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I was put into an induced coma 5 weeks ago and was in one for 13 days, since being "woken" up I have had episodes of confusion,although these episodes are less frequent I still get confused as to what has really happened since I first initially woke up, i.e - I was convinced my sisters had come to the hospital in a taxi to pick me up but this never happened..., also since coming home I have started to shake at times,like shivering but I am not cold ??? My legs still feel weak and my knee hurts. I have also had nightmares and wake in the night in a confused state.

Dear Helen,

This is a normal progression of being in the Intensive Care Unit. Although you were in a coma, you were not completely unconscious. It is called conscious sedation, meaning you are unconscious enough to allow the nursing staff to care for you without causing you "conscious" anxiety. The term ICU psychosis is a very real syndrome associated with being in the ICU. There is no day or night, your care continues 24 hours a day; therefore, your ability to rest at night is taken away.

It is a good idea to speak with a professional to help you to transition through this. Wishing you all the best!

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My name is Dr. Cipriano. I am able to answer questions regarding critical care issues including the cardiac system, pulmonary system, gastrointestinal system, gallbladder, small bowel obstructions, crohn's disease, diverticulitis, general abdominal surgery, ventilator management, ARDS, dehydration, heart failure, kidney failure, shock. pneumona, surgical complications, disease process.


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