How to Cope Up with the Body Pain After Anesthesia

How to Cope Up with the Body Pain After Anesthesia

Anyone who’s had general or spinal anesthesia knows the pain of waking up from the procedure. Your body is screaming in agony. The intense discomfort can last for a few hours to days or even weeks. How do you cope with the body pain after anesthesia? 

There are many ways you can manage this pain and achieve better healing. For example, sitting upright for as long as possible after awakening helps drain blood that otherwise pools in your legs and feet (a condition known as Spontaneous Crescentic Arterial Pressure, or SCAP). Also, staying hydrated will prevent painful fluids in your lower limbs. Below are some valuable tips on how to cope with post-anesthesia pain and speed up recovery.

 

What is the cause of body pain after anesthesia?

Anesthesia is a medically induced state in which you lose feeling in your body. In the case of general anesthesia, you also lose your ability to breathe. After the anesthesia wears off, you’ll experience intense pain in your limbs that are still immobilized by the anesthesia.

When you try to move your limbs, you’ll probably find that they are very stiff and sore. This stiffness happens because of the pooling of blood in your lower limbs, which causes them to feel very heavy. If you’ve had spinal anesthesia, the pain you experience after anesthesia might be due to the feeling of your back waking up and starting to feel pain. 

When this happens, it’s likely that you’ll experience sharp pain in your back, legs, and sometimes your arms. If you’re experiencing this pain after spinal anesthesia (eg. for a C-section or for a surgery that involved spinal anesthesia), wait for your body to rest and let your limbs relax before you try to move them.

 

Managing pain after the anesthesia

You can try to manage the pain by staying as still as possible and resting. You can also try to reduce pain with NSAIDs like aspirin or ibuprofen. If you’ve had general anesthesia, general anesthetic guidelines will tell you how much of these painkillers to take. 

You can also talk to your doctor about opioids (which are usually given only under strict medical supervision). Don’t pop your back or strain your limbs. This can put a lot of stress on your body and worsen your pain.

 

Ways to cope with body pain after anesthesia.

These are the primary ways to cope with body pain after anesthesia:

  • Take painkillers 
  • Stay as hydrated as possible 
  • Rest as much as you can 
  • Elevate your legs
  • Apply ice packs 
  • Consider acupuncture
  • Get emotional support 

Take painkillers If you’ve had general or spinal anesthesia, you’ll probably be given painkillers to help you manage the pain. This can help reduce the intensity of your pain, as well as ease the stiffness you feel in your limbs. Keep painkillers in your room and don’t give them to anyone else. Don’t take more than your doctor prescribed.

 

Tips for getting better as fast as possible

  •  Try to get as much rest as possible.
  •  Stay hydrated.
  •  Elevate your legs.
  •  Apply ice packs.

Try to sleep on your back to reduce pressure on your lungs. You’ll feel a lot better if you get plenty of rest. You can also try sleeping with a comfortable pillow between your legs to reduce stress on your legs.

Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. You can also try drinking electrolyte drinks like Gatorade, which contain minerals that your body needs to maintain. 

Try elevating your legs. This can help relax your feet and reduce pressure on your legs and lungs. Elevated legs can also help reduce swelling. If you’ve had general or spinal anesthesia, try to move your legs as little as possible. You can try to move your legs every 12 hours to break up the immobility and reduce the blood pooling in your limbs.

 

Final Words

Anesthesia and postoperative pain are challenging. You may have had surgery, and you’re in pain. We wish we could tell you that the pain will go away.

But the truth is, it will take time and effort to heal. The good news is that anyone who has gone through this process before can tell you that it gets better with time. We can help you get better as soon as possible.

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