Aneasthetic

October 3, 2009 2:55pm CST
Have you ever had to go under aneasthetic for an operation? I have an irrational fear, of going *under* although i have had to, many times for various reasons. The last time, i had a mass panic attack, and jumped off the table to leg it home.., but they assured me, i would be fine. Having said that, they turned off the sound of the heart monitor, as it was bleeping like crazy, as i was in a panic, and hearing my heart race, made my panic worse! I hate them, they scare me, i hate the knowledge i am going to be as good as dead, for the next few hours, i definetely have a phobia. Have you had to endure one? Did it bother, or scare you? or were you able to just go with the flow, with no problem?
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@littleone3 (2065)
3 Oct 09
I have only had to go under anaesthetic once that was when I had a miscarriage and had to have a DNC. I had no ill effects from it, all I remember is being asked to count down from 10 then the next thing I knew was waking up in the bed the next morning I could remember that I was very thirsty. I just don't like being in hospital at all.
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4 Oct 09
Hi littleone. Sorry to hear that, i had the same thing, when i had a miscarriage, and i was scared stiff! I dont like the smell of hospitals, they make me nervous. I am just a big baby! Thanks for sharing.
@Maggiepie (7816)
• United States
5 Oct 09
[b] Littleone--who but hypochondriacs do?! Sorry...it was there. I had to use it! Sorrysorrysorry! Maggiepie (inveterate joker & punstress) "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?"[/b]
@anne25penn (3308)
• Philippines
4 Oct 09
I've had a major operation done a few years ago to remove a cyst that was growing in my ovaries. When my doctor described the procedure to me, I thought it would be a simple operation. It was only after the operation that I realized that I had undergone a major operation and I only filed a week off work. I wasn't exactly scared but was more irritated. At that time I consumed large amounts of coffee and I was supposed to be drowsy or asleep when they wheeled me out of my room to be brought to the operating room. But I was still awake up to the time I was transferred to the operating table. It was spinal anesthesia and I even felt the needle on my back, after that I blacked out. One thing I can remember from this operation is the pain. It was as if I had a CS and had to be flat on my back for three days. Not only that, I could not eat anything for three days too. On the third day that I could eat and sit, most of the food brought on the first day I was confined was all gone consumed by visiting friends and my brother . I remember having to order food for myself from the hospital restaurant . I was alone at that time and even had to check myself out of the hospital by myself. So my ordeal with anesthesia was okay and I survived the operation. It was only hell on days that were so cold, my back would really hurt. But it doesn't hurt now.
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4 Oct 09
Hi anne, That sounds horrendous, you poor thing. To have to go through all that alone I am glad you are better now, must have been quite an ordeal for you, we all need support in times like this
• Philippines
4 Oct 09
Actually I was more distressed that the food was all gone rather than worry about my operation . My aunt had brought a tray of dimusm and it was driving me nuts on those three days that I could not eat and I could only watch my brother eat, and offer some to my visitors.
@Maggiepie (7816)
• United States
5 Oct 09
[b]I take it you didn't get fired for having to take off longer than you'd agreed? Maggiepie "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?"[/b]
@Hatley (164014)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Oct 09
hi forestgold I was the same way but the anesthesiologists were really sneaky . after I had told them I really feared the anesthetic they started an IV.well in that IV was the stuff that put you to sleep for the surgery.so by the time I woke up I was asking when do I go for surgery? the nurse would reply all three times you are all done, the surgery was fine and you are all through.of course with the third one,a horrible fracture of myleft shoulder caused by falling and landing on my shoulder, I knew at once as my left arm was now in a sling with bandages on my arm where they had inserted the bionic shoulder joint that was now my new shoulder joint.let me say it is not as good as the real bone one by any means. Icannot lift my left arm up to reach anything. wah wah.
4 Oct 09
That made me laugh, asking when you go for surgery, when it was all done LOL. That is good though, i bet you were SO relieved it was all over. I think they did good, sneaking into you, they saved you a lot of anxiety. Sorry about your shoulder, that does not sound so good.
@jwfarrimond (4473)
3 Oct 09
Yes, three times. I can't say that it bothers me very much, though the first time I had a short period of severe panicky confusion when I came to again but it did not last for more than a few seconds before I came to my senses properly.
