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Sudden anxiety after surgery?

I am 23 years old. I have never had any kind of anxiety before. I had a ruptured ectopic pregnancy and had surgery on Feb 2nd. Well on Feb 4th. My life changed and it feels like my world got turned upside down. It was around 2pm. I got up from the sofa. My heart started racing, it felt like I couldn't breath, I got super dizzy and just didn't feel right at all. I called 911 because I was home alone with my 4 year old son and didn't want anything to happen. I got there and they gave me a chest xray thinking I could possibly have a blood clot sense I just had surgery. That came back clear. Over the next couple of weeks nothing got better. I stayed dizzy all day every day and the other symptoms wold come and go. Several er trips and doctor visits later. I had a MRI of my head. 2 CT scans of my head and lots of bloodwork. Everythung was normal. So my question is, why up until my surgery did i never have anxiety, I've been perfectly healthy and this happens? It's been almost 8 weeks and a day hasn't past where I don't feel CONSTANTLY dizzy. 24/7. Being in a busy place or store males ot worse. I feel like my life is gone. I can't be the mom and wife I'm suppose to be anymore. I use to be so happy. Can it really be anxiety afyer surgery or is something more serious going wrong? I mean wouldn't anxiety dizziness go away? Atleast for a little?

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Really sorry to hear about the ectopic pregnancy and what has happened since.

Do you know what anaesthetic was used? nitrous oxide can oxidise your B12 making it useless and one of the symptoms of B12 deficiency is anxiety.

You can find a list of symptoms here in case anything else rings a bell

pernicious-anaemia-society....

You may have an underlying problem absorbing B12 as well ... and being pregnant may have caused your B12 levels to drop as B12 is used for healthy cell production so your supplies will have been diverted a little to the ectopic pregnancy.

The CDC has a website on B12 deficiency - though it probably doesn't cover these particular circumstances

cdc.gov/ncbddd/b12/

You may also find this site useful

b12awareness.org/

If you think it could be down to B12 then it may be worth posting on the PAS forum. (PAS = pernicious anaemia society - PA being one of the better known causes of B12 deficiency ... though people on the site are focused on B12 deficiency and its effects rather than PA in the narrow sense.

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Hi there & feel for you loads.

i understand about the anxiety part. i had surgery in February. It was only a quick procedure and i was home very quick. however, the surgery was on thursday, friday i was fine but saturday and thereafters for about a week, oh god i was depressed, so anxious, miserable, dizzy constantly, nausea big time.

i was told it was the anaesthetic in my system and would take time to filter out from my body's system.

dont be too hard on yourself.

xx

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That's how I was! The next day I was fine bit the day after that it hit me and never went away. It's been almost 8 weeks! I always think something is seriously wrong and they aren't going to catch it in time. Because I was fine before my surgery

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I know its been a year but your the only person i have found on line thats having yhe same exact problem as me. Its been 3 months and im still dizzy. Have you figured out what it is yet?

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No I havent. And I am still like this. It sucks. I suffer bad everyday. :( 

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Psychogenic dizziness - i.e. dizziness which comes from a psychological root rather than a physical one - can be one of the most awful symptoms of anxiety.

As a first step, you should be talking to a counsellor - there are many therapies which can help; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or hypnosis etc. You could also talk to your doctor about a going on a good anxiolytic SSRI like sertraline (Zoloft.)

I've suffered with anxiety for about 10 years, and mostly had it under control through a combination of hypnotherapy and talking therapy, but I had surgery last Friday and it's brought on severe anxiety symptoms including horrible dizziness. I'm hoping they'll dissipate - after all, it's not even been a week yet - but if not, I'll be getting some CBT booked!

Hope this helps.

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Have you found anything that is helpful? For me it has been 3 years and I still feel this way. Some days are worse than others, and I experience panic attacks as well, but I am dizzy almost all the time. I have tried b12, counseling, anti-depressants, acupuncture, exercise, changing my diet, and none of them have worked. I never experienced anxiety or panic attacks before my ruptured ectopic. I had a salpingectomy so I have always thought it may be a hormonal thing? Anyway, you are the only person that I have found that had this exact experience and I wanted to reach out and see if you found anything that was causing it.

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This is almost my exact story. It's been 5 years for me. Mine was also for a miscarriage and my anxiety is still daily.

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I had an appendectomy almost a month ago, it was complicated by scar tissue on my intestines from previous surgeries like a laperscopy to burn away endometriosis and then later a complete abdominal hysterectomy. I was gonna have my appendix removed and go home the same day but the scar tissue removal made it a 5 night stay. I have always had anxiety and panic attacks but just this week it has gotten way worse. I wake up in a panic, I have a fear of going to sleep but I'm not afraid I'm gonna die or anything. Im already on antidepressants and anti anxiety medication (for 16yrs) but it just doesn't seem to be enough. I sleep during the day while my family is up and busy and I am up all night alone stressing out. I had my post op appointment yesterday and everything is good and she answered some questions I was worried about and I thought that would ease my stress but here I am and haven't been to sleep. Its 10am here. Its panic, I hate panic. I'm accustomed to generalized anxiety. I just don't get it. I also all the sudden hate being in my room and it use to be my safe place. Idk, its just not under control and I don't know what to do. I'm so tired all the time, still have some pain but I know I will be fine so why all the panic all the sudden.

