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.
27 year old female
Dx: IBS-D - 2004
GAD - 2008
Meds: 30 mg Celexa, .5- 1mg Klonopin