to ensure that a subsequent one did work? I had one with my daughter several yrs ago that didn't work at all. It was the most awful experience ever. I had no pain control at all, even though they were giving me something through my IV once in a while. I am 8 weeks pregnant with my second child and am so nervous about birth because I want to prevent the same thing from happening again. I have seen a chiropractor who has said he sees nothing wrong with my back that would prevent an epidural from being able to work. However, I was already pg when I first went to him so he could not do x-rays. He doesn't see or feel any serious problems, though. What are the odds that my second epidural will also not work? Is a spinal block better than an epidural? I know I will probably get some answers saying I should just have a natural birth, but I am 100% sure that I do not want to. My first birth was very similar to a natural birth and it is something that puts me in an instant state of panic even thinking about the pain. I will appreciate any and all answers from those of you who've been through labor with various methods of pain control. Thank you so much for your time in answering!