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What can I do for my anxiety before surgery?

What can I do for my anxiety before surgery?

Talk to your Doctor: You didn't mention what type of surgery and whether this was elective or not. It is important that you communicate your concerns with your surgeon. He/she can then determine whether these are normal preoperative fears and concerns or whether this represents something more and recommend treatment or referral. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Is it uncommon to have anxiety attacks before surgery?

Is it uncommon to have anxiety attacks before surgery?

Common: Anxiety before surgery is to be expected. I suggest methods of relaxation such as meditation, music, exercise, sexual activity (protection), moderate use of alcohol (if ok with surgeon), family/friends support. I also ask patients to remember that objectively speaking, they should be aware that they will be safer during the time of surgery that driving on the freeway. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are side effets of metorolol tratrate 25 mg after surgery, i went into a-fib and was put on this medicine. Feeling a lot of anxiety that i didn't have before. Could this be caused by this medicine?

Anxiety : Anxiety is one of the side effects of metoprolol tartrate. Here is a list of central nervous system side effects listed on the package insert: headache, dizziness, mental depression, lightheadedness, concentration impaired, anxiety, weakness, fatigue, sedation, somnolence or insomnia, vivid, dreams/nightmares, vertigo, paresthesia, hallucination, nervousness, impotence/sexual, dysfunction, amnesia/memory impairment, confusion. A link to the complete package insert with all side effects is attached below. ...Read more

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The surgeon said that an hour before surgery i need to take a certain pill that i assume is a "chill pill" to relieve anxiety. What is in this?

The surgeon said that an hour before surgery i need to take a certain pill that i assume is a "chill pill" to relieve anxiety. What is in this?

Is this for dental : Surgery? If so, is the dentist or oral surgeon going to prescribe the medication? If not, does he want you to see your physician to prescribe it? Need to get this figured out - so ask. He might be referring to a benzodiazapine but the only way for you to really know is to ask. ...Read more

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What can I do to alleviate my anxiety before a carpal tunnel release surgery?

What can I do to alleviate my anxiety before a carpal tunnel release surgery?

Learn about: Details of surgery and postoperative care what is typical and the norm. http://handsurgerypodcast.podbean.com/mobile/. And. Once you learn this you'll realize that your fears are unfounded. ...Read more

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Is there something they will give me for anxiety when i'm doing the mohs micrographic surgery?

Is there something they will give me for anxiety when i'm doing the mohs micrographic surgery?

Possibly: Many physicians will prescribe anti-anxiety medication to take prior to a procedure. This should be discussed with your physician. ...Read more

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Is there something they will give me for anxiety when i'm doing the refractive surgery?

Is there something they will give me for anxiety when i'm doing the refractive surgery?

Relax: Relax. Everybody gets anxious before undergoing any kind of eye surgery, especially elective refractive eye surgery. The best thing your surgeon can do to alleviate your fears is to explain to you fully what you will experience undergoing the procedure, and what steps are taken to keep you comfortable and pain-free. Beyond that, you can take an oral medication to take the edge off your anxiety. ...Read more

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