Again, I was perfectly fine after the procedure. For the next several days take it easy and avoid any strenuous activities, including bending. I've had versed and nitrous oxide on previous occasions and did not experience anything like the effect I wrote about. If you are having surgery, talk to the pre-op nurse or the anesthesiologist (or both) about any concerns that you have. Then, with all the stress I held in along with all contributing factors part of my brain shutdown and basically in simple terms I was sleep walking for 4 days. Tell you anesthesia provider if you have had this bothersome side effect in the past. If you still feel sleepy afterward, then keep on sleeping until it wears off. Recently Diagnosed on September 14, 2016: I'm doing surgery in less than a month for uterine fibroids and the taught of having to go though such an evasive procedure scares me but I've got no choice but to go on with it, so since i can't run away from it cause it'll eventually catch up to me, my question is - what is the level of pain i will be hsving after surgery?, i have a low treshold of pain, great information by the way. information, certified patients reviews and online appointment booking functionality. For a full description of this disclaimer, please see our Terms of Use. It sounds like the first event was in the presence of health care practitioners. Could this have been the anesthesia? My son had general anesthesia for dental work. I don't think I have enough info to answer your question. Hope this helps. After the surgery is complete, he or she will reverse the medication so that you regain consciousness — but you won’t be wide awake right away. However, as there were no complications, etc I was released ~ about 7 hours after surgery. Working together- everything went smooth. Thank you for writing this article, it was very informative. Everything taste and smells awful even things that aren't edible smell funny. Sometimes, people will have significant, all-over body itching and believe they are having an allergic reaction—and it can be hard to tell the difference—but most of the time, it's just a side effect. Many people report a scratchy or sore throat after anesthesia. I had my gall bladder removed last week, and during my post-op, I had a very severe reaction to the anesthesia. For instance, weight gain is a side effect of certain medications. If you were very busy during your working years, you may feel lost about how to spend your time when you retire. please tell your doctor NOW - pink tinged sputum can be sign of a pulmonary embolism (blood clot). I don't know how much of that is because of the anesthesia and how much was a normal part of the healing process. Since then I have had some very severe body aches not just from the surgery but I think from all the jumping and crawling around I did. They will be able to discuss all of the risks and benefits with you. Patients often question why they are so tired after surgery. I found this Hub to see if any questions or topics had been covered due to the issue of having problems sleeping after receiving anesthesia. It … Thanks but is this Ali’s bit too too.. TahoeDoc (author) from Lake Tahoe, California on September 04, 2018: I'm sorry I've been unable to reply to my site for some time. I still have several red broken blood vessels in my eyes. I just was looking around on the Internet at about 3:00am due to not being able to sleep. I started a little spat with her which I escalated the to me thinking she dumped me, I'm losing my best friend, love and support and I'm going to die alone. This response to the medication may make the muscles feel sore for a day or two after surgery. AnnieLightning from Tauranga, New Zealand on December 29, 2012: Thank you very much TahoeDoc - so lovely of you to give your time when you must be so busy! I have social/ gen. anxiety disorder, ADHD and moderate OCD if this applies anywhere thru this. Why did my left foot turn inafter Ketomine3 doses and then Fentonal? I had an endoscopy done Tuesday...after I was wired to the hilt. Other than that, it would be hard to say what causes this. So long as you report that higher socio econ do not report, they will not. I did have an early amnesia experience back in '78 two and the retrograde experience was years. Surgery was a Friday and today is Saturday. It's really annoying and I picked an orange flavor so it's sweet and I'm not a big fan of sweet thing. But, it usually is related to some event- needle, nerves, reaction to some other sensation on the body, changing position (standing up, especially if dehydrated). Hello Tahoe Doc, Thanks very much for your posts. Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on October 05, 2015: TahoeDoc, I believe I'm allergic to anasthesia, (and I"m also allergic to sulfa drugs), when I had surgery from a root canal to my open heart surgery, 3 years ago. She knew I was no at home in my head! I passed out, eyes rolled back, completely unresponsive and weak or no pulse. He woke up wondering where his wife was, not remembering he kicked her out a few hours earlier. Needless to say they were very rude to me when I woke up and apologized and they told me to find somewhere else to go because I was a danger to be worked on in their office. . The day after my surgery I found a lump on my testicle and didnt talk about it with anyone and going to deal with it after the holiday. General anesthesia is medicine you get before some types of surgery to make you sleep and prevent you from feeling pain. Upon waking up from surgery the worst 2 weeks of my life began. It was something a long the lines like he was going to do something to reduce or avoid it happening. I think it did help with stuff I am going through today. Most people experience one or more of the most common anesthesia side effects. It was quiet when i went in and woke up with pulsing electricity. I can't find anything similar online either. One to one post anesthesia nurses caring for waking brains and waiting to see if there is a happy drunk coming out or a flat affect that will turn into something recognizable. Why did this happen and how come no one warned us he may not have vision. I had intense muscle aches and was worried something was very wrong. The stress of your surgical procedure is the likely cause of your fatigue. Prior to a pain injection in back or hip no small tart & a cup of coffee will not allow iv sedation for three min.? 2018 had outpatient surgery for a torn meniscus. About 5 minutes after we left the hospital, the same exact thing happened. I