I had been an off-and-on meth user, and quit yesterday (yes, it will be permanently). I have a laparascopic cholecystectomy scheduled for Monday to remove my gall-bladder for gallstones that were recently diagnosed, and I am concerned about the effects of withdrawal from meth on general anesthesia. That would be 6 days clean, essentially.
I can push the surgery to next Friday (10 days clean) if it makes any difference; I am aware I would not have the chemical still in my system but am worried about the effects of NOT having it in my system while under on anesthesia.
My side-effects during withdrawal are usually pretty ******, but will most likely start to clear up a bit by Monday, but will by no means be gone. The most prominent ones include:
- Complete exhaustion: Especially at first, I will be grumpy, have VERY little motivation to do anything other than sleep. Therefore I will do so very often; sometimes 16 hours a day if I am able. This leads to---
- Sleep issues: After a few days (usually 3-4) I can get bouts of sleep paralysis... trying to sleep I wake up right at moment of falling asleep and cannot move body. Stuck unable to move but fully conscious for about 5-6 seconds before body is able to roll over, speak, or respond in any muscular way. Scary ****, and I hate it... but usually only lasts for one night. All night.
- Appetite: All I want to do is eat ******, sugary foods, which ***** because I am on a low carb zero sugar diet nowadays. Used to just wake up, open fridge, eat tons of junk, fall back asleep, rinse repeat. Probably the reason why I gained a bunch of weight back then.
That's most of it. I am most concerned about the sleep disruption issues, as well as if there are any other effects of being withdrawn from meth a week out would have any effect on general anesthesia. ...any info other than "QUIT USING" (I know this, that's what I'm doing... I had quit for over two years until this last slip-up), is appreciated, as I am pretty scared about not waking up, or waking up too soon... not to mention the things I don't know about.
Lastly, I know I should tell my anesthesiologist, so please don't make this your sole response either... I temporarily live with my immediate family and they are unaware of my usage and would like to keep it that way.
Thanks so much, sorry for the long post.
I have only been put under once before, when I had wisdom teeth removed over 14 years ago and was not a user of any drugs whatsoever... everything went just fine then.