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Unread 12-30-2007, 05:15 PM
Anxiety attacks normal?

Are anxiety attacks normal after a hysterectomy? Off and on since about two weeks after my hysterectomy I've been having attacks out of the blue. Should I be asking for medication?

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Unread 12-30-2007, 05:34 PM
Anxiety attacks normal?

Originally Posted by one_with_music
Are anxiety attacks normal after a hysterectomy? Off and on since about two weeks after my hysterectomy I've been having attacks out of the blue. Should I be asking for medication?


Oh boy, I got hit so bad for a couple of weeks after my hyst. And like you, they came out of nowhere. they leveled off by my 3rd week post-op. I'm almost normal now, with the occasional anxious feeling. If you feel like you need medication, I think you should ask for it. Especially if your anxiety is debilitating.
I hope you feel better very soon!
Unread 12-30-2007, 06:58 PM
Anxiety attacks normal?

Hi. Hope you're healing well. I started having anxiety attacks out of the blue about 2 months after my TAH. I never had them before. My doctor told me if they continued (which they did), that I could go on an SSRI or try low dose of estrogen. I am on Estratest HS which seemed to help but still have anxiety now and then. I've been reading that over 90% of women who have hysterectomies end up with anxiety and on medication. I am trying to avoid taking Xanax or Valium so I take Valerian Root, which helps immensely. My suggestion is to read up on it and stay in touch with the hyster sisters. They are all great. it's helped me through anxiety and sleepless nights. Take care.

TAH for massive fibroid 12/5/2006
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Unread 12-31-2007, 08:52 AM
Anxiety attacks normal?

Anxiety or panic attacks are one of the most horrible things to experience. I am 4 months out on a TAH/BSO and was having them very frequently. No sleep didn't help much! At first I was on Estridiol 2mg, which didn't seem to help. My gyn. switched me to Viville Dot and I am doing better. Still a few attacks occasionally (big crowds, etc.) Hope you get to feeling better soon!
Unread 12-31-2007, 09:46 AM
Anxiety attacks normal?

That's funny about the big crowds thing Maxicat. The first few times I got an anxiety attack, I was afraid to go out for fear of passing out or something in public. I couldn't even walk my dog more than a block. I read a lot about anxiety and how you have to work through it and get mad at it. Now when I feel anxiety coming on I do deep breathing, sniff lavender, take Valerian and do whatever it takes to relax.

My boss is very supportive of me because she gets them too. So, if I leave work in a hurry or disappear to go relax, she knows why. Glad the Vivelle Dot is working. I've read about that on here many times.

Happy New Year. Hope you have a great day.
Unread 12-31-2007, 04:49 PM
Anxiety attacks normal?

Just remember (as I was told) if you DO pass out, which you more than likely won't, someone will get you. I have had anxiety attacks since 1993 (periodically) and have become to the point I couldn't get out of the house unless I had to. I had the crazy fear that I would get diarrhea in public. Ha Ha!. Hope you get to feeling better soon!
Unread 12-31-2007, 05:30 PM
Anxiety attacks normal?

I've had anxiety for the past couple years, for which I use Ativan (low dose) as needed - the anxiety was definitely related to some life situations going on. However, since the surgery, basically beginning week 3, started getting bad anxiety over just little things. A friend mentioned that it might be related to hormones, which from what I've read from your posts sounds likely. I just keep telling myself am blowing things out of proportion and that everything is fine, its just my perception, which isn't based in a reality.
Unread 12-31-2007, 06:28 PM
Anxiety attacks normal?

I've had several anxiety attacks a week after my hyster and they continued for a good while. At about 2 months when I started to get a bit more balanced and more sleep they have subsided. I think hormones and sleep deprivation play into it. I also started taking lexapro for the anxiety. It's also an antidepressant. It really seems to help. If your anxiety doesn't get better soon I would definitly ask for some medication or talk to someone about what you can do with out meds. I hope you get some relief. Anxiety is difficult and scary at time. God Bless you. Kathy
Unread 01-01-2008, 12:32 AM
Anxiety attacks normal?

I started having anxiety meltdowns and some panic 4 months post-op. Thanks to the Aching Hearts forum here, I contacted my GP. She got some blood work done prior to my appt with her.

Found out I was hyper thyroid, which had never been a problem. Waiting to see the specialist in Feb - had the scan on Oct 31.

It comes and goes, and is not helping my work...I get more easily stressed and tired. Some days I just don't want to go ANYWHERE.

The adrenal glands can also be affected after a hyst, I read here. I asked my doc if I could get a cortisol level done too, just to be on the safe side. It was normal.

This early on, though, my guess it is your body and mind adjusting to a HUGE change, and your system is doing a massive WTH????

I hope you feel better soon!
Unread 01-01-2008, 11:50 PM
Anxiety attacks normal?

I have had anxiety since my peri menopause days of 2003. Now I get anxiety so easy like from a bad dream, or over news off the TV... its unreal!! I have been on Antivan low dose too about 1-5 times a week before now I'm up to at least once a day sometimes twice a day. Man its been hard! I have had anxiety to the point my jaw is sooooo sore from stress related anxiety. I just hate it!! I have used Bach's Rescue Remedy in the past, its a natural stress relief, I used to use it at night when I woke up with pounding heart and stressed from who knows what woke me. Now I have been taking Ambien at night so I don't get that wake up as much.. I have tried 3 different HRT's so far, hope this one works and helps me get back to my pre 2003 self! I hate doing anything, driving, going to have fun, movies, shopping, out to eat. I just want to hide at home.. WTH?

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