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Anesthesia and Colon resection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   How long does it take for anesthesia to leave your system? I had a colon resection on September 17th and am still feeling extremely weak and tired. I just don't have any energy to do anything or go anywhere. I was in the hospital for 7 days, during which time I was off my depression meds(4) cold turkey for 5 days because of the tube in my nose and throat and dilussional for 8 days. I was still imagining things and hearing things even when I got home. How long does it take to regain my strength and feel alive again? I've heard it takes a couple of months for anesthesia to completely leave your system. Is that true and if so, what can I do to help this process of returning to "normal".Thank you.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   HI
Doctor :   Let me read your query
Doctor :   May i know your age please ?
User :   67
Doctor :   Ok let me guide you here properly .
Doctor :   To begin with . the anesthesia leaves your system by max 24 to 48 hours SO there is NO WAY that is in any way remotely concerned for you leaving fatigued
Doctor :   Now after going a major surgery it is normal for patients to feel tired
Doctor :   and what we as physicians want that you start feeling normal as soon as possible
Doctor :   also the nature of your surgery was that it does effects your absorption of nutrients in your body
Doctor :   yes its true it will take you a month or more to regain your strength back to as you were
Doctor :   and the most important factor responsible for it is a positive thinking
Doctor :   are you with me ?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Ok good
Doctor :   and i will now tell you what you can do to speed up this process to recovery
User :   ok
Doctor :   1) Rest and naps are an essential part of healing. Don't over work yourself. Take time to rest while your body mends
Doctor :   2) A healthy diet is great importance. The right food and drink can help regain strength speed up the healing process.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Are you experiencing any pain anywhere ?
User :   no
Doctor :   3) Consider reasonable expectations of what you plan to accomplish during recovery and that what you expect from others. If cleaning needs to be done, realize that it may not live up to your standards. If you must relegate job responsibilities, do so in a way that allows you to rest as needed, rather than require your continual input and supervision. Avoid overestimating your abilities if it contradicts with your health, and instead accept the temporary limitations. This will promote a quicker recovery.
User :   ok
Doctor :   4) Find ways to keep your spirits up and yourself entertained. If you are an active person you may soon become bored with television and magazines. Think of something that you have wanted to do but haven't had the time for and use this time to practice it or learn about it. If you are stuck for ideas ask your creative loved ones for help or simply jump into a new hobby and give it a try. The happier you are the healthier you will be and stimulating activities are an important part of your recovery after surgery.
User :   ok
Doctor :   with a positive attitude you will sure make a very speedy recovery and will be back to your normal self in no time
User :   Thank you
Doctor :   Your most welcome
Doctor :   Take care of your self
User :   Thanks again.
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you with ?
User :   No - I appreciate your suggestions and answer.
Doctor :   I am glad i was able to help you , your feedback will be highly appreciated , take care bye bye
User :   Bye
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