what is wrong with me now?

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angelwings
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   Posted 6/23/2008 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
My anxiety has been pretty good for the past few years.  I just had lasik eye surgery on friday and after the procedure was done i had some anxiety because my eyes were blurry.  I just kept thinking about whether I made a huge mistake and what would happen if my eyes were worse and not better.  My eyes are getting alittle better each day, but of course I had to go online last night and read about people who've had problems after the surgery.  And there were some people who even committed suicide due to bad results.  I've never attempted suicide but its like I'm worrying that I might get to that point.  I mean I had a follow up the day of surgery and the dr said things looked fine.  I'm also going today for another check up.  Why am I thinking this way?  Could it just be hormones?  My psychiatrist left the practice he was at and I haven't been set up to see someone else.  My family is really being supportive.  Its just so frustrating because things have been going so well and then out of nowhere....anxiety.  grrrrr!!

angelwings
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   Posted 6/23/2008 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
i don't know what to do.  I feel like I need someone to talk to but have no one to talk to.  Why am I having these thoughts and feelings?  Instead of feeling glad that I had surgery that can improve my vision...I'm so freaking out cause i feel like i made a hige mistake and its one i can't take back.  I've changed my life in a huge way and i don't know where to go now.  I called my pyschiatrists office and no one is calling me back.  I feel like no one will help me.  My eyes aren't perfect.  they are still blurry but i miss the security of my glasses.  help!

stkitt
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   Posted 6/23/2008 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello Angelwings,

You are going to be just fine but your on the  of stinkin thinkin train and I want you to get off right now.

It is possible to tangle yourself up in a stress knot all by yourself. “If this happens, then that might happen and then we’re all up the creek!” Most of these things never happen, so why waste all that energy worrying needlessly?

Give stress thought-trains the red light and stop them in their tracks. Okay so it might go wrong – how likely is that, and what can you do to prevent it?

Remember for all the good outcomes of any procedure more hype is made about the one that went bad and your reports are good.  You have to give your eyes time to heal and the vision will clear.
 
also remember to stay in the moment.  Take a couple of dozen belly breaths and just focus your mind on your inhaling and exhaling. This will align you with the present moment once again.
 
And remember you are ok................quit reading the internet and let your eyes rest a bit.............        :)
 
I am right here and I know you will be fine.  Hugs
Kitt

 

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percycat
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   Posted 6/23/2008 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Angelwings,

Try to trust your doctor. Presumably, he's done this a lot and knows what's normal and what isn't. If he thinks you're recovering well, try to accept that. Even though lasik is so common these days, it is still surgery, and our bodies need some time to recover from such things, no matter how commonly done.

It may just be that your eyes need to adjust to not seeing through glasses. I remember when I first got contact lenses - hard ones - years ago, it was hard to switch from my lenses to my glasses at bed time. My peripheral vision was kind of warped and I felt like I was looking through water. In my case, I think it's because hard lenses make the cornea hold a very particular shape and then when we use our glasses, our eyes go back to their "natural" shape. Lasik may have similar effects. Your eyes likely need time to adjust to their new "natural" shape.

Try to find something - preferably nonvisual - that will distract you for a bit. Your eyes will adjust, and you'll be glad you got the surgery.

percycat

I'd imagine lasik is very similar.

nervymeg
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   Posted 6/23/2008 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   

AngelWings,

Stay away from other people's negative posts on the internet, those things are killers! I have to ban myself from health sites like that or I drive myself mad. Surgery would certainly make my anxiety go through the roof, it may just be rebound anxiety from that. I think for now, trust your doctor and try and keep your mind off the fairly rare chance that anything will go wrong. And stay off those sites!! tongue


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angelwings
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   Posted 6/24/2008 5:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for your words of support and help. I know that reading things off the internet can only make things worse. This site helps so much. I get so worked up and instead of finding ways to cope i think i need a to see a dr and have my meds fixed. I have the constant fear that I'm gonna go crazy or drive myself crazy. I don't want to depend on medication. I also have my "safe" people who I can not survive without. If I'm feeling anxious I go to one of these two people to calm down. I'm just so upset with myself cause I feel like I can't do it on my own. I wonder if seeing a physchiatrist isn't the way to go. Maybe I just need someone to talk to and work things out. Physchiatrists just want to fix everything with meds and I don't want to live like that. I'm supposed to go away on vacation next week and I'm trying not to think about that cause I'll really be anxious. This anxiety sucks

percycat
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   Posted 6/24/2008 5:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Angelwings,

I've had better luck with psychologists and therapists than psychiatrists. You're right: psychiatrists are medical doctors, somedication is a typical route they choose for a patient. Therapists and psychologists are the ones to see for counseling and behavior modification.

percycat

Sydnee10
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   Posted 6/25/2008 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Angel,
I would think blurry vision to be normal after having Lasik procedure.Think of it like when the Eyes are dilated.My Father couldn't drive himself Home after having his Eyes dilated.Just because others commit suicide doesn't mean you will.Most who do consider it a long time before actually doing it.

 

 

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