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I think I'm just putting too much pressure on myself to recover.
I'm supposed to be going back to work on Monday but I don't feel up to it. Am stressing though because my boss decided to take some time off last minute (the day before my op!) so am feeling pressured to go in on Monday but my whole body feels so heavy like lead- am just dragging myself around!!
Former surgical nurse here, GA affects everybody differently, but very common to be tired for a few days / a week or so afterwards. Then combine that with the other physical factors of starving prior to surgery, reduced appetite after and any pain post op. Them factor in any medications for pain relief and then finally heap on the psychological stress of surgery, hospital, treatment by staff and the body goes "give me some time please", perfectly normal. Hope you feel better soon.
Took me about a week after keyhole surgery to stop taking naps and resting. A family friend is a physio and said GA gets trapped in tiny pockets around your body, so a few weeks down the line a pocket might get released and you will suddenly feel very tired. I also tasted it in my mouth for ages afterward
Anaesthetist here, yes it's normal to be wiped out by the entire experience. When people start training they are often tired because of breathing stuff in at the beginning of cases. There are most definitely not pockets of it trapped anywhere!
I have had 4 x Spinals in past (2x Csecs, 2x lower leg surgery) My last spinal felt 'different' - they had 3 attempts to site it and I was on the ceiling each time. It didn't 'wear off' very well (still have small numb areas after 12+ months) and I was unwell in hospital after. I had surgery on my right side but my left side felt weak. I asked for a zimmer to use the loo but nurse said no and I fell. I was sent for an Xray to check no broken bones and put back to bed. 2 days later I was given an MRI and I had slipped a disc trapping the nerves down my left side. I am due back to have further surgery to the right side (it failed).
They have suggested I have a GA this time as 'I don't seem to do well on Spinals...'! I am no longer confident in the anaesthetic dept of this hospital but have no alternative (v rural)
My BMI was 43.5. I have reduced it to 39.1 and hope to drop it a bit more this month prior to surgery.
BUt, even with spinal / 'light sedation' (for IVF etc) I am always fairly ill after - vomiting / fainting etc.
Am really worried about a GA and would be grateful for any advice? I know I can contact hosp but am not confident about their advice (such as it is anyway)