Nissen in 10 days and I'm getting pretty nervous! Help!!

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LdyJane
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   Posted 7/6/2008 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Not normally this way, but for some reason, I'm freakin out here!!! I'm seriously feeling like cancelling this surgery; or at least postponing for maybe a year??? :)

I'm not sure why I'm feeling like this? my surgery is at Cleveland, 5 hours from home; the surgeon is one of the best, so that 's not the concern, but at the same time I don't feel comfortable with this at all!!. Maybe it's because of the post op problems that people seem to be having.

I know I need the surgery, my DeMeester is 112, I don't know what the Bravo score is (...that test was done at Cleveland) I have pulmonary complications, there may or may not be a stricture in the esophagus (the barium swallow says yes, the motility study says no...okay the tech said definitely; the Dr. who read it quickly said no). The surgeon says "I'm no slam dunk" I have a 90% chance of a good outcome; I'll definitely have dysphagia and gas bloat afterward. He says I'm an "air swallower", but he doesn't say how I do that or how I stop doing that.

Overall, I just have an uneasy feeling about it all and I can't put my finger on it, which means I can't solve the problem. Has anyone else felt like this? has anyone else postponed? Help!!!!

Mr.T
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   Posted 7/6/2008 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
You have all of the rights in the world to be concerned, but you need to way out the pros and cons and see which one has more benefit.  You have obviously checked out your doctor well and that is the biggest step, but if you do not feel comfortable try to figure out why.  Yes, everybody has a few post surgery problems, but for me it was worth it.  I had a very difficult time as well making that final decision due to the fact that I now live in Thailand and they only did open nissen.  It turned out to be the best move I made.  I was in the hospital for 3 weeks and had trouble swallowing for a couple months, but things just got better and better.  I do have alot of gas, but that is a small price to pay for getting rid of that horrible burning sensation.  I could go on and on, but it really comes down to what you think and if your mind isn't in the right place for this it will make it even that much harder to go through with.  I hope the best for you and good luck with making your decision.

Alycarr00
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   Posted 7/6/2008 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   

Being nervous is NORMAL. I was totally freaked out before I had mine, and I have a 3 yr old to take care of!  My recovery really wasn't that bad.  Yes, I was nauseated, but I had a rx for phenergan, I also didn't have too many problems with foods....I ate 'normal' foods a lot quicker than some....I just chewed and chewed and chewed!  I also had a large hiatal hernia that was repaired with a mesh screen.  I had mine done Jan. 28 of this year, and now I am pregnant and am having NO pain or problems (except for the whole unable to vomit thing) BUT I would be MUCH worse if I hadn't gotten the surgery. I was VERY sick, and am only 29. I am SOOOOO glad I had it done. Even if it means my nausea is AWEFUL with this pregnany.  I wouldn't change anything.  Everyone heals differently, but most people will tell you that NOT having the problems they had before are worth the 'pains' of healing after surgery. GOOD LUCK.....if you have any questions please feel free to email me. Allisonveals@yahoo.com

Allison

 


***~Alli~***


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   Posted 7/7/2008 6:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Nerves are normal but remember a lot of the time what you find on the internet are the 'bad' outcomes or complications. People who have the surgery and do well just don't come on the internet much and talk about it. Just my two cents.
I'm hoping that my problems will soon be solved with this surgery. Hope this helps.

Mary Lynn


stkitt
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   Posted 7/9/2008 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Mary Lynn
Hello, this is Kitt and you are normal and have every right to be afraid.  I would guess, IMHO, you are going through some anticipatory anxiety. You going through the "what ifs"
Common Anticipatory Anxiety Reactions include :

Feelings: anxious, fearful, angry, confused, hopeless, losing control, numb, sad, moody, irritable, guilty.

Behaviors: withdrawal from others or activities, disrupted routines, startle reactions, easily crying

Cognitions: preoccupation with possibility of trauma, concentration difficulties, self-doubt, worry, indecisiveness, memory difficulties

Physical complaints: muscle tension, headaches, gastric distress, sleep and appetite changes, fatigue

Talking usually helps. Share your feelings with friends, family, on here are all good ways to work through the anxiety.

Relaxation techniques: Try deep breathing, muscle relaxation, visualization (imagining peaceful scenes), and/or listening to soothing music.