guess the only way to resolve this is to contact him and see if he has an explanation, Thank you again for your help. Unfortunately I began bleeding severely on day five and had to have emergency surgery to stop the bleeding. I've heard so many guesses it has me concerned I have greater issues. A week ago I had my tonsils removed and had no problems after waking up from the anesthesia. Well done article! I stayed the night in the hospital and didn't have any complications. I had a knee surgery in 1986 which had me under anesthesia for about 6 hours, and I was hospitalized for 3 days and I had the hickups for 3 days, which was termed as a side effect. Right after the surgery my co2 levels dropped to below 80. I had a total hip replacement five years ago. Week three edema I look pregnant my limbs feel as if I am wearing lead clothing. It's because of your article and the last great anesthesiologist that I knew I could talk to the anesthesiologist this time. She had to go to hospital. My sputum is tinged a little pink, and I feel that me esophagus is irritated. Even in the few kinds of surgery not included, there are additional, unavoidable factors such as the such as use of narcotic and gas medications that contribute to PONV. We know it's the meds. After the third treatment I had, upon waking from the anesthesia I could not breathe! i've had many (many!) It’s been 2 years now. My major concerns are what are the long term side effects? So I'm functioning talking to my girlfriend telling her she deserves better than me, I'm no good, I'm a piece of shit not only shit but I'm at the bottom of that pile. But my back hurts between shoulder blades, and I just feel punk. And, thank you for the experience of sharing. I had a tooth extracted today all seemed to have gone well, the procedure was about 9am then about 6pm I started tingling all over, I mean ALL over, my arms, hands, under my chin, my stomach, my thighs. I had surgery a week ago. It wasn't until day three when I experienced horrible feelings of what may be described as delirium or POCD? Young women are more likely to fall at the other end of the spectrum. Muscle aches result from one of the medicines used to relax or "paralyze" the muscles so as to make it easier to insert the breathing tube and perform the surgery. Ever since the day after I feel like I have the flu. Being bored can make you feel tired. I haven't even asked if you are taking any medicines. My throat has never felt the same. Often, if muscle aches accompany a sore throat, patients become concerned that they have the flu or that they “caught” something in the hospital. Went for Jamaican food after surgery :). Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on July 13, 2013: Great article. What can be done to make him committable. I could not remember the previous 30 days, could not remember how to do my job, and felt like I was behind a veil that I couldn't pierce to get to my brain! and this specific surgical position? I remember the conversation of the nurses like a hazy dream. I woke up hours later feeling sick and nauseous but managed to feel somewhat normal after the first day or two. Fatigue after general anesthesia is very common and is secondary to the disruption of biological rhythms and the sedative effects caused by the drugs used for sedation.It can be felt for a few days to a few months in nearly one third of anesthetized patients. wow what a fascinating hub, and it is so thoroughly written and so much detail and super photos, that this is definitely a must read for all those that have fear of being put under for a surgery, superior hub. Would this be an after effect of anesthesia? Indeed, even patients who had other types of anesthesia that should not affect the brain profoundly have experienced POCD. It was so weird because both times I was fine for a good half-hour after the surgery, then my heart quit and I spent the next few hours groggy, nauseus and miserable. One week after my surgery I started getting severe edema they thought it could be congestive heart failure and DVT, which both proved negative. Please let me know if you would like to give more info- were you awake or asleep for the biopsy? But it's important to try to move around as soon as possible and follow your doctor's advice on getting active again. At this point we know only that older patients and patients of lower socio-economic status have a higher risk for POCD. It takes a while for the brain to actually wake up, even after you are conscious. Followed up by my existing mental health issues, surgery killing my appetite, lack of sleep and obsessively stressing about the lump which turned out being a cyst that formed after my vasectomy. I had angioplasty 3 days ago, after surgery they placed me on a CPAP machine for about 2 hours. I am so glad to hear this went well knowing how anxious you were. I went to an ENT and was told it may go away tomorrow, 2 weeks from now, a month from now or NEVER. Due to the numbness on top of my tongue, the numbness in my tongue goes all the way down my throat. When I was out and with my husband he stated he's never seen my eyes so red/blood shot. I found out I was given succinylcholine so now I feel confident these aches will go away in a few days and have already improved. But off them for several days to recover. I had an advanced endoscopy 4 days ago where they removed a bezoar. This pain is excruciating. Can anesthesia make you tired for days after? I'm also feeling a heaviness in my chest and itchy cough, could I be developing pneumonia? Ruby from United States on March 31, 2016: Some people might enjoy the side effects and not find them annoying. August 2020, had another colonoscopy with propfol as the anesthesia. However, the nausea and dizziness are increasing progressively with time. If you keep feeling weak or tired, consult your doctor to have blood exams for hemoglobin and electrolytes. The next night, sleeping at home, I woke up shaking and tensing exactly as I did after waking up from the anesthesia. However, side effects typically do not cause any lasting harm. Best of luck and good health to all. The more important thing I do is to let the wake up happen more gradually. Is this normal, it's never happened before. I felt pretty bad for a few hours and had pain, so the nurse gave me morphine. I had surgery in November, still chasing those pesky fibroids, this surgeon got them ALL! I have had several surgeries so I am pretty familiar with the "common" side effects, nothing like this. Should I just rule this as a post surgery fluke that lasted 5 days? All this in 10-15min she informed me when I came around 4 days later. Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you to and from the hospital or clinic for the procedure. Glad it was a better experience for you!! These genes are responsible for detoxifying your body as well as converting folic acid to folate, which affects the brain. Some of the waking patients were clearly struggling but others were happy drunks and within earshot we started to talk out loud to each other and making jokes about the individual we could hear whimpering; "how could he already have seen the bill?" Most people don't remember much after the pre-op sedative has been given. A side effect is an annoying and perhaps unpleasant outcome that accompanies the desired effect of a treatment. Christin from Sioux Falls, SD on January 09, 2014: In November 2012 I had anesthesia administered 9 times over a period of 3 weeks (for ECT). It is also possible that you woke up on nitrous oxide (laughing gas) as another agent to ease you back to consciousness. About 1 day after surgery, I started to feel a bit nauseous and dizzy. I didn't quite realize that I was averaging 3 1/2 hours of sleep a night, hallucinations in low light areas, less than 500-900 calories intake daily, crying daily, stress over the boys and possible cancer, severe feeling of dread, fear and severe self image issues and bashing. They were ready to start CPR and use the defibrillator, but fortunately I came around without such help. Should I feel the anaesthetic splash into mythroat and taste this when undergoing a right lung biopsy. Hi, I'm not sure if your still responding to people on here but if so I have a few questions. Arms feel very heavy and like I can't control them, slurred speech, unbalanced, just feel like I'm drugged. On Wednesday and Thursday I slept a lot. Is that normal? It seems that other factors, such as the stresses of surgery and recovery on the body, may also play a role. 0. Thank You Daughter or Maat for bringing it to my attention. Ask your surgeon before taking medicines like aspirin or ibuprofen, as these can contribute to bleeding from recent surgical sites. What kind of anesthesia is used for finger surgery? Understand your health I am now in day five and curious to see if anything else pops up. But there are some good effects though. It starts of pretty humours then after 2 weeks my loved ones are filling me in on a few days of blacking out. Today I woke up at 7 am and at 8 am I went back to sleep and slept till 2 pm.. is this common? Is the low blood pressure very dangerous? Easy & secure access! See if your primary doctor has any suggestions- for example, was the circulation to your brain checked (carotid ultrasound) with the heart testing. why does it take me a long time to finally go under when I am given general anesthesia? The funny little hallucinations, the euphoria of the narcotics, the general well being and happiness. . I feel tired and somewhat week. Fortunately, I did not experience any of the side effects you have researched and listed. If you have one of these extreme emotional reactions, it will not be held against you in any way. :) Linda. I was originally supposed to be admitted for 3 days. What should I do? The past couple of days I have had these spells of getting very sleepy, and feeling very drugged. 0 comment. Week two edema, painful to walk, painful to touch. I swear it feels like my tongue is going to pound out of my mouth. There are 2 types of this gene that can be defective. I might give some extra medications like the sedative that is often given preoperatively (midazolam, Versed). It was an outpatient endoscopy. I have worked in construction all of my life, and I have had numerous injuries which have required surgery. Again both negative. It’s normal to feel relaxed while receiving anesthesia, but most people don’t say anything unusual. I'm still very sedated and in a fog. I had surgery yesterday and when I woke up today my face and neck are red is that normal? A lot of local anesthesia was used for both sides inside and outside gums so like 4 shots? Ask for any records they have that recorded the event - notes, tracings if they have them from the EKG (usually they aren't captured/printed, sadly). or put it into esophagus? If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. the age of 19, I had liposuction done 12 years ago under general anesthesia (1 1/2 hour long) . Right after the surgery my co2 levels dropped to below 80. I was fortunate in that my cognitive function returned, but it was one heck of a 5 week wait. I went to get 2 of my teeth extracted under local anesthesia (the shot numbing one). I am a 34 year old female who had surgery under general anesthesia 2 days ago. Has you thyroid been checked? Is the size of the endotracheal tube used an important factor in detetmining the chances of having a sore throat in the post operative period? Great hub, voted up and shared! Active and diligent research continues to try to pinpoint who is at risk, why it occurs, and what, if anything, can be done to prevent it. No appetite at all losing 17 lbs in 2 weeks. If your cat needs surgery, dental work, or another procedure requiring anesthesia, familiarize yourself with these side effects. General anesthesia has side effects and risks, but it is a necessity for many operations. In the span of 5 days I had gone through a failed ERCP, followed by a successful one and then an open cholecystectomy 2 months back and still going through sleep deprivation, itching and easily getting tired. Susan Smith, I'm not sure if you had a question prior to this that I missed. My friend's husband had undergone anesthesia for a minor check up, something about his digestion, I am not sure. I am a board-certified anesthesiologist in Lake Tahoe, California. Learn more from our experts on anesthesia. I just have simply an inability to recall for about a few days before the surgery back for a month to two months. He also felt dizzy, light headed and nauseous. Would like your thoughts...thanks. Could you shed any light on this? Any reason the anaesthitist would give me a general and a local together, the recovery nurse told me and they hadnt seen it before, I had horrible pain with the fluid going in and last I remember was kicking my legs in pain. For a brief 20 minutes, I experienced a clarity that I suspect "really smart" individuals have as a baseline of viewing the world. General anesthesia puts you into a deep sleep so that you will not feel any pain or have any awareness of what’s