Worrying about another surgery

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   Posted 8/2/2008 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know what to do. Last month I had a lap to rid my right ovary of a large complex cyst and now it is back. I really really don't want to go into menopause and deal with another surgery but this new cyst is sooo painful. I just got home from the ER and I have missed a whole week of work because of it.

After my surgery a month ago my gyn said she would have to call in a general surgeon because the adhesions were so bad. I also developed a major panic problem that is just now coming under control and I am terrified that it could rear its ugly head again. Those were some of the worst weeks in my life and I don't want to relive them

I know you are not doctors and that they are the best to ask but I would like to know what you would do if you were in my situation. Sometimes a person outside of the situation can shed light onto better then anyone else.


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   Posted 8/2/2008 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   


Ouch. I don't have any experience with this, but I do have experience with anxiety/panic. All I can suggest is that you try not to dwell on the panic coming back. You have got it under control and that takes amazing strength. Kudos to you. If it does rear it's (very) ugly head again, then you know you can get it under control again.

If I were you, I would have the surgery. I would also let my doctor know about the anxiety. They may be able to help you out with that through counselling/meds and other options. I wish you all the best, please let us know what you decide to do. You don't deserve to live with physical or mental pain. Take care.



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   Posted 8/2/2008 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   

If your doctor is recommending this and you have agood, trusting relationship with her, then I encourage you to have the surgery. It's very easy to get frightened about having the same problems occur because you feel like the situation is also the same as before. It's hard not to compare, but that's how my couple of little phobias developed. The "stinkin thinkin" that I get stuck on is, "This scared me last time; it will scare me again." The right thinking is, "Yes, it scares me, but it can't hurt me."

Have you discussed your anxiety with your doctor as well? She may be able to give you some reassurance. I know when my ENT doctor recognized that I was feeling anxious even though I fought to hide it, I felt some much better about her care and recommednations for me. I hope you can get some similar relief.

And regarding those cysts, just think how much better you'll feel when you're pain-free. Being in pain doesn't help to keep the anxiety down much.

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