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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Unusual anesthesia side effects?
I recently had rotator cuff surgery and a local block was performed. Can this type of anesthesia cause me to have severe sweating? I have the constant smell like diesel fuel is on everything I have changed bedding daily and the smell will not go away. I took very little pain medication.
How do I get this out of my system?
Your anesthesia was probably some form of brachial plexus block. Typically this block causes decreased sweating through its effects on the sympathetic nervous system. Your unusual symptoms don't sound like they have anything to do with anesthesia or pain medication.
Gareth S Kantor, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University