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I thought I'd make this post to let people know how I handled my tonsillectomy, more importantly to those of us with DP, the anesthesia.

I'm 19, female, and had chronic DP for over a year now (DR for the first 2-4 months)

I was very worried about how the anesthesia would affect me. I kept trying to explain my condition to the anesthesiologist . . . But he wasn't concerned.
When I was in the operating room I told them I was nervous. They didn't bother to tell me when I would be knocked out. No countdown.

I began to "wake up" ...(i think in the recovery room ?) And I was at max DP (when I'm REALLY stressed/anxious my DP skyrockets.)
I forgot how to breathe ... and move (yeah this happens when my dp is max..).
I had a total panic attack once I was awake and it was not fun. Was very dizzy. My boyfriend knew this wasnt just an "emotional response" like the nurse declared and helped calm me down.

Once I got home and took a good nap I woke up & realized the anesthesia did not make my brain implode like I had imagined.

I'm very spacey due to not taking my usual dose of Vyvanse (which is fine. I need some damn sleep.) Plus the vicodin has kept me from being too anxious.
I threw up a good 4 times yesterday (day of op) from the anesthesia however.

TL;DR -- i did fine on the anesthesia. It didn't make my dp/dr worse (besides when I first woke up) . Didn't make it better either.
 

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Thanks for the heads-up. And thanks for the detailed approach on what happened when they put you under.

I will be going under anesthesia whilst having my double jaw surgery, and I am super nervous about the general anesthesia that the nurses will be giving me.

I've been looking for techniques online to cope with my anxiety and stress, but to no avail it wasn't much help.

Best of luck on your recovery, and thanks again for your story.

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I'm happy to know it didn't make it worse after initially waking up. I've had a terrible fear of anesthesia because I was afraid my DR would get worse. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Update: Vicodin made my DP worse in general. I kept throwing it up and had to go to the ER.
No more vicodin for me. It's Tylenol with Codeine now.. haha.
 

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Thanks for the heads-up. And thanks for the detailed approach on what happened when they put you under.

I will be going under anesthesia whilst having my double jaw surgery, and I am super nervous about the general anesthesia that the nurses will be giving me.

I've been looking for techniques online to cope with my anxiety and stress, but to no avail it wasn't much help.

Best of luck on your recovery, and thanks again for your story.

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I'm happy to know it didn't make it worse after initially waking up. I've had a terrible fear of anesthesia because I was afraid my DR would get worse. Thanks for sharing.
Don't worry yourself too much ! I freaked myself out the night prior and hardly slept. Once the anesthesia is out of your system things will return as they were. And from what i've heard from others, no one experiencing dp/dr really seemed to be affected much by general anesthesia.
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