I've been reading about people's surgical experiences for a few months now and so far I have not read of anyone else whose pain was managed by epidural for the first few days after surgery.
I woke up uncomfortable but in no pain. I had an epidural in my thoracic area and another in my lumbar area. Surgery was Tuesday, they took out the epidurals on the Friday. I didn't feel any pain until the Monday.
My doctor sets his needles before closing, which apparently gets a better result. Some insert them after closing. I have to say, my doc. did a good job on me.
After the epidurals wore off, I was given oral meds, Oxycontin twice daily and Endone with paracetamol every 4 hours. The paracetamol apparently makes the Endone work in a different way.
There were days when I was hanging out for my next pill and sometimes I had to resort to morphine injections. They were fabulous, within 10 minutes I had no pain at all. They lasted about 4 hours. Some days, I wished I could have kept my epidurals.