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Depression after plastic surgery

Depression after plastic surgery

Postby Frances1 » Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:38 am

Hello everyone - I am new to this message board. I had a TT on May 29. I am healing quite nicely, but I am finding myself so depressed. I cry at the drop of a hat, have lost interest in things and am generally just sad. IS this common and has anyone else experienced this? Thank you for your time.
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Postby ambs » Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:48 am

Frances1 - I can totally understand what you are saying... I had my TT on may 30th....

My recovery has been slow so has not helped with the depression etc..

I to have lost interest in doing anything, i cry all the time over things that I wouldnt have before... I am sure this is normal though and we will get back to the way we were before the operation. The more mobile we get i'm sure the better we will be...

Try and think positive and FORCE yourself to get up and out as it will gradually get better..

I just wanted you to know you are not the only one!!! I am having an "OK" day today and I hope it carries on...

There are many of us that feel the same way...

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Postby Frances1 » Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:58 am

ambs - thank you so much for taking the time to reply. I am still so stiff and tight and I have no energy. I guess this will all pass in time. I hope you will continue to heal and that your energy and depression lifts very soon. I was just so glad to be rid of those drains! Take care, sweetie.

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Postby melbear » Sun Jun 17, 2007 12:19 pm

It's very normal..you will go through a few depressing stages even with great outcomes and no complications...but we are here for you and support each other ...it will pass and you will enjoy your new body!!
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Postby Tanyaskees » Sun Jun 17, 2007 12:21 pm

Hi girls, I think it's very common to be depressed after PS. I had a BL 2 years ego and went through depression stage s well. I am 5 days PO from TT, not so bad yet, but I do have my moments. I think we second guess ourselves......did we do the right thing? Are we ever going to feel normal again? Well, I did after my BL and I will get through this. And you will too. Just think how grest you will look and feel in a few months. Good luck to both of you.

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Postby mssmith » Sun Jun 17, 2007 12:59 pm

Oh, this makes me sad thinking about it. I had a hard time with some post partum issues after my csec (oddly enough i was fine after my vbac)

I wonder why it is normal to get depressed? Can the PS prescribe something temporary?
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Postby ambs » Sun Jun 17, 2007 1:13 pm

I think its because we are on such a high before surgery... All the build up etc etc and then after we wake up and our mobility is almost zero for the first few days and then its longer before we can continue with our normal routine... Thats without the discomfort added to it...
But is eases... after a section you have so much sleep loss to which makes it worse.. At least with a TT you havent got a baby waking you up every hour or so... (i have had 4 sections)
I really dont know if the PS can prescribe something to help... I never thought about it to be honest..
This is the first day that I can say I feel positive about it and I hope it continues!!

This site has been great I have met people on here that have been soooo supportive and offered VERY good advice...Its also good to know that you are not on your own going through this.

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Postby Ihatethese » Sun Jun 17, 2007 1:24 pm

I've also heard that the depression is due to the general anesthesia. Try drinking LOTs of water to help flush your cells and MOVE. Even if it's just a walk around the room...movement helps.
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Postby Frances1 » Sun Jun 17, 2007 1:52 pm

You guys have been amazing and so helpful! I'm so glad I found this site and it makes me feel better to know that I am not alone! You are so right - there is a real high before the surgery. I knew it wouldn't be a walk in the park, but I had no idea it would be this rough. I do think the depression comes from no sleep, lack of energy, stiffness and soreness and not feeling "normal". I know that will all come in time. People ask me if I would do it again if I had to. I tell them, I'll have to wait and see the final outcome. But I'm thinking "yes" I would. I can already see a huge difference in my appearance and I had an amazing PS. Thank you all for your support and help!

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Postby mssmith » Sun Jun 17, 2007 1:57 pm

Frances.. Do you have any pics of your new self so we can tell you how fantabulous you look and ooh and ah all over you and tell you how worth it is was. 8) :lol: I LOVE Some sx px!

Are you taking any sleep aids? if not, maybe if you got a few good nights sleep under your belt you'd feel like a NEW WOMAN!
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Postby lisadidit » Sun Jun 17, 2007 1:57 pm

in the packet i got from my doctor there was a section that talked about it. so i expected it.

i was really depressed about five days after, and every so often i get the "bitchies"... yea? ok im blaming it on the surgery...

i agree drink lots of water and eat lots of protein...it will pass...

in the meantime...enjoy your good cries!!!

they always make me feel better.

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Postby littleangel » Sun Jun 17, 2007 2:46 pm

Everyone says at 3 weeks depression kicks in...I dont know though, I am only 10 days LOL!
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Postby Dr.JLo » Sun Jun 17, 2007 3:04 pm

Hi. I see this a lot in the larger surgeries around 2-3 months. The best thing I can do is to show the "before" pics and that seems to help.

They are a good reminder of why you did it and hopefully how far you've come.

If you have a history of depression requiring medication in the past, you may need medication. The other seems to pass on it's own.

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Postby Frances1 » Sun Jun 17, 2007 4:48 pm

No, I don't have any after pics. My before pics are at the doctor's office. Dr. JLo - I read where you said if you have a history of depression, you might need some meds to help you through. I do have a history of depression and I've been on antidepressants for several years, yet I'm experiencing depression after this TT. I'm hoping it will passs with time.
Thanks for your input - thanks to all of you.

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Postby princesspea » Sun Jun 17, 2007 5:03 pm

I told my PS assistant about my depression. Said it might also have to do with the pain meds still in/leaving the system. I understand where you are right now... I just hit the 3 week depression thing about a week ago and I have to say, it gets a little better every day. I am sure I will go through it again, but I am still so happy with the results and know I'll get through it.

Get better soon!
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