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HELP! Having surgery tomorrow

I'm having my second back surgery tomorrow for another herniated disc, and I'm really worried about it. Has anyone else had the fear of "being put to sleep"? I have a lot of anxiety issues and with all the pain I've been in I'm not sure if I'm just making the fear worse or not. Any help would be great. I just want to know if I'm the only one who's cried and freaked out like this before surgery.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 07/09/2014 - 7:21 AM

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I completely understand! My surgery isn't until Monday 7/14, but two years ago I had to have facial surgery and was most freaked out about being 'put to sleep' and having a tube in my throat. Honestly, the lead up was the worst part. The anxiety before hand was through the roof. But it was all for nothing. I remember less than 2 seconds of the face mask being placed over my nose & mouth. Next thing I knew I was waking up in the recovery area.

    Good luck!
  • I was so freaked out before my first surgery that in pre-op, I just about walked out. Problem was, I couldn't! (my back pain was so bad I couldn't stand up straight) So, I relented and just placed my faith in the surgeon and the procedure. It all went well however!

    I remember also waking up and being emotional. For the first time in like 8 months, I was not in pain and I cried from happiness.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
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