I'm pregnant and due in about 5 weeks with my second child. With my first, I had a 40 hour back labour and went with the epidural. It definitely made a world of difference and my experience was much more pleasant.
My dilemma now is this... When I had my initial MS attack before diagnosis, it was pretty bad. I was numb from the neck down, needed a catheter, couldn't walk, the whole bit. I just remember when the numbess started, I felt just like I did in the hospital when I had the epidural.
Luckily, I've made a pretty much full recovery from that attack and have been feeling great my entire pregnancy so far. Now, I'm just scared to have another epidural because I don't want to feel the way I felt when I had my attack ever again. I don't want another catheter because I've had bladder problems already ever since my attack and it's hard enough controlling sensation down there. I don't want another needle in my spine because I also had to have a spinal tap when I was diagnosed and it makes me sick thinking of being poked around in there again.
My neurologist assured me that epidurals are OK and that the stress from labour is a "good" stress because it's something joyous happening in life, not the same as normal stress causing your symptoms to get worse. My husband tells me that if I think the feeling won't come back after the epidural, I'm being silly. I just don't want to feel that way again. I think I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all. I'm just scared that if I have another labour like my first, I won't be able to take it. Which do you think would be worse for my MS - getting the epidural or the stress from labour? I want to try my absolute best to go without the epidural but I also don't want to put myself through too much stress that it ends up being worse for me than the needle.
Does anyone else have experience with having an epidural after diagnosis? Does anyone have a labour story to share and how you felt after the birth?
I'm just getting scared as it's getting closer and looking for some help...