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Old 04-03-2012, 11:14 AM   #1
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Question Post-operation (G.A.) dizziness / vertigo


I had a short micro-surgery in my vocal cords (removal of benign polyp) , under general anesthesia.
During the first 48h following the operation, I was more or less OK, a bit insomniac but they told me this was normal.
After these 48h I started feeling dizzy at times. This often started when using the computer monitor, others just like that. Today it's been 2weeks+ and I still have these.

Anyone has any tips? My doctor didn't seem to be worried when I mentioned this, told me it's not something we expect after this operation.

I understand it's quite generic to say that you feel dizzy but it must be connected with the G.A. ..


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Old 04-04-2012, 03:19 PM   #2
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Re: Post-operation (G.A.) dizziness / vertigo

I have had lots of episiodes of vertigo, so I can't say I do have a similar problem, but all my previous episodes were triggered (apparently) by travel. THIS episode of dizziness and migraines started within 48 hours of my surgery. The first 2 days I felt fine, but on the morning of the 3rd day, I felt completely nauseated. Two days later, the dizziness and headaches kicked in. I think my episode was triggered by stress, but since you mentioned it too, I'm wondering if they are starting to use a new medication or something... I've had other surgeries that never triggered me before.

I hope you feel better soon!

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Re: Post-operation (G.A.) dizziness / vertigo

I doubt its from the GA, as our GA agents are completely out of your system in a matter of hours. The insomnia for 48 hrs was likely due to IV steroids we give to minimize airway swelling in those surgeries. As far as the dizziness, I guess its best to see an ENT to determine whether its vertigo vs dizziness. There is a difference. Might be due to meds you are taking. Were you started on any after the surgery?

Old 07-13-2012, 12:59 PM   #4
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I had a root canal performed and days later started to suffer dizziness. I would contact a good ENT or an ear & balance center.
I am not a doctor, but was recently diagnosed with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo(BPPV). This is the most common cause of dizziness, the problem is caused when small debris in the inner ear is dislodged and floats into the semicircular canal. My vertigo symptoms started after I had dental work performed and my initial thought was that I had a bad infection from that work. I suffered for 2 ½ months before being advised to see an ENT Specialist.
My symptoms were severe bed spins usually lasting 5-10 seconds when laying down for bed, rolling over, or rising from bed. I also feeling anxious, I had trouble focusing, headaches, tired eyes and complete fatigue. Some days were terrible and I never really felt stable.
I went to an ear & balance center located in central Florida. Was diagnosed, treated and cured in one visit. The treatment was performed using an Epley chair which basically is a chair that you get strapped into and slowly they spin you in many directions while they monitor your eye movement with special goggles. The goal is to reposition that debris into the correct area in your inner ear. I left the treatment that day dizzy so I would recommend a driver. The dizziness lasted another few hours and slowly cleared. I got a good night sleep (the first in months) and woke to a stable world. It has been three weeks since the treatment and I have had no reoccurring dizziness at all.
There are instructions on doing the Epley maneuver at home, but the ENT uses the Epley chair to confirm that you have BPPV before treatment and then a computer verifies that your condition is repaired by watching your eye movements. Many people who try to performe the Epley maneuver at home only make things worse.

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