Panic During Doctors Visits

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anastasia01
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   Posted 6/28/2009 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay I just want some feedback. I was told that I may have mitral valve prolapse so I went to see a cardiologist last week to have a ekg done which was normal. Well when I got to the doctors office I started feeling bad and I had to fill out some paper work. Well I was in and out of panic mode, trying to stay calm, and I felt like I wanted to just walk out of there because I felt like something horrible was going to happen to me. Well  when I saw the doctor, it made me so nervous where my heart would beat fast and I had no control over it. I actually had a mild panic attack during the visit.  Well I go to the doctor in a couple of days to have an echo done to determine whether I have mpv or not. I hope I dont. I hope everything will show up good and then I will be at a lot of ease knowing I have a healthy heart. But my main question to each of you is, like before a doctors appointment, do you anticipate the visit and cause yourself to freak out about the visit? I felt like the doctor was going to find out something was seriously wrong with me. I try to block out this negative but sometimes it seems so hard to do. I hate getting so upset about things and being so scared. The doctor told me that my body produces this adrenaline due to emotional responses and it causes me to be alert and causes my heart to race and then what happens is that I begin to get upset and start feeling bad like something is seriously going wrong because my heart rate is up and I make it even worse. HE said it may even happen while I sleep. He said I was going to be just fine. I told him things I do to deal with it like breathing techniques and going to a queit room and trying to block out all the negative thoughts. He said I was doing all the right things. He said that many people deal with it naturally and get along just fine. He also told me there were medicines if it was affecting my life to where I needed something. He prescribed me some medicine that lowers the heartrate and builds a wall against the adrenaline called beta blockers but I want to handle things naturally. The only thing now is that I am nervous again because I know I have to go back to have a echo done. So I do plan to take a pill before I go to keep me calm. I want to try and overcome this somehow someday. These panic attacks are more than scary and it sucks at the time of them but I will keep my hope that things will get better. And another thing, when any of you have a panic attack or feel bad anxiety does it make you not want to talk and sick to your stomach. Sometimes do you feel as though you dont know what to say or how to say it because your thoughts are all tangled up and you think you may pass out? Just some positive feedback please.


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Post Edited (anastasia01) : 6/28/2009 8:25:50 PM (GMT-6)


Paulos
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   Posted 6/28/2009 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
It was normal, good... could be anxiety like I am going through right now, it is very common... I am no expert and I'm sorry ;\ I laid down just now and tried to sleep and my heart begun racing, that's when anxiety can begin, when you are at your best rest ... it's terrible. I have at times felt like my head is so clouded, entangled, and ... spun together that I can't talk to people, deal with things and faint with my heart palpitations and feelings... I pray for you, Anas. :)
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Allestaria
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   Posted 6/28/2009 11:36 PM (GMT -7)   
HI Anastasia,

Yep I get panic attacks before, during, and after doctor visits. For me its the fear of bad news. I always assume the worst. My most recent one was last month when I went in for some pains in my head, chest, back. I wanted to just run. Felt better when he came into the room. But all before I could of just left. I have to have someone take me so it makes it much harder for me to just run. I will have anxiety and panic attacks the week before the visit and am ususally up the day before until after the visit. So I am going in with little sleep anyway.

I hope things get easier for you with the doc visits. And the next one be good news.

Remember your not alone

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Cary-Ann

anastasia01
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   Posted 6/29/2009 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   

Cary Ann

Thanks a whole lot. This is exactly how I felt. You could not have said it any exact to the same way I felt. I was expecting the worse and I also felt much anxiety the week before. Well my visit is tomorrow or Wednesday. I have to call to find out. They will do an ultrasound on my heart which makes me more nervous. But I feel sort of calm and I hope and pray that I will stay that way. You really made me feel much better now. And after the ultra sound when I hope to find out my heart is healthy, I should be very reassured about the health of my heart. I want to overcome this.

Anastasia



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stkitt
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   Posted 6/29/2009 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Anastasia
 
Good Morning !  You are very normal as many people have anxiety and panic attacks re physician visits.  I know I am always anxious the dates of my Pdoc apointment. 
 
You may notice that people get very concerned that their BP is up at the physician's office and are convinced they have hypertension,  generally it is anxiety kicking up their BP but now they become anxious about the increased reading.  It becomes a viscious circle.
 
