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Old 04-02-2007, 04:11 PM
jayjay jayjay is offline
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Does sedation/anaesthetic make you cry?

I just had oral surgery this morning. No big deal, nitrous and local and something IV, done in ten minutes or so, but when I was shaken awake, I just cried. And cried. And cried. I couldn't stop! I cried for something like 10 minutes with no discernible reason for doing so. I had no pain yet, I didn't remember any chisel-and-pliers trauma, I wasn't really facing anything mentally or emotionally heavy in my life. I just had no "off" valve until I'd been awake for a while.

Has this particular effect happened to anyone else when they've come out of sedation or anaesthetic? Or am I just completely weird?
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Old 04-02-2007, 04:12 PM
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I just had oral surgery this morning. No big deal, nitrous and local and something IV, done in ten minutes or so, but when I was shaken awake, I just cried. And cried. And cried. I couldn't stop! I cried for something like 10 minutes with no discernible reason for doing so. I had no pain yet, I didn't remember any chisel-and-pliers trauma, I wasn't really facing anything mentally or emotionally heavy in my life. I just had no "off" valve until I'd been awake for a while.

Has this particular effect happened to anyone else when they've come out of sedation or anaesthetic? Or am I just completely weird?
I had the same reaction when I had my periodontal surgery. Cried like a two-year-old for no reason.
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Old 04-02-2007, 04:45 PM
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I was warned about this before I had my wisdom teeth out--it's a common reaction. And yes, I think I cried on the walk from the operating chair to the recovery room--then fell asleep again for 90 minutes, and was fine when I woke up again.
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Old 04-02-2007, 10:24 PM
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I vaguely remember crying after getting my wisdom teeth out last week and being told that it was normal. I could have dreamed that though. I was still pretty out of it at the time.
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Old 04-02-2007, 11:02 PM
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I cried after I woke up from getting my wisdom teeth out. I remember I was sobbing hysterically, and then wondered what I was crying about, and I didn't know, so I stopped.
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Old 04-02-2007, 11:05 PM
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It happens to me with any kind or amount of dental anesthesia. I've never had any kind of explanation for it, so it's comforting to know it happens to others.
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Old 04-02-2007, 11:50 PM
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I cried after I woke up from getting my wisdom teeth out. I remember I was sobbing hysterically, and then wondered what I was crying about, and I didn't know, so I stopped.
Ditto. They had to give me a tranquilizer. That was fun.
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Old 04-03-2007, 01:10 AM
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No but it makes me feel as if I'm suffering from hypothermia when I'm coming out of it. I shake and am FREEEEEEZING forever. When I had surgery on my leg 4 years ago, I swear the poor nurses must have used every heated blanket in the recovery room.

I shake so hard I can't even talk. Haven't ever cried though.
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Old 04-03-2007, 08:11 AM
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Yes! Every time I've had general anaethesia, I've woken up sobbing. Crying like my heart is breaking, for no reason at all, and I can't stop! Very disconcerting.
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Old 04-03-2007, 08:15 AM
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Oddly, it doesn't happen to me when I have anesthesia for anything else; just dental stuff. I wonder why that is?
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Old 04-03-2007, 08:24 AM
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i'd wake up not crying, but swinging.

literally.

extremely combative to the point that i'd have to be restrained until the crap was out of my system, otherwise i was a danger to myself and anyone within hitting distance.

i'd wake up with absolutely no idea where i was, what had happened to me, out of control and fighting mad -- and in restraints. not a lot of fun, believe me!

today, that doesn't happen any more, but up until about 15 years ago it did, so either the chemicals changed - or i did. before i'd go under, i used to warn the chief surgical nurse AND my surgeon about it. they took me seriously, too whether i was in for dental (i have the teeth from hell) work or something else.

IIRC, don't most surgeons today use a cocktail of memory-blockers and something else i can't remember? whatever the combo is, they seem to be working just fine on me these days.
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Old 04-03-2007, 09:24 AM
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I woke up to tears streaming down my face after my wisdom tooth extraction 25ish years ago. Ditto when I came around after nasal surgery nearly 20 years ago. Wasn't *sobbing* either time, or in any pain, I was just trying to emulate Niagara Falls from my tear ducts.

I had no such reaction on coming to after sedation from a couple of gyn procedures, nor when I came to after a tooth extraction a couple of years ago.

My WAG is it was a side effect of some of the meds they use, and I've simply had different preparations on the non-flooding occasions.
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Old 04-03-2007, 12:55 PM
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No crying but it does make me puke black stuff... that is so not nice. Usually I have had to stay in overnight with that happening which is horrible too. I hate being sick.
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Old 04-03-2007, 02:44 PM
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Weirdly enough, I remember sitting in the chair after my wisdom teeth removal and grinning like a loon the entire time afterwards.

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Old 04-03-2007, 03:53 PM
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No crying but it does make me puke black stuff... that is so not nice. Usually I have had to stay in overnight with that happening which is horrible too. I hate being sick.
What could that possibly be???
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