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05 Aug 2008

Pre-Op Nerves
Im going in for a cyst removal op next Monday.
I am calm although I have a history of anxiety and am no longer on my meds. I am having heart pulpatations, splitting headaches and no appetite. Please can someone just give me some kinda encouragement regarding this op - its not like open heart surgery but I keep seeing my lifeless body on the operating table being cut open and stiched up (never had stiches or broken bones) was in hospital once before and had a terrible experience - woke up too soon, vomited everywhere etc.... very scared...my heart is about to burst out my chest!
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Hello Yikes,
I know how it feels to wait for surgery. It would have been wise to consider starting again on your meds well before surgery, and to have discussed this with your shrink, but of course this is a little late to start that process. Mention this anxiety on admission, so they can give you some tranqullizer on admission, as well as perhaps giving you some pre-op meds a little early. Try to focus on less miserable and frightening images. THink of how relieved you will fel to wake up and find the op is over. Stop imagining that lifeless body --- you'll be no more lifeless than while you sleep at night, and the alternative ( being awake during surgery ) is much less pleasant ! You're perhaps fortunate not to have had fractures of stitches so far in your life, but you'll soon be one of the stitched and able to re-assure others that its really not bad at all. Again, on admission, tell them of your previous bad experience --- if, for instance, you're a bit more sensitive than others to the potential for some meds to make one nauseous, they can give you something for that, and choose a more suitable med.
Try to be calm, and look forward to being cystless soon. And do come back onbnthe forum and let us know how it all went.
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