Nausea and Anxiety

whit_murd
on 1/2/18 3:51 pm
VSG on 01/04/18

So, my surgery is on the 4th which is in two days, and I'm struggling with major anxiety and nausea. Has anyone experienced this? What did you do to relieve it and how did the surgery turn out for you?

I've also never had surgery before, so that's a major factor that's escalating my fear.

Shannon S.
on 1/2/18 7:11 pm
VSG on 11/07/17

I have a great deal of anxiety when it comes to medical procedures. You'll get through it. Don't let fear keep you from a life changing experience. You have this!!!

whit_murd
on 1/2/18 7:20 pm
VSG on 01/04/18

Thank You! I refuse to let fear get in my way, but it's one hell of a battle that's for sure. So many anxiety attacks, so little time for them. Haha

Shannon S.
on 1/3/18 3:54 am
VSG on 11/07/17

It is terrible! A couple of people thought I should ask my doc for some anti-anxiety pills just to get through the few weeks approaching my surgery, but I didn't. Maybe that is an option for you. Best of luck to you.

feels_so_good
on 1/2/18 7:51 pm
VSG on 05/20/14

I was 100% excited and looking forward to the procedure until I got undressed and they were putting the IV in my arm. Reading how many people here had backed out once or twice or more and when they finally got up the nerve to go through with it helped me. It helped me realize it's okay to say 'no', I'm not ready but that everyone I read said they made a bigger deal out of the surgery/anxiety and wish they had gone through with it the first time. When I felt myself getting anxious (I used the word curious or unsure at the time), I'd read through old blogs on this site to help gain perspective and motivation.

Tell your staff that you are anxious when you are checking in, they will help reassure you.

5'10" Male : Consult Weight 428 1/16/14 : Pre-op m1 -3, m2 -12, m3 0, m4 -27 : SW 386 : m1 -25, m2 -22 m3 -15 4 -12: LW 278 CW 320 : Total Loss 108

Gwen M.
on 1/3/18 10:19 am
VSG on 03/13/14

I totally concur with the "let the staff know" recommendation. I've always done this before procedures that make me nervous and the nursing staff always rises to the challenge. They keep me chatting and laughing and distracted which is a huge boon!

VSG with Dr. Salameh - 3/13/2014
Diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder and started Vyvanse - 7/22/2016
Reconstructive Surgeries with Dr. Michaels - 6/5/2017 (LBL & brachioplasty), 8/14/2017 (UBL & mastopexy), 11/6/2017 (medial leg lift)

Age 41 Height 5'4" HW 319 (1/3/2014) SW 293 (3/13/2014) CW 149 (7/16/2017)
Next Goal 145 - normal BMI | Total Weight Lost 170

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Donna L.
on 1/2/18 7:57 pm - Chicago, IL
Revision on 02/19/18

Anxiety is known to cause lots of physical side effects, and nausea is one. And, surgery is absolutely terrifying for everyone in one way or another, especially if you haven't had it before.

I found that having "surgery buddies," a few people I confided in when my anxiety got super bad helped. I also made sure to be extra kind to myself the days before surgery. I would comfort myself and remind myself things would be alright because I picked a surgeon well, and all my pre-op testing came back good. I reminded myself I could make it...and made sure to focus on happy and pleasant things before surgery. I watched more comedy skits in the two days before surgery than the year before, heh.

I did things that soothed me the day or two before. I took a nice bath the night before and relaxed, for instance. I also relied upon my inner 90s kid (I graduated high school in 1995) and made myself a dorky surgery mixtape. Well, it was actually an Apple music playlist, but hey it was a modern mixtape, right? >.>

Last of all, remind yourself it's okay to be scared. It's surgery, which is a big deal. You are having a 100% natural reaction to having to get surgery, and there's nothing wrong with that.

I follow a ketogenic diet post-op. I also have a diagnosis of binge eating disorder. Feel free to ask me about either!

It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much...the life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully. -- Seneca, On the Shortness of Life

Gwen M.
on 1/3/18 10:18 am
VSG on 03/13/14

LOL at the mixtape :D I always get "I wanna be sedated" in my head prior to surgery.

VSG with Dr. Salameh - 3/13/2014
Diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder and started Vyvanse - 7/22/2016
Reconstructive Surgeries with Dr. Michaels - 6/5/2017 (LBL & brachioplasty), 8/14/2017 (UBL & mastopexy), 11/6/2017 (medial leg lift)

Age 41 Height 5'4" HW 319 (1/3/2014) SW 293 (3/13/2014) CW 149 (7/16/2017)
Next Goal 145 - normal BMI | Total Weight Lost 170

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Sparklekitty, Hag of Science
on 1/3/18 6:43 am
VSG on 12/10/13

My surgeon's perspective was that fear was a healthy thing. I was anxious because I understood that surgery is a Big Deal that would change my life. Heck, he said he'd be worried if I WASN'T nervous!

Preparation is one way that I handle my anxiety, and it helped me a lot before my WLS. I read over all of my surgeon's materials one last time, and made a clif's notes version for my husband and mom who would be helping me after surgery. I read old posts on the forums to see what my post-op challenges would be. I made sure I had all of my shopping done, and got stuff like Crystal Light and a big comfy house-dress to wear during recovery.

Despite all my worry, the surgery went well and it was one of the best things I've ever done.

Nerdy Little Secret (#42) - Tucson Roller Derby

Gwen M.
on 1/3/18 10:17 am
VSG on 03/13/14

I didn't experience this with VSG, but it's also TOTALLY normal. So you're not alone or weird or anything!

Do you have any mindfulness practices? Meditation, for example? I really love the Headspace app and you get the first 10 sessions free, so that would cover you until surgery :) Basically, work on deep breathing once or twice a day.

Also, try to stay as busy as possible in order to distract yourself. That really helped me pre-op.

Have you talked to anyone about what you can expect on the day of surgery to help ease your fears? Or would that not be helpful for you? I'm happy to share my "surgery day" experience if it would help you to know what to expect!

VSG with Dr. Salameh - 3/13/2014
Diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder and started Vyvanse - 7/22/2016
Reconstructive Surgeries with Dr. Michaels - 6/5/2017 (LBL & brachioplasty), 8/14/2017 (UBL & mastopexy), 11/6/2017 (medial leg lift)

Age 41 Height 5'4" HW 319 (1/3/2014) SW 293 (3/13/2014) CW 149 (7/16/2017)
Next Goal 145 - normal BMI | Total Weight Lost 170

TrendWeight | Food Blog (sort of functional) | Journal (down for maintenance)

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