Preparing for Surgery – Anesthesia Warning

General anesthesia can have debilitating effects on some people with chronic fatigue syndrome. In general patients are recommended to avoid general anesthesia when possible.  Several doctors have produced documents outlining their recommendations for anesthesia and the New Jersey CFS Association has produced a card you can download and print out. (Laminating the card appears to give the recommendations more heft with hospital personnel.)


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Fred1234567 July 26, 2012 at 9:41 pm

I’m one of the people made worse by a minor operation- going from mild/moderate to severe and bedridden ME after the operation for a deviated septum (in theory to help with the ME by increasing oxygen) . 18 months later I have not recovered.


Wendi October 26, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Fred – I’m sorry to hear this happened to you. I am debating, too, after 15 + years of suffering to have deviated septum surgery but am looking at doing the twilight sedation instead. Frankly, I’m scared to death now. I hope you have recovered some.

I so desperately pray to find a non-surgical fix, but I can’t! I’m so sad.


Cort July 27, 2012 at 4:03 am

My goodness, Fred. That’s really something. Have you tried saline solution? We’re going to have a story coming up of a woman who also had mild/moderate CFS who was made much, much worse by the anesthesia. It put her flat on her back for several months. What got her out of it was IV drips of saline solution….


SanDiego#1 July 31, 2012 at 9:07 am

Did any one ever think it may have been the Oxygen and not the anesthesia.? I just found out I am highly toxic to Oxygen. I need biopsy done and am told to wait because of this and Diastolic Dysfunction.


Paul July 17, 2013 at 6:31 am

Hello. I developped CFS and fibro with the anesthesia. My doctor confirmed it.

It was a simple operation, but in the operation I felt much pain when the anesthesia was injected and the same day I had blurry vision, palpitations, numbness. Then I started with pain in all my body, with exhaustion and fatigue not being able to get up from bed.

I know also about another person who had the same problema with anesthesia when she went to the dentist because of malpractise.

I have read online about many people developing CFS and fibro after taking medicines and after anesthesia. I wish I had known the risk before having surgery.


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