Swollen uvula after general anasthesia.
March 9, 2007 10:14 AM Subscribe
I had surgery two days ago, under general anesthesia.
When I got out yesterday, it kind of felt weird in my mouth.
After some research, I found that my uvula was pretty swollen and it felt like I'm going to swallow it.
The surgery had nothing to do with my mouth, but I did have a breathe tube, so my whole mouth felt kind of sore after the surgery.
posted by PowerCat to health & fitness (9 answers total)
After some research on the internet, they suggested that swollen uvula can be caused by heavy drinking. I drank heavily on sunday so I'm not sure if it's related.
Also another document claimed that marijuana use before anestesia could cause this http://www.cja-jca.org/cgi/reprint/43/7/691.pdf
I did smoke some marijuana on the morning of that day, but that was about 7-8 hours before the operation. I am, however, a regular marijuana smoker.
My uvula started swelling the day after the surgery. It might have been caused by me trying to smoke marijuana, but I wasn't able to finish it because it felt painful and irritant. However I can't pinpoint exactly when it started swelling.
Did anyone ever experience this? I don't want to go back to the hospital and wait 8 hours before being seen (canada healthcare), but I will go back if it doesn't improve by this weekend.