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Epidural with scoliosis? Little_Discourage 2 kids; 4 angel babies; Kansas 31494 posts
5th Aug '08

I have really mild scoliosis. I was wondering if anyone else has had scoliosis and gotten an epidural and how the doctor went about giving it to you. Will they still give you one, even without an x-ray? I'm pretty sure I still have some, but if I do, they're at my mom's house and I have no clue where they're at.

Maisy & Charles 1 child; Ocala, Florida 1857 posts
5th Aug '08

I don't know if I count, but I have "15 percent scoliosis". I had an epidural and there was no problems with it. I didn't bring it up or anything to my doctor or at the hospital because everything was always hectic and it never crossed my mind. I didn't have an x-ray though, nor did they ask for one.

Josephine's Mommy 1 child; Oregon 3648 posts
5th Aug '08

Have you had a consult with the anastesiologist (sp?)? I am planning on natural childbirth but I will be meeting with the anastesiologist at 35 weeks for a check to see if I am even able to have an epi due to scoliosis. I would ask your doc or midwife if this is possible to do. My mom wasnt able to for stomach surgery and my BF wasn't able to have an epi due to her scoliosis. It depends on the nature of your curve. Hope this helps!

Liams mommyy 1 child; Somers Point, New Jersey 25 posts
5th Aug '08

well i watch all the baby shows and his one lady had scoli. and they said its harder to get it in the right spot but u can still get it..... it just takes a little longer to find the right spot...hope this helps alittle....

Little_Discourage 2 kids; 4 angel babies; Kansas 31494 posts
5th Aug '08

Thanks. My neighbor works at an OB office and told me I should bring it up again to my doctor b/c she doesn't want me to end up going into labor and not being able to get an epidural if I choose to have one. I have only seen my actual doctor 3 times, and have always talked to her PA. I brought up my scoliosis about 3 or 4 months ago to the PA and she acted like it was no big deal... My neighbor kind of just made me worry about it.

12345abc 1 child; 1, 2, United States 1695 posts
5th Aug '08

I have it as well, and I've just decided not to get an Epidural. As well all know, back pain is sucky as it is, I can't imagine having more back pain from the after effects of an Epi! HOWEVER... I'm sure if they numbed that area.. OH GOD.. I would be in heaven. My back pain has gotten SO bad from carrying him.. and my curve has gotten more painful and worse because of all the added pressure on it from being pregnant. I'm afraid if they gave me an Epi I would go off in lala land or something :) I'm just too afraid of them "trying" a few times. I'd rather see what they can give me through an IV to take the edge off :) But that's just me.

AsianButterfly/ 3 kids; Portland, Maine 1 posts
16th Jan '11

I had all my children naturally. I personally was diagnosed with scoliosis and had harrington rods fused in my spine at age 10. The anasteseaologist (sp) told me that i was not a candidate for the epi shot. Doing my own research and having had seen videos at the birthing class: where they placed the shot gave me the response i figured. It is based on where the fusion is , how bad the scoliosis is and where in the back;the spinal cord is aligned. Im not a doctor or a nurse but anyone can ask plenty of questions to all kinds of experts and doctors, nurses and the an. with all the degrees.Thats the only way ull know personally is if ur open and honest with ur personal situation with our God granting condition.

*WishingUponAStar* 2 kids; 4 angel babies; Lawton, Oklahoma 18437 posts
16th Jan '11

I have scoliosis and got an epidural with my 2nd baby. They had to do it twice, but only because the first time they got blood in the catherder. I didn't have any after effects from it.