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Pain-Management

17 August 2010

Can I get out of bed?

Depending on the concentration of the local anaesthetic used for the epidural pain relief, one will have control over the muscles in the legs or not.

If the epidural catheter has been inserted in the lower part of your back, it will block the lower part of your abdomen or your legs. Depending on the concentration of local anaesthetic used, you may or may not have control over the muscles in your legs. If the concentration is kept low or weak, only nerve fibres that transmit pain can be blocked, while nerves that go to muscles remain unblocked so that the muscles can function normally.

Reviewed by Prof CL Odendal, senior specialist at the department of anaesthesiology at the University of the Free State, April 2010.nction.

 

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