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Ever since having surgery , I have had extreme insomnia i'm maybe sleeping 2 hours a night if that . Is this normal ?

Ever since having surgery , I have had extreme insomnia i'm maybe sleeping 2 hours a night if that . Is this normal ?

Low side: 2 hours a night of sleep is lower than average. However, daily sleep time can vary greatly from person to person. If you are not feeling rested or is drowsy during the day, then you are not sleeping enough. Hard to know whether your surgery has anything to do with your sleep or not from your question. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


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Insomnia. After65 days post surgery?

Insomnia. After65 days post  surgery?

Consult your MD: A lot more needs to be discussed about your new-onset insomnia. There seems to be no chronological correlation between your surgery and insomnia. Please discuss it with your primary md and mention any additional stressors, any new ideas related to prior surgery, any changes in family/environment, any other medical symptoms and any other information that could help md to help you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract sporadic fatal insomnia from a surgery?

Is it possible to contract sporadic fatal insomnia from a surgery?

Rarely: Most major surgical procedures done under general anesthesia have risks, which include but are not limited to death ("fatal insomnia"), and other complications particularl to the procedure in question. Death is generally rare to encounter considering the volume of surgeries performed. ...Read more

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What,s the main reason of insomnia in an eldery adult (75) years post surgery which caused brain hypoxia ?

What,s the main reason of insomnia in an eldery adult (75) years post surgery which caused brain hypoxia ?

Difficult to know: insomnia can occur with depression, worry, chronic pain, acute pain, congestive heart failure, caffeine or as a medication side effect. It can occur if there is reversal of the normal sleep wake cycle (taking naps in the daytime then up at night) Sometimes confusional states can lead to insomnia ( eg, urinary track infection in someone with pre-existing brain dysfunction or a degenerative state) ...Read more

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Hi, post nasal drip since 13 yr.I'm 30 now.Trouble sleeping, fell tired.Nose also congested.Had three surgery for congestion then again come back.

Hi, post nasal drip since 13 yr.I'm 30 now.Trouble sleeping, fell tired.Nose also congested.Had three surgery for congestion then again come back.

Please: Consider having an adult or someone who is at least 16 years old ask this question for you. You need to be at least 16 years old to post questions on healthtap. Thanks. ...Read more

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What are the rules about sleep position after spinal surgery? Will i need to sleep on my stomach after spinal surgery? I'm concerned since that's the only position i absolutely cannot sleep in because it aggravates my heart.

Back is fine: You would want to check with your surgeon, but i tell my patients to sleep either on their back or their side. It is unlikely you would be told that you have to sleep on your stomach. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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I am on nocor for hip surgery. I am unable to sleep body shaking and jerking when trying to sleep, also difficulty urinating. Should i call my doctor?

I am on nocor for hip surgery. I am unable to sleep body shaking and jerking when trying to sleep, also difficulty urinating. Should i call my doctor?

Absolutely YES: Nocor is an opioid narcotic and does have adverse effects. Other narcotics may be better tolerated, such as a Butrans patch. Contact your doctor and get more comfortable. ...Read more