My epidural was awful because I haf two rotated vertebrae. Most of the time they don't cause me any pain, so it's not something I think about. My anesthesiologist didn't ask if I had any back problems and I forgot to mention it. He couldn't get the epi line in above them and instead inserted it between them. Because the vertebae don't flex like normal ones and instead shear on each other side to side, I had to spend the entire day lying on my left side. Any other position pinched the line.As if that wasn't bad enough, once my doctor broke my water I had incredibly painful contractions. After most of the day without feeling the pain was so excruciating I could barely breathe and was bawling. Of course, it happend during the time when the anesthesiologists were changing shifts, so it took an extra long time for them to decide whether or not to up my pain meds.When I had my daughter I spent all but 10 minutes of my labor with only IV pain meds, which only take the edge off the contractions. I felt them all and they were tolerable. Just before I pushed I got a spinal block shot so I didn't feel anything when I pushed. For some reason that's not an option in most places, which is not a bummer for me, it gave me a massive migraine that lasted almost 2 days.So this time I'm only doing IV pain meds, if I do anything at all. I got so close to being completely natural my first time around that I'm going for it this time. I won't have another epidural because not only was it painful and terrifying (having it put in is bizarre, my legs jerked uncontrollably, it was painful enough that I cried) I'm positive it increased the length of my labor. (My first was 3 hours, my second was 18) I know epidurals are great for some women but I'm just not one of them. Plus, I have a high tolerance for pain, so I'm actually looking forward to a natural birth. I figure I might as well try it once.