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    Going under anesthetic for the first time next week.

    My fear is not about being scared of not waking up etc. as I know thats not going to happen.

    I'm scared of losing control and being forced to go to sleep. I hate the idea that some drug is going to be pumped into my veins and for a few moments I am going to feel like I am losing control of my consciousness and be forced to go to sleep. It freaks me out!

    I have in the past suffered from panic attacks, and just thinking about getting the anesthetic is bringing back similar feelings. I am soooo worried that on the day I will get a panic attack!

    Anyone else experienced similar problems? Or any advice on dealing with my fear?
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    When I've had anaesthetic it's not like I felt myself drifting off to sleep, just one second i was in the little room and next second i was somewhere else. I dunno if this helps
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    (Original post by Ziffachan)
    When I've had anaesthetic it's not like I felt myself drifting off to sleep, just one second i was in the little room and next second i was somewhere else. I dunno if this helps
    same happened 2 me
    ur lying on the table and your looking around and everytinks fine
    then next second you wake up in the recovery room
    theres nothing to worry about.
    its perfectly safe
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    You don't know its happening. If you're really worried about actually receiving the anaesthetic, then in advance for some "premed" so they'll give you a tablet form of a light sedative that will actually work wonders. I'm awful for putting under anaesthetic, but the premeds usually calm me down.

    Usually the last thing you remember is them asking you to count back from 10. You wake up feeling as if you've had a night's sleep, maybe a bit disorientated but fine otherwise.
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    Recently been in hospital and had quite abit of anaesthetic.... to be honest its all controlled and safe, the doctors, nurses and specialists are all more than qualified and it all happens so quickly you dont really have time to worry about it. You wake up in the recovery room, normally feeling a little groggy but nothing to worry about then get wheeled back up to your ward
    nothing to worry about OP **hugs**
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    I had an operation about 2 weeks ago and I was really nervous and scared. I got a pre med but I didn't get it until like 15 mins before I went down so it hadnt really kicked in so make sure they give it to you in plenty time if you do get it. I also got the gas to put me to sleep because I hate needles! I liked getting the gas though it didn't tatse bad or anything. As soon as I got in the room they had the mask ready so I didn't really have time to look around and get all panicky. I didn't like it when I woke up though thats when I started freaking out because the drip thing was coming out of my wrist because they tried both hands and it wasn't working or whatever there! The nurses are nice though and calm you down.
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    The one time I had general anaesthetic, I felt a bit ill, so I lay down, and then you're not even aware/conscious of the process of going to sleep because it happens so quickly. I wouldn't worry about it.
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    i've had 2 operations where i have needed general anaesthetic (bearing in mind i HATE hypodermic needles)...

    1st time had a needle

    2nd time i asked for the gas (not because the needle experience was bad, but because a). i was curious as to what it smelt like... (foul btw) and b). because as i say i hate needles)

    and both times i remember counting down 10 *normal*, 9 *normal*, 8 *gone*. first time i woke up in the recovery room and the second time on the way to the recovery room quite disorientated and tried to get up, about 2 hours later i was discharged... worst bit about it all was that effing "nil by mouth" sign! but seriously it is nothing to worry about.

    P.S. i would recommend the needle over the gas as that stuff smelled bloody awful! (although when i told the nurse that she did say most people don't mind it)
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    It's fun you go to sleep in one room and wake up in another possibly finding out you'd drooled down your chin whilst you were coming round giving the people around you something to laugh at. Tis fun.
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    i remember my last opp
    i generally HATE needles
    im scared of them lol
    so i asked for the gas
    next thing i wake up in recovery room
    and the doctors there and i found out that the gas makes you laugh
    i neva knew that they put laughing gas in there
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    Surely your wellbeing is worth drugged sleep for several hours?
 
 
 
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