This hypochondriac got up her nerve!

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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 7/18/2006 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
 You will all be pleased to know that I got up my nerve to go to my Family doctor today and requested a full line of blood work testing, urine testing, full gynocological testing and a colonoscopy.
 For those who don't know, along with my IBS, I am a full-blown hypochondriac,have an extremely high level of anxiety, lots of stress in my life right now and also  with a VERY severe phobia of doctors, hospitals, nurses, clinics, etc. The only thing I can let them do is take my temperature and for some reason I don't mind at all if they draw my blood.
 I have an enornous overwhelming phobia of blood pressure machines, (for which I am intherapy for) even the manual types. When I go to the doctor or even my psych or therapist I have to take what I call my "vomit kit." I call it that because anytime I am exposed to any of the above I am prone more than likely to vomit. My "kit" consists of one outer plastic bag with a change of underpants and slacks (when I vomit I urinate on myself) and also contains two plastic sacks, one inside the other in case I have to throw up on the way there. The first thing I do when I walk in the door is ask if they could please set a lined waste basket beside me because I am probably going to vomit.
 Wow, am I rambling on, or what? Sounds like this post needs to be posted on the Anxiety/Panic forum.
 Some of you have been emailing privately back and forth with me and know a lot more about what is going on in my life right now than what I have been sharing here so I just wanted to let them know that I got VERY brave today.
 Now I have to wait for the approval letter from the insurance for the colonoscopy, which takes about a week. Then I have to call the referred doctor and set up an appointment. So depending on how busy he/she is I might have to wait another week or so before I can actually get the test done. That could be 2-3 weeks of waiting and for an anxiety-filled hypochondriac, such as myself, that is a LONG, LONG time. I am sure my IBS will wreak havoc on my body until this is all over.
 Please send out good vibes, good thoughts or prayers (which ever you do) for me. I would greatly appreciate it.
I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said, "That cannot be true. You haven't met everyone yet!"

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 7/21/2006 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sylvia- I just wanted to say, 'you go girl'. good for you!  It takes a lot of courage to do what you did and I hope you are able to build on this and become more confident and less
anxiety ridden.  Anxiety sucks.  So, congrats.  You'll be OK. You have to trust yourself that you will keep yourself safe.  Keep up your good work on your own and in therapy.  Good luck.
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