Posted 31 March 2009 - 07:52 PM
Posted 31 March 2009 - 08:49 PM
But THAT IS ONE OF MY BIGGEST FEARS. I think it's because I'm terrified of not being in control of my body and so I'm going to die. I'm NOT KIDDING. It scares me. I'd rather play with snakes and spiders. Actually, I like snakes and spiders. There's not much I won't stand up to, but the last time that I went under gen anth I made the anth. and the surgeon PROMISE me that if I died they could bring me back. It was the last thing I remember them saying, I went under making them promise. That was when I had my jaw broken. How else were they suppose to put the plate in? Believe me, I came up with a ton of ideas for my doctor, but alas, he just poo poo'ed them away... Heartless.
Posted 27 January 2011 - 08:49 PM
I'm just curious if any of you have been under general anesthesia and what was your experience when you woke up from it? I had a surgery last year where I was paralized and very weak for several hours after waking up from it. I felt as though I was completely awake, but I just couldn't move. It was very much like sleep paralisis we experience with narcolepsy. I wasn't expecting it at all, no one warned me about that being a side effect of general anesthesia. I was breathing on my own during it. I'm just wondering if this is a narcolepsy thing or if it's something anyone might experience after general anesthesia?
Posted 06 March 2011 - 06:12 PM
Posted 13 May 2012 - 12:40 PM
A couple of years ago, I got IBS, so I had to get a colonoscopy. I asked the anesthesiologist to "go light" on the anesthesia, because I had trouble waking up in the past. He was really careful to keep me *just* under, and it went a lot better. I woke up almost immediately after, could walk and was fine.
For the heavier, general anesthesia, it is harder for me to notice whether or not I have control or not, because I am so out of it. Last time I was under general, I had at least 30 minutes where I couldn't move but I could hear and comprehend everything that was going on around me... enough to hear some nurse commenting, "Why is *she* still here?" and hear the other one say that the ward I was supposed to go to had gotten some emergency patients who had filled the last few rooms, so they were trying to find a different room in a different ward. But yeah... they had no idea that I was conscious... I couldn't move, and couldn't even open my eyes until some point when they finally figured out where they were going to put me and got me rolling to the room... and even after I was in the room, it was quite a long while before I really started moving limbs and trying to communicate...
I've heard that everyone metabolizes anesthesia differently (I have friend who is super-fast, and they have trouble keeping her under), so I just figured that it was due to that... but I was relieved with the colonoscopy that the anesthesiologist was able to adjust the dose, and that made it easier. The anesthesiologist said that if you don't drink, smoke or put a lot of other strain on your body, that you can be much more sensitive to anesthesia... don't know if that's true or not... but talking to the anesthesiologist before the twilight anesthesia and letting him know that I had a hard time waking up really helped... he really tried to keep the meds light to make it easier on me (since he knew that there was less danger that I would metabolize the meds too fast and just pop awake)... I think that they tend to give a "normal" dose of anesthesia if they don't know how it will work on your body... but for some people, it is not enough and for some of us, it is a little bit too much...
Posted 03 July 2012 - 12:33 AM
I tried to tell them beforehand that I believed I may have trouble dealing with anesthesia because when I had my C-section several years ago I felt like I was asleep for nearly 2 days, on and off. The nurse refused to put that I had problems waking from anesthesia and wrote it off saying since it was a spinal anesthetic, that that was the reason why, when I woke up, I could hear stuff going on, but could not muster the energy to move a limb. Just hear and barely open my eyes enough to see roughly what was going on.
Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:35 AM
I had an ER trip that was suspected appendicitis. Obviously, in that case, it would be emergency surgery, but it was the first time I really thought about needing surgery.
I've had trouble with sleep paralysis from a child. During middle and high school, my parents were constantly annoyed by my "selective memory," which was actually automatic behavior -- they'd wake me up and have long conversations with me, and I'd respond (usually agreeing to get ready for school OR to do a number of chores). Unfortunately, I wasn't awake at all. This same trend continues with my ability to solve puzzles (to turn off alarms) among other things without waking up.
So just as much as I've had issues with waking up, what bothers me more is the sleep paralysis (which is very painful for me, even without hypnogogia). Sleeping isn't a passive activity for me, so who's to say that general anesthesia will be? Maybe I'll appear unconscious, but I'll actually be conscious.
Anyone have any idea if narcoleptic patients are more or less likely to be conscious (or semi-conscious) on the table?
Posted 23 August 2012 - 03:50 PM
Posted 30 September 2012 - 09:53 PM
Since the stimulator implant surgery I have had problems with back pain, and I have had several injections and radio frequency nerve ablations. The sedatives they gave me the last time I had an ablation nearly took me out. The doctor had to keep reminding me to breath until it started to wear off.
Posted 01 October 2012 - 07:49 PM
But what I have a lot of experience with is dental work. I've been given the injections of Novocaine numerous times, and what I notice is that it takes HOURS for the numbness to wear off. I thought this was entirely normal, but apparently it shouldn't be more than an hour (depending on the level and whether it's Novocaine or another anesthetic). But after research I came to the conclusion that it was normal because everyone metabolizes the anesthetics differently. But this post makes me wonder if it may indeed, be related to the Narcolepsy. Even though with the local anesthetics I'm not waking up. I'm not sure. Just thought I'd put my two cents in!