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Hi there, I had a spinal for my hip replacement back in Dec 2014. Just a spinal. No sedation. Listened to Simply Red on my MP3 player.
Whilst I know we have to be totally numb for the op to be able to go ahead, I found it frightening, more frightening than the actual op! After all I knew I would feel no pain or see anything. So the op didn't worry me much. Yes I heard the drilling etc but that didn't bother me either as I didn't associate it with me.
Whilst I would much rather have a spinal than a general anaesthetic, I'm scared of the strange sensations you get with a spinal as well as the degree of numbness of course. I was dizzy on sitting up for quite a while after the op and also going round corners in my bed when they took me back to my room. They were going "Too fast". Told them to slow down but they didn't really. Didn't like it when they moved my legs to insert the catheter. It was like my legs were someone else's. Didn't like it when the staff turned me on my side and I couldn't feel them touching me! Also had a brief feeling of " Liquid" running through me, even though I knew there wasn't. It's all these issues that scare me more than the actual op.
I could try light sedation but my friend recently had a bad reaction to sedation so I'm scared of trying that now too!
Anyone had any issues like me with the spinal? Any fears, worries or concerns? Any ideas that would stop me from fretting would be great.
Thanks for listening.
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