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    What causes increased anxiety after a medical procedure on throat?

Hello, I ve been having increased anxiety after having a procedure done on my throat to help with snoring. It started a few weeks after the procedure when one of the areas wasn t healing fast enough. The Doctor assured me everything is fine and healing will come eventually. Still I feel like I have to be careful when eating foods and this level of anxiety has been pretty persistent but mainly only in the mornings. I take one 1mg pill of Xanax every morning to help with that and I m trying not to do any more than that. Tried several anti-depressants but I m so sensitive to the side effects that I usually don t take them more than a few days. Up next is Lexapro but I think the one Xanax a day is doing the job and hopefully once this mouth thing heals, I ll be ok mentally as well. I ve had mild anxiety issues before but this has been pretty bad. I m finally just now starting to sleep better and the anxiety level has gotten better in recent days. Before I couldn t sleep much past 5 hrs a night. I m also getting counseling from a psychologist doing EMDR and CBT. It helps a bit. Any thoughts on this? Chris
Tue, 20 Jan 2015
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We understand your concerns

I went through your details. The anxiety problem you are facing is quite normal and almost every patient undergoes surgery in their body suffers anxiety disorder. Every doctor knows this and therefore they also prescribe anti-anxiety medication. There is nothing to worry. Your current anxiety episode will cure itself within two or three months. Be cheerful.

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Hope this answers your query. Available for further clarifications.
Good luck.

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