happening. Take a minute to do your own research to learn about it and consider getting tested. An increase in blood pressure and heart rate also are common general anesthesia side effects, but don't normally cause lasting complications. TahoeDoc (author) from Lake Tahoe, California on April 26, 2013: I had angallbladder removed 5 days ago. Former surgical nurse here, GA affects everybody differently, but very common to be tired for a few days / a week or so afterwards. Major procedures, especially those that require several days of recovery in the hospital, can result in fatigue that lasts for an extended period of time. I had no problems anywhere throughout my entire body prior to this endoscopy. Im quite happy, kind and caring, whitty and creative. Swallowing is very difficult due to the constant fear of choking to death on anything I eat or drink. Thanks for sharing your insight and expertise - voted up! Jason Jones/Flickr, CC BY I asked them to give me my sock back. This can lead to pneumonia, which can cause serious complications during the recovery p… This is so interesting and a wealth of information. Ever since the procedure, my left eye keeps jumping. Hi I had surgery 4 days ago under both armpits to remove cysts I've been getting chest pain is this normal? I told her I was intact, appropriate and keenly aware and I was curious about this waking state and wondering "who lives here"; not literally but metaphorically as in this heightened state of clarity. Sudden fatigue after an operation can be an early sign of infection. I have had 20 surgeries in 33 years of my 42 on this earth, and a quarter of those were in my first 6 months of life. Never felt pain. During the endoscope test doctor put the spray(anthesia) into her mouth . Men, often those in the military, law enforcement or jail wake up swinging. The very powerful, potent, anesthetic agents are certainly no exception. I am a twenty year old male in very good health. Care Agreement You have the right to help plan your care. Then combine that with the other physical factors of starving prior to surgery, reduced appetite after and any pain post op. S/he might want to check you. I'm assuming that the following statement "If you actually felt giddy, it's likely there was one or more of those drugs used too." Click here. For the 3 min. Do not so drugs but take prescribed meds post procedure. I woke up from surgery and asked my nurse if I was naked, then tugging on my IV line asking why I have a catheter and then asked this poor nurse if she took my pants off and if she like what she saw. In order to help you breathe or control breathing, the anesthesiologist can choose among several methods. Happy Holidays. I am older but held a professional job that required much organization until retirement. Not sure if those two correlate or not. Hester Prynne from Lemoore, California on November 03, 2013: Is this the right place to ask a question? I recently had a colonoscopy with sedation. I have a serious question. They are supposed to work. does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Let me know if you do find out as I'm curious too :) Plus, it would be good for you to know in the future! The last time I had general anesthesia, I ended up with a migraine that lasted four days. I look forward to following you and reading all of your extraordinary hubs. When you wake up in the morning, you may see long days stretching before you with nothing planned. I was just curious if that was normal? Thank you so much for reporting back and letting me know. I had a thoracotomy of the right lung back in '06. If you have pre-existing problems with soreness or stiffness, tell your nurse and anesthesiologist. So far it has started over an hour., I took my blood pressure and it seems normal. Unlike normal sleep, your body can't even make minor positional adjustments while you are under anesthesia. Complications are sometimes avoidable and sometimes not, depending on any pre-existing conditions and other factors. We consult the doctor and he suggested for endoscopy test. Succinylcholine causes the muscles to "fasiculate," or rapidly contract and relax. I got dressed and was wheeled out of the hospital to my husband. There are some general factors that can cause oxygen (I assume you meant o2 and not co2) to drop after gall bladder surgery. No side affects, up and around that afternoon, eating normally. Why did the dentist take my eyes. For coming back & letting me know. For the next hour and a half he cried, I can't see anything, why don't my eyes work. I'm just worried that something will go wrong or if that I'll be different after waking up. My next memory was in the ICU I believe and hooked up to stuff. I had anaesthesia today for electroconvulsive therapy, and I was uncontrollably crying for over an hour. Then as you are breathing oxygen, other medicines are given in your intravenous line that make you go all the way to sleep. I guess I should mention that it has a weird taste to it, almost like a spoil boiled egg or orange mixture taste. General anesthestics were lidocaine, propofol, fentanyl and..milocaine..or milozolam..and anti nausea furst time gaving general anesthesia..i am 63 years old and this noise is disturbing...can u help me figure this their anyway to make this better? If you have pre-existing problems with soreness or stiffness, tell your nurse and anesthesiologist. Now things really begin. Even when someone is very agitated, I probably give a sedative less than 10% of the time and only if I feel the patient may hurt himself or someone else (I got thumped in the sternum pretty hard once, so I have the medication ready, just in case!). ive had gen. anes. I am reporting that it happened to me as I stated. I had a Sleeve Gatrectomy 8 days ago. 09-25-10 © Andrei Malov; standard license, iStockphoto. I wonder if I bite my tongue off if that will stop the pain or intensify it. Because of the prior incident everyone agreed that skipping the toradol injection would be a great idea. But what I know, after he woke up, about half an hour later, he attacked my friend and treated her very harshly. A dental anesthetic is a locally acting anesthetic and its effects wear off after a few hours.. and it does not go to the brain as it acts in a local area. I have normal blood pressure. These symptoms were almost chronic for a year and I still deal with symptoms that float around. Can you tell if this is common or not and what could have caused this event? I was so out of it that I knew I was awake I heard there was around me and was in the state