Following an ear surgery several years back I experienced remarkable change in the way that I engaged with people socially. This change lasted for a period of about 2 weeks. I've never been a "social" person who get's a charge from interacting with others but during this amazing period I suddenly had a genuine interest in other people - their history, thoughts, goals etc.. I also noticed that I was less concerned or guarded about myself. I made friends with people and felt a sense of calmness that I'd never had before.
I'm back to my old self, but the entire experience made me realize that I may suffer from a lack of empathy for others or just a mild social anxiety
that makes me close myself off from others and miss an opportunity to truly engage with them and form connections. Whatever the cause, I would like to find out if it's possible to diagnose the reason for the change. As for possible causes from medication, I did
not make note of the anesthetic which was used for the surgery (however, it could not have been succinylcholine as I'm allergic to that particular drug). Aside from that, I don't recall if I might have been given anything like a Valium as I left the hospital. All I can say for certain is that I received and took Vicodin for a few days - could this be the cause?
To conclude, I am looking for professional advice as to the possible cause for my change in behavior and beyond that, general advice on options for a medication that is known to have a similar effect as those I experienced. For the record, I've never taken any anti-anxiety medications, anti-depressants, or pain killers aside from the Vicodin already mentioned.
I look forward to your response!