Re: Spinal versus Epidural for planned csection?
Ok, I went online and I looked it all up. A spinal block, is a one time injection made directly into the spinal fluid that is instant relief but only lasts a few hours rather then a continuas feed into the space around the spine through a catheter which is what an epidual is. I had an interthecal (spinal block) my last labor. Now I have never had an epidural to compare, and I have never had a c-section, but I did find it to be very relieving. However, it makes you very itchy, and some women need benedryl. However, both have the risk of a headache. I didn't get one with the spinal block. I didn't get OVERLY itchy either, a little, but not too bad. Mostly, it just put me to sleep! But like I said, I have not had a c-section to tell you how effective it is for that. And yes, a spinal tap is completely different. that is a test used to check the spinal fluid for infection. So, I'm all happy that I got to learn something new today! lol. Good luck!