Pain Management

Epidural Analgesia FAQ's

You can take pain medicine through a small soft tube placed in the epidural space in your back. That space is close to the nerves that sense pain, especially pain in your chest, abdomen, back, and legs. Because the pain medicine is given so close to pain-sensing nerves, a small dose of the medicine usually gives very good pain relief. The epidural tube is usually left in your back until your pain is controlled with pills taken by mouth. It does not hurt when the nurse removes the epidural tube.

A big advantage of this method is that the small dose of medicine will allow you to be awake and alert as well as comfortable. This helps you to get out of bed sooner, do your breathing exercises, and get your strength back faster.