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Doctor insights on: Waking Up During General Anesthesia

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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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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How are you kept asleep and woken up with an IV general anesthesia?

How are you kept asleep and woken up with an IV general anesthesia?

IV medication: During an IV general anesthetic, anesthetic medications are given in intermittent bolus doses or as a continuous infusion to maintain the appropriate level of hypnosis, amnesia, analgesia, and muscle relaxation while maintaining normal blood pressure. To awaken a patient, the medications are dosed and timed appropriately as to have the patient wake up at the end of the procedure. ...Read more

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Does general anesthesia in surgery makes you really asleep?

Does general anesthesia in surgery makes you really asleep?

Yes and more so: Its beyond sleep. More like a comatose state and the drugs/meds used in anesthesia affect the brain waves differently and the wave patterns will look differently than someone just sleeping and this makes sense because the requirements for the surgery are different than having a sound sleep. ...Read more

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Can people normally wake up violently after from coming under anesthesia?

Can people normally wake up violently after from coming under anesthesia?

Depends on situation: Patients with PTSD, such as war veterans, are known to be at risk for waking up with aggressive behavior after anesthesia, due to their past experiences. Otherwise, this is unusual. The anesthesiologist usually is able to control the wakeup so that it is more gradual and pleasant. Agitation on waking up may be more likely after emergency surgery or if the patient was upset when going to sleep. ...Read more

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To general surgeons: when a patient should be shaved for inguinal hernia, during anesthesia or before anesthesia (general).

To general surgeons: when a patient should be shaved  for inguinal hernia, during anesthesia or before anesthesia (general).

Just prior to cut: Either there should be no shave (which makes placing and removing bandages painful) or just prior to the incision being made. ...Read more

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What is patient position during awake craniotomy? Lying down? And feel the patient after waking up during surgery that his head is opened or any pain?

What is patient position during awake craniotomy? Lying down? And feel the patient after waking up during surgery that his head is opened or any pain?

Back or side: It depends on the location of the tumor, but usually awake craniotomies are performed with patient on their back and a roll under one shoulder to slightly turn you to the side. Ultimately, they are in between their back and side. ...Read more

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Could having a bad seizure when i'm waking up after surgery be a reaction to general anesthesia?

Could having a bad seizure when i'm waking up after surgery be a reaction to general anesthesia?

No: Anesthesia is generally protective against seizures. This is somthing else. I might consider talling to a neurologist to see if something else is going on. ...Read more

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Practice good sleep hygiene. Sleep on a schedule, but wake up after 2-3 hours sleep. Any suggestions?

Practice good sleep hygiene.  Sleep on a schedule, but wake up after 2-3 hours sleep.  Any suggestions?

Insomnia: Some quick tips. Look up healthy sleep habits online. Create a consistent wake time and avoid naps. Go to bed only when you are tired. If you can't fall asleep within 20 mins, get out of bed until you're tired again. Avoid substances that impact sleep, like drugs and alcohol. ...Read more

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Is amnesia common after waking up from coma?

Is amnesia common after waking up from coma?

Possibly: It depends on what the reason for the coma is. You wont have any memory of the coma itself, but depending on if you had a head injury or if any part of your brain was affected, then you could have various forms of amnesia. ...Read more

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I can usually fall asleep without issue, but frequently wake up 30-45 minutes after sleeping. Once awake, i tend to be anxious about work.

I can usually fall asleep without issue, but frequently wake up 30-45 minutes after sleeping.  Once awake, i tend to be anxious about work.

Work anxiety: Sounds like you need to review why you're anxious about your work, so you can address that rather than having it awaken you. It can help to go over things with a trusted mentor -- and also a therapist too. Both can help you gain self-understanding, and develop some options. Medications can help manage the symptoms at times, but really aren't the first step. ...Read more

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I wake up during REM sleep typically. Is this why i'm sleepy all day even on 9 or 10 hrs sleep?

I wake up during REM sleep typically. Is this why i'm sleepy all day even on 9 or 10 hrs sleep?

Possibly: Rem sleep is an important part of your sleep cycle. If you were in my office, i would ask you how you know you are waking during rem sleep. Usually, people get about 2 hours of rem sleep per night, in 3-4 different episodes. If you are having numerous awakening through the night, even if it isn't during rem sleep, that would explain your fatigue. Seek care with your physician if it persists. ...Read more

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Father won't wake up following intubation?

Father won't wake up following intubation?

Depends why intubatd: If he was awake prior to intubation, he was probably given sedatives or anesthetics for the procedure. These may last a 1-3 hours in some patients and then he should wake up. However, they may be giving him sedatives while intubated to allow him to rest. If he was intubated because he was already unconscious, whatever is causing the unconscious condition must be corrected for him to wake up. ...Read more

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Fell sleep 4 a few hrs woke up couldn't get back to sleep. kept waking up every 30-60 minutes with anxiety and stomach pain. Dream were very constant.

Fell sleep 4 a few hrs woke up couldn't get back to sleep. kept waking up every 30-60 minutes with anxiety and stomach pain. Dream were very constant.

Sleep disturbances: Anyone can have an occasional sleeplass,restless,dream filled night like that which can be traced back to caffeine,alcohol,spicey,greasy meal,or even sugary foods eaten at night. Obviously if you're experiencing persistent Abdominal discomfort or tenderness, you must be checked by your physician. ...Read more

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Tachycardia many times a night. Always am awakened 10 mjn after falling asleep with tach up to 180bpm. Somethung with dleep causjng ghis? Not anxious!

Tachycardia many times a night. Always am awakened 10 mjn after falling asleep with tach up to 180bpm. Somethung with dleep causjng ghis? Not anxious!

A cardiac arrhythmia: can present with tachycardia at rest. A cardiologist will evaluate you & probably monitor your heart rate & rhythm over 24 hours or more. With an anxiety disorder & a vocal tic, check your 3-generation family history for Tourette Syndrome. TS can present as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder + ADHD, especially in females, without full-blown multiple motor tics + at least 1 vocal tic for a year or >. ...Read more

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Last night i kept throwing up. Could that be from the general anesthesia the day before?

Last night i kept throwing up. Could that be from the general anesthesia the day before?

Possibly, or other: It may be from anesthesia, surgery, medication, or unrelated. Some people are sensitive to anesthesia and may be nauseated the next day - but that is uncommon. If you are prone to motion sickness or had abdominal or gynecologic surgery, that could increase the likelihood of nausea. Narcotic medications could also be the culprit. Call your surgeon or go to the er if you are very dehydrated! ...Read more

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Knee scope done under general anesthesia. Waking up in recovery room I was shivering and shaking. Why does that happen? Have very sore muscles now.

Knee scope done under general anesthesia. Waking up in recovery room I was  shivering and shaking. Why does that happen? Have very sore muscles now.

GA: Shivering and shaking is quite common after an operation and its due to body temp changes. This can also happen after a GA. The muscle pains are probably due to the use of succinylcholine - which is a paralyzing agent - you would have to check your records. The muscle pains will resolve. ...Read more

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Waking up drenched in sweat and occasionally during the day?

Waking up drenched in sweat and occasionally during the day?

See doc.: This could be due to infection, cancer, menopause, or other hormone disorders. Please see a doc and get this sorted out. ...Read more

Dr. Karen Sibert
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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