These two pictures pretty well sum up my feelings.
When you have a disease you are going to have your fair share of medical testing. During my journey I have faced quite a few medical tests , and each and every one caused me crippling anxiety. I'm not sure why I have such a hard time relaxing , but I do. I have various theories on the root cause of my anxieties: Maybe it's because I'm a control freak and I feel out of control, or maybe I feel like diagnostic tests are going to find something really bad going on in my body. I think I'll go with the control freak scenario. When I have medical testing done, I always hear the word "relax" from the medical professionals. I understand what it means to relax; however the execution of the word is a problem. There are a few relaxation tips I have read about in case you suffer like I do
1. Knowledge is power- Learn as much as you can about your procedure or test. Talk with your Doctor beforehand and let them know about your fears. He or She can lead you down the right path to find the information you need. Never be afraid to ask questions!
2. Breath control- Controlling your breath is critical during your test. When we get nervous we have a tendency to breath way too fast. You also need to make sure each breath is deep and not shallow.
3. If you are so anxiety ridden that no matter how hard you try you can't relax, talk to your Doctor about the possibility of taking an anti-anxiety medication. To be totally honest, there have been times I've had to go this route. Been there, done that, and it's led to successful tests.
There you have it! I hope during your next medical test you are in a zen like state.
Here are a few articles that give great tips to help put you in a relaxed state.
Do you have trouble relaxing during medical test?
Until next time,