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What Causes The Uncontrollable Shaking And Shivering After General Anesthesia
Cold, usually: Often during anesthesia, your body temperature drops. When you are awakened, your body tries to warm it up any way it can, and shivering is one of those ways. Another cause can be different parts of the nervous system waking up at different times; if the parts that control shivering (and there are several) wake up first then you shiver more and harder. Men have this issue more than women. ...Read more
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
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
See below: It is not unusual to have some tongue numbness after anesthesia. This occurs because the endotracheal tube that is placed to help you breathe can sometimes put pressure on the tongue. This numbness usually resolves within a few days. The facial numbness is more unusual and I would talk to the anesthesiologist who didi your case. ...Read more
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
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
I'm having surgery tomorrow morning with general anesthesia and I vaporize weed concentrates everyday. Will this cause complications during surgery?
You should inform: Your anesthesiologist and surgeon so they can monitor you, and titrate the dose better. ...Read more
Not typically: It would be unusual for numbness of the tongue to arise just from general anesthesia unless the anesthesiologist was exceptionally agressive during intubation and did significant damage in the mouth. Numbness in the face would also be very unlikely. ...Read more
See below: This should not cause problems if you did not drink to excess. I would suggest trying to keep it to a minimum, and then hydrate well for the next few days. ...Read more
Can general anesthesia cause constipation and swelling for more than 3 days after surgery! If yes, what are the remedies?
Not likely: It's extremely unlikely for General Anesthesia to cause these symptoms- but very common for opioid based pain medications to cause constipation- and nearly every general anesthetic / surgery is accompanied by opioid pain meds- though 3 days out probably not related to that either, so much as any Norco/Percocet/hydrocodone, etc. You may have been taking after surgery for pain. ...Read more
Does general anesthesia cause alopecia? If so how long would it take to occur after surgery? Mine occurred a few months after so is it possibly related
I was on shoulder stabilisation 2 months ago. Since I itch all over body+rash on both shoulders. Is it possible that its caused by general anesthesia?
Doubt it: I assume you had general anesthesia 2 months ago for the surgical procedure. I can't imagine how general anesthesia could cause a rash that persists for 2 months. (some medications given during anesthesia may cause a rash that lasts for a few minutes. These are similar to a mild allergic reaction confined to the skin and resolve quickly.). ...Read more
All of them can: Headache and nausea are common side effects of general anesthesia. They are both patient and surgery dependent. For example, young females, non smokers with a history of motion sickness are likely to experience nausea after anesthesia. Surgery on the eye and head often triggers nausea and headache. For coffee drinkers headache may be due to caffeine withdrawal. Speak to your anesthesiologist. ...Read more
None: There are none that specifically cause headache and nausea. Some people are more sensitive to the effects of different medications. In general volatile agents (gas) can cause more nausea than intravenous medications. Some people can develop headaches with volatile agents, but others can get headaches with other medications ...Read more
Could smoking marijuana after a surgery where general anesthesia was used cause any huge issues? It's been 12 hrs since the surgery.
Depends: Smoking anything can impair the small blood vessel flow to the wound site and delay healing. It doesn't matter if you had a general or local. General anesthesia does use the lung tissue to pass the drugs of anesthesia through the cell membrane to enter the body. The gas can be irritating to these tissues. Weed uses this same method to enter your system. ...Read more
I know both are generally safe, but is intravenous safer than general anesthesia? Does intravenous cause complications if you have heart problems?
Both are the same: General anesthesia combines both intravenous and inhaled anesthetics. All anesthetics will have reversible effects on heart function. The physician anesthesiologist and other members of the anesthesia care team work jointly to ensure patient safety, especially patients with heart problems. Patients with known heart problems should discuss those issues with the Anesthesiologist before surgery ...Read more
Can I stop Prozac (fluoxetine) a few days before major surgery? I'm worried that withdrawal may affect general anesthesia or cause problems during the operation.
No reason to stop: It makes sense to keep taking medications that your system is already used to taking. Stopping Prozac (fluoxetine) might increase your anxiety, which isn't helpful when you're facing major surgery. If you need to be on a clear liquid diet prior to surgery, it still should be ok to take your medicines with a sip if water. However, stopping Prozac (fluoxetine) does not affect general anesthesia in any significant way. ...Read more
I am undergoing a colon test next week and they will be using Propofol. They used general anesthesia on me when I had a hysterectomy done and I had a lot of problems. Was it Propofol they used that caused the problems?
Does generAl anesthesia cause breathlessness after becoming concious? My oxygen saturAtion was ok but I felt breathless? Why?
Muscle blockade....: With general anesthesia, neuromuscular blocking agents are often used to paralyze the muscles during the surgery. Sometimes it takes a little while for these to completely wear off. Your respiratory muscles can be affected so you are not taking real deep breaths. This can lead to the feeling of breathlessness. When the melds wear off, you feel normal again. That may be the reason for your symptoms ...Read more
Cold after surgery: Normally surgery rooms are kept quite cold and under anesthesia, as there is no movement in the body + there is exposure for surgery etc, the body temperature drops and patients get cold after the surgery esp in extremities. Most modern operation rooms do have warm air covers over patients to maintain normal body temperature + they also use heated IV fluids and humidified anesthetic gases ...Read more
You should see: A doctor, because it can be a cardiac rhythm problem. Some of these are benign and transient, but others are dangerous. Only cardiac monitor or ekg will tell the difference. ...Read more
I read studies that showed General anesthesia can causes amnesia and 35% increase risk of dementia. Is IV Sedation same like General Anesthesia.
See below: Do not think your statistics reflect real data. Did you find a blog from an online "expert"? IV sedation is not akin to general anesthesia and likely does not really represent any profound risk. Suggest you talk with your doctor regarding your concerns, ...Read more
Is it true the doctor told us that if the baby has flu etc. They can't inject general anesthesia cause the baby may not wake up. Is that true? Please I need an answer thank you
There's more to this: There's more to this story, because all use of anesthesia depends on the benefits vs. Risks of using anesthesia. Parents need to understand their whole story (using a translator if needed). If a baby has a cold or flu, and doesn't need a procedure today, he can get the procedure when he is better. On the other hand, if a sick baby breaks a leg in a car wreck, he will get anesthesia to fix his leg. ...Read more
Willmethadone cause any adverse reaction when having several teeth extracted under general anesthesia?
Will methadone cause any adverse reaction when having several teeth extracted under general anesthesia?
Noticing eye floaters three months after surgery under general anesthesia. Can drugs used for anesthesia cause eye problems such as floaters?
No: Your floaters are inside your eyes' vitreous cavity and occur as a result of aging of the eye. Normally these gradually develop, but occasionally they can increase suddenly, usually associated with light flashes & a noticeable change in the quality of your vision. If this occurs, a dilated eye examination is important to rule out other problems causing the floaters, such as a tear in the retina. ...Read more
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