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#121 of 156 Old 02-23-2006, 11:24 PM
 
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I once had a migraine attack and that is the only pain I have ever felt that came even close to the transition laborpain of my first birth.
Laborpain was so bad I thought they could just as well cut me open and take out that baby without anesthesia -and it would be less painful than labor. To this day I don't know if I was right on that one..
My second birth was never even close to being as painful as the first. NOwwhere near..

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having a nerve touched during a root canal

having numbing meds injected in perineum before stitching immediately after delivery of baby

severely sprained wrist

all of those were pretty temporary and none were for the sole purpose of birthing a beautiful baby!
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I don't know if this is just because it's the way I am, or if there's a correlation, but I drink Red Raspberry during pregnancy, and I've never had afterpains that were THAT bad. I remember after one of my DDs was born, the nurse saw I hadn't taken any of the pain meds I had been given. I seriously did not "get" what the big deal was... If I need one of those I'll take it!

I'm drinking RRL during this pregnancy too, just in case, and because it's good for me. Hopefully I'll continue the pattern of quick labor/mild afterpains.

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Oooh, I wish it worked that way for me. I drank pregnancy tea like it was going out of style both pregnancies, mild afterpains after first baby and horrid afterpains after second baby.
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I love this thread and have already answered but keep reading- just to see what all is said-- as for the Red raspberry-- everytime I drank it I bled more so stopped drinking it-- after pains i just don't remember much--

I don't think I put it on the worse pains list before but one thing that hurt worse for me was when I had a severe reaction to gluten and had diarrhea,and vomiting that lasted more than a month ......
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I was so faithful to RRL and maybe they worked too good and shrunk my uterus super fast..that's why the pain was sooo bad...lol
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RRL helps immensely with afterpains. IT's the mag/calcium factor. Both relax muscles and help with the pain. You need to brew it and infuse it properly to have it help though. Works for me! IT I miss a few days, I know it.
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RRL helps immensely with afterpains. IT's the mag/calcium factor. Both relax muscles and help with the pain. You need to brew it and infuse it properly to have it help though. Works for me! IT I miss a few days, I know it.
Oooh yes! Good point! If you're just letting a teabag sit in a teacup for 10-15 minutes, all you're getting is basically a nice warm cup of flavored water. Ideally, it should be COVERED to keep the good stuff from evaporating in the steam, and it should get a nice long steep of 2 hours minimum, overnight is better.

Speaking of which... I think it's time for another glass! Yummmmmm!

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didn't read all the replies but the uti I got that turned into a kidney infection which then spread to my entire abdominal cavity.. that was unbelieveable. I seriously felt like my insides were going to explode. I laid on the couch crying for a week and I'm the kind of person who falls off a horse, breaks her ribs and gets up laughing.

Although the freakin 20 min contraction I had with the nurse yelling and grabbing my face cause I wasn't calm was pretty bad too.
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my appendix rupturing was way worse than childbirth ... augh ... also the flu i had while pg was not very fun ... i remember that pain much more than my childbirth pain ...
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The migraine I had today was worse than labor. But I agree with the PPer who said labor is not really "pain" but hard work. I found it to be intense, but purposeful and your body is so smart about that you get so many natural endorphins, you're not really there. And afterwards, the "I am woman" high is just amazing.
You don't get that from anything else in the world and I would have ten more babies if I could. In fact, I just might if I'm lucky.
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I also think that afterpains are much worse than labor. I suffered after ds1, motrin did not help. After I had ds2 I took motrin plus tylenol#3 and that helped a lot. I do labor unmedicated, but give me the drugs after.
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My labors were hard work and painful!

Gallstones WAY more painful!

Infected gallbladder - holy mother of all that is good and holy I am so glad that thing is gone because if that EVER happened again I think I would ram my head into a cement table to knock myself and dh would be forewarned that if he saw that to rush me to a hospital and don't let them revive me until I am so drugged I don't know what country I live in! Whew!
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You know, I have not gone through labor. I did go through a crash c/s due to a placental abruption, so I will say two things more painful than that:

My tonsilectomy at 28. Ouch. Big time.

Rupturing ovarian cysts. Ouch ouch and ouch.

Oh here's one more: Methotrexate shots for my ectopic pregnancy. Ouch ouch.

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I've had only one labor (no vaginal delivery) but in being able to compare 17 hours of unmedicated high-intervention labor to other painful events in my life here is my experience of those that were equivalent or worse than labor:

Kidney infection, w/ bladder spasming to void every 2-3 min - instinctively laid in a hot bath and rode the waves of pain til the antibiotic began to kick in. Hated it but didn't feel fear, stayed calm. Was alone.

Migraines - close to the level of labor pain at times, deal with it stoically and seek to be alone.