of being where I just couldn't actually function. different antibiotics have diff mild side effects usually.. but i don't think they cause sleep.. usually u may have a stomach upset or so. Luckily, the patient’s aggression usually resolves in less than five minutes; as they wake up, they are able to “reorient” to where they are and settle down on their own. It's been 7 days following the surgical removal of a 5 lb lipoma from my back under general anastesia., Is vaginal dryness common following general anesthesia? what i get is, i wake up STARVING - i mean ***starving***, to the point i could seriously start chewing on my own arm (mom said that happened when i was a toddler - they had to put restraints on me). Is it normal for general anesthesia to cause a sort of nonexistent state where you're there and you know but you can't do a single thing. Heating pads and tylenol can be used for symptom relief, if anything at all is needed. Doctor orders more lab test to check liver, and kidney. You should only do as much as you feel able to in the days after your operation. If this happens, it usually lasts less than 15 or 30 minutes. Week four edema they checked again for CHF and DVT. Your Login details are incorrect. Heartburn is kind of a rarity for me. With certain patients, particularly those in the military, law enforcement, or former prison inmates, I make sure to have extra medication on hand in order to calm an overly aggressive emergence from anesthesia. people are soooo twitty i dont have to purchase anymore weed just act like you are allergic and you get all you want free. I'm due for another surgery way more severe than my gall bladder but terrified now. Severe sleep apnea over a long period of time can cause more prevalent and long-lasting changes. It's quite possible this will be determined to be a severe vasovagal reaction (I had a patient with this not long ago and his heart rate went to 20). Don't Get Enough Food or Drink. does cause sweating after a vocal cord stripping remove. i never get the nausea (yesterday, i had my gallbladder out and was eating a meditteranean wrap right after leaving the hospital). Anesthesia won’t make you confess your deepest secrets “Patients are sometimes concerned about receiving medication that might cause them to say things they regret later,” says Dr. Meisinger. Makes it worth it to take the time to write & answer questions. Yesterday I had an endometrial ablation done with the same anesthesia. It should be stressed that these displays of emotion are not under the patient's voluntary control. Not sure what anesthesia was used, but I had no issues other than sleepy afterwards. I understand that the surgical position was: supine postion with head down and feet up at I would guess ~ 60degrees. One interesting thing to note is that this effect doesn’t just occur with general anesthesia. I began to have hissing in the head starting in september..terrible i still have it...that is why i had the mra.and hearing is fine. It has become very annoying. My sister and her husband were standing at the foot of the gurney. Under general anesthesia, you don't feel pain because you're completely unconscious. I still don't know why that would happen as I never did ask about it. TahoeDoc (author) from Lake Tahoe, California on February 27, 2014: You have no idea how happy this makes me & how much it means. But here is the thing, he claims that he doesn't remember anything. Narcotics are routinely used during anesthetics to block pain receptors and often cannot be avoided. I have severe sleep apnea and asthma. At about 3pm I started feeling like my head and ears were and still feel pressurized and my body feels sort of heavy. How about your eyes? How long does anesthesia stay in your body? I saw my shrink and she felt I might be allergic to the anesthesia first off. If so, there are medications (robinul, for example) you can get prior to another surgery/anesthesia to keep your heart from slowing down if that is the problem. But there are simple ways to help speed up your recovery. Women from puberty on seem more likely to wake up tearful and crying. Based on what you said about titrated propofol, I could see how it might lessen the chances I'd wake up angry, but I don't see how it would explain the profound feeling of happiness I experienced. After the second procedure I woke up shaking uncontrollably and was very confused what was going on. Its at least a 6-10 hour surgery to fuse 2 levels in my neck, bone spurs, stenosis repair, spondylosis repair. Usuallly, it's a combination of psychological factors and chemical/medicinal ones that make the difference. When you come in for your colonoscopy, a nurse and an anesthesiologist will discuss with you your vital signs, medical history, and any potential problems you might have with the anesthesia. Although the safety record is remarkable, side effects often cannot be avoided. Find doctors & request online appointments. My name is David, I'm 52 and had cervical surgery two weeks ago. It was a 2-3/4 hour surgery. Do you have any idea about what could have happened? I still feel tired days later. I have acid reflux at times and feel that is making the choking sensation worse. The medicine may go outside the area being numbed, or you may get too much medicine. Thanks and take care... One of the reasons more educated, professional people do not report confusion lasting more than a day or two ...may be the fact that you report that lower socio economic and elderly have more problems. The doctors said that not being able to breathe after anesthesia is not common. I could only reach the pharmacist who suggested that I take 16 mg Novo-Histidine 3x/day for ~ 3 days and then get seen by a doctor if the symptoms persist. As soon as the anesthesia wore off, I immediately experienced an extreme pounding pain in my tongue. Like sobbing. I just got my hospital statement, and it indicates I was given two rounds of the meds that make you go to sleep. First experience with propofol and it was excellent. There is just a very wide range of ways people react to the meds and procedures. Some symptoms include feeling highly anxious, brain fog/zaps, hot/cold flushes, muscle tightness/twitches, body heaviness/sluggish, onset of some cognitive issues (depersonalizations/derealization, OCD). Could this have been the anesthesia? Good luck to you and let me know how it goes when you talk to your doc. I couldn't talk the matter how much I wanted to I couldn't form stable sentences in my mind and I couldn't move I needed assistance even going to the