general anaesthetic and MS

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general anaesthetic and MS

Postby 71jules » Sun Feb 22, 2009 2:43 am

Hi guys, just curious after reading a few posts, is there a problem with a person who has MS to go under General Anaesthetic?

I know that I am not diagnosed yet but after having my last general anaesthetic in November it took a while to get me back steady and strong on my feet.
I was so weak and walking snail pace, couldn't work out why. It continued for days and days.
It was only an exploritory laparoscopy which I have one previously years before that but only a couple.
The gas at the dentist made me very weak and have difficulty walking and memory loss, slurred speech. This was after being told the gas wears off after about 5 minutes.

Appreciate any feedback please as I am undergoing a G A in April.


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Postby jimmylegs » Sun Feb 22, 2009 5:00 am

jules i think i've told you this before, but...

general anaesthesia can cause b12 deficiency because of the nitrous oxide aspect.
b12 deficiency alone can cause subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord.

you need to get a series of tests on some nutrients, in particular the ones that are the usual suspects in ms, d3 since it's associated with so many nasty illnesses that you just don't want, including ms, and also nutrients that get depleted by stress (magnesium is one, and you should get both plasma and RBC magnesium tested, muscle magnesium is a decent idea too but we won't go there) and by sedative drugs and general anaesthetic.

if you're having nitrous oxide and/or general anaesthesia any time a needle approaches, the nutrient depletion aspect is a reasonable thing to have looked at.

taking 100mcg b12 per day is not going to cut it. when my b12 was down, i took 1000mcg per day and even though my b12 level got sorted, the neurological issues did not improve until i added a LOT of bcomplex for a few days, and for that matter quite a lot of vitamin E too.

go to google scholar and search on:
nitrous oxide subacute combined degeneration

there are 856 results.

taking a quality multivitamin/multimineral, a good b-50 complex, 1000mcg sublingual b12 per day, at least 2000IU vit d3, a good calcium/magnesium liquid, and an antioxidant blend with 2g vit C and 800IU vit E per day, and 25mg zinc would be a step in the right direction. none of those will do you any harm, and might well do a lot of good.

check out the links in my signature for additional supplement information

good luck,
odd sx? no dx? check w/ dietitian
99% don't meet these. meds/lifestyle can affect levels
status can be low in ms & other cond'ns
'but my results are normal'. typical panels don't test all
deficits occur in 'normal' range
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