Patient Comments: Tired after Surgery - Depression

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Did you suffer from depression before or after you had surgery? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Upstate, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

I suffered from depression both before and after surgery.

Comment from: nettie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I had no depression prior to first of seven surgeries in 3 and 1/2 year period. But I had depression in more distant past and I thought I had licked that. Due to lack of insurance and employment I went to Mexico for a total knee replacement. I had complications with fibrous growth up the prosthesis and had an arthroscopy one year later which also showed the patella needed to be revised. During these three surgeries, my back went out requiring 3 level fusion with six rods put in. Then a finger sheath ruptured, less severe, but still required general anesthesia. Then I suffered a bowel rupture with abscessed diverticula. It was repaired and then another surgery to reverse the colostomy 5 months later. Seven surgeries in all, plus got hit by a car and had a broken arm. It has been 10 months since the last of my surgeries and depression has returned. I have chronic pain due to severe arthritis (polymyalgia rheumatica and rheumatoid arthritis) and my last red cell count three weeks ago was only 4.0. The doctor said I was not anemic. Fatigue is a real problem. I just cannot bounce back after all of that.

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