Depression after Surgery

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Need Advise
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   Posted 3/24/2011 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Let me start by saying that I am a recently divored woman (3yrs) at the age of 36yrs. I have no children at this present time.
I recently had surgey on Feb.14,2010.  I went to have my two painful fibroids removed.  After surgey the doctor explains that there were three plum size fibroids and two large ovarian cess on both of my ovaries.  They were able to save both ovaries but doctor states that I now have a severe case of Endometriosis. I am reminded daily of my surgery because i keep feeling sharp and intense pain in my ovaries.  I find that since the surgery I bust into tears watching commericals of Birth control, babies, weddings etc.  I even cry when I feel pain coming from my ovaries. I have been on bed rest for five weeks and have two more weeks left before retuning to work. Is this normal to be depress after a surgery like this.  Or am I just making a big deal of the fact that i am said to have diffculties having kids at my age if i try?
Help! Really need an answer

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   Posted 3/24/2011 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello there,

Welcome to the HealingWell Depression forum. I am glad that you have decided to join us.

I believe that I have heard of people getting depressed after surgery, after all it is a shock to the body. But I would definately talk to the doctor about it and see what they suggest you do. I know that my last couple of surgeries, I haven't felt too good coming out of them and adjusting, and they weren't even traumatic things like you had done. So this may be normal. Though there could be other things causing your depression that you just don't realize. I really do suggest talking to your doctor. And the sooner the better. It is much easier to get through when you first start getting depressed if you give some attention to it.

I truly hope that you do feel better soon. Rest and heal. Do something good for yourself if you can. I would be going stir crazy after all of that bedrest. Though I know that you need it in order to heal well. Take care, and keep posting.

Hugs, Karen
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It's Genetic
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   Posted 3/24/2011 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, Need Advice,

You may possibly be experiencing pain from endometriosis. Did your
doctor give you medication for that when you left the hospital? The
operation for removal of cysts, including the fibroid tumors, should begin to get better very soon. I would expect that one month is about right for recovering from abdominal surgery.

It might very easily be the endometriosis that is bothering you. Would you consider calling your doctor and explaining your situation? If not,
I would consider getting another physician to continue to help me through the healing process. Surely you weren't just sent home and
told that it will take a while to recover. The endometriosis needs to
be treated. Please go online to endometriosis and
look at some of the treatments recommended there for that. Then consider discussing that with your current physician, if you would, please.

You need help, I think, and there's plenty of it out there to get you
through this. I'm not a doctor, but have had major abdominal surgery and know that with no cancer present, you should be able to recover
rapidly with good food, rest, and trying to start some modest exercising.

Good wishes,

It's Genetic

Need Advise
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   Posted 3/24/2011 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the advice given. Actually that is exactally what my doctor told me. She stated that I am going to feel discomfort , here's some meds come back in May.  I am not having pain from the surgery it ALL from the Endometriosis. the doctor cut both of my ovaries and the only medicine she gave was Ibuprofen. I am going for a second opinion with a new doctor this coming Monday.
I understand teh illness but my concern is .....Are my feelings of depression normal for someone in my state? Or am I just making a big deal over nothing? As explained in my first message...I have become really depressed and emothionally right now. Is this something that I should bring up to the doctor as well?

It's Genetic
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   Posted 3/24/2011 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
No, your feelings are not something you should think of as being
unimportant. Major surgery affects almost every system temporarily
and it affects emotions, as well. Your emotions may be very
legitimately not functioning 100% for a while following major surgery.
If you need help with that, don't hesitate to ask your doctor for something to help you through the recovery period. SSRIs are
frequently recommended for depression. (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) It may even be one of your meds that is causing the depression. I can't take the Nsaids--Ibuprofen is one of them--
so I'd wait and see what the new doctor recommends. You certainly seem to be alert to the whole situation, and I think you're going to be just fine. Remember, I'm not a doctor, and can tell you only what has
worked for me. There are just many, many medications which the
new physician may prescribe for treatment of endometriosis and for your depression. Keep your chin up; your doctors will get relief for you right away if you let them know what's happening.

Keep your diet as healthy as you can tolerate in the meantime. Avoid
caffeine, chocolate, tea, and alcohol. They all make depression worse.

Take care.

It's Genetic

Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 3/24/2011 5:54:34 PM (GMT-6)

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