Does an epidural hurt?

Placement of an epidural should not be painful. Normally an injection of numbing medication like lidocaine is placed in the skin before starting. You may feel pressure during the procedure.

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Anesthesia

General anesthesia is the induction of a state of unconsciousness, amnesia (loss of memory), and analgesia (absence of pain sensation) over the entire body, through the administration of anesthetic drugs. It is used during certain medical and surgical procedures.

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