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Help: uncontrollable anxiety pre-op! Help: uncontrollable anxiety pre-op!

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Unread 12-11-2011, 09:44 PM
Help: uncontrollable anxiety pre-op!

I'm having my surgery this Friday, the 16th. Last Thursday at work I had a bout that I felt like I was going to jump out of my own skin and was super anxious while working. I went into my manager and told her how I was feeling, and then I almost cried in front of her! I talked to her for about a 1/2 hour and it helped, but since then, if I am not doing several things at once, I get it again. or today, on the train home from a work concert, I felt like just suddenly crying for no reason. My stomach gets a sick/knot feeling in it too, and I cannot handle feeling like this-I just hate it.
IS THIS NORMAL?? It seems far beyond pre-op jitters to me. I'm thinking of calling my Dr. and maybe he can prescribed something to calm my nerves for the next 4 days before my proceedure, or shouldn't I?
thanks for any advice.
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Unread 12-11-2011, 09:52 PM
Re: Help: uncontrollable anxiety pre-op!

Hi Kathy,
I know that I was ridiculously surgically absorbed and spent lots and lots of time reading this site prior to my surgery. If you feel like you need something to calm you down, definitely call your doctor and see if he/she will give you a script. For me, simply taking a short walk to clear my head usually worked. Whenever I started feeling overwhelmed while at work the last few weeks before my surgery, I would just pop outside for some fresh air/leg stretching.

Good luck this Friday for a successful surgery and an uneventful recovery!
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Unread 12-11-2011, 09:55 PM
Re: Help: uncontrollable anxiety pre-op!

Feeling the same way! My surgery is scheduled for the 16th as well. I was feeling pretty good until I met with my OB/GYN Friday. I was overwhelmed with all the information she gave me. I am going to keep myself busy these next 4 days, cleaning, organizing and getting ready for Christmas. I'm sure I am going to drive my family insane! Good luck to you.
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Unread 12-11-2011, 11:34 PM
Re: Help: uncontrollable anxiety pre-op!

I would definitely ask your doctor for something to ease your anxiety. I think the healthier and better rested we are going into surgery, the easier the recovery. Lots of women need a little anti anxiety meds before surgery, so your request would be very reasonable. Wishing you the best.
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Unread 12-12-2011, 12:55 AM
Re: Help: uncontrollable anxiety pre-op!

I'm really anxious as well. I feel sorry for my husband, I woke him up in the middle of the night last night because I was crying.

I've been taking a rx for anxiety but what also helps me is deep breathing. Just breathing in for 4 counts and out for 4 does an amazing job of calming me down. I also recommend relaxation apps for smart phones, my favorites are Andrew Johnsons.

I think it's completely normal to be anxious right now. Just hang on and take care of yourself.
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Unread 12-12-2011, 02:29 AM
Re: Help: uncontrollable anxiety pre-op!

I've been going through the same things since my pre-op appointment. I go from breathing rapidly, crying, needing a cigarette, snapping at my husband, you name it. It's not getting better either. It gets worse when someone calls to wish me well like I'm going on a cruise.

Bout the only thing that helps is to pray.
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Unread 12-12-2011, 03:57 AM
Re: Help: uncontrollable anxiety pre-op!

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Originally Posted by AlaskaChick View Post
I've been going through the same things since my pre-op appointment. I go from breathing rapidly, crying, needing a cigarette, snapping at my husband, you name it. It's not getting better either. It gets worse when someone calls to wish me well like I'm going on a cruise.

Bout the only thing that helps is to pray.
Going on a cruise! LOL That made me laugh!!! Good one!
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Unread 12-12-2011, 09:21 AM
Re: Help: uncontrollable anxiety pre-op!

Wow I read your post and it sounded like me- except it was on Friday that I sat in my bosses office almost in tears! I have been so emotionally up and down its not even funny! My husband works out of town every other week so he is not home right now for support either. He comes home Wednesday night, I am afraid I might unload on him- which will only increase his anxiety I'm sure. I am working up until Thursday at noon and surgery is Friday so I hope that will keep my mind busy. I have a crazy busy week up until that point so it should help. Good luck to us!
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Unread 12-12-2011, 11:02 AM
Re: Help: uncontrollable anxiety pre-op!

I'm in the same boat. I just apologized to my boss for the 15th time today for losing my mind. I write press releases and can't seem to write one to save my life today.

I too am going in on Friday for my surgery. My pre-op made me feel better about many of the things. However, now I'm just feeling overwhelmed with all the things still left to do.

Here's hoping Friday is a great day for all of us!
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Unread 12-12-2011, 12:12 PM
Re: Help: uncontrollable anxiety pre-op!



It is completely normal to be feeling this way. This surgery is a big deal!! I can tell you from experience, the waiting is the hardest part. Just try to keep yourselves as busy as possible in the days leading up to your surgeries. Go for walks (if the weather permits it), call a good friend to chat about something other than your surgery, or come here!! Your sisters here are all ready and willing to help you through this as much as we can.

If your anxiety does get to the point that you can't control it, you should definitely call your to discuss this. There is surely something they can give you to help.

Good luck to all of you ladies who are awaiting your trip to the castle!!

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