What causes sleep apnea with shortness in breath after a c section surgery? - Online Doctor Chats
Hi, I am currently 32 weeks pregnant and will be having my 3rd c section in April. I am experiencing anxiety because after my last c section I experienced central sleep apnea issues along with shortness of breath after I got home from the hospital. It lasted a few days and went away. I am scared that this will happen again and want to know what caused it so I can avoid that. Also 10 years ago I had severe whiplash that affected my blood pressure, breathing (also had central sleep apnea incidences) and heart rate among many other things. After seeing a chiropractor who specializes in the atlas vertebrae I was able to clear up my issues. Please tell me what could have caused the breathing troubles after my last c section.
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That is my best conclusion also as I had a chest xray before I got pregnant with #3 and everything was fine. I'm not sure what was the anesthesia possibly morphine?
Morphine is not an anesthetic
I didn't have this problem with my first c section - are there different medica tions they can use? What are my options?
I wanted to know if it was general anesthetic or spinal
It was spinal
Spinal anesthesia doesn't cause central sleep apnea
because spinal anesthesia does not enter the brain
They also gave me something to calm my nerves
In that case, I would suspect some CNS depressant like morphine, or thiopental sodium
The anesthetist only told me it was a "special cocktail'
Yes, what they gave you for calming the nerves could be the culprit
Oh, yes, they do that... They use dissociative anesthetics like ketamine along with another sleep inducer
these can cause some residual effects
I suppose the only option I have would be to not take anything to calm my nerves? Ever since my whiplash I'm very sensitive to any medications
What you can do is... get a copy of the operative and anesthesia notes from your previous surgery
and show them to your anesthetist
and tell your anesthetist about your sleep apnea episodes
that should make the anesthetists to be careful and not use anything that can cause similar episodes again
anesthetists do not take chances, you can be sure about that
Without knowing the specific names of the medicines, I will not be able to tell you what might have caused this
Thank you, I will do that. Thank you for the reassurance. So is it possible I will just have to go through the surgery without anything to calm me down or are there many alternatives?
and I can reassure you, if you explain to the doctors (both your obstetrician and anesthetist), they will make sure that you will not experience any issues again
There are alternatives, definitely. That is why it is important to talk to both your doctors and tell them what happened last time
Okay I will for sure. I had talked to my general practitioner who had no idea why that may have happened. She is not the one doing the surgery though, I will see that doctor in a few weeks
I will explain to the obgyn and anesthetist what happened last time and maybe they will be able to fix that. Thank you for your help!
Yes, you should talk to your obstetrician and remember to tell the same thing to the anesthetist as well
I am sure they will be able to fix it...
and you are most welcome
Thank you very very much. Especially for the reassurance.
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is there anything else I can help you with?
No thank you, I just wanted to re-read everything before ending the chat so I am prepared for my next appointment. Thank you again, we're all done :)
Okay, it was my pleasure to answer your questions, and I am happy to know that I could help you.
Take care, and all the best for your delivery.
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