• Post surgery depression

    Asked by Rita120451 on Monday, May 28, 2012

    Post surgery depression

    I'd like to hear if anyone has experienced post surgery depression. I had major surgery (debulking, tumor removal) three weeks ago. I was doing ok but all of a sudden I have totally lost my appetite and have to force myself to eat. I just sit and stare at the TV or the wall and have lost interest in all my crafty activities. I'm going to call my doctor on Tuesday but in the meantime wondered who else suffered from this and is it normal? I feel doomed!!

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    • grnygole's Avatar

      Have you recently cut down or cut out your pain medication? I had similar symptoms after surgery that I think might have been related to getting off pain medication. I spent about three days with no appetite and I felt more like a vegetable than a human being. I got back to normal after a few days. I hope this idea helps you get through what you're experiencing with hope it will improve soon.

      over 8 years ago
    • akristine's Avatar

      Post-surgical depression and lack of energy are related. Your body has experienced a traumatic invasion and healing, both physical and emotional, takes precedence over the things that used to interest you. This happened to me and it's a common reaction. Let your body rest and spend some time meditating to ease your psyche. You won't "snap out of it" but you will ease into a new normal that will include your favorite hobbies. Rest. Breathe. We're here for you.

      over 8 years ago
    • happydad's Avatar

      I had major surgery in December, followed by other complications, more tumors, and apparently limited time to get my affairs in order. Depression is not a surprise. I meet with a therapist (psychologist) regularly and also take an anti-depressant. The counselling sessions have been very helpful in putting things in perspective and helping my family deal with my situation also. My personal faith in my Heavenly Father has also been a great sustaining influence. If you are not already meeting with a therapist, most cancer clinics can arrange for you to meet with someone who is familiar with helping cancer patients. I wish you the best.

      over 8 years ago
    • Living4-2day's Avatar

      I have the same symptoms. I dont want to get out of bed or i am always very tired, and things just dont interest me anymore. I feel just completely exhausted. I had major surgery a little over a month ago due to colon cancer and it has been the most traumatic thing i have been through and it seems like everytime i go to the doctor they find something else wrong. I have to have another surgey on June 15th. So i completely understand what you are going through. I just havent figured out how to get myself out of this slump. Hope things start to turn around for you.

      over 8 years ago

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