Anxiety - I need support, have been feeling very anxious. I'm waiting for surgery in a few weeks in?
- 22 Nov 2014 by dkay1412
- 22 November 2014
- anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, surgery
Added 23 Nov 2014:
I guess the details I wrote earlier didn't show up. I'm having a rectocele repair (rectal hernia/vaginal prolapse). I have dyssynergic defecation which means the anal sphincter muscles don't relax properly in coordination with other muscles. Believe I got this from having hAd two anal fissures.
What this means on a practical
basis is I can't completely empty my bowels and I've been uncomfortable. But now with this rectocele things have gotten worse and I feel in pain and pressure and discomfort when
I'm upright and even lying down too.
My life has become limited. I can't do everything I want or need to do. Blessedly, people have stepped up to help me.
I get so anxious feeling the way I do. Afraid when I feel worse now than I ever have before and afraid when the stool won't come out.
My surgeon's nurse told me outright that people with bowel symptoms don't improve with rectocele repair. That freaked me out. I talked to the surgeon and she was much more tactful and positive than the nurse.
Yes, the outcome is unknown but the doctor has had women feel much better in their bowel function after rectocele surgery.
I'm looking for someone who has similar problems to mine who has had relief from this surgery. I need support.
I also have had anal biofeedback/bowel retraining but could only go so far because of this rectocele. While I practice at home I won't go back for more biofeedback until
after surgery. I do have support
from the biofeedback nurse. In fact, she said she'd contact my surgeon to see if she knows of any support groups that I could join and will get back to me.
In the meantime, I hope someone here will help me please. Thanks.
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