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I have constipation 48 hours after getting a general anesthesia.I have taken stool softener, prunes, and water. Is there an otcsuppositor?

I have constipation 48 hours after getting a general anesthesia.I have taken stool softener, prunes, and water. Is there an otcsuppositor?

See below: There are a variety of things that you can do to help. Increase fluid intake, try milk of magnesia, or use a fleet enema. I am sorry this is happening to you, hang on in there. ...Read more

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General Anesthesia (Definition)

General anesthesia is a medically induced coma and loss of protective reflexes resulting from the administration of one or more general anesthetic agents. It is a treatment that renders you unconscious during medical procedures, so you don't feel or ...Read more

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Is general anesthesia caused by a gas or an injection?

Is general anesthesia caused by a gas or an injection?

Either or both: General anesthesia is a state of unconsciousness and lack of reaction to painful stimuli. It can be brought on by intravenous medications such as propofol, sodium pentothal, and ketamine. Anesthesia gases (desflurane, sevoflurane) will also produce general anesthesia. Often you will receive a combination of both during surgery. ...Read more

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Treating Constipation (Checklist)

Increase hydration
Daily
Increase fiber intake
Daily
Avoid constipating foods
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Try to establish routine for timing of bowel movements
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Is it possible for general anesthesia cause numbness to face and tounge?

Is it possible for general anesthesia cause numbness to face and tounge?

Not really: General anesthesia sometimes involves a breathing tube or airway device that may cause numbness to the tongue but not the face. ...Read more

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Treating Constipation (Checklist)

Ensure an adequate intake of fluids daily
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Eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day
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Increase fiber intake with whole grains, beans, and legumes
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Do you know if there are similarities between unconsciousness caused by trauma, and unconsciousness by general anesthesia?

Not likely: General anesthesia is a reversible condition. Unconsciousness from trauma often is temporary, but the duration is unknown because the mechanism is different. Trauma causes damage to nerve transmission from sweeping and direct cell damage. Anesthetic drug effects dissipate over time. ...Read more

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What causes the uncontrollable shaking and shivering after general anesthesia?

What causes the uncontrollable shaking and shivering after general anesthesia?

Just happens!: Shivering after general anesthesia sometimes happens even if a patient's temperature is normal, usually associated with the anesthesia gases such as Desflurane and sevoflurane. A small dose of Demerol will usually calm down the shivering. We see less of it these days now that we have warming blankets and fluid warmers in wide use in the operating rooms. ...Read more

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Treating Constipation (Checklist)

Find cause
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Eat fruits and vegetables, more fiber
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avoid laxatives
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Could general anesthesia cause cognitive dysfunction?

Could general anesthesia cause cognitive dysfunction?

Maybe: General anesthesia along with surgery has been associated with cognitive dysfunction. The link is not strong and some surgeries can only be done with general anesthesia. ...Read more

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Anesthesia (Definition)

Anesthesia is a field of study that involves methods of removing sensation, pain, and consciousness from a person in order to perform surgeries, do other uncomfortable procedures, or relieve his pain/suffering. A doctor specializing in ...Read more

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