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I have a history of aniexty and depression which has been well controlled untill recently. I had an ovarian cyst that had abcessed and caused issue with my appendix , both my right ovary and my appendix were removed. Now I am having aniexty attacks

By February 23, 2010 - 2:48pm
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Alison asked you some important questions, and I hope you get back to us with answers to them. Especially as to how your depression and anxiety have been controlled in the past, and what your doctors say about this episode.

But in the meantime, I just want to tell you that as a person who also has suffered from depression and anxiety, I totally understand this. You underwent pain, worry, uncertainty, surgery and recovery, and that's a LOT to handle in a short time. Anxiety can spin out of control over much less than that.

When you say anxiety attacks, do you mean full-blown panic attacks, or do you mean just episodes of anxiety where you can't shut it down or talk yourself down? Can you tell what sets them off?

During this time of medical tests, surgery and recovery, did you feel you were out of control of it all? That can very much contribute to your anxiety. It's important to realize that you WERE in control, that you made decisions one by one with the help of your doctors, and that you did the best you could at each step.

What sets off the anxiety attacks now? Can you tell? Or do they seem completely random to you?

As Alison said, with one functioning ovary, you probably wouldn't need any HRT. And many, many, many people get along quite fine without their appendix, which doesn't affect your hormones anyway.

How long ago was your surgery? And as Alison asked, what medications are you on?

February 25, 2010 - 8:57am

I was answering your question while you were typing your second post.

What has your doctor said about your needing medication? If your other ovary is still healthy, you probably would not need any type of HRT (is that your question)?

Your other question about "is this what could be causing the anxiety?": read my above post, and let me know what resonates with you (and answer any questions that you can about how your previous anxiety was treated, what medications you are taking, if you have talked with your doctors, etc).

February 23, 2010 - 3:28pm

Can you tell us how your anxiety and depression were "well controlled" previously? What has worked for you in the past?

I assume your physical conditions that you mention were recent, and you feel that these are now causing your anxiety attacks? If so, this is perfectly understandable!

How are you feeling physically, and do you feel that you are receiving good medical attention?
Are you on any new medications or treatments that could be effecting your anxiety or depression treatments? Some medications are very helpful, but do have the side effect of causing anxiety or depressive symptoms...have you talked with your doctor about this?

It is important to talk with your doctors...who are treating you for your reproductive organs, appendix and mental health...and make sure they are all on board with prescribing medications that work well together (do not cause adverse drug interactions), and that they are treating any new symptoms you are having (such as the anxiety attacks).

Do you have any other questions, as I'm wondering why you do not mention that you have talked with your doctors about your symptoms?

February 23, 2010 - 3:18pm

sorry my question is do I need hormones now because of the missing ovary. and could that be the reason for aniexty

February 23, 2010 - 3:03pm
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