Can you dream whilst under general anesthetic?
- 2 Jul 2011 by pixiedust24
- 28 January 2014
- ulcerative colitis, colitis
I was wondering if it is possible to dream whilst under general anesthetic? I had an emergency operation to remove the entire of my large intestine due to Ulcerative Colitis. It was my first operation and was 6 hours long. During the operation i had 4 blood transfusions and was told my heart stopped at one point.
When i woke up from the operation I had a really vivid memory of being in a white room on a bed with unbareable pain in my stomach, I could move my head a bit but nothing else and i was desperately trying to get off the bed and out of the room.
I couldn't breathe and was crying and saying I wanted to go but couldn't hear myself talking.
The nurses that had been with me when i went under were there and the guy that had put my epidural in was there too and they all kept saying 'don't move' and telling me to stay still and not too leave.
When I woke up i had bruises on my chest that weren't there before.
I told the nurses in recovery and they said it was just a dream.
Was just wondering if anyone knew whether it is possible to dream when you are under anesthetic or if you think I woke up?
Don't really mind either way, had 20 operations since with no dreams or issues and not scarred in anyway just curiosity really!
hi pixiedust24, well i don't really know if you can dream under anesthetic, but i have read about cases where people have woke up during the operation. they couldn't move or speak because you are given a drug that paralyzes you temporarily to keep you from moving. however the people that have experienced this were very much aware that they were awake. just thought you would be interested.. take care..paddyanne47
It is possible it was a dream and it is also possible that you began to awaken while under anesthesia. It is true that you are given a med to paralize you and they usually breathe for you while you are under so it is impossible for you to speak. A good anesthesiologist will realize you are waking and will give you drugs to send you back under. So it is possible you started to wake but then it could have been part dream too. If you need surgery again, you need to tell future anesthsiologists that you might have started to wake up during your last surgery so he can take precautions and be looking for it if it happens again.
I had a dream during my surgery. It could have been a dream. But it sounds more like maybe you woke up.
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