It's not at all uncommon to have anxiety after this surgery, and you have a lot of company. If you can surrender to the recovery and follow its lead, you'll find it much easier to deal with. You can't rush it. Just listen to your body, and don't fight what is. Still, it's always good to follow up on a bothersome symptom.
Unfortunately, most surgeons underplay this recovery. I don't know if it's because they don't want to worry their patients, or that they just don't know. They're experienced at doing the surgery, but not at the recovery. Most surgeons only see their patients for one follow-up, and they just don't know what the recovery is like.
That's the beauty of this forum. There are many here who are recovering or have been through the recovery and have stuck around to help others the way they were helped. Keep in mind that most of the healing will take a full 6 months, and a year for the rest. I found continued improvements into the second year.
Do you have anti-nausea drugs? After having this surgery, it is extremely important to avoid vomiting, as it can damage your healing wrap. In fact, I always carry anti-nausea drugs, just in case I get a sudden stomach bug, and I'm three and a half years post op. It has happened to me twice...once at the year mark and once at the two year mark. Both times I vomited before I had a chance to take the anti-nausea meds, but I was able to stop repeated vomiting episodes. Even if you just retch without vomiting, it can cause harm.
People here generally use the generic forms of Zofran, Phenegran, and Compazine. My favorite is the compazine suppository, because once I'm sick, I can't tolerate anything in my stomach. It works the best for me. Still, I carry Zofran and Compazine just in case. If you don't have anything, be sure to ask your PCP or surgeon for a script. A vomiting episode can set your recovery back quite a bit.
Glad you had a better night. Hang in there...it will get better, but it just takes time and lots of patience!
Very best wishes,
Words of wisdom by Eckhart Tolle:
"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”
“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”
“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Post Edited (dencha) : 9/3/2012 8:24:24 AM (GMT-6)