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Can getting an epidural be harder with someone who has scoliosis?

Just wondering... It hurts to even touch my lower back, I can't imagine trying to get a needle in it...

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Asked by sissy0604 at 8:11 PM on Dec. 26, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • It was for me. The doc spent twice as long trying to get it in right

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 8:13 PM on Dec. 26, 2010

  • I have it and I had an epidural. It took them a bit longer because it only wanted to numb one side but they were able to get it right.

    Answer by Misteh at 8:13 PM on Dec. 26, 2010

  • Depends where your curvature is. A bit of pain getting the needle is minor compared to the pain of labor.

    Answer by kbakeman at 8:36 PM on Dec. 26, 2010

  • The first time they did my epidural it only got one side properly. They had to do it again. If your scoliosis isn't really obvious, mention it to the anesthesiologist before they do the epi, so they pay extra attention to their placement.

    Answer by SWasson at 8:36 PM on Dec. 26, 2010

  • I have scoliosis and had a drug free delivery. The after-effects of an epidural can last more than a year.

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:04 PM on Dec. 26, 2010

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