hey i just gave birth 8 weeks ago. i had a rather nasty birth (with complications etc, but thats a different story)
i had pethidine which i loved, but many people says it makes them feel 'stoned, drunk, spaced out'. it didnt do this to me. it was fantastic! i lied about my weight so they could give me a higher dosage (ssshhh) the only problem i had with this is it made me vomit, but since i was vomiting anyway, it didnt make much difference!
i also had gas which i HATED! it made me feel sick, dizzy.... just gross.
i also had epidural, but not for pain relief. (severe pre eclampsia. it was used to bring the blood pressure down) so i really cant comment on the pain relief side of it. all i can say is it DIDNT take any pain away. when they did an episiotomy, i felt it. but like i said, when they put the epidural in, it wasnt for pain relief. it served its purpose of bringing my BP down.
when ur in labour, feel free to try everything. and dont think that you're going to tough it out without pain relief. if you need it, its not a weakness or failure. dont feel embarrassed to ask for it.
Tania. WA, Daniel - 26/01/06... smile