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    Anesthesia/Pain Med and nausea

    My surgery is scheduled for April 22. I know this is a minor worry, but I get nausea so very easy and after shoulder surgery years ago, I was sick as soon as I woke up. The thought of throwing up with medal rods in my back is frightening. They are telling me they can control this with anti-nausea medicine. Has this worked for others that have had surgery and get sick easy? Thanks in advance for your input.
    Shari - 55 years old
    Pre-Surgery 62 degree thorasic curve with shifting.
    Post op 13 degree curve.
    Successful surgery 4/15/10, T3-L2 fused.
    2nd surgery to reopen incision 10" to diagnose infection, 5/18/10
    Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI - the late Dr. Harry Herkowitz
    www.scoliosisthejourney.com

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    Shari

    Yes. I have requested extra "antiemetics" with the anesthesiologist on my gall bladder removal surgery. It worked well.

    They usually visit you before going in to ask about being allergic to things.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiemetics

    Hmmm. Cannibis is on the list. I didnít know that. I wonder if they blow smoke down the tube? LOL (Some humor for today)

    Actually, vomiting, coughing, AND sneezing are things that will happen in your recovery, and are a little scary in the beginning. I had the most problems with sneezing. After awhile, its not a problem.

    Laughing can be painful. I have to control my comedic input here due to that issue.

    Yes, this is minor.
    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    I remember very little about waking up in ICU but I DO remember feeling sick and telling the nurse I felt like I was going to throw up. She said "Okay, in about 20 seconds you'll feel better" -- then put something in my IV and sure enough, the feeling evaporated.

    That was the last time I felt nauseous in the hospital..in fact, I was eating pretty good meals by the time I left ten days later.
    Chris
    A/P fusion on June 19, 2007 at age 52; T10-L5
    Pre-op thoracolumbar curve: 70 degrees
    Post-op curve: 12 degrees
    Dr. Boachie-adjei, HSS, New York

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShariMSU View Post
    My surgery is scheduled for April 22. I know this is a minor worry, but I get nausea so very easy and after shoulder surgery years ago, I was sick as soon as I woke up. The thought of throwing up with medal rods in my back is frightening. They are telling me they can control this with anti-nausea medicine. Has this worked for others that have had surgery and get sick easy? Thanks in advance for your input.
    Yes, I had the same concern. I told the anesthesiologist prior to my surgery, and had absolutely no nausea. I always thought it was the anesthesia, but I've since discovered it was actually morphine and/or demerol, both of which make me super nauseated.

    --Linda

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    My stomach felt pretty rough the first few days although not to the point of actually throwing up. Because I had received so many units of blood and fluids, I just felt so distended and bloated. I still (a month post op) have some belly bloating and ankle swelling although it certainly hasn't interfered with my appetite. (So much for the 20 lb. weight loss, LOL.) As others have said, I think they can control nausea effectively through your IV meds. What surpised me was the hospital gave me a regular diet from the get-go--when all I wanted was sprite and soft food. I know institutional food is bad, but NYU's was just horrible. I've been making up for it ever since!


    Anne in PA
    Age 58
    Diagnosed at age 14, untreated, no problem until age 50
    T4 to sacrum fusion
    63 thoracic now 35, 92 lumbar now 53
    Dr. Baron Lonner, 2/2/10
    Am pain-free, balanced, happy & an inch taller !

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    Thank you all for sharing your thoughts and experiences. I feel I can check this minor worry off my list. Thanks for the smiles. This is such a good feeling to have a community that can share. Thank you again!
    Shari - 55 years old
    Pre-Surgery 62 degree thorasic curve with shifting.
    Post op 13 degree curve.
    Successful surgery 4/15/10, T3-L2 fused.
    2nd surgery to reopen incision 10" to diagnose infection, 5/18/10
    Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI - the late Dr. Harry Herkowitz
    www.scoliosisthejourney.com

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