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On 12/4/2021 at 11:50 PM, Chandalier said:

Did they give you pain meds after surgery and how did you keep them down... I'm nervous about the pain,I'm a big baby when it comes to pain!

not a lot of pain once you get out its more uncomfortable

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1 hour ago, Elaine77 said:

My heart racing is not unusual for me in the throes of panic and Im getting all necessary liquids and then some. I do have a minor heart condition AND vasovagal that exacerbate this and I took a heart pill but it didnt help...probably because the culprit was anxiety. Its such a vicious circle. My anxiety was under better control pre-op than it had been my entire life.

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didn't they advise you that your anxiety could increase? I didn't have an anxiety prior to surgery but it went through the roof after. I wasn't pre warned either but I didn't have a history of anxiety. it will most likely be your hormones and if you are of an age where peri-menopause is possible it will defiantly be hormones. I ended up going on HRT to settle mine down.

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1 hour ago, Elaine77 said:

My heart racing is not unusual for me in the throes of panic and Im getting all necessary liquids and then some. I do have a minor heart condition AND vasovagal that exacerbate this and I took a heart pill but it didnt help...probably because the culprit was anxiety. Its such a vicious circle. My anxiety was under better control pre-op than it had been my entire life.

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You may want to get it checked out. The surgery aggravated my heart condition and my previous medications stopped working. I ended up in the hospital an extra week. I’m on 3 new drugs, but I’m hoping the problem will resolve as I recover from the surgery.

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On 12/4/2021 at 5:50 AM, Chandalier said:

Did they give you pain meds after surgery and how did you keep them down... I'm nervous about the pain,I'm a big baby when it comes to pain!

Rest assured that you can speak with your surgeon or the PA associated and let them know how you are feeling. For me, the pain exceeded the ability of the pain management to supress. I did end up back in the ER and was given much needed fluids and pain management via IV and then sent home with a different pain pill.

I have a few friends who went through the GVS and oh they were running a marathon the next day... no pain, all was beautiful and right in the world. For me... JC, I was in pain and needed a full 2 weeks of pain medication to get me to the point where Tylenol was able to take up for mild discomfort.

It does get better, each day, small gains... Take Deep Breaths and know that you have a support system and you need to discuss how you are doing with them.

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I am now 4 weeks post-op and my anxiety is MUCH better. I knew from prior surgeries that surgery sets off my panic and it certainly did with this. But I am employing the strategies I learned in pre-op therapy and that helps. Overall, I just needed to heal, feel better, and get back to everyday life to be ok.

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10 hours ago, Elaine77 said:

I am now 4 weeks post-op and my anxiety is MUCH better. I knew from prior surgeries that surgery sets off my panic and it certainly did with this. But I am employing the strategies I learned in pre-op therapy and that helps. Overall, I just needed to heal, feel better, and get back to everyday life to be ok.

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You are doing really well it took me months to start feeling better.

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You are doing really well it took me months to start feeling better.
I think being done with menopause already helped me get my emotions under control pretty quickly. Just a theory. Who knows.

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Hi

if I start to think what have I done I stop myself by reminding myself of how horrible it felt to be overweight. I think of all the normal activities of daily living I couldn’t do and now can even just two weeks out. Yes we’ve done a drastic thing and we may at time question it but the alternative was worse - no enjoyment of life, feeling fat and horrible and having co morbidities to deal with.
Weve done the best thing for our bodies and mental health. Focus on something like how you are going to feel on your next vacation with your new found fitness! ❤️

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When I was home for about 3 days my anxiety was running rampant. I was afraid to sleep cause I thought with a small stomach I’d be dehydrated by morning.
I was able to talk with my psychiatrist about my anxiety and the feeling I was going to be dehydrated. She actually explained that hormones and emotions of learning how to live with a smaller stomach and a new lifestyle is causing your anxiety to run rampant. She gave me an anxiety medication to help keep my anxiety under control and having weekly sessions with my therapist.

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