Panic attacks about surgery - emetophobic - help!

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Hi all, I am scheduled to get my gallbladder out in 3 days because it is not functioning and has been causing me chronic nausea for over a year. The problem is, I'm emetophobic (fear of vomiting) and am terrified of surgery because of the possible side effects of the anesthesia.

Has anyone been through surgery and been okay in terms of nausea/vomiting? Did you have anxiety about the surgery and how did you cope with it? I am having regular panic attacks and am having trouble sleeping so any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

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    Hi there,

    I had my gallbladder removed in May, and there was no problems with anesthesia or nausea.

    Prior to surgery you can let the staff know of your fears, and they might give you something to calm your nerves. Because they would be aware of you fear of vomiting, they'll make sure to have anti-nausea meds handy if you need them in post-op. They might even start you on them right before you wake up. After you heal from the surgery, your chronic nausea will be a thing of the past.

    My gallbladder was loaded with stones, had no bile in it, half of it was calcified (porcelain gallbladder), and it moved out of place. It actually moved back, and up, then fused itself to my liver. Since it was out of place, I never had the typical gallbladder pains. I'd get pain in a different spot that would leave me in a frog type of position with pillows under my stomach, sweating, nauseous, but no vomiting. Typically the bouts would last for a week or so, and I'd be put on antibiotics because it honestly came off as a stomach infection. The doctor could push on my stomach, where the gallbladder should have been, as hard as he wanted, and I never felt gallbladder pains. That tiny gallbladder is a sneaky little devil.

    Make sure to pamper yourself after surgery, and don't try to rush things along. One thing to keep in mind is that the outside of your body will heal faster than the inside. The inside will be bruised, and have to heal from the cuts, but it will also be inflamed because it's mad and throwing a fit. Take your time, relax, and say goodbye to nausea. 😊

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    Hi Sadtum

    I had my gall bladder out several years ago and did not have any nausea or vomiting whatsoever.

    ​The pain caused by the gall bladder is far worse than any operation in my opinion. Try bot to worry just try to be positive and dwell on being free of that awful pain. 

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    NOT !!!!
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    Hi everyone, I got back from the hospital an hour ago and it went great! The nurses and doctors were so nice, the surgeon even held my hand in the OR when I was getting anxious. The anesthesiologist was great and gave me a new anti-emetic called Emend that is apparenty the best! He also gave me an acid reducer and then more anti-emetics while I was under. Guess what? I had no nausea at all! I actually woke up hungery, and am now trying not to eat too much to make sure I don't regret it later! This is the first time I haven't had nausea in 1.5 years! Felt dizzy coming off the anesthesia and very tired but not even that sore. The hardest part is that I want to eat everything I haven't been able to for so many months!

    Thank you SO MUCH everybody for your kind wishes and amazing advice! You were all right on, and hopefully I'll continue to feel better and better!

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