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Dr. Ellen Wenzel Dr. Wenzel
Podiatry
10 years in practice
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University
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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
3,252 doctors shared insights

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


Dr. Tom Pousti Dr. Pousti
Surgery - Plastics
2017 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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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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Dr. Austina Cho Dr. Cho
Psychiatry
22 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
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6yrsVicodin 4qday sciatica fromback surgery.Trying to figure out Y my anxiety keeps getting worse/daily. NEVER taken more than4qday! Can this b cause?

6yrsVicodin 4qday sciatica fromback surgery.Trying to figure out Y my anxiety keeps getting worse/daily. NEVER taken more than4qday! Can this b cause?

See below: Current stressors like your surgery, impaired sleep due to pain, possible reduced workload or other changes in your life can bring on anxiety. You may also have had a preexisting anxiety condition that has broken through with tolerance to the opioid med. You may try other tx like cognitive behavioral therapy, exercise, stretch or manual tx: chiropractic care. Check w/ your Dr. about the symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Dennis Higginbotham Dr. Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
26 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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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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Dr. David G. O'Day Dr. O'Day
Ophthalmology
32 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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What kind of treatment is available for anxiety due to long term prior ecstasy use? Is there a surgery available to reduce anxiety level?

What kind of treatment is available for anxiety due to long term prior ecstasy use? Is there a surgery available to reduce anxiety level?

Anxiety: Is sometimes at the root for people who use substances. Now that you have a clearer picture of what you want to work on, anxiety, please see a mental health professional who specializes in this. Please do not use medication alone but get treatment. Clinical Hypnosis can be helpful. See www.asch.net for a list. Peace and good health. ...Read more

Dr. CHERYL COLDWATER Dr. COLDWATER
Pediatrics
34 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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What can i do to ease anxiety about my surgery a week from today?i already know my mom can go in when im put out and waking up, its going to the OR that makes me nervous,not having surgery itself

What can i do to ease anxiety about my surgery a week from today?i already know my mom can go in when im put out and waking up, its going to the OR that makes me nervous,not having surgery itself

Breathe!: Try doing relaxation breathing before your surgery. Listen to music or meditate. Make sure you've had a chance to ask your doctor all of your questions. When you go to the hospital, ask any questions you need to, so you will feel more comfortable. Have your mom distract you with other topics, if you think it will help. Worrying won't help!! ...Read more

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Dr. Craig Westin Dr. Westin
Clinical Psychology
37 years in practice
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How to deal with the anxiety and depression after surgery?

Get support: It is normal to experience anxiety and depression after surgery but not fun to cope with. Your body has undergone quite a bit of stress and it is trying to recover. Your emotional and physical energy comes from the same area so a drain on this energy from surgery affects how you feel. Talk with people in your support system and talk with your physician if it continues to worsen. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What's a good way to address the anxiety and depression after surgery?

What's a good way to address the anxiety and depression after surgery?

Start w a medical: Eval. It may uncover medical issues that need to be addressed. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be quite effective. Psych meds may be indicated. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, qi gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. Spend time with friends and stay active. ...Read more

Dr. Justin Greiwe Dr. Greiwe
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
8 years in practice
University of Toledo College of Medicine
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Have chronic cough need cateract surgery will take ativaan for anxiety but this won'the help if I start coughing?

Have chronic cough need cateract surgery will take ativaan for anxiety but this won'the help if I start coughing?

Determine cause: Chronic cough is most commonly due to 3 conditions: asthma, post-nasal drip, or GERD (heartburn). You might have one or a combination of all three. Post-viral cough is also very common and can last for weeks. Further workup by Allergist is helpful as they can perform a more detailed assessment including skin testing, pulmonary function testing, etc. Treatment will depend on cause. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Am not getting answers from a dr about a surgery i'm sure i woke up during now am suffering from anxiety attacks how can I find out for sure if i woke?

Am not getting answers from a dr about a surgery i'm sure i woke up during now am suffering from anxiety attacks how can I find out for sure if i woke?

Anesthesiologist: You could speak with the anesthesiologist who helped you through your surgery. S/he would have been monitoring your status at all times while the surgeon was working on you. You can also get a copy of the or report, which may or may not include this information since it would have been dictated by the surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. Marc Zimmermann Dr. Zimmermann
Psychiatry
18 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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Dr. Husam Elias Dr. Elias
Surgery - Plastics
10 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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Warts cause anxiety and emberassment. Can cosmetic surgery remove it?

Warts cause anxiety and emberassment. Can cosmetic surgery remove it?

Yes : Warts can be removed, depending on extent and location using medications, radio frequency excision or laser with excellent results. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs Dr. Griggs
Clinical Psychology
35 years in practice
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If I'm having surgery, would I be able to get a one-time prescription of an anti-anxiety medication?

If I'm having surgery, would I be able to get a one-time prescription of an anti-anxiety medication?

Usually surgeons: are understanding about pre-surgery jitters, but you don't want to be too pre-tranquilized, and then before surgery be put under with another, more major sedative. This is a question better suited to your surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. Wenjay Sung Dr. Sung
Podiatry
10 years in practice
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University
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I'm having reconstructive foot surgery due to a car wreck. Is it normal to have anxiety when having surgery?

I'm having reconstructive foot surgery due to a car wreck. Is it normal to have anxiety when having surgery?

Yes: It is very normal and you are normal. Having surgery is not natural and it is normal to have anxiety. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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History anxiety enclosed spaces. Long flight scared of panic. Friend has left over 10mg diazepam from surgery. Should i take half? Scared of it too

History anxiety enclosed spaces. Long flight scared of panic. Friend has left over 10mg diazepam from surgery. Should i take half? Scared of it too

Diverting controlled: substances is illegal & not ever a good idea. Ask your psychologist to help you with self-calming techniques for flying at your next Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy session. If you have not yet sought accurate diagnosis & treatment of you Anxiety Disorder(s), ask your PCP to refer you to a psychiatrist & psychologist when you go in to request sedatives for your upcoming flight. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Stevens Dr. Stevens
Surgery
20 years in practice
Ross University School of Medicine
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I am waiting to undergo a laptroscopy surgery for my appendicitis.I am very sacred of this .I am already having mild mvp with mild regurg and anxiety?

I am waiting to undergo a laptroscopy surgery for my appendicitis.I am very sacred of this .I am already having mild mvp with mild regurg and  anxiety?

Do well.think well: The most likely scenario is that you are going to do well. If you are otherwise healthy. Think well and try to relax your body as you get ready for surgery. If you are in pain as for pain medicine. Most people who are relaxed before surgery then wake up after surgery with a better feeling. If you think about doing well then afterward you will. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel Dr. Weixel
Clinical Psychology
32 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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I have severe anxiety. It has gotten much better over the years with meditation therapy etc. after surgery and it has gotten very bad. Will it get better?

You did it before,: You can do it again. It would be great if you can find the same therapist you worked w/ earlier - or get a referral if they've retired. But you know what to look for and can interview new ones (gently!) Also be sure to do all the other things that helped. I have confidence in pts who say they'd been successfully treated before. It's like having a road map. Have a good trip! ...Read more