Realistic self-talk: While we can't always control what happens to us, we can always control what we say to ourselves. It's important to keep things in perspective. Talk to yourself in reasonable ways. Ask yourself "how likely is my fear?" Remind yourself that you have coped before during other challenging times. Don't just dwell on the negative but consciously look for things you can appreciate every day.

Make an effort to stay focused on what's happening now. What do you see, hear, and smell? How do you feel? Truly be 'present' in the moment! That will help you keep the anxiety down.

Whatever decision you make, Mary Lynn, I support you.  You have recieved good advice from the wise members who have posted before me.

Gentle Hugs
Kitt


 

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LdyJane
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   Posted 7/9/2008 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I appreciate all of your responses, and I guess my "anxiety" stems primarily from the post op. Surgery, in and of itself, doesn't concern me; I've been there before and I'm okay with it.

The disconnect I feel with my surgeon is a little disconcerting, but understandable considering that I'm 5 hours away, so I've narrowed it down to the "after". Mary Lynn, you are right about the the postings of bad outcomes, and Alli, I appreciate your support!

I'm going to go through with it, but I'll do so with your words in my head and I guess I'll just wait and see what happens! (BTW, did they automatically give you a script for nausea?)
Thanks,
Janice

Alycarr00
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   Posted 7/9/2008 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   

I had to ask for my anti nausea meds, for some reason my dr. didn't think I would need it. But I am the type that can think about getting sick, look at a toilet and puke! (well, I WAS that type! lol)

 

Good luck with everything....you will be fine!


***~Alli~***


stkitt
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   Posted 7/9/2008 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   

Jane, I understand your anxiety is more focused on the post op but it is still anticipating problems.  You have my support.

By the way I do have GERD and the reason I am posting in this forum is because Tammy is off for a couple of weeks so if you need anything please let me know.

I am in no way trying to invade your space.

Take care and I wish you the best with your procedure.

Kitt


 

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LdyJane
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   Posted 7/9/2008 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Alli, I'll make sure to ask if they don't offer anything for nausea, especially with a long road trip home!

Kitt, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to imply that you were invading, nor would I think that :) Frankly, I hadn't heard of anticipatory anxiety before and I think you have a valid point! I think my anxiety is from the anticipation of the post surgical things, so your comments helped tremendously.

In any event, all of your comments have helped to ground me!
Thanks,
Janice

stkitt
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   Posted 7/9/2008 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   

Janice,

I am so glad I could be of some help.  I truly believe that people with any chronic disorder exprience anxiety and some depression from time to time as we cope with our disorder daily.

I often get on the "what if" mery-go-round and have to pull myself off or I will cancel an appointment or overinflate the issue due to plain fear of the unknown.

Bless you and good luck.
Kitt


 

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LdyJane
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   Posted 7/12/2008 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
We leave tomorrow for Cleveland, we have a full day of appointments on Monday; Tuesday is open and surgery is on Wednesday. Thank you all for helping me settle my anxiety; I believe I was most anxious about the post op stuff and I have gotten back to being the more level headed me. What will happen will happen, and I'll deal with what ever that is!

Thanks again!, I appreciate your help and wisdom!
Janice

oliveoil
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   Posted 7/13/2008 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I am 5 years out of the nissen surgery. It was a long recovery period, but I am doing great! I haven't had any medication for 5 years and I am able to eat anything as long as I chew it well. I've had a few flare ups as I call them due to stress, but overall it was the best decision I made for my health. Is there any one out there who has had this surgery longer than myself and is still symptom free? I was told eventually you would have to go back on the drugs, but I am so careful as to what I eat that I will stop eating something rather than go back on the drugs. I haven't had a carbonated beverage in 5 years and don't miss it. Occasionally, I do have pain, if I eat to fast or swallow something to big. Overall, I lost about 40lbs and people tell me I'm too thin, but I am HEALTHY and that's important.

Bo Peep
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   Posted 7/14/2008 2:35 AM (GMT -6)   

Good luck LdyJane!

Hi olivoil and welcome! I had my sugery 3 months ago so am still in the recovery period. I have just started eating things with very tiny bits in (as opposed to complete mush). How long did it take before you could eat normally? I seem to be taking longer than everyone else on here! sad I have lost 17lbs and people think I am too thin too but I feel good! I'm hoping you will get some more replies as it will be interesting to find out how long the operation can work for. :-)


Elaine

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