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Feeling so sleepy after surgery

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claireevans003
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Re: Feeling so sleepy after surgery

Hi ya - this is good to read, knowing others have the same issues.  I had a second lumpectomy on Tuesday this week, so second general anaesthetic since middle of December.  This time it was much better than the last - felt so sick and blood pressure which is naturally high, went really low after the op and I had to stay in.  I didn't really get up much for a week after that.

 

This time I chatted with the Anaesthetist and they altered the 'cocktail', giving me more anti-sickness and less Morphine in it.  What a difference.  No sickness at all.  However it still took me a long time to come around from it (first down to theatre, last to come round in the ward lol!) and since I came home that night my routine is eat, take tablets, sleep, repeat.  Very tired.  But I know by the middle of next week, I shouldn't be as tired.

 

So hearing people say it can take up to 2 weeks is quite reassuring 🙂 Hope you feel bit better soon xxx

Strudel
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Re: Feeling so sleepy after surgery

I was asleep for about a week, almost all the time for the first three days then a lot but no as much thereafter.

Dressings etc depends completely on what the used on you. I had dissolvable glue and steri-strips, I didn't have to do anything other than keep the areas dry and the nurse changed the steri-strips at my next appointment. Phone your BCN if you're not sure.
Silverlady
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Re: Feeling so sleepy after surgery

Hi Charlotte,

 

I came round from surgery feel very sick, they were shoving anti-sickness pills in my top and bottom lip as I was waking up. I was sick twice through the night. I then slept the whole day in hospital and the next day,  I came home and slept on the sofa for 2 more days.  I managed to get up and potter around and then would have to go back to sleep again.

 

It did get better after a while, but I still need to rest a lot more and I am 4 weeks post op.

 

Hugs

 

Susan

charlotte457
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Re: Feeling so sleepy after surgery

Thanks, everyone, for all the replies. You mentioned seeing the nurse for dressings a week after the operation. My next appointment is 2 weeks 5 days after the operation, to see the consultant again. When should stitches come out, or dressings be changed? I think they said leave everything in place for 2 weeks.

rosie14
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Re: Feeling so sleepy after surgery

It is perfectly normal to feel so sleepy after a general anaesthetic and it can take 2 weeks for your body to recover from it. The sickness should cease much earlier though.
Kimjane
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Re: Feeling so sleepy after surgery

I had surgery 8 days ago and am still tired all the time.  I saw the BCN yesterday for my dressings and when I mentioned this she said can go on for 2/3 weeks, so don't worry.  I find a day when I think I am ok and the next day can sleep all day!  I am sure this will soon sort itself out.

angie21
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Re: Feeling so sleepy after surgery

I had the same procedure, 3 days ago, I've been assured by medical friends, that it is normal to feel sleepy for a few days, after surgery.

keep in touch, as it's a bit of a journey ahead for us now.

Ang 

charlotte457
Member

Re: Feeling so sleepy after surgery

Thank you so much! It's a relief to know it's normal.
Jobey68
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Re: Feeling so sleepy after surgery

Hi Charlotte, anaesthetic can affect us like this, I was very sick when had one years ago so was worried about having my op but mentioned it to my surgeon and they gave me something to help prevent it, I did feel fine initially then very tired for a few days and would nod off at the drop of a hat , hopefully you will feel a lot better in a few days , plenty of rest and let hubby look after you! XX
charlotte457
Member

Feeling so sleepy after surgery

Hi, I'm wondering if this is normal.

 

I had a lumpectomy & sentinel node removal two days ago. I'd never had a general anaestetic before and felt really bad afterwards, like being on the verge of a sick migraine. It went on for hours, and I was given two different anti-sickness things which didn't help at all. In the end I threw up and after that started to feel much better, could eat and was discharged.

 

The next day I slept a lot: I got up but would fall asleep. Today I felt a bit brighter, but I fell asleep in the armchair at about 5pm, so my husband encouraged me to go to bed, but I couldn't sleep and I feel a bit nauseous again.

 

I don't know what's normal after surgery: is this OK? How long does it go on for?