car after the operation. I have to have more surgery. Help dr. Would not giv me sedation for fear I would get nausea then air in lungs etc. They had a hard time waking me up. 5 years ago I had a tubal ligation with twilight anesthesia. I was out for almost two hours during the surgery. Are they permanent or go away and heal completely? However, it did seem to take my body a while to get back into a normal rythm again - I just didn't feel like myself for several weeks. Anesthesia can cause these symptoms after 4 weeks if you have any problem in the vital organ functions. That way, you won't be awake when the IV is inserted for general anesthesia or when a shot is given to numb a certain part or area of the body for local or regional anesthesia. It's possible that the anesthetics and dehydration make you more prone to have these reactions and lower the threshold for some usually innocent stimulus to set it off. I am rummaging through synapses and neurotransmitters seeking discovery. Lack of Oxygen: Some people find that they breathe differently after surgery because it hurts to cough or take a deep breath. Heart rate and electrical conduction can definitely be affected over time. I had anesthesia for a lengthy brain surgery (MVD for trigeminal neuralgia) last Fall and had a horrible experience with nausea and vomiting (more dry heaves) for about 24 hours afterwards. However, some people remain confused for days or weeks, or longer, after their surgery and anesthetic. The roof of my mouth has had a burning sensation for 10 days and possibly my tongue also-will this go away or can anything be done for it? Thank you for this insightful article explaining side effects of anesthesia. I've been told that in the past I'm angry when I wake up from surgery. i mean, wth is with the breath? No one, not even your anesthesiologist, can predict how you will feel or which side effects you may experience. Get the latest health tips to your inbox, © 2008 - Privacy Policy - Archive - Find the Right Doctor for You. TahoeDoc (author) from Lake Tahoe, California on April 05, 2013: I wouldn't say it's typical, but not abnormal either, meaning, I don't think it means anything is wrong or went wrong. You may have blood or urine tests and a physical exam. I wish my surgeon had read this article instead of telling me these pains were not due to the surgery. Unlike normal sleep, your body can't even make minor positional adjustments while you are under anesthesia. Why do "patients of lower socio-economic status have a higher risk for POCD? The nausea is triggered in some way by how the anesthesia affects the brain centers and the gastrointestinal system. Some medications can cause significant forgetfulness in the hours immediately after surgery, which is a normal side effect of anesthesia. Dr. Romanth Waghmarae answered. Mentally, I turned into a negative ass that obsessed and dwelled on pointless issues. If it doesn't interfere with the surgery, they may be able to pad or support that area differently to try to help. That may sound strange, but it's true. It's really hard to even guess without knowing more about you or the events before, during and after your surgery. hi I had surgery 5 days ago my arm have been hurting on the arm the iv was given in my arm feel weak and I can hardly write what is going on im nervous and im only 26 years old. In this article, I will share with you what I tell my patients. It was one of the most frightening moments of my life. I am 63 and had 2 1/2 hour laparoscopic abdominal rectal prolapse surgery (no resection) 8 days ago. Awesome . Just after a week this is where I begin to go blank, having no memory and dwelling on my coin purse and the lump I found earlier. Thanks very much. Any problem with long term effect on vision? I can't get in touch with an anesthesiologist in my area, it's extremely rural where I live and no one seems to want to contradict the only hospital in my area. Are symptoms of nausea and dizziness common after g.a. Just to be clear, I never "wake up swinging". However, I did not forget again. This side effect is often the result of the anesthesiologist’s efforts to monitor and regulate your breathing when you’re under. It was the worst part of my recovery. Could it be from this procedure? I had g.a. I don't remember any sickness. I was quezzy when they made me walk around the ICU center and balanced myself against the wall for a few days. I now appreciate addiction. I remember in the waiting area before surgery with many other patients they gave me a shot and said I will fade and I did. If no problem then anesthetic drug being the cause is very unlikely. Muscle and joint soreness can also result from lying motionless on the operating bed for extended periods of time. After several heart tests over the next week or so, it was determined that there was nothing wrong with me. Had mri and mra and ultrasound of side of neck. Chances are, though, that even with the possibility of side effects, you will still likely decide to have your surgery with anesthesia—rather than without it! I asked my doctor but he could not give me an explanation. When they hear me at the end of the operation, they will recognize it and 'do what I say' (my joke) and wake up nice and calm. I had received a toradol shot just prior to the heart-stopping incident and they ended up labeling it an extreme vasovagal syncope reaction (based on my history of sometimes passing out because I HATE needles). Simple Facebook login. It was scary to my family and I was in that catatonic state for about a good maybe four or five maybe six hours afterwards. The odd part is I have a blank spot of either no memory or as termed a cheesecloth effect for near two or more months. b4 and never got an acid reflex afterward? I had an op and given mac anesthesia 9/9 at 11 am. I could here them? Was I in pain and crying during the procedure and just don't remember?? Interesting hub! This occurs very rarely, but it does occur. My mom troubled by the pblm in her throat. I’ll give you the rundown on what to expect and how to prevent some potentially unpleasant after-effects. Just a thought that may be worthy of further investigation. Muscle and joint soreness can also result from lying motionless on the operating bed for extended periods of time. Sondra Rochelle from USA on February 07, 2014: It is interesting that you wrote this right now because I just had a major "go round" with my pain management doctor because his anesthesia people have been using Fentanyl with me, despite the fact that I have asked them directly