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Unread 02-25-2012, 12:02 PM
Re: anxiety

Originally Posted by shellstar View Post
Like julielaw I still have ovaries, maybe It's a bit of everything , hey they don't tell you this before hand, ......yes madame you need a hysterectomy but afterwards you will be a crazed lunatic with the onset of schizophrenia, paranoia; uncontrollable urges to shout and cry at random, you will never want to do housework more, even though you can't but you will try and it will hurt, you will fart uncontrollably and loudly so give your family gas masks, your toilet breaks will be like gymnastics sessions and oh yes you will never sleep mwuhahaha lol (sorry if caused offence my humour) xx
hahahahahaa!!! So true!!! I didn't keep my ovaries so I know there's more going on in this body of mine, but holly OB-GYN is even a woman (a VERY straight up cool woman in fact) and she didn't even give me a hint of the craziness. From the male specialist I guess he did tell me I'd go through the stages of "grief" and that if I needed to hit something a couch cushion has worked for some of his patients. :-) But he was very matter of fact with the whole explanation and I really didn't "get it". I TOTALLY get it now!!! I almost want to put a pamphlet together for him to hand out to his patients that says all the that other stuff they don't ever mention (burping, farting, constipation, stinky discharge, no sleep, feeling like you've lost your mind...).

So very thankful to have found this site!!! :-)
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Unread 02-25-2012, 12:19 PM
Re: anxiety

I have anxiety issues as well and take xanax, about one a day. I found the surgery left me more pseudo-"agoraphobic" at 5 and 6 weeks so that even going into my 6 week post-op appt made me nervous. Of course, I took a xanax so I could relax and not think about the heavy traffic and dealing with strangers, one after the other.

Perhaps it is something in our personalities that makes the adjustment back to regular life more difficult or it could be part of the effects of a hysterectomy. I can't say which or if they combine. I do know it was nice to be home and take things easily and as Carolinagrl42 said, the world at large can be overwhelming. Going back into it, or thinking that you have to go back into it, is sorta scary if you feel you won't be ready.

If you feel the need, ask your doctor about some temporary help. Anxiety is a commonly-used word but its impact on our lives is anything but common. It has a specific impact on every one of us and can be draining. As my doctor told me, anxiety can lead to depression so it's smart to manage it.

And honestly, I had to stay away from this site at certain times. It only made me more anxious. You have to insulate yourself from further anxiety if possible until you feel better. Do positive. Exercise. Comedy. Sweet talks with friends. Walk the dog. Read a great novel. Sitcoms. Pray. What you like. And breathe. Slow down. Relax.
Unread 02-25-2012, 12:25 PM
Re: anxiety

Getting outside even for short walks is very helpful to control anxiety. I am 11 days post op & this is working for me. I struggle with depression & am bipolar so I am determined to keep my anxiety down any way I can. My psyche Dr has been very helpful following my progress & helping me with the anxiety. Share your symptoms with a doctor. Theres help out there!
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Unread 02-25-2012, 12:32 PM
Re: anxiety

thanks girls, it is overhelming and scary i am defo going to see the doctor about this xx
Unread 02-25-2012, 12:37 PM
Re: anxiety

I have not experienced any post op anxiety but am having a lot of problems sleeping. I'm reading a lot of posts about people having extreme anxiety & paranoia. This is kind of scaring me. I am 11 days post op. Do these symptoms come out of no where or is the onset gradual?:
Unread 02-25-2012, 02:43 PM
Re: anxiety

Anxiety and depression are common in post-op patients whether one has had previous difficulties or not.

I have a history of both, but last year when I had brain surgery, I was sent into a bad depression after doing really well for a few years. I was finally feeling better as of January and now I just had my hyster this week.

I personally have found that pain and being unable to do things that I enjoy brings on depression and anxiety. It's just plain frustrating. Many times, when I finally found some energy I ended up spending it all doing things that "had" to be done, leaving me with little energy for things that "fill me up" and re-energize me.

I have noticed that when I feel better physically enough to do things I love that I feel better in general. And though I am an introvert, I do need a certain amount of social interaction. I am inviting friends to come my way to visit so I don't just end up living vicariously through people on Facebook. I find that if I spend too much time online, I sometimes feel worse.

I am hoping this hyster doesn't set off my depression again. I see a therapist and it is helpful. I have been having a fair bit of anxiety the past few weeks. My GYN surgeon gave me a med that helps with anxiety to take along with my pain meds. I kept an ovary so I am hoping not to have major hormonal fluctuations.

If things are overwhelming, your doctor should be able to refer you to a therapist or help you with anxiety or depression meds. There are therapists who specialize in treating people with medical issues.

For anxiety, another thing that helps is to remember to breathe. Literally, just take a few deep and even breaths in and out. I am always amazed at how much tension I have stored in my body.

I think letting emotions out helps a lot, too, but I have a lot of trouble with this. I know holding onto uncomfortable emotions (or trying to avoid them) causes me more anxiety. I guess I will be watching some sad movies in the next few weeks because I can't seem to cry over my own issues; I need a catalyst.
Unread 02-25-2012, 02:53 PM

Originally Posted by shellstar View Post
I'm 5.5 wks post op and having really bad anxiety issues with everything, I'm worried in the car that's It's going to crash or when dh or kids go out that they may get hurt, is this a normal occurrence post op? X
Shell star, I also have anxiety and was on depression pills b4 surgery. I'm 3 1/2 wks post op & got off my depression meds cold turkey...a big no no, but I didst want to be on them anymore. I take omega 3,6,9 blend fish oils and 5-htp all vitamins. I noticed a difference within 20 or 30min. I didn't want to be on prescriptions anymore. It works look it up!! I hope this was helpful
Unread 02-25-2012, 02:54 PM
Re: anxiety

Hi Dancing popcorn! I am hoping to avoid the depression & overall feeling of being overwhelmed like other sisters on this site. A short walk every day really lifts my spirits. The breathing is an awesome tip. Thank you. It sounds like you have been through a lot. I'm hoping you will have a smooth recovery & be feeling back to yourself soon.

Never underestimate a drs value in helping you with anxiety or depression. Theres help out there!
Unread 02-25-2012, 03:07 PM
Re: anxiety

Hi skysail!

I loved your advice. I am 11 days post op & some of the stories I'm reading here are scaring me. I am bipolar & nervous that some of these symptoms could happen to me. I realize that close communication with my drs is vital. Like you I LOVE a daily walk. Its so good for your body. I'm staying off Facebook & trying to limit my tv watching. I want to stay connected with the real world! I wish you a smooth full recovery
Unread 02-25-2012, 04:03 PM
Re: anxiety

Emmie. We all experience different emotions, I hope the anxiety passes you by, there are hundreds of girls on here and minimal have told us they experience anxiety, you might very well be in the percentage of ppl that won't get it, please font worry it sounds like your doing great.
Thank you girls for all advice, humour aside it is an issue that needs not be ignored to faster, thank you, healing hugs to all xx

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