On my way to the hospital to have a procedure done, I felt numbness in the back of my left calf and foot. When I got out of the car I noticed that leg dragged from the knee down - nothing would bend or move from the calf on down. Using crutches basically for my right foot, I had to switch legs. I had MAC anesthesia. When I woke up in the recovery room, I suffered with shortness of breath, chest and back pain, and the same numbness in my left calf and foot had now also spread to my right foot. It continued going up my legs. My husband arrived and noticed I was in trouble. I tried to talk to him but it was difficult due to the SOB but he got the message and got the nurse who promptly put the oxygen back on and called the doctor who was in another hospital. The oxygen didn't help too much. Suddenly my hands went numb and then it went up my arms. I was finally wheeled over to the ER. There is a short blank spot in my memory at that time. I heard the doctor say he was calling the cardiologist because of a change in my present ekg from the one the week before. I realized I had no feeling in my body but a sensation of a full bladder but I could not go. I got the nurse to put in a Foley. She asked me to move my leg. I didn't know I had one and couldn't do it. Later they wanted a chest x-ray and asked me to sit up so he could put a x-ray thing behind my back. The nurse had to come and lift me. I couldn't move anything. I'm not sure how long this all lasted. I would say about two or three hours. I wasn't upset, but I was curious as to what is causing this.
This is not the first time I have had some of this - nothing to this extent, however. One of my doc friends thinks the anesthesia exacerbated what ever the primary disease is. So thought a nurse friend. Others think it was caused by a reaction to the anesthesia which probably is the same thing as the others think. I'm to have MAC anesthesia next week for foot surgery, possibly extensive. I need to find out what was given to me. I also think I should ask for just local and stay awake during the surgery. I don't know what is going on as I've also been having really bad headaches in the last two weeks. One was an ocular migraine. I saw a neuro-opthamologist who confirmed it. This was the first time, however, that I had pain after the visual disturbances. Then I had bad headaches in the hospital - spent three days there.