Accidently removed all edited photos from Collection in Lightroom5!

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I am in a panic.
I worked all night long editing over 200 images ijn Lightroom 5 for an Engagement Session. I had them in a Collection within a Collection Set. At the end of six hours of editing they were ready for export ...but first I selected ALL the images to give them a green flag (my way of showing they are done).
Then I reviewed the collection and decided to remove' a photo ("right click, remove from collection"). When I did that they ALL DISAPPEARED because stupid me forgot they were all still selected!!!
I tried 'ctrl+Z' to 'undo' but it didn't work. I have the un-edited versions in the original collection set but ALL MY HOURS OF WORK are gone ... my edits are gone!!
PLEASE can someone help me??
I am a crying mess from frustration. Is there a way to get back my edits???
I am just sick over this.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to anyone who can help me!
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Sasha Dixon

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I just want to add that the 'ctrl+z' did NOT work ..for one reason Lightroom has been applying a random preset when I 'ctrl+z' sometimes and it drives me crazy.
I had immediately tried the 'crtl+z' and it said something about 'no photos selected'.

So I go up to the menu and try 'Edit, Undo' BUT it is showing some random preset as the last step. I try it anyway thinking if I get my edited images back I can go into the History state and go back to my edits (like I do when it applies the stupid random preset while editing). It did nothing.
I literally sat up ALL NIGHT long editing this session and was so happy to have it complete and ready for export (to Zenfolio for my client). I am so upset to have lost all of my edits and all the time involved, let alone tell my client I don't have it ready.
I have NOT shut down Lightroom. I am afraid to do anything at this point for fear of making is worse.
The images in the Collection were VIRTUAL COPIES.
The 'Edit, Undo' option in the menu is now greyed out.
I fear I am screwed ......and now it is 7:30am. And it is Sunday so the odds of someone being around in here to help me is pretty slim.
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Just wanted to update my own post for anyone else who may have the same EASY TO FIX issue.
I also posted about this in lightroomforums.net and got a quick response from 'Jim'.

All I had to do was look in the original 'imported to' folder (not in collections, but in my harddrive folders) and filter by the green label ... and there they were!!!

So easy. I feel so stupid but when you PANIC you can't think straight. Thank goodness for kind strangers who are more than happy to help. :)