Yet ever since my labor I've said it was the worst pain I've ever felt - not really true - what made it the worst was that I was afraid.

this thread was a good exercise - examining my worst pains and how I managed the experience shows me that I need not be frightened of severe pain, I've dealt with it many times and made it through. I'm starting to see how I deal with pain best, hopefully can apply that knowledge to labor next time.
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Yet ever since my labor I've said it was the worst pain I've ever felt - not really true - what made it the worst was that I was afraid.

this thread was a good exercise - examining my worst pains and how I managed the experience shows me that I need not be frightened of severe pain, I've dealt with it many times and made it through. I'm starting to see how I deal with pain best, hopefully can apply that knowledge to labor next time.
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Getting nail polish remover in your eye
Unmedicated wisdom tooth extraction
Recovery from a c-section!!!!!
Lying flat on your back during labour. I was on my back for 10 minutes while they ran me up for a c/s and I was SCREAMING for them to put me out. Those 10 minutes were worse than the 44 hours natural labour I had with my first child. Hands down. Hospital births are WAY more painful. Way, way, way.

IMHO, food poisoning that causes terrible diarreah is way worse. Those cramps are BRUTAL and they lead to nothing but s#!t. At least at the end of labour you have a baby.

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I really can't think of much that hurt worse than 38 hours of back labor (four hours of pushing), except the nerve in my left leg that, about 34 hours into it, started hurting from my inner thigh to my kneecap. I think my son was pressed into it, and the nurse kept pushing her finger into the very epicenter of the pain while she tried to turn him (she eventually did). That nerve pain was horrible. I didn't care about the crowning or episiotomy or the contractions -- just that grinding, crushing pain in my leg. I've never screamed and cried in pain in my life before, but I did then. (I did request an epidural when that pain began, but the nurses refused and told me that I wouldn't be able to push.)
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My 1st root canal was worse (my 2nd rc was a breeze!)
Cluster headaches/migraines
Spliting my head open
Two months of a horrendous colitis flare

I have always been sickly and have developed quite the high pain threshold. My (unmedicated) back labor was painful and long but I enjoyed the process so much that the pain wasn't all that noticeable. The actually pushing was 100% pain free and probably the coolest experience of my life!

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Well, I haven't had any labor yet but I am fearlessly predicting that my untreated UTI that turned into severe kidney infection resulting in my waiting 14 hours in the ER before anyone noticed how sick I was (because at that point, I'd vomited all I could, and was too dehydrated having not drunk with a kidney infection for all those hours, and having too high a fever to think), was much worse than labor will be.

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Well, I haven't had any labor yet but I am fearlessly predicting that my untreated UTI that turned into severe kidney infection resulting in my waiting 14 hours in the ER before anyone noticed how sick I was (because at that point, I'd vomited all I could, and was too dehydrated having not drunk with a kidney infection for all those hours, and having too high a fever to think), was much worse than labor will be.
It sounds a lot worse to me!
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hmm kidney pain is nasty as you never really know how long you are going to want to beg for mercy! labour has an end, its kinda predictable ( you know you are pregnant when kidney stones/infections declare war on you....oh wow.

and the only real nice outcome to kidneystones is passing them...and having that smarmy nurse tell you once you are prone to them it can happen anytime... here have a tylenol... and for women well our sphincter/urethra is well kinder to pass stones than well for me

Labour really is a different quality of "pain" though its kinda out of bodyish..
it takes over your body and you are just along for the ride.

But I honestly vote for a week long vacation with my inlaws...that would be so much more painful

8 might be enough
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But I honestly vote for a week long vacation with my inlaws...that would be so much more painful


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I love the inlaw response

My personal pain experiences can be rated:
Worst: Migraines
Then: Collapsed Lungs
Back labor
Back pain (bad back)
#1's mostly natural birth (my other 2 had epidurals)

This one will be natural, but I have some time to go yet. Provided I don't have back labor, I can't see it hurting all that bad!

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Do I suck if I say "Absolutely nothing"?

But...infected tooth came pretty close. To me, it isn't really terrible pain unless you literally cannot sleep through it for more than a couple of minutes, even when totally exhausted. That was labor for me, and the infected tooth was like that too.

I had a sinus infection about a year ago that was so bad I was throwing up, dizzy and begging for a "head epidural." That was pretty bad, too.

I had my wisdom teeth out with only Novocaine, and I've had complex oral surgery and a root canal, also with only Novocaine. Enh. Broken bone: enh. Burns, though. Burns hurt me a lot. I can definitely imagine a burn hurting worse than childbirth.

I keep hearing about the afterpain thing. I barely even remember them--the only impression they made was, "Hmm...so this is what it's like to feel a contraction in my uterus!" (I had back labor.). I've heard they're much worse with second and subsequent children, though. True?

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The afterpains with my son were much worse than with my daughter, but they had me hooked up to pitocin when I woke up for some reason. They wouldn't tell me why. The pitocon made the afterpains worse than labour, it was insane. I was pretty desperate to claw it out.

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I've heard they're much worse with second and subsequent children, though. True?
my opinon? TRUE- oh so very very true. I thought I was having another baby!

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Can I weigh in even though I'm not pg??? :

1. Migraines
2. Induced Labor (I would take my natural labor with DS anyday over my DD's induction)
3. Definitely time with my MIL would have ranked up there a few times!

I have to say that there is some predictability to labor and knowing you get the most awesome pain reliever ever ~ the baby!
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