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Unread 08-13-2002, 08:43 PM
Spinal vs General

If I had to do it all over again (although I am glad I never would have to) I would go with the spinal again. I had a neck surgery a little over 2 years ago and had a general, I remember waking up from that so sick, sore throat and needing to cough, this time I chose the spinal and was I glad I did. The A-man gave me my choice. He gave me some "happy juice" so I only remember bits and pieces. I felt a little bee sting on my back then I was in and out of sleep but not feeling anything. When all was finished, I was wheeled into recovery room where I was wide awake and in no pain. They had to keep me in there until I had some feeling in my legs. While in recovery I watched as they were taking care of other patients coming out of a general, boy was I glad I wasn't one of them. I hope this helps any of you trying to make the choice between a Spinal or a General.

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Unread 08-14-2002, 08:20 AM
Spinal vs General

Hi Paula,

Thanks for the info. It's great when the LIW come back and recommend something...especially something so important as this choice.

What kind of surgery did you have? And afterwards did they put pain medication (morphine) in the same IV for the next 24 hours or so? No side effects? Sorry for the questions but I do believe this is the way to go from what you've said. Another sister acquired headaches from her spinal but finally got that resolved and is feeling good now.

Thanks again
Unread 08-14-2002, 09:05 AM
Spinal vs General

I wish I had gone with a spinal (I didn't know it was an option). I would definitely go that route if I had to do it again.

I had general, and was SO sick afterwards! I couldn't stop throwing up, and let me tell you - you do NOT want to throw up after having a large vertical incision cut in your belly! I was sick for 2 weeks afterwards, couldn't keep anything down.

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Unread 08-14-2002, 10:12 AM
Hi Paula,

Sounds like you had a rough time from a general. That does happen, but to hear from the happier side I had a general and was not sick at all. I also had a morphine spinal for pain and was pain free for 24 hours. I woke up and when I was fully awake they took me to my room and I was sitting up and talking a blue streak. since I didn't have any pain I felt great. Hunger was the main thing. Of course they started out light and I tolerated that well. Now with a spinal I don't think I could have taken even the in and out of the surgery. I wanted to go to sleep and wake up and it be over. seconds for me but hours for the DRs. Sometimes there are reasons that they can't use a spinal mine was just because I wanted it that way. I got to see my anthes. twice before my surgery and so all my worries were taken care of (I have asthma) . I am so glad that you ladies have had good experiences with the way they did your surgeries, that can make all the difference in your recovery also. God Bless.

Unread 08-14-2002, 10:19 AM
Getting sick after general

I've general anesthesia several times and would always get sick to my stomach for hours after. The last two laps I told the anesthesiologist this and he gave me an injection prior to the surgery and I haven't been sick since. What a difference. All of you who are having general, you may want to ask about this.
Unread 08-14-2002, 10:42 AM
my experience

I was also given the choice between general and a spinal. A-man recommended spinal, but dr. leaned toward general. In the end, I was simply too anxiety ridden to go with spinal. As much as I didn't like the idea of a tube down my throat for general, I just couldn't stand the thought of becoming in any way conscious (or even half-conscious) during the surgery.

I am very happy with the way general turned out. I was so tired from pre-op anxiety that I enjoyed being "out of it" the rest of the day, sliding blissfully in and out of sleep. I have no memory of waking up in recovery at all, no memory of much pain even. I never felt sick, I didn't have a sore throat, didn't cough once (and I'm a smoker!), all things I was worried about. I count myself lucky, because I know they were all possibilities.

Just one opinion,
Unread 08-14-2002, 04:19 PM
Spinal vs General

I had a Tvh. I don't believe they put pain meds into the Iv I could be wrong though. They later hooked up a pca (morphine) wich did make me sick, they ended up giving me a shot in the arm for that (ouch).


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