Thank you all for sharing your experiences:) A little info on why we originally planned a C-section...
I have never been afraid of labor, actually kinda looked forward to the experience. I've been through plenty of pain in my life, it didn't worry me at all. When this flare hit 7 months ago, it really threw my body into a massive whirl wind or constant pain.
I've been dealing with:
Severe nerve pain to any light touch especially in my legs, muscle weakness in the limbs, muscle pain and spasms in the back and legs, deep nerve pain concentrated in the hips, tailbone, butt muscles, spine, back muscles and feet (upper back for the first 3 months), arthritis sensation in the knees, ankles, hands, wrists and toes, sleep disturbance due to pain (waking ever 15 minites to an hour tops), fatigue, over sensitivity to light and sound, constant ear ringing, (now they've both been almost completely plugged for 5 days) sudden episodes of RAPID heart racing and breathing with hightened body temperature and an inability to catch my breath for no reason (panic attack style).
I obviously lost my job, had to drop out of school etc. I've been on percocet for about 6 months and now the Zoloft (thank God) just so that I can get around the house a little and get more sleep. Don't mean to whine here, I know everyone on here is going through pain. I'd just like to find some others that have dealt with this level of torture for this long leading up to their birth.
Just watching women laying in the hospital bed on TV, pulling their knees made me cry one day. There is NO way I could just lay in that possition for any amount of time. My spine feels like it would snap and the nerves in my hips and legs won't allow it. I couldn't even use the muscles needed to push on the toilet. (sorry, graphic) Before the Zoloft took away alot of the nerve pain, I seriously thought I may go into such shock during labor that I didn't want to know what other levels of pain there could be to experience on top of everything else.
Now that the level of nerves have been brought down, I think I could handle labor with just the rest of it. I'd like to see if my hospital has the birthing tubs since water will distract my nerves a little and take some of the weight off my spine and tailbone since I won't be laying in bed much. I entirely plan on an epideral though, but don't know yet if you have one while being in water. ???
Do any of you have any advice on letting your doctor know your birthing plan? Like, I'm not going to lay in a possition I can't and I'm not fond of the idea of people yelling at me to push when it's not absolutely nessasary. I really don't want to have to explain the FM with any staff at the hospital cause there is NO way they're going to understand the half of it, let alone it's stressful to me.