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Meds not working after surgery

Hello,

I started getting anxiety attacks in January out of the blue. Never had anything like this before. Thought I had it under control, but after surgery this last week( hysterectomy) the past 2 days I can not get it under control. My meds are not working and I’m miserable. Does anyone know how to get back on track. I almost went to the ER , but my husbands says that’s ridiculous because you know what it is.

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Most people here have had anxiety attacks at some time, not a nice feeling and frightening if you don't understand what's happening. But nobody ever dies from an anxiety attack or ends up disabled, no doctor ever wrote a certificate giving cause of death as 'anxiety'.

So anxiety's bark is worse than it's bite, the good news is it's not life threatening but it's still a horrible experience.

So what to do? Don't try and run away from it, suppress it or fight it. This is something you have to pass through in order to reach the peace of mind waiting on the other side. Let it come and accept it for the time being. If you fight it you're just adding more stress and tension to your nervous system so accept it calmly and be willing to co-exist with it for the moment. If you can frame your mind to accept this as a trick your over sensitive nervous system is playing on you, a nervous glitch, then you will lose your fear of it.

It's important to lose your fear of it because otherwise you're constantly releasing fear hormones which tend to keep your nerves in their over sensitive state. Your nervous system needs a rest from fear in order to recover.

So accept the feeling, let the wave of panic and anxiety break over you like a wave that then recedes back to the sea.

Take some slow deep breaths, hold it a few seconds then breathe out slowly and repeat - this releases natural tranquillisers that have a peaceful effect. Just take these attacks calmly in your stride, stop frightening yourself half to death, deny your nerves the fear they feed on.

Anxiety attacks are just glitches caused by having too many worries, too much stress, they will pass once you lose your fear of them. This takes time, weeks rather than days but do these things and you will recover.

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Thank you

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It is probably hormones.

Get your doctor on the phone and tell H/H what you are dealing with.

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Thank you

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You have just had major surgery and are most likely totally out of your routine and in some pain or discomfort. These are all reasons for anxiety, as is the physical and mental trauma of major surgery. Slow walking is generally considered good after surgery. If is OK with your doctor, I would try that. Also, your body needs a lot of extra sleep. Nap and go to bed early.

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Thank you

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Buy some magnesium oil from a health food shop. Anesthetic eats up all your magnesium stores which in turn creates symptoms of anxiety and depression. Once you up your stores it will ease fairly quickly.

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could having a hysterectomy not have a lot to do with your meds not working added stress would affect the average person,let alone someone suffering with anxiety,it will take a long time before your back to your usual,have a word with gp!

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