I take my  med for anxiety before I go to Doctors appointment and mostly I fear that again they will not find anything wrong so I go home telling myself fine, I will not return with any concerns as I am always just fine............and it is pushed off onto my anxiety or depression.
 
I have actually got up and walked out on a physician's appointment when I had been waiting sooooooooo long that I could not  stand to sit in anxiety any longer but I was charged for the visit so I have learned to deep breathe and stay in the moment remembering that by dinner time it will all be history. redface
 
Take care and stay in the moment.
 
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anastasia01
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   Posted 6/29/2009 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Kitt! This is all helping me feel much better. I hate that uncontrollable feeling and I hate when my heart races especially at the doctors office. Now I know when I go to the doctor I will be okay and everything will probley be normal with my heart but I may have mitral valve prolapse which is the reason I am going to the cardiologist for the echo. I hope that I do not have it but he reassured me that if I do it is not dangerous. I hate being and feeling anxious and I hate panic attacks. I always feel as if I am going to lose it. WEll thanks so much and I do feel a lot better now. I hope that this helps me through the doctor visit and I am sure it will.

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   Posted 6/29/2009 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I just had a doctor appt today myself. I did not feel anxious at all, but everytime I go in they have to take my BP twice because its always high the first time. They take it a second time and its ALWAYS lower. I don't understand why that happens but almost everytime I go it does that. Maybe some subconcious worry???? I have a chronic health issue so have to go to the doctors all the time, so I no longer get the anxiety going to the doctors. Wishing you good luck on your tests.

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anastasia01
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   Posted 7/1/2009 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone! I just wanted to thank everyone who was very supportive during my time of need. I went to the cardiologist and I do have the mitral valve prolapse and it is very mild which was causing these panic attacks and I am rest assured that I will be just fine and it was very normal for me to get the fast heart rate and all the other symptoms. She said that my heart was very healthy and just have an abnormal heart valve in which many people have that is very normal.  I hope now to overcome the feelings as much as I can and I even have medice that is very very mild and it helps. I hope that each of you feel better day by day and find peace.


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   Posted 7/1/2009 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
ANASTASIA
 
I am so glad to hear your physician's visit went well.  I too hope your anxiety will quiet down now that you know your heart is ok and healthy.
Thank you for reporting back.  It is always good to hear the outcome of our members issues.
 
I wish you peace,
 
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   Posted 7/2/2009 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   

I always have mild panic issues when I go to any doctor. Just this week I had my yearly visit with my OBGYN and had to talk myself out of panic mode while I waited for her in the room. I don't know why that is.

Perhaps it is fear because I know that some aspects of my health are out of my control...there could be something wrong with my body of which I am unaware and cannot do anything about. I think I may be a tad bit claustrophobic and feel ultra vulnerable sitting there naked and clad only in a big napkin. Also, I know part of it for me is fear that my IBS will act up while I'm mid examination. Whatever the cause, I has happened to me and continuously happens to me.

My heart doesn't race though. In fact, the doc told me I have a very low resting heart rate which means I have a well exercised heart. I was floored because to me it felt like my pulse was racing, so go figure. I get the light headed feeling, the feeling of being out of control, hot and cold flashes, sweaty palms, etc. It tends to go away once the doc comes in and I am distracted by talking with him/her.

Long story short, you're totally normal I think in this regard. I know people who dont' suffer from anxiety that freak about going to the doctor. Some to the point where they cannot go alone. It's scary stuff.


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anastasia01
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   Posted 7/2/2009 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
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Thanks bunches for your writing me this about your doctor visits. I am glad that I am not the only one. I hope that I can learn to control my thoughts better. Do you know some good ways to control negative thoughts that try to scare us. I have to get it under control.
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LALady
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   Posted 7/2/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I typically begin by slow, measured deep breathing to calm down my body. Then I confront each thought that enters my head and think about how it is warped. I then talk to myself, literally, about why that thought is silly or unfounded and remind myself about instances just like the one I am in where I have been fine. I also use visualization techniques. Sometimes, I find it really helpful to bring a book or magazine to read as a form of distraction.
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anastasia01
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   Posted 7/2/2009 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
These techniques sound great and I will start practicing them just in any situation when I get negative feelings and thoughts. I already do the deep breathing and I think it does calm my body down. Yesterday when I had an echo done on my heart I saw that when I breathed deeply the pulse would go down. But when I got a little bit scared it jumped back up. Thanks for your help.
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