My cousin has rods in her back and just delivered her 2nd child. She told us that she didn't have any bad pain in her back through the pregnacy. She looked great. She did co very often to the dr, but she also has a clotting condition that made the pregnacy higher risk.
I don't know if is the same, but my cousin has so much fused and rods so far that she doesn't have a spot to insert a needle anywhere in her spine. Her surgical scar goes from her butt to the top of her neck. There was no way to give her a saddle block for delivery. She had some topicals right on the perineium(sp?) but otherwise delivered drug free. She did an amazing job. She was able to have iv drugs afterward, but at delivery they would have affected the baby.
Her 2nd pregnacy went as smoothly as the first. Again she went into delivery drug free. The labor was going beautifully when all of the sudden Lilly stuck her arm above her head. That would have made a very hard delivery both on mom and baby, so the dr decided on cesarian. They tried to get a needle in her back several times, but it just wouldn't happen. She finally went under general anestesia(sp?) and when she woke she had a baby.
Usually, for a cesarian, you are awake, but can't feel anything from the chest down. I have had 3 of them.
Treatments: gluten-free diet, Cpap
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