Anxious about surgery.

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Nytescorpion
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   Posted 10/2/2008 11:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmmm, new to healingwell. I have a lump on the white of my eyeball under my eyelid on my right eye. I have been to two eye doctors and a specialist...all of which have said I MUST have surgery in order to remove this lump from my eye, however have not come right out and told me exactly what it is. Seems the only thing the specialist could say was that it had something to do with something being blocked in my eye and causing pressure which was reshaping my eye oddly. They also claim my vision will return to normal after this surgery. There is no pain but it has caused my vision to severely change in my right eye. I suppose I am a little...make that extremely nervous. I was wondering if anyone may have any suggestions for me on A: What it maybe could possibly be. B: Any ideas to prepare myself or calm myself for this. I am a really highstung person. I would say my stress level on a scale of 1-10 is 150. Anything would be of great help. I know this is probably not the right place to post this but I really didn't see anywhere to post anything about eye conditions.

Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty
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   Posted 10/3/2008 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Nytescorpion,

Welcome to HealingWell!
Just some possibilities as I am in no way an eye expert at all, but it may just be a benign tumor (not cancerous at all), or some debris might have somehow got under there?
Will they be doing Lasic-type surgery? If so, my mom had that (she's 78 years old, 79 next week) and it was completely painless and her vision is now much better than
mine. To ease your anxiety, what if you called back to say you need to know exactly what it is that is blocking something in your eye? I can totally understand being
anxious about the unknown. Also, what if you asked exactly how the procedure is going to go? That way you know exactly what's going to occur which might relieve some
of your worries about the surgery?

Not sure if this helps, but if it's Lasik surgery, hopefully knowing it's a painless surgery helps.

~ Julie O'

Nytescorpion
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   Posted 10/3/2008 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm really not sure what the proceedure is, but Monday I have a second consultation with the surgeon. So, thank you for bringing that up. I think that not knowing is causing a lot of my stress...on top of me already being a stressful person already. I do intend to bring up your suggestions at the consultation. I will post the results of the consultation and let you know how it goes. Until then, deep breaths and calming thoughts is all I can do I guess... Thanks a lot for your suggestions.

stkitt
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   Posted 10/3/2008 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Nytescorpion,

Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P forum.

I think you are on track re asking your physician how the surgery is performed and what to expect post op.  Will you vision be blurry for awhile, what is the expected healing time?  Knowledge ahead of time will help lower your anxiety.
 

Some things that may help lower your stress are: 

Getting enough rest (at least 8 hours a day)

Meditation (sitting quietly with your thoughts)

Listening to gentle music

Reading

Massage

Taking a warm bath or hot shower.

Going for walks

Regular exercise that you are used to doing

Again a warm welcome and stick with us.
Kitt


 

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percycat
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   Posted 10/3/2008 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Nytescorpion,

Something that helps me when dealing with anxiety about health is making a detailed list of all my questions and checking them off as my doctor answers them (writing the answers helps me remember, too). Your situation is easy to get fearful about because you don't know what the problem is, yet your doctors do seem intent on dealing with it. It's easy to let your mind run away with all kinds of worst-case scenarios. Instead, try to remind yourself that they do have a treatment plan, so you should come through well. And I'm sure they'll be willing to answer all your questions.

By the way, I have a slight thickening on the whites of both eyes, just toward my nose from the iris. They're called pingueculae and are painless but may need to be removed if they interfere with my contact lenses or my vision.

Good luck with the surgery! I'll be sending positive thoughts your way!

percycat

Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/3/2008 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
A very warm Welcome to you and to our HW "family"

I see you have gotten great input so far so I will just say hello and let you know that stress prior to surgery is totally normal even for the ppl that dont have anxiety

I have just come thru a surgury myself and I have to say w/o the caring and support here ...
I would prolly have gone off athe Roof..........with my angst levels.........

STay with us and keep posting your concerns here ...........LYN
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Nytescorpion
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   Posted 10/8/2008 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the replies. I went for my Pre op on Monday. I feel a little bit better about it. My surgery is going to be on the 17th. Dr. Heartgrove said he would put me in a sedated state so that I am awake but not really aware of what is going on. I think that is what freaked me out the most is before I thought that like I would be totally awake...and I had all these idea of "Omg what if I flinch or sneeze or cough." But yeah...hopefully nothing like that happens.

percycat
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   Posted 10/12/2008 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey, Nytescorpion! I'm glad you had a good conversation with the surgeon, and that some of your fears are settled because of it. I hope that you'll continue to check in with him with any more questions that pop up between now and the surgery. The more answers you have, the less anxious you may feel.

We'll be thinking of you on Friday and sending out positive thoughts for all to go smoothly.

percycat

Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/13/2008 4:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I too am very glad you had a great convo with surgeon
I did the same with my family doc ..GI and surgeon........oncologist

As said before it also helped me tpo talk to Kitt ( lil sis )
and others wonderful members on this forum

Keep us posted plz

.....LYN
  DX With Crohns,Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety/Panic,Fibro & Other DD
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     Listen To Your Heart,Look Inside Yourself,Understand You
 
 
 
                    

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