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4 Oct 09
I am glad you sail through it, i really wish i could be more relaxed. I am also afraid of the blood pressure tester, as mine is always sky high, through anxiety when i go to hospital. I am told i suffer *white coat syndrome* which is a fear of doctors etc..
@ElicBxn (62187)
• United States
3 Oct 09
I've never had a problem with that, me - I'd just as soon know that I'll go to sleep and when I wake up it'll all be over the first time was a bit scary, because they were going to do my wisdom teeth and I was still awake while they were strapping me down - now, I didn't care for that
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4 Oct 09
Hi Elic, I would have freaked out lol, at being strapped down, they would have to knock me out first, but i hate that too... Thanks for responding
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@angelsmummy (1699)
3 Oct 09
I am scared of them yes! I have had 3 in my lifetime, one on my nose I had it cauterised as I had constant nosebleeds. I then had one on my chin as I had a huge cyst growing underneath and I couldnt put my head down to look down. I also had one on my leg as I broke it really badly (bad enough for me to be in plaster for a year!). These were all before I was 15! I am due to have another on my leg as it is still broken (I found out the other day had an x-ray check up). I am now 21 so it has been broken for a while an I managed 2 pregnancies with it! I think i am more concerned this time because if I dont wake up I will be leaving my 2 beautiful daughters behind so that is a huge concern for me!
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4 Oct 09
Hi angel, Aw, i am sure it will be fine. This is how i always think, that i might not come round, and leave my kids, but i know we are very well taken care of, and i should learn to relax. You will be fine, but i understand what you are saying. Best wishes with it, you will be fine!!
• United States
6 Oct 09
many times.there's always a small fear in the back of my mind i might not wake up for what ever reason,but i go with it,cases where i had it it was unavoidable. i'm always cold when i wake up,last time they had to pile blankets on me for awhile.
6 Oct 09
Hi scarlet, Ooh, i wonder why you are always cold? There must be a reason for that. Well here is hoping we will not have to endure anymore.. Fingers crossed! Thankyou for sharing..
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• United States
9 Oct 09
they said it was something to do with heart rate/respiration.. i guess i slow down so much my tempurature drops or something..
10 Oct 09
So long as you are ok, which you were, I guess it affects us all different, but the docs know what to do, (i hope)
@Maggiepie (7816)
• United States
4 Oct 09
[b]I don't have the same phobia, but I've had some others, all of which determination helped me conquer. I have no problem with anesthetic at all, or almost any hospital procedure. Exceptions include eye operations, having a berium swallow, & the extreme pain of a saddle block/spinal tap. I'd been operated on a bunch of times, & lived to tell the tale. If you're certain you're not having a premonition (& it doesn't sound like it), the I'd suggest counseling, from a pro you feel comfortable being with. Maggiepie "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?"[/b]
4 Oct 09
Hi maggie, Yes phobias can be horrendous. I have had many a doctor, witness my phobia, panic etc. They tell me i have *white coat syndrome* which is a fear of the medical docs etc. I dont know why i am like this, but even having blood pressure check, i panic, and they have to calm me down, to get a true reading. They are aware of it, and accept it, and usually do their best to calm me down. I feel so stupid, but i cannot help it, it is just there.
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• India
4 Oct 09
Hi there forestgold, I am a person who is very afraid of even taking an injection. Cause of this fear, I never even used to take any blood tests. Guess what happened, about 3 years back, I had a heart attack, and was advised to have a triple by pass surgery. Before the surgery, the doctors had a counselling with me, and told me not to worry, as I will be under aneasthesia immeditely. Well that it how it happened, I was wheeled into the O.T., the doctor smiled at me, and asked me what kind of music, I liked, then she switched on the stereo, and a nice music filled the air, and that was the last thing I know.The next thing I woke up in a CCu ward after 18 hours. Well that it. The after surgical pain, well that is another story.
4 Oct 09
Hi rame, omg, how scary! I am glad you got through that ok. I hope the pain has gone now? That is a major operation to endure, i hope all is well now hun. very! scary!
• India
4 Oct 09
The pain has gone now. I am very well, and corresponding with you, and I hope to do the same for the next 30 years.
6 Oct 09
I am glad to hear it hun, and here's to the next 30 years!
