I had an epidural with my first ds. I was given it before I went into labor (but after being induced because my water broke) because his heart rate went WAY down. It wore off right *AFTER* the pushing but pretty much before the doctor reached into my uterus over and over and over to check for/remove retained placenta.
So no pain drugs or anything. I remember being REALLY happy when he stopped doing that to stitch up my episiotomy (without pain drugs, mind you), because the stitching felt THAT much better. Him reaching into my uterus was the worst pain I've ever dealt with. Dp finally yelled at them to give me whatever pain drugs they had in the room. lol.
I've been told by a few people that manual removal of placenta hurts worse than birth. Basically, that if I could get through that, then having a baby should be a breeze (not really a breeze, but ykwim)! (My EDD is this month month, btw )
So...anyone here able to confirm or deny that claim?