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  #1  
Unread 08-13-2002, 01:37 PM
Pre-op Nerves

I have postponed my TAH 5 times now. Each time I have had a semi-legitimate reason; but mostly I am just scared. I am now scheduled for Sept. 9 and already I am dreading it so much I can't sleep. My doctor is getting a bit annoyed with me I think. I have had all sorts of tests and they are pretty sure I do not have cancer, but my surgery must be done by an oncolgical gyn since I may lose my bladder when the surgery is done (scarring between bladder and uterus and no separate blood supply). I had a C-section and another abdominal surgery years ago. Both were real nightmares. When I woke from surgery I was in horrible pain and was vomiting. Both times the medical staff could not manage my pain or vomiting. For days I was unable to sleep, relax, walk or eat because the pain and nausea were so bad. I would appreciate any tips or words of encouragement any of you might have. Thanks, Andrea
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  #2  
Unread 08-13-2002, 02:07 PM
Pre-op Nerves

Hi Andrea,

Have you discussed your fears, vomitting and pain management problems with you Doctor? There are different methods for surgery. A General or Epidural and you may have an allergic reaction to the pain medication you were given.

Read the pre-op sites and the post-op site and search site.
There maybe information use can use at your pre-op visit. I got lots of information and wrote 2 pgs of questions for my pre-op visit. I have a few question for my GYN and the "A" Doctor on the 15th. (my surgery day). I am having a TVH, keeping the ovaries, bladder and recetal repairs.

Take care we are all scared of the unknown. We just have to ask the Doctor questions, tell him how we feel and what we want.

Big s Couters
  #3  
Unread 08-13-2002, 02:58 PM
Pre-Op nerves

Andrea,

I really do understand exactly what you are going through. I had an abdominal hysterectomy on 07/22/02. I had put off the surgery for 15 years due to the horrible experience of hemorrhoid surgery. I am apparently not able to deal with narcotics. Every time I have had surgery I have been extremely nauseated. Needless to say, the hemorrhoid surgery was very painful as well. I drove my family, the ladies on this site, and myself, crazy worrying about whether or not to cancel the hysterectomy. I would like to tell you that it was a breeze, but unfortunately, the problem with nausea was the same for this surgery as well. However, there a few things you might discuss with your doctor. They gave me zofran before the surgery and afterward as well. I talked to the anesthesiology dept about my problem. Zofran is given to chemotherapy patients for nausea. It did help me. The problem is I can't take morphine, and I had a morphine pump after surgery. I could not have the epidural or spinal during surgery because of the length of time I was in surgery. However, you might be a candidate for one of those. The ladies on this site who have had epidurals or spinals seem to get along well with that. I would ask for the zofran and see if there is something they can do for pain that does not involve narcotics, if that is a problem for you too. The pain from the surgery was not nearly as severe as the hemorrhoid surgery was. I had my surgery on a Monday, and was sick on that Monday and Tuesday. It was about like having a nasty 24 hour virus. I have been a lot more nauseated with the flu or a virus. I want to be completely honest with you because I know what that feeling of absolute terror of surgery is like. The hospital where I had the surgery did everything possible to help me with the nausea, so I hope you will have a good team working with you. I also would lay my cards on the table with the doctor. He probably already knows that you are frightened of the surgery since you have canceled the surgery several times. The medical profession does not always hear you the first 18-20 times you tell them something, so keep at it. I will be thinking of you and wish you the best. Love, LHG
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Unread 08-13-2002, 03:06 PM
We're surgery buddies!

Hi, Andrea. I totally understand your fears.

I had a D&C done under general anesthetic when I was 19. When I was 30, I was diagnosed with cancer, and had to have a cone biopsy done under general anesthetic. When I was 19, I had been nauseated for DAYS! I told this to the anesthesiologist when I was 30, and he promised to give me "the good stuff." I don't know what it was, but I wasn't sick at all. But he was glad I had told him about my sickness after anesthesia before. Since then, I've had a lap for endometriosis, and I asked the doc that time to look at my old chart and give me the same anesthesia. And I'm asking for it again with my hyst.

If you don't sleep, you're just going to make yourself more crazed. Have you tried Tylenol PM or something just to help you get a good night's sleep?

Good luck to you!
  #5  
Unread 08-14-2002, 12:18 PM
Pre-op Nerves

Hi, Andrea! I can certainly understand why you are so anxious about the surgery based on your past experience. I happened to see your post while browsing after posting my own new thread (cervix or NOT). I'm having a panic attack just from doing that! Yesterday I had to take Xanax after writing the questions for my doc at the pre-op consult!

