Hello everyone. I’m not really sure exactly what this forum is even about, but I found this threads via google:
Since it sounds like a lot of members here have had surgery and experienced this, I decided to sign up here and ask about this.
So I had surgery back in 2008. I was under general anesthesia but I could feel EVERYTHING but I was completely paralyzed so I couldn’t express my pain in any way. I badly wanted to scream but couldn’t. I would go as far as to say this probably the worst thing a human being can experience and that the no language on earth would allow me to adequately express the mental trama this has caused me.
Even worse, when I confronted the surgeon about this, he told me it wasn’t possible and that it was all a dream. I was able to tell him everything he said during the surgery. His eye widened (so i KNEW he was bullshitting me) but then he simply denied it again. Also, there was a technical term he used while I was “under” that I NEVER heard before. So I looked it up, and it turned out to be a term that was relevant to the surgery I had. My point in mentioning this is there is no way I could have learned a new word in my sleep, so I KNOW for 100 percent fact I experienced anesthesia awareness, and the worst kind at that.
I’ve wanted another surgery for years but keep putting it off out of fear of this happening to me again. What I want to know is, what should I tell the surgeon and/or anesthesiologist to lower the risk of this happening again? Is there a drug I should ask for? I would honestly risk death to avoid this happening to me again.
If it matters, the surgery is going to be kind of a facelift but it will only lift the top and middle sections of my face. It will also lift the corners of my eyes.
Here’s some info about me that may be relevant, though most of it probably isn’t:
Ethnicity: 1/4 white and 3/4 mediterranean
Height: 6 foot
Number of previous surgeries: 1