3 Oct 09
Hi Helen, You poor thing, if you have a fear of omething like that its terrible, but I have only been under knife once, a very long time ago, I had my tonsil out, woke up feeling very sick and sore throat. Never been for anything else since. Hugs. Tamara xxxx
4 Oct 09
It is not good Tamara. I always feel so stupid as well, but i cannot help it. Another huge phobia i have, is when they do the blood pressure, that thing they put on your arm? I panick! How irrational is that!!..
4 Oct 09
Hi hun, I am thinking that maybe you have had a bad experience with going to the hoospital about something as a child so that is where phobia started, mine is worms, when my brother's friend put some worms in his pocket and told me to put my hands in his pocket to get some money so I can go to the shop to get him some sweets, I put my hands in his pocket and felt the worms in them, so that is why I have phobia of worms, hate them. Hugs. Tamara
6 Oct 09
EUGH! Tamara, Can't kids be cruel..lol..aww, i bet that was horrible!! A friend of mine was petrified of worms, so some scumbag at school put one of those huge blood sucker fat ones in her hood! She nearly had a fit!!
@moondancer (7433)
• United States
5 Oct 09
I truly hate to be put"under". I am afraid that they might not do it right. Like the one that did my daughter and was run out of the operating room for being drunk and another had to take over. She gave my daughter something that almost killed her. They had to give her something different, as she had a bad reaction to the other medicine that the drunk gave her. She had actually let my daughter die. They rought her back, thank goodness! Our lives do hang in the balance when they do this. It's up to how the anesthesiologist does as to if we live. I try not to worry about it though.
6 Oct 09
Hi moondancer, OMG! that is terrible!! Were they fired? You should have sued her, that is terrible! Thank god your daughter was ok...my god, to think her life was in her hands, and she messed up. You should have sued her!
• United States
8 Oct 09
My daughter was just so happy and me too that someone else was there to take over and to save her. She makes sure now that the person that did that is never ever in the operating room with her. She was having a baby and has to have a c-section every time.
@MsTickle (25192)
• Australia
9 Oct 09
Oh dear forestgold, that does sound horrid. I have a fear of heights and I'm claustrophobic but I have not had to endure them too much...I've been able to escape before too much panic sets in....those initial inexplicable feelings of fear and vertigo in the case of heights and the sense of suffocation in the claustrophobia have been more than enough for me. I was young, newly pregnant, going to work in a train one morning. It was a train with automatic doors and it was cold so no windows were open. The train was very crowded. I began to feel ill and suffocating at the same time. I tried to concentrate on this man's beautiful expensive looking shoes and suddenly vomited all over them. I then had to stand there with vomit on my clothes and in my hair and all over his shoes and others and wait till the train pulled into the next station. I jumped off and ran. When I returned to another platform to go home, they were shunting the train backwards to get rid of the now empty carriage for cleaning I guess. Not one of my happiest moments.
10 Oct 09
AWWWWW HUN!!!!..... You poor thing!! I also have the fear of heights, and confined spaces! Maybe not as bad as you. I SOOO feel for you, dont worry, sh*t happens, i hope you walked away, and forgot it. You poor thing, you could not help it. Worry not!!
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@littleowl (7157)
6 Oct 09
HiHelen, I have had a few operations but the aneasthetic has never bothered me, I have just put myself in the surgeons and aneasatist hands and let them get on with the operation. Alot of people have got fears of being 'put under'. and how you get over the phobia is beyond me, maybe going to a hypnotist before the operation might help apart from that I do not know..hugs LoLo
6 Oct 09
Hi littleowl, Thankyou hun, i am sure i am not alone, and i wish i could stop it too, but dont know how ..
@asweetie (1187)
• India
5 Oct 09
hi forestgold, I have never been under the scalple of the surgeon but my friend had stones in his gall bladder and he was operated for this one. He was more afraid of the anesthesia rather than the operation itself because he was afraid of something going wrong and he never recovers the anesthesia, even though his dad's friend owned the hospital and they got best anestheic available and he did get surgery done and he was out of anesthesia properly but he told me he would still be afraid to get the gas if he has to be operated again.
6 Oct 09
Hi asweetie, aww, he sounds like me, so i hope he never has to go through it again either It is horrible, to be so afraid, i know how he feels..
