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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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What does local anesthetic feel like?

What does local anesthetic feel like?

Numbing: Local anesthetics cause the area to feel pretty numb, but you maybe able to sense pressure sensations. Usually you will feel a prick of the needle, followed by a burning sensation from the local anesthetic. Sortly after you will begin to feel numb, . ...Read more

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What does meperidine feel like?

What does meperidine feel like?

It is a narcotic: Like most narcotics, meperidine, aka demerol, (meperidine hydrochloride) can be addicting. Side effects include constipation, nausea, euphoria and many others. If you are in severe pain, it can be very helpful on a short term basis. If not, avoid it. ...Read more

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What does general anesthesia feel like after I come to?

What does general anesthesia feel like after I come to?

Drowsy at first: Many people are surprised when they wake up, because it feels as though no time has passed at all. They can't believe that their procedure is actually over. You may feel a little groggy, and it's fine to go back to sleep. Mild nausea and a little pain from the surgery are also common. Ask your nurse for medicine to relieve nausea or pain. You'll feel more normal over the first hour or two. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to be put under general anesthesia?

What does it feel like to be put under general anesthesia?

Drifting to sleep: It feels like just drifting off to sleep very quickly. Occasionally patients recall feeling some burning or stinging in the IV site when medications (especially propofol) are injected into the vein. Sometimes people have the sensation of a funny smell or taste in the mouth. None of this lasts long, as sleep comes within seconds. When you wake up, you feel as though no time at all has passed. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to be put on general anesthesia?

What does it feel like to be put on general anesthesia?

Very Few Know: With modern anesthetics we try and shut down the memory of the patient before they go to the or. Once they can't remember what happened, it is very hard to find out what they felt as they went to sleep. Without sedatives the very medication that is used to put people to sleep blocks memory formation, so we have the same problem. Same with waking up. Patients come to in the pacu after the op. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what it feels like going under general anesthesia?

Can you tell me what it feels like going under general anesthesia?

Good: In general, a premedication is given prior to going into the or so patients don't remember the induction of general anesthesia. If no premed is given, undergoing induction of general anesthesia is usually described as possibly a little burning or discomfort at the IV site then nothing until you wake up. Most people don't even remember this much. ...Read more

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What does anesthesia feel like when you first get it?

What does anesthesia feel like when you first get it?

Very Few Know: This sounds like a non- answer, but let me explain. With modern anesthetics we try and shut down the memory of the patient before they go to the or. Once they can't remember what happened, it is very hard to find out what they felt as they went to sleep. Without sedatives the very medication that is used to put people to sleep blocks memory formation, so we have the same problem. ...Read more

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What does it feel like when you go under and wake up from general anesthesia?

What does it feel like when you go under and wake up from general anesthesia?

Feelings Will Differ: Depending on how long the procedure lasts, how extensive the surgery is, your general medical condition and the types of medications you take routinely. After some procedures, a longer "wake-up" is desirable; for others, an immediate "wake-up "may occur, though you my have no memory of the events postoperatively until much later! prolonged sedation or antegrade amnesia are at work here. ...Read more

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What does general anesthesia feel like when you're falling asleep?

What does general anesthesia feel like when you're falling asleep?

Death -- I think: Not knowing what death feels like i would assume that anesthesia feels the same in that you feel nothing. You have no sesne that time goes by. There is no dreaming during anesthesia ( sometimes you may have dreams from other drugs used during the wake up process but not during anesthesia.) you simply close your eyes and then open them a half second later. But it's later and in another room. ...Read more

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What does a general anaesthetic actually feel like?

What does a general anaesthetic actually feel like?

Nothing: After induction of anesthesia higher brain function "turns off" and consciousness is lost. Upon emergence of anesthesia the brain function returns and you wake up. You have no recall of time while under anesthesia or events that happened. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to be put on laughing gas?

What does it feel like to be put on laughing gas?

Numbed senses +: Relaxed, calm, happy, "floating", etc. Most patients love it. Some can even forgo local anesthesia with it, especially kids. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to be on ketamine? Do you feel anything?

What does it feel like to be on ketamine? Do you feel anything?

Dissociated: The effect of ketamine depends on the dose. It is used for general anesthesia and at these doses you would not feel anything and would be unconscious. Ketamine is also used to treat pain and at these lower doses, ketamine creates a state in which the person is dissociated from the body and external reality, it is often given with sedatives with amnesia properties to prevent possible hallucinations ...Read more

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What does labor feel like ?

What does labor feel like ?

How far pregnant?: Labor pains occur with regularity and feel like a hard muscle cramp--(your uterus). The intensity will increase as labor helps to bring the baby down for delivery. You should learn how to grade labor pains from very hard to just starting to feel them. Your obstetrician will teach you. Best wishes! Always let your doctor know if you have any vaginal discharge--water or blood especially. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to undergo hemodialysis?

What does it feel like to undergo hemodialysis?

Hard to Answer: Probably best to ask someone you know about who is on dialysis, and would like to talk about it. There are over 500, 000 patients receiving dialysis in the us each year. It should not be hard to find a dialysis patient. You could also call a local dialysis unit--and even volunteer to help out. ...Read more

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How will i know what does an asthma attack feel like and what does it feel like before the attack?

How will i know what does an asthma attack feel like and what does it feel like before the attack?

Terrible. : Asthma attacks are usually fairly quick in onset, though if you're asthma is not well-related it may be hard to tell what's an attack and what is just uncontrolled asthma. Symptoms are usually shortness of breath, coughing, chest tightness, feeling like it's hard to get air out of your chest, and you may hear wheezing. If these start abruptly, you may need prompt medical attention. ...Read more

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What does an endovaginal ultrasound feel like and how does it make you feel?

What does an endovaginal ultrasound feel like and how does it make you feel?

Mildly uncomfortable: Endovaginal ultrasound is performed with a long but narrow probe that is slowly inserted after lubrication and barrier protection is applied. It is invaluable for assess early pregnancy and pelvic pathology in a minimally invasive, safe, cost-effective and reproducible way that has transformed obstetrics and gynecology. It should not hurt, nor last more than a few minutes. ...Read more

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What does being put under anasthesia feel like?

What does being put under anasthesia feel like?

General Anesthesia: Essentially under general anesthesia, patients lack awareness, have deep sedation, adequate pain control and are relaxed for the procedure to be performed. People often say they have vivid dreams while under general anesthesia and often don't remember being put "under" until they are awoken. Under anesthesia is usually general but not limited to mac, deep sedation or regional anesthesia. ...Read more

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What exactly does fiberopoptic intubation anesthesia feel like?

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What exactly does fiberopoptic intubation anesthesia feel like?

Not too bad: If you are asking this question, i imagine you have been told by an anesthesiologist to expect an "awake, fiberoptic intubation" due to concerns with your airway. Even though you will be awake enough to keep breathing and avoid choking, most "awake" fiberoptic intubations are done with moderate sedation. You will also be numbed along the path of the breathing tube. Some coughing may be the worst. ...Read more

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What exactly does it really feel like to have appendicitis?

What exactly does it really feel like to have appendicitis?

RIGHT LOWER QUADRANT: The classic presentation of appendicitis is a vague discomfort that starts about the navel, which then locates into the right lower quadrant over 10-16 hrs .Nausea, loss of appetite, and fever are also associated. Diarrhea is usually not associated with appendicitis. A good exam, white cell count, and, sometimes , cat scan help make the diagnosis. Surgery is then needed. Good luck. ...Read more