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    I went to my surgeon today and I got a copy of my records but still a little lost. I will be 7 weeks post op on monday. I had a septal myectomey and a double valve replacement done. I have started having panic attacks and I am having problems with being irritated and on edge and unhappy. I guess I am depressed. I was given a script for for paxil and ambian because I can't sleep no matter how exhausted I am when I lay down my eyes pop wide open and my mind starts going. I tried to find out where I was before surgery and where I am now. All I was told was my valves will out last my and her. I have the St.Jude's valves. I got now answers on the myectomey. I don't know how much of the septum was removed. I have my records but just don't understand anything. Got any suggestions on how to get help with them.
    April
    Mitral & Aortic valve replacement w/St. Jude valve HOCM -myectomy 6/21/04
    EP Procedure 4-19-04 Wolfe Parkinson
    Heart Attack 4-19-04
    Stroke 6-03
    Bacterial Endocridites 6-03

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    Re: Surgeon released today

    Hi

    It is very normal to be depressed after major surgery. I highly recommend seeing a therapist so you can talk to someone outside your family about this.

    Paxil has some serious side effects and you may want to research it a bit before you take it. It isn't a "quick fix" drug.

    Lisa can help you make sense of the records. Please call the office and make an appointment to talk to her.

    You have been through a lot and it isn't surprising that you are having a hard time, we just need to get you the right support around it.

    We are here for you, so try and relax and take good care of yourself and hang in there!

    Sarah

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      Re: Surgeon released today

      Sarah,
      Thank you. I will call on monday I have been wanting to call all week at first did not see the number. Then I had to register my son for school then I had an appt. with social security about my disability. I do hope things improve I feel like crying or ripping someone's head off could change in the blink of an eye. I felt so stupit I started crying today at the doctor. I am just so tired and feel like I don't know what is going on.
      April
      Mitral & Aortic valve replacement w/St. Jude valve HOCM -myectomy 6/21/04
      EP Procedure 4-19-04 Wolfe Parkinson
      Heart Attack 4-19-04
      Stroke 6-03
      Bacterial Endocridites 6-03

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        Re: Surgeon released today

        I just wanted to respond to Sarah's comments on Paxil. I took Paxil for 6 months under the supervision of a psychiatrist following surgery to remove a brain tumor and I think it saved my life. I was suicidally depressed, and within a couple of weeks of taking Paxil I was back to my normal cheery self. I was closely monitored the whole time I took Paxil, and while I withdrew from it, and honestly I had no problems. If you think that you might need something to help you get back on track, and if you are under a doctor's supervision, there is nothing wrong with that.

        Just remember, you are recovering from major surgery, and it will take time to get back to yourself, and an antidepressant might be part of the healing process. I know it was for me, and I have now been fine without it for 2 years, despite having had an ICD implanted the following year, and having surgery to remove a melanoma a few months ago.

        Good luck.
        Daughter of Father with HCM
        Diagnosed with HCM 1999.
        Full term pregnancy - Son born 11/01
        ICD implanted 2/03; generator replaced 2/2005 and 2/2012
        Myectomy 8/11/06 - Joe Dearani - Mayo Clinic.

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          Re: Surgeon released today

          Originally posted by Cynaburst
          I just wanted to respond to Sarah's comments on Paxil. I took Paxil for 6 months under the supervision of a psychiatrist following surgery to remove a brain tumor and I think it saved my life. I was suicidally depressed, and within a couple of weeks of taking Paxil I was back to my normal cheery self. I was closely monitored the whole time I took Paxil, and while I withdrew from it, and honestly I had no problems. If you think that you might need something to help you get back on track, and if you are under a doctor's supervision, there is nothing wrong with that.

          Just remember, you are recovering from major surgery, and it will take time to get back to yourself, and an antidepressant might be part of the healing process. I know it was for me, and I have now been fine without it for 2 years, despite having had an ICD implanted the following year, and having surgery to remove a melanoma a few months ago.

          Good luck.
          You have gone thru so much. I do hope this is all past you and you are healthy or on your way. I do not have anyone following me this was my last appt with the surgeon and he wrote a 3 month supply and I am now to follow up with my cardio. I do hope it works. I have moments were one minute I could cry and the next I could shoot you. Every one is stupid and can't do anything right. I just get so irritated. I have said words I don't say. Then have to ask God for his forgiveness..yes it is that bad. It has just progressed so much in the last few weeks.
          April
          Mitral & Aortic valve replacement w/St. Jude valve HOCM -myectomy 6/21/04
          EP Procedure 4-19-04 Wolfe Parkinson
          Heart Attack 4-19-04
          Stroke 6-03
          Bacterial Endocridites 6-03

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            Re: Surgeon released today

            Do you have a family doctor you could talk with? Maybe he or she could refer you to a psychologist or psychiatrist. That was an important part of the healing process for me. It sounds like you need to have some support.
            Daughter of Father with HCM
            Diagnosed with HCM 1999.
            Full term pregnancy - Son born 11/01
            ICD implanted 2/03; generator replaced 2/2005 and 2/2012
            Myectomy 8/11/06 - Joe Dearani - Mayo Clinic.

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            • #7
              Re: Surgeon released today

              Yes I do. I will see what he thinks about it and if he could help me thanks.
              April
              Mitral & Aortic valve replacement w/St. Jude valve HOCM -myectomy 6/21/04
              EP Procedure 4-19-04 Wolfe Parkinson
              Heart Attack 4-19-04
              Stroke 6-03
              Bacterial Endocridites 6-03

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              • #8
                Re: Surgeon released today

                I will be in the office on Tuesday but I will be out from 10-1 for some appointments.

                Call me Tuesday.

                Lisa
                Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
                YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

                Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
                lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
                Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
                Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
                Currently not obstructed
                Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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