@ANTIQUELADY (36457)
• United States
4 Oct 09
I to have been put under & i agree it is a very scary thing. I would think anyone who has to have that done would worry wheter u or going to wake up or not.
6 Oct 09
Hi anique, Yes, that is one of my fears, not waking up again..
• India
4 Oct 09
I have had this anesthetic experience many times. If we cooperate with the anesthetist i feel we do not have problem as he takes a proper study of our ailments, side effects before giving an injection. The more relaxed we are the less the problem you will have with anesthesia. So next time you land up in the operation table see to it that you are more relaxed and are in safe hands. You will see that you do not panic and have a cooperative session. Happy mylotting.
6 Oct 09
Thankyou, If i end up there again (i hope not) i will try to relax. I always do, but keep failing..
@Iriene88 (5345)
• Malaysia
4 Oct 09
I was administered and go under aneasthetic when I was having ectopic pregnancy at the age of 26. It was an emergency case! According to the surgeon, if I am late by a minute, I might not be here writing this response. All I remembered was the aneasthetician asked me 'what is your name?' and 'do you know why you are here for'. As I answered my name and the word 'operation', I am dozed off. The next thing that I knew was I felt extremely cold in the airconditioning room after the operation. The 2nd time was a year ago, I was schedule for it and the aneasthetician was chat and jokes with me after the injection...out of a sudeen I am just dozed off. When I am awake, I did feel abit drowsy. Thanks and take care :)
4 Oct 09
Hi irene, yes, we might be afraid, but it is necessary at times, to do this. I know eptopic pregnancy can be extremely!! dangerous. Thank god you got there in time, and sorry you went through that. A friend of mine has just had one, and she is feeling very low right now.
@Opal26 (17682)
• United States
4 Oct 09
Hey forest! I have been under anesthetic a few times before and have never had a problem with it! In fact, I kiddingly asked the doctor to not wake me up for awhile and let me sleep because I have insomnia and needed the rest! (This was before the Michael Jackson thing!) I woke up just fine and didn't even know what was done to me! It was wonderful! I went under with no problems, didn't hear anything, see anything and that was that! They did what they had to do and I had no idea! You just have to relax! They didn't hook me up I guess until I was asleep! But, I wasn't worried to begin with!
4 Oct 09
Sounds ideal! I love the remark, to let you stay under.. That is one thing, you do get a good rest, once under. Its the going under, that freaks me out! LOL
@ladym33 (10990)
• United States
4 Oct 09
I have actually never been under aneasthetics. I have had 3 epidurals though. With an epidural you are away but you can not feel anything. Your body is essentially paralized from the waste down. It is kind of freaky and scary. It is wierd not being able to move your legs. I remember after the surgery trying to move my feet and legs a lot and kind of scared each time until they finally started moving again. I also had a really bad itching effect. My shoulders and back itched like made from what ever they put in the epidural. I imagine being under Aneasthesia is much more pleasan, you just pretty much go to sleep and wake up. The last time I had an epidural right before they gave it to me I had a bit of a panic attack and my heart started beating like mad because I knew what was going to happen to me and my body did not want it. Luckily I had a really nice nurse who sat and rubbed my back and talked really nicely to me and calmed me down. I have had a few panic attacks over different things over the years, I certainly do not like having panic attacks. It is very scary.
4 Oct 09
Hi lady, Panic attacks are horrendous. I am convinced i am going to die, i cannot breathe, i go dizzy, and my heart is pumping what feels like 500 beats a minute, so i panic more, it is a vicious circle, and i would not wish them on anyone! I have never had an epidural, but i would be PETRIFIED, to think i am paralysed, and it might not come back. No, i could not do it, simple as! I can really understand you fear there.
@abbey19 (3106)
• Gold Coast, Australia
4 Oct 09
You made me laugh, jumping off the table to leg it home! Understandable for you to be frightened though - going under aneasthetic is a bit scary. I have only had to go through it once in my lifetime, and although I felt a bit anxious, the prep needle must have calmed me down, and I went with it!
4 Oct 09
Hi abbey, yes, they must despair of me.. I was going to get out of there! It was cosmetic surgery, i paid a lot of money for, but i did not care, in the prep room, i got off the bed, told them, i'm going home.. They told me NO you are not, you will be fine! I felt so stupid, but i was petrified. LOL