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Panic attacks after general anesthetic during hip surgery

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I had hip surgery last week under general anesthetic and can remember feeling like there was a pack of dogs eating at my thigh, I woke up and could feel my leg opened up and was in severe pain shaking uncontrolably it felt like i was about to die I lifted my head up and screamed abusive language you bast**ds what are you doing to me, with that I was injected in the left hand and woke up looking for a glass of water in the rcovery room, since then I have not been able to sleep and I am having regular panic attacs, I feel like im going mad, am I alone or has this happened to anyone else?


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replied December 10th, 2007
Orthopedics Hip, Knee, and Shoulder Injuries Answer A3427
If indeed you experienced a panic attacks after surgery on your hip, you could be experiencing some kind of post-traumatic stress disorder. Both anesthesia and surgical trauma can cause post-operative psychiatric symptoms like those that you describe ... but these usually only last temporarily. For most operated patients, anesthesia or surgical intervention by itself does not cause any serious post-surgical psychiatric disorder. This means that you might have a predisposition to develop such a disorder and the operation was only a trigger. To learn more, you can consult a mental health specialist.


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