3 spinal/ epidurals so far and will have another one in June/July when I have a repeat c-section . Good luck .