not to do so due to the fact that this stuff really has a bad after affect on me. the other thing is the breath. I do not know what occurred or inquired regarding the operating room. On the fourth day I remembered and quickly attached notes as reminders. Could it have anything to do with the possibility that I have sleep apnea? I'm a joker but not that blunt ever! FindATopDoc is a trusted resource for patients to find the top doctors in their area. A rather curious and common, although less-researched, side effect of anesthesia is emotional displays or outbursts after awakening. I couldn't stop saying how happy I was. I'm just angry, grouchy or in a bad mood, but not violent. Do you have any idea what the anesthesiologist gave me to cause this result? So about a week goes by and I am heeling great and feeling wonderful, physically! General anesthesia -3 hrs & 5 hr procedures. When they are awake enough to talk, they cannot explain why they are crying, and they often report that they don't feel particularly sad. Of course we all know we only have one throat, however, it feels like I have 2 separate tubes going down my throat. However, rest assured that both muscle aches and sore throats are relatively common side effects. Thank you for asking about your face lift recovery.You had a lot of surgery -But usually after 9 days, one should be able to be out for a meal without exhaustion.I would contact your own surgeon and discuss this. it's been over 24hrs and still i'm getting anaesthetic smell and dizziness when i cough or take a deep breath. I'm curious about long-term effects as in kidney and liver Toxicity. When I hear this, I tell the patient a few things. Usually, the effects of that are pretty short-lived though. and took 5 mg morphine tabs every 4 or so hours +tylenol +advil for about 2 1/2 days post surgery as prescribed. I do not have any underlying medical conditions that could cause this dizziness. I'm just looking for the old me and I miss feeling comfortable in my body. I've had a hysterescopy five days ago with GA, it was to remove a large polyp which turned out to be a fibroid. Thank you!! Hello Doc and thank you for providing such a great service. but there was no cruelness, just an awareness that this was a shared experience now, in this twilight space. So I had shots in my lower back for pain, and they used an IV and called it 'Conscious sedation'. I would ask your primary doctor for your next move. I have been thoroughly impressed with your knowledge and expertise and feel better knowing that in a few short days time I will be back to normal! You can then work with your vet to minimize your cat's risks and help keep him safe. I just had my wisdom teeth pulled this morning and it was the first time I've ever been "put under" for anything so I am definitely blessed thus far! Is this caused by anesthisia? The top right side of my tongue is numb, but I have full movement under my tongue. I was given 15mg of anesthetics during the procedure. Propofol titrated in very small amounts as the patient is waking up, also helps to smooth and slow the wakeup so that you can gradually regain consciousness and remember where you are and that there is no threat. how long will i be sleepy for after general anesthesia. Any advice would be great...thanks!! I had my wisdom teeth removed and when I woke up I was out of it. My neck muscles were also achy which I think is what triggered the migraine (most of my migraines come from my neck). than they came up with a pain med. A special lighted scope is used to move the tongue out of the way, see the vocal cords, and place the breathing tube between them. When you REALLY wake up, you won't remember this." After the surgery ends, you’ll be tired. Hi there, i had a 4 & 1/2 hr surgery on Dec 29th/16 i keep getting waves of the anesthetic taste couple times a week, today it was sooo strong made me feel sick, how long is this going to last? If you actually felt giddy, it's likely there was one or more of those drugs used too. My wife told the anesthesiologist this prior to this last surgery. Robin Bull from Moore, Oklahoma on July 22, 2013: I dealt with the itching and confusion. is four. I had surgery last month and over-all had very few side effects from the anesthesia. I have found that just reassuring the patient and then telling them ahead of time (I like to do it when they are going to sleep too- more suggestible) that they will wake up happy will lead to a better wake up. THANKS YOU!!! It literally felt like I was trapped in my body and needed to escape. He woke up crying and five minutes after waking up said his first words, I can't see. Your FindaTopDoc account is completely free. TahoeDoc (author) from Lake Tahoe, California on May 26, 2013: Christine- I'm not sure I have a great explanation for you that the cardiac testing wasn't able to find. Thank you! Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. He said something like "I'll take care of that". I ran fever for about 12 hours and then it returned to normal. First, I talk to them quite a lot. Any surgery lasting longer than 30 minutes. How long can numbness last after dental work. I've never been under (as far as I can remember) so now I know what to expect should I ever need surgery. Blue, the frosty light blue tinged color to everything I could see upon waking from general anesthesia. I tell them to get used to the sound of my friendly :) voice. If you’re having general anesthesia, a physician anesthesiologist will give you medications that make you lose consciousness. Very often, their occupation or background gives clues that this may be an issue. I am unsteady on my feet. Thank you for any help! It’s mighty hard to suck anaesthetic drugs out of your system with the same syringe they went in through! Most side effects of general anesthesia occur immediately after your operation and don’t last long. Sorry I can't give more insight and I hope that you are feeling better!! I woke up yelling, trying to stand on the bed but what made it worst was that the Anesthesiologist along with two nurses were laughing at my reaction, not trying to calm me down, it continued when i was taken to my room, the nurse let me crawl from the post-op bed to my hospital bed, the whole time I was telling him it wasn't funny and to help, he made a small move to help but it was my assigned room nurse that came in and helped me calm down. I'm an 18 year old female with no history of "gang related violence". I normally have low blood pressure, and it was low in recovery (@ 90/60, I think). I asked for