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Doctors scare me.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Do you have that problem? I make an appointment and I'm fine with that part but as the day arrives everything goes wrong. I think I sabotage myself especially with food and then when I get in I'm running to the bathroom and my Blood pressure goes up and I just want to get out of there. I forget half the things I wanted to ask and I seem to only hear the bad stuff. After an appointment like that this week my husband asks "how did it go?" I mumble, "OK I'm good for a while" and I breath a sigh of relief yet, it isn't OK I need to get over this. I always feel like a kid standing in front of the Principal and sure I'm in trouble. Has anyone out there experienced this and over come it? Can you tell me how?

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    I don't fear doctors, just don't like going. I agree that making a list of questions can help. You can at least hand them to him/her so they will know your concerns and help you.
    1678 days ago
    I have a very sweet doctor. Making a list is a great way to remember to ask all of the questions you have before going. emoticon
    1680 days ago
    I do not have a fear of Dr.'s, however if I don't make a list of what I am concerned about and questions I have I will walk in and out with out remembering most of it.
    I have handed the list to my Dr. and we have gone down the list. I did Dr. shopping until I found one that recognized I had a brain and used it. He listens and answers my questions.
    1680 days ago
    I used to have that problem. Then I started going to women doctors and that made a huge difference for me. I'm just more comfortable talking to a woman about my concerns and issues. I guess I assume since shes also a woman, she'll understand better what I'm telling her!
    1680 days ago
    My fear is not the doctor, but the side effects from the drugs they prescribe. I cut my finger at work and went to the nurse for a band aid. She sent me to the Dr. for a tetanus shot. My lower lip swelled up. Allergic reaction!

    1680 days ago
  • BEBARB149
    I used to be that way about doctors and was always frustrated because I never seemed to get the problem I was seeing them about across. I don't know if I've gotten so old I don't care any more or if I've just come to realize I have to be my own best advocate because no one else can do it, but I've lost the fear. They are just people, but many of them seem to have an over inflated idea of their importance and you have to be up to working around that at your appointment, so do make a list before you go and maybe learn some relaxation techniques to do. Remember, doctors are no different (smarting, wiser, more honest) than the checker at the grocery, they just have a different skill set. Treat going to the doctor the same as going shopping and you'll have an easier time.
    1680 days ago
    I have this problem when I go to the dentist and how I get over it is kind of silly but I will share it with you in the hopes it will help you. The day of my appointment when I first start to feel kind of anxious I go in the bathroom and while looking in the mirror I tell my self (out loud) "I am an adult, No words he says can physically hurt me, if there is something wrong I can deal with it because I am responsible for me, no matter what happens this appointment will end, I will live and go home!, I go because I AM WORTH IT". Now sometimes when I get there and I am sitting in the waiting room I have to do this again, sometimes I have to do it 3 or 4 times depending on what I think he may tell me. As for your questions always write them on a piece of paper that you take with you, this I do for all appointments, Good luck and let me know if this helps you.
    1680 days ago
    I am the same way when I go to the dentist! I have even on occasion cancelled due to "illness" (yeah right). And that is just for cleanings! Did you have a particularly traumatic experience as a child at the doctor? That is the reason I am petrified of the dentist. I am very diligent with my oral hygiene just so I won't have a problem and won't have to go!

    As far as the doctor goes, I rarely have to go because 1. I don't have insurance and 2. I hardly ever get sick , but when I do have to go, I make sure to write down any questions or problems I am having because I always forget. Make sure you tell him/her about your anxiety too, because they may be able to offer you some suggestions on overcoming it (and put that on your list so you won't forget to talk about it!).

    1680 days ago
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