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Unread 04-07-2012, 10:56 AM
post op FREEZING attack?

Hysterectomy was April 4. Am wondering if anyone else had any kind of post op body freezing? I'm not talking about the chills. This is weird. The last 2 nights in the middle of the night out of the blue I had a severe bolt of pain and started shivering, teeth chattering, body barely would move, etc. I was laying in bed all cozy under blankets trying to sleep both times it happened. It wasn't like the chills, it was like I was dropped in sub zero water and my body was in some kind of hypothermia shock. My DH got the blow dryer and used it under the covers for about a half hour both nights just to get my teeth to stop chattering and my body from convulsing/shivering.He thinks it is because of the position I am in,(a bit on my side, but mostly on my back)) He thinks I should be flat on my back and thinks my position is causing something inside to pull and cause such sever pain the freezing spells are sort of my body going into shock a bit. I have no idea. It's just weird and I am wondering if anyone else experienced this in the very early post op days? It does not hurt at all when I lay in this position. This pain and freezing comes after I've been cozy in this position for a half an hour or maybe more.
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Unread 04-07-2012, 03:32 PM
Re: post op FREEZING attack?

Sounds like your hormones are out of balance due to the surgery. Some of us get hot flashes and some of us get cold snaps. Talk to your doctor about this.
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Unread 04-07-2012, 03:38 PM
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Hi Cathb911

In the past ive experienced this twice just after being awoken from the anaesthetic in the Recovery Room.

I had my Hysterectomy 25 days ago, and I discussed my concerns with this problem at my Pre Op appointment, as I was scared of it happening again, because as you no doubt know, its deeply unpleasant!

I was told it was probably Post Op Hypothermia, and to keep as warm as I possibly could on the day of my surgery, and for me to ask my Surgeon to keep me as warm as possible in the Operating Room which he said he did.

I awoke from surgery for the first time toasty warm with no chattering teeth and intense shivering.
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Unread 04-07-2012, 03:43 PM
Re: post op FREEZING attack?

Thank you so much for your replies. I will discuss with my Dr. at my 2 week post op. It is a very scary thing!
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Unread 04-08-2012, 03:06 AM
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Yes I was freezing cold mostly in the afternoons and evenings for about 3 weeks after my op, but I'm all back to normal now hope you will be to soon. X
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Unread 04-08-2012, 07:08 AM
Re: post op FREEZING attack?

I too had freezing, shivering attacks for about three weeks after my surgery. They most often came on in the afternoon or early evening. I always just took it as a sign that I was getting tired and my body wanted me to know it. It was kind of funny at my 2 week post op when the doctor asked me if I had, had any hot flashes and I had to tell her no I get cold spells. Some of them were so bad that my dad went and bought me an electric blanket small enough to use in my recliner and he hard wired in a special heater in one room just to help me out.
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Unread 04-08-2012, 09:52 AM
Re: post op FREEZING attack?

Wow! sorry to hear you had this for 3 weeks! I have only had the 2 attacks so far, so am hoping if I take it easy it won't happen again.I was actually prepared last night at bedtime with warmer jammies, extra blankets and such nearby, but no freeze attack!!
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Unread 04-08-2012, 10:51 AM
Re: post op FREEZING attack?

I noticed as the cold attacks eased up, so did some of the Edema in my feet/lets, so I wonder if some of that was my body trying to eliminate some of the extra water left in my system after my many days on IVs in the hospital. I am pretty grateful that the cold spells seem to be one of the few negative after affects that I have had so far.

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