something for anxiety and then was hallucinating and delusional for days. i am furious . Blood chemistries? I want it to stop. Anesthesia: Anesthetics are well known to cause confusion, but this typically decreases as the body processes the medications and removes them from circulation. A 30-year-old female asked: ... How long before general anesthesia can you smoke? A young man may wake up combative and in "fight" mode. Is this a side effect of anesthesia or could it be related to possible vitamin deficiency during my colon prep? Surgeons need to get the surgery done and cannot make significant alterations in procedure to avoid nausea and vomiting. Luckily, Benadryl can easily treat this side effect. Finally doctor Checked and told that nothing pblm. I had a virteous eye surgery pulled a horse shoe tare on retina. You may have a severe reaction to the anesthesia. I would really appreciate any help I can get to fix this torture chamber that's been left in my mouth by the doctor or his staff. I had angallbladder removed 5 days ago. Lipotropic agents promote the flow of fat and bile to and from the liver. One of the most dreaded side effects of general anesthesia is nausea followed by vomiting. This went on for what seemed like hours but had to be at least about an hour. General anesthesia is the most frequently used anesthesia in surgery. Waiting for results This is when I started reading a couple articles about the long-term adverse effect of anesthesia post-surgery which could be weeks, months or years later, has anybody thoroughly looked into this further. Moreover, there are some surgeries, particularly those in the abdomen or chest, that require the muscles used to breath to stay relaxed and not contract. that's fine - i can eat (obviously). Be visible and accessible with your up to date contact However, first make sure it's okay to take over-the-counter medicines with the prescriptions you have been given. I feel all of this was triggered by the general anesthesia. No, a dental anesthetic does not make u tired for days. Feeling tired or being unable to concentrate is common even days after surgery. In the hospital, patients can get a special medicine that block the receptor responsible for itching but not pain relief, which is even more effective. 1 doctor agrees. I had surgery 24 hours ago. WHAT can they be thinking? I had no pre-op or post-op orientation about possible effects of being under, so these information are very useful for me to understand what I'm going through and what to expect. Lortab didn't touch it, and they wouldn't give me anything else. I woke up in the night with terrible heartburn, and it's still here this morning. When I was being wheeled to recovery the doctor looked at me and said, "Don't worry. Any patient would be lucky and blessed to have you as their anesthesiologist! Sometimes cats have a bad reaction to anesthesia that can lead to other health issues. on April 29, 2017: My tongue tip on right side is numb after surgery. 1 thank. Given the significant changes induced by these powerful medications, though, the safety record of general anesthesia is particularly impressive. How much is too much? Thank you for taking the time to answer questions in a very thorough manner! TahoeDoc (author) from Lake Tahoe, California on December 29, 2012: Yes, I think that would be the only way to know for sure. Hello there! Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency. Many patients think that because they have been "put to sleep with anesthesia" that they should be refreshed and have more energy as they recover from their surgery. No see. None of my present medications are suspect. “2010 had a colonoscopy. Regardless of the breathing device used, oxygen and the anesthesia gases still dry out the mucosa of the throat contributing to that sore, scratchy feeling. Lipotropic formulas. Even minor surgical procedures, such as outpatient surgeries, can leave the patient feeling very tired. I'm so curious. Ask your surgeon at your follow up visit what they decided was the main cause. When finally stood up..a severe sharp head pain for 2 weeks had to take advil gel 40 of them..brought the inflammation down, but still had pressure and lightheadness since the surgery since july 2018. Since general anesthesia involves the use of IV and inhaled medicines to induce and maintain an unconscious state, it is not surprising that it is associated with side effects, and less commonly, complications. You lay head down face forward to heal for 7 days. This is a great hub. Prior to the following treatment the doctors administered some other type of anesthesia so I wouldn't wake up gasping for air. Discuss your specific risks with your surgeon and anesthesiologist. I seem to remember I had a mask or nostril tube in ICU until a point. The anesthesia should have no permanent effect on your throat but the instruments used can make it feel differently for some time. During the days before your procedure: Tell your provider about allergies or health conditions you have, what medicines you are taking, and what anesthesia or sedation you have had before. Don't fight drowsiness! Surgery was today and I seem wired not at all sleepy. A curious side effect of narcotic pain medication (often used as part of the anesthetic) is itching. Before going on, though, it might be helpful to distinguish a "side effect" from a "complication." Anesthesia may sound potentially scary and unpleasant, but keep in mind that all medications have side effects. The feeling of happiness I felt was so intense and unlike anything I have ever felt before that it leads me to believe it was induced by a very specific action taken by the anesthesiologist. It doesn't have to be at the time of an injection, either. Plus receiving confirmation I updated beneficiaries with no knowledge. Straightforward precancer legion removal. Click here, Need to login as a patient? I voted up and interesting! I went in for a colonoscopy and a stomach scope. This is an active field of study right now, called Post-Operative Cognitive Dysfunction (POCD). I went in to get four wisdom teeth removed and when I woke up they only had done two, and left a huge whole on the bottom where they attempted to remove a third one when I became combative. I'm 16 and I'm gonna get 4 teeth removed next week, they are gonna give me anesthesia and I'm kind of scared. Once you go off the medication, however, the weight gain typically goes away. One anesthesiologist I had gave me some very good advice once.

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