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Anyones brain just not working properly? Anyones brain just not working properly?

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Unread 05-08-2008, 07:11 AM
Anyones brain just not working properly?

Hi, my surgery was on the 11th April, about 3.5 hours under anaesthetic, as well as still feeling really tired I just don;t seem to be able to think properly, I'm not thinking as quickly and I still find following the plot when I'm reading/watching a movie etc difficult. My concentration seems to be so poor.
Anyone else recognise this? It's getting better any advice?

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Unread 05-08-2008, 07:16 AM
Anyones brain just not working properly?

Whoops !!! I forgot to add that I have to take an on line psychometric test and I'm worried I won't do well as I'm just not processing things well at the moment. How long to recover from the anaesthetic?

Unread 05-08-2008, 07:25 AM
Anyones brain just not working properly?

I've had this problem too. Can't concentrate, fidgety, and I've picked up pacing since surgery. My GP put me on an antianxiety pill that seems to be helping.
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Unread 05-08-2008, 07:42 AM
Anyones brain just not working properly?

I am 6 weeks out tomorrow and the brain fog is starting to lift. SMILE!!! It was really bad for the first 4 weeks for me, but it is getting a little better each day. I really started seeing a turn for the better once I was off the sofa and somewhat active again. I was the same way - I didn't even bother to watch TV for the first two weeks b/c I couldn't keep up with the program. I couldn't even seem to get a whole sentence out of my mouth without losing my train of thought! The only thing I'm still having problems with is finding words. I'll be in the middle of a sentence and know what I'm trying to say but just can't get the right word. It is SO frustrating! My best friend is a nurse and she told me that it takes a bit of time for the anesthesia to leave the body. Be patient and hang in there Sammy - it does get better!
Unread 05-08-2008, 08:11 AM
Anyones brain just not working properly?

Hi, Sammy.

I had the same feelings as you, and I had my LAVH/BSO April 25th. My mood and memory became worse and worse.

My 3rd day post-op I started HRT (hormone replacement therapy) because both ovaries are gone. Despite my doctor's suggestion, I took only HALF the recommended strength, thinking it would be enough. Wrong!

At my 10 day follow-up I told doctor about the mental fog, etc. He asked me about the HRT--was I taking it? I confessed that I cut the dosage in half. He told me it wasn't strong enough for someone my age, 47, and I was experiencing "older womam" symptoms. He told me to go home and start using the HRT dosage as he prescribed, and see what happens. So I did, and I can tell you that it is a major improvement! My mind is working just as well, if not better, than pre-op.

Also, the other thing my dr. told me was to take a brisk walk every day for 20-30 minutes. I have done so--though his idea of brisk and mine may be vastly different , I do hufff and puff, which is a good thing--and I have noticed an overall physical improvement.

Take care.
Unread 05-08-2008, 09:42 AM
Anyones brain just not working properly?

I too couldn't connect the dots for at least for the first 3 weeks. I am feeling/functioning alot better at 4 weeks out.
Unread 05-08-2008, 06:33 PM
Anyones brain just not working properly?

know what' worse than opening your mouth and not having the word come out? having a totally different word come out!!!!! I hope that goes away!
Unread 05-08-2008, 09:34 PM
Anyones brain just not working properly?

I'm not sure if you are on pain meds, but they make a difference. And your sleep problems make a huge effect on your mental abilities. Have you talked with your doctor about it? Something to help you sleep could really help. Good luck! Please keep us updated!
Unread 05-08-2008, 09:48 PM
Anyones brain just not working properly?

I am 3+ mo's out and the brain fog is BAD! I cannot help but wonder when O when will it end.
Unread 05-08-2008, 10:56 PM
Anyones brain just not working properly?

I'm 4 weeks post op and I drove right thru a red-light yesterday with my 12 DD in the car with me! I can't even begin to tell you why, but it has me a little freaked out because I've NEVER even had a ticket in my life. I had horrible road rage today... well, I shouldn't say "road" rage... I went thru the drive thru at the bank and the idiot in front of me, who had cut me off 3 mins prior... proceeded to ask for something from the teller and then took his sweet time filling it out and then sent it back and then got something back and then sent it back again and GEEZ.... 10 mins later... I really wanted to ram my car into the back of his...

point is, I've been having fog, stupidity and unusual fits of rage that no one should be subjected to. Not to mention the pouts of crying. Maybe I should just stay in the house till my 6 weeks is up and maybe THEN I will be normal!

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