Surgery recovery-Post GBS
AnonymousOctober 10, 2006 at 8:45 am
I am nearing my 2 year anniversary having been diagnosed with GBS in Oct ’04. I had unrelated, out-patient surgery recently and don’t seem to be recovering as my surgeon thought I would. He is a vascular surgeon with very little knowlege of GBS. I was told I’d be back on my feet in 2-3 days. This is not happening!
I teach, or am trying to teach, Physical Education. It has been difficult to keep up the pace since I went back, part time, a year ago. I don’t see myself back in the gym as soon as expected post surgery.
Just wondering if anyone else experienced a slower recovery rate after minor surgeries. I guess we listen to the Doc too well sometime. Thanks to this site, I feel more informed about GBS than my primary care Dr. and now wonder if this surgeon is as informed as I’d thought he was.
Anyone with the same experience?
AnonymousOctober 10, 2006 at 11:06 am
Post GBS 26 years and have had several outpatient and inpatient surgeries. I have found that with each, I took longer to come out of anesthetic and would be very sleepy for a bout a week and slow to get moving for at least 6 weeks. I think we have an higher sensitivity to anesthetic. And it stays with us longer….
AnonymousOctober 10, 2006 at 6:47 pm
I had my gallbladder removed about 8 years after GBS. I was later told that ‘they’ had a lot of trouble bring me around afterwards and, why didn’t I tell them about the GBS? The short answer to that is: they didn’t ask!
I will not only mention it if necessary in the future, I want a serious talk with the anaesthetist beforehand.
BUT, my father in law had an operation for an anueyism (sp?) and had major problems afterwards – didn’t know what day of the week it was. As a smoker, I thought that was the problem and I thought the same about myself.
Having read this thread, I don’t know! I just wonder about general anaesthetics.
AnonymousOctober 10, 2006 at 9:15 pm
jaydee. i just had a complete hysterectomy. i walked in healthy (for having gbs) and walked out with with a head cold, e-coli and several other bacterial infections. i was pounded with antibiotics for quite a while. the surgical recovery was slow, but i tend to push and over do anyway. it is very normal for a gbs patient to recover slower than a person with a healthy immune system. i also now wear a mask whenever going to a medical facility, since i seem to get sick every time i enter one. i am post gbs 5 years. just relax and let your body recover. stay well.
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