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Undergone TAH, dizziness, headaches. Prescribed iron, hemoglobin, vitamin tablets. BP, sugar normal. Causes for symptoms?

Sir, My wife has undergone TAH on 10.5.2012 and was admitted in the hospital for 5 days. She was discharged on 14.5.2012. She is advised to take medication like tabltes for iron, hemoblobin, and for vitamins . She is alright fr three dyas at home. On the fourth day means on 18.5.2012 she statred giddiness / dizziness when she changes postures on the bed to get up from the bed. She is taking lot of fluids and home food / normal diet only. When she experiences dizziness sweating is taking place. Her BP and sugar are normal. The hb is 9.6 mb. She is not having pain in the abdomen. I don t suspect any problem with TAH. The wound must be healing properly. Now what is the reason for dizziness/sweating when she tries to get up from the bed? She is feeling hed-ache also. Kindly reply and suggest me for which I shall be grateful to you.
Asked On : Fri, 25 May 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response

Thanks for writing in.

1. Was the TAH surgery done under General anaesthesia or spinal?
2. For all 3-4 days stay in hospital did your wife sit or stand or she was just lying on the bed?

Most probably it seems to be spinal headache caused by spinal anaesthesia. In home she might have started walking and sitting for prolonged periods. If that is the case, then nothing to worry.

Ask her not to sit or stand except for food and toilet purposes. She can take analgesics (aspirin would be better), drink lot of water /juices and keep herself hydrated well till she recovers from the pain. The spinal headache might take time to settle down say a week or 10 days.

She can definitely turn to the sides in the bed. Elevation of foot end of the bed by 1-2 bricks or keeping her legs over 2 pillows might help her recover soon.

Get well soon,
Answered: Fri, 25 May 2012
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