About taking epidural

Hi mummies, is there any reason why u would not opt for epidural and endure the pain throughout the delivery? Am thinking not to take it but not sure if I can tolerate through.

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I didn’t take the epidural just to see how painful it can get and also the articles I read and friends who took it suggested post partum effects like backaches and slip discs. But from my gynae he said there is no statistical evidence that epidural will cause permanent back pain as the anaesthesia is administered at the muscles just outside the spine. But there is always a small percentage of risk that it is administered deeper or closer to the spine by the anaesthetist. I’m a low risk taker so I decided to go for the hard way. Took laughing gas and painkiller shots at my butt which only help during the 1 min break time and totally no use during the 1 min intense contractions

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