I've done extensive research, talked with many who've already been through it and the information has been consistent. Still, I need reassurance. The reason I'm telling you that stuff is that while I completely empathize with your anxiety I urge you to muster all the strength you have and do the surgery. Mine is August 27th. I think we make ourselves worse by obsessing.

I don't know your whole story, but if you are dealing with any cancer you need to find out asap! Trying to ignore things can only prove to hurt you more in the long run. I will say a prayer for you and I hope that you have the support of family and friends. That makes a big difference.

Good luck and God bless!
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Unread 08-14-2002, 01:24 PM
Encouragement appreciated

Thanks for all your words of encourgement. Also good thoughts go out to Couters on your surgery tomorrow and to Thunderheart on your surgery Aug 27 and to EvieF on Sept. 2. I will have you in my thoughts. I will be anxiously awaiting news of your recovery. I have written down a whole page of notes I want to ask my doctor as a result of all your suggestions. My doctor has an excellent reputation as a GYN Oncologist, but he is really lacking in the bedside manner. (I don't have cancer, at least they are pretty sure I don't). He usually breezes in, does his thing and is out of the room before I can catch my breathe. When I see him next week, HE WILL LISTEN TO ME AND ANSWER MY QUESTIONS. Thanks for you encouragement. Andrea
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Unread 08-14-2002, 02:44 PM
Re: Pre-Op nerves

I am scheduled for my surgery tomorrow and I am also worried about the nausea. My hospital has promised me they will give me Zofran right after surgery and have a standing order for nausea medicine. I am still scared to death and I would cancel it if my family would let me. I don't know how I will get through the rest of the day. I think reading this website helps me more than anything. Can anyone tell me if there is anyway to stand the pain without so much pain medication. I don't do very well when it comes to pain, but I sure can't stand be nauseated either. Please help.

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Originally posted by lhg
Andrea,

I really do understand exactly what you are going through. I had an abdominal hysterectomy on 07/22/02. I had put off the surgery for 15 years due to the horrible experience of hemorrhoid surgery. I am apparently not able to deal with narcotics. Every time I have had surgery I have been extremely nauseated. Needless to say, the hemorrhoid surgery was very painful as well. I drove my family, the ladies on this site, and myself, crazy worrying about whether or not to cancel the hysterectomy. I would like to tell you that it was a breeze, but unfortunately, the problem with nausea was the same for this surgery as well. However, there a few things you might discuss with your doctor. They gave me zofran before the surgery and afterward as well. I talked to the anesthesiology dept about my problem. Zofran is given to chemotherapy patients for nausea. It did help me. The problem is I can't take morphine, and I had a morphine pump after surgery. I could not have the epidural or spinal during surgery because of the length of time I was in surgery. However, you might be a candidate for one of those. The ladies on this site who have had epidurals or spinals seem to get along well with that. I would ask for the zofran and see if there is something they can do for pain that does not involve narcotics, if that is a problem for you too. The pain from the surgery was not nearly as severe as the hemorrhoid surgery was. I had my surgery on a Monday, and was sick on that Monday and Tuesday. It was about like having a nasty 24 hour virus. I have been a lot more nauseated with the flu or a virus. I want to be completely honest with you because I know what that feeling of absolute terror of surgery is like. The hospital where I had the surgery did everything possible to help me with the nausea, so I hope you will have a good team working with you. I also would lay my cards on the table with the doctor. He probably already knows that you are frightened of the surgery since you have canceled the surgery several times. The medical profession does not always hear you the first 18-20 times you tell them something, so keep at it. I will be thinking of you and wish you the best. Love, LHG
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Unread 08-14-2002, 03:13 PM
To Worried

I totally understand your worry. Hopefully the nursing staff and your doctor will make sure your nausea is controlled. I have heard that Zofran is very effective. Do you have a husband or some close family member who can be your advocate in demanding pain medication and nausea medication if you need them? I will have you in my thoughts tomorrow. Andrea
  #9  
Unread 08-15-2002, 06:46 AM
Pre-op nerves

Here we go again, another sleepless night. I have cancelled or postponed my TDH several times now and I am seriously considering doing it again--this time for the last time. Since I keep putting it off, my doctor has insisted on every test imaginable to make sure I don't have cancer. All tests have been negative, however, he says we won't know for sure until a path report is done after surgery. As I said in my original thread, my other abdominal surgeries were horrible experiences and this surgery will be complicated. I am really conflicted. Why should I put myself through this hell if I don't have too? I don't mean to keep whining about this and did appreciate all the words of encouragment you guys sent my way. Please bear with me and offer any words of wisdom you have gained through your experience. Thanks, Andrea
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