For my csection I got what is considered a walking epidural. I had the cath put in a dose of the epi in my cath, I continued to get doses through the cath during the csection. I could still move my legs and while they were carving me like a fish joked that I could move my feet (and that they were cold!) During the csection of course I was receiving a larger dose of the medicine but once I hit recovery I did not. I had the cath left in and I had medicine delivered into my spine through the cath at timed intervals. I also had a patient control button to hit to give me a little extra if I needed it. With this I was totally free to move around the bed, stand, sit up, etc. free of pain. I will swear on my babies heads that i had no pain and I had my full mental faculties. Right before they took the cath out they gave me a good dose and they pulled it out. I felt a little number than I had the past 17 hours since my csection but I was able to walk to the bathroom and pee. I also was able to get a shower and wash my hair, pain free.