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Lightheaded two days after surgery, when does it stop? Lightheaded two days after surgery, when does it stop?

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Unread 12-21-2011, 05:10 PM
Lightheaded two days after surgery, when does it stop?

Hi Ladies! I have no major complaints from Monday's surgery. I feel really good. Yesterday I had horrible gas pains under ribcage and burped up a storm all day long. Today that is better. I try to take little walks around the house, avoiding stairs. It seems to help with gas issues.

I feel dizzy/lightheaded, though, when I'm watching t.v. (the more "motion" the more it bothers me) and especially if I try to read, I feel really weird, like my head is spinning. Is this a medication side affect (Percoset) or do I still have lingering anesthesia in my body? Just being here on the computer now for a couple of minutes I'm feeling woozy and feel the need to close my eyes.

Just wondering if this is kinda normal in the early days of recovery. I hope it doesn't last--I want to at least be able to enjoy some reading and watching t.v. while I'm lying around. Thanks!
Unread 12-21-2011, 05:24 PM
Re: Lightheaded two days after surgery, when does it stop?

Dear LadyLynda,
I had the same situation. My doctor indicated the anesthesia/drugs would take about a week to move on. I too was using some Percoset (I was cutting them in half--not whole). I found eating unsweetend applesauce very soothing for my whole body. I too had the horrible gas pains. I kept the food to easy digestive only. Additionally, I have a small notebook which I have kept notes on every little thing since I have been home (forgetfulness because of the meds is very true). From the gas pains and the bowel movements (five days post-op) which helped me remember when I felt the best. Beside the applesauce some plain dry spelt bread toast (only one piece at a meal) made me feel better. I found the small meals spread throughout the day made me feel better too (5-6 very small meals).
The water was constant for me -- drinking all day. I also used a few tablespoons lemon juice and hot water to change up the beverages.
All the best to you as the lightheadedness will pass soon.
Enjoy the lying around.
God Bless
Unread 12-21-2011, 05:25 PM
Re: Lightheaded two days after surgery, when does it stop?

Me too. I'm 5 days post op though and I can just now finally focus on tv, but not books to read or do crosswords yet.

I still get dizzy when falling asleep-it's very strange.

Here's to us feeling better!
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Unread 12-21-2011, 05:27 PM
Re: Lightheaded two days after surgery, when does it stop?

Welcome to narcotic-ville! Sorry that you are experiencing this but yes, the pain meds can cause a person to feel lightheaded. Take it easy and rest. I found that simply closing my eyes and reducing stimilation helped with the symptoms. My symptoms lessened considerably once I was able to stop the narcotic pain killers and move to just ibuprophen.
Unread 12-21-2011, 05:35 PM
Re: Lightheaded two days after surgery, when does it stop?

I was the same way in the beginning. I could watch TV as long as I was lying down but the computer and reading were impossible. I would start feeling really sick. Once the anesthesia was completely out of my system it was better. Mine wasn't the pain meds because I'm still having to take a few every day.
Unread 12-21-2011, 07:12 PM
Re: Lightheaded two days after surgery, when does it stop?

It took me 5 days to feel even close to normal. I think the anesthesia hangs with you for a while. Hope you feel better soon.
Unread 12-21-2011, 07:54 PM
Re: Lightheaded two days after surgery, when does it stop?

Im 6 weeks and have days that everytime i stand up all day long my eyes go "black" like close to passing out. Good luck sister

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