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Im 56, ive had 13 surgeries including 2 knee replacements , appendix and gallbladder removals etc. , let me tell you surgery is hard on your body, it takes a while to get all traces of the gas out of your system, you may be having a reaction to painkillers. I experianced the same thing when they cut off Percocet.( Knee replacents can take a full year to recover from).

My suggestion, make sure your not on a strong painkiller, if you are do NOT just stop taking it, wean off it. UP your protein intake. I craved meat and cheese after big surgeries. Drink lots of fluids, sleep as much as possible. Your hormones are still freaking out to. Mine did after my hysterectomy. If it doesnt get better soon get to the Dr, you may need a little help from meds to get you over the bump for a while.

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Thank yoi for commenting. I didn't take any painkillers after because I know I don't do well with them so I skipped them all together. My surgery was on Feb 2nd a Monday I was fine that Tuesday and then on that Wed the 4th in the middle of the day I just got very dizzy, my heart started racing I was tingly everyhwere it felt like I couldn't breath. Then ever sense that day my dizziness hasn't went away at all. It's been constant and I will still sometimes get the other symptoms as well. I get muscle twitches everyday too. It's been almost 8 weeks. How long does somethung normally take like this to get back to normal?

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Hello Amanda I came across your story and its very similar to mine . I had a keyhole surgery and after 2 days I had the same symptoms. it's been two months im doing okay but my mine problem is my head I feel like it's very heavy I can't focus I can say I feel dizzy but I don't feel like the room is spinning but more like its heavy all day everyday , it's a very uncomfortable feeling and I don't feel normal or how I used to be before surgery . Is there something you did to feel better?

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I had laporscopy 6 days ago. I woke up feeling very groggy and took me awhile to function. That night while in bed I suffered from severe panic attacks and hallucinations and constantly going to the toilet to throw up, urinate and bowel movements. I ended up in a+e after 3 hours of no change. My pulse was high and my temperature was high. After a few hours I calmed down. All blood and urine tests where clear. Two days later it came over me again. Severe body trembling to the point I couldn't stand up ,heart was racing I just couldn't calm my body down. Eventually after nearly an hour in a+e again my body calmed down. More bloods where done and all was clear. I do usually suffer with some slight anxiety but nothing anywhere near this... I thought I was dying. I don't know if the operation has affected my endocrine system or something? Doctors where totally baffled. I don't feel like I was worrying about anything when the attacks happened I just felt them coming on. I also have a lot of scalp tension since operation which is making me feel dizzy and not with it. My laporscopy was to remove areas of endometriosis. I hope I start feeling normal again soon.

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Hi. I know this thread is nearly 3 years old but what you describe is exactly how I’m feeling. I had a hernia operation about 12months ago. The anxiety after it was awful. I couldn’t even take the dogs for a walk. Had to rush to get back home and thought something terrible was going to happen. When I tried to fall asleep that night I woke up gasping for breath. Had to open the window. Felt like I was going mad. It’s happened a few times times but if I drink alcohol now I have terrible anxiety the day after. I was never ever like this before general anaesthetic. I’m not sure why I have reacted like this. I do know they weigh you before the op. Maybe to work out how much you need in your system. Maybe they gave me too much. You can request a report of the dosage and they are legally bound to give it to you. Then you can have it looked at independently.

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I had a hernia repair 2 years ago and experienced extreme anxiety and insomnia for a year afterwards. I have felt all along the anesthesia caused it. I am so glad to see this thread because I felt so alone while going through it. Doctors sent me for counseling and an anxiety disorder, yet I never had anxiety until the anesthesia (3x within 6 weeks, to be exact, and the anxiety started the day of the last procedure requiring anesthesia). I am positive our bodies cannot tolerate but so much anesthesia, and my body had received it's maximum load. I would love to see some type of study done on people receiving anesthesia and the side effects people feel afterwards. I am glad to see your note that we can request the dosage amount. I never thought to do that, but I would like to get to the bottom of losing a year of my life.

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I am just about getting over it now. I had the op in March 2017. I can’t describe the feeling. I was scared of going to sleep because I thought I wouldn’t wake up. When I was falling asleep I would suddenly jolt wide awake heart pounding. Gasping for breath. Thought I was going to die. The hospital sent me home with all sorts of painkillers but to be honest I took some cocadamol and I don’t think they helped matters. I haven’t had any form of painkiller since that day in all honesty. I’m not putting anything inside me that doesn’t need to be there. A headache can generally be got rid of with water. And no I was never like that before the op. I will never have it again for any reason. I just hope I keep healthy enough so I don’t need any ops. I am of firm belief that they gave me too much of it. When I get round to it I will request a copy of the dosage report. I’m happy just to be getting back to normal. And I know how you feel. I felt like I was watching myself live my life like I wasn’t there. Very strange.

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