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   Posted 6/20/2010 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
So last Tuesday I went to a surgeon who diagnosed me as having a femoral hernia that needed immediate repair.  Turns out it was "stuck" aka incarcerated.  I thought it would be relatively quick with a small incision, some soreness and a few weeks without lifting.  It's been 4 days and I'm bruised like I've never been bruised before and really tired, sore and have no appetite. 
On top of that, a couple weeks before the surgery I was having symptoms of a flare so I started a round of prednisone.  I'm down to 20mg now but think the taper is too rapid with the stress of the surgery so I am gonna have to increase the strength tomorrow and slow the taper down.
The thing I don't understand is this time I feel like a kicked dog... emotionally.  I am SO tired!  If I could get a handle on the emotional side of things I think I could handle it all so much better... guess it's just not my strong suit.  All these years I've just kept plowing forward never complaining or slowing down... but honestly, I'm just tired now. 
Thanks for listening.

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   Posted 6/20/2010 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Was this your first surgery? There can be something about surgery and our psyche .... especially that first surgery, maybe it brings home the message that we are not immortal. Maybe it is an insult to our feeling of invincibility. And maybe we just were more sensitive and responsive to the sedation or anesthetic and it takes us longer to work it out of our system. This too shall pass. (((hugs)))
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   Posted 6/20/2010 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I actually notice this even with just a scope, because I have worsening depression for about a month. Besides therapy, I watch my fav TV shows (comedies), make sure I laugh alot...
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   Posted 6/21/2010 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with C2, if this was your first surgery, I think your body is a little shell-shocked. I had an emergency resection in 2002. They went in thinking they were going to do it laproscopically, but I had so much adhesions and scar tissue they had to open me all the way up. I can tell you I was a little traumatized and shook up, as I did not expect that kind of pain. Be gentle with yourself. I am sure the Pred is really adding to it, it can also slow down your healing. I hope you feel better soon. Hugs!
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