Melissa was diagnosed with RSD in 2002.  She really wanted to have another child – her daughter really wanted a sibling. 

Her RSD doctor said that she had to have an epidural.  The epidural would help prevent an exacerbation of RSD.  

She made the difficult decision to have another child despite her concerns.  She had her son in December 2004. 

It was a completely different labor experience than that of her daughter's. 

She felt nothing from the waist down due to the epidural. 

She disliked not being able to have her son completely natural, but she wasn't going to risk exacerbation of her RSD. 

Her RSD was not exacerbated by the pregnancy and labor; and her family unit is now complete. 



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