THat helps me very much! Thank you! I am having a wisdom tooth removed and there's an infection in the tooth next to it. But they are going to do an IV Sedation and want me to take Valium the night before and the day of. I was really worried about taking Valium, but the pharmacist said it was just like taking Klonopin, only stronger.
And you are absolutely right! I am more worried about AFTER, as well. I get dizzy just walking out the door. My heart started racing when I was leaving for the appointment, I got dizzy and I started crying. I almost didn't go. Then when I got there, I was in such a fog of anxiety, I don't even remember what I said to the receptionist. I was shaking and crying and they were like "Uh, this is only a consultation" and then I told them about my anxiety, haha. I was shaking so badly, I couldn't write! I don't like to take pain meds either, so I'll probably just take Motrin after. I'm like you, anything that triggers a sick stomach or dizziness will spark my anxiety.
And just so you know, I have the SAME problem leaving the house. As soon as I think about it, I panic. When I get in the car, I feel like I am going to pass out and I cry and cry all the way to my destination. But once I'm there, I just keep telling myself that I'm there and I made it! Then I try and tell myself how proud I am of myself, etc. I try to encourage myself and you should, too! It's REALLY tough to work with anxiety, but it can be done. I think getting out of the house is more helpful than staying in, no matter how hard it is to get out there. I feel great now that I've gone to my appointment, survived it and made it back safely home. I even was able to go to the grocery store and pick up some bird food and my Valium. :P
Thanks for sharing! My surgery is Friday! Wish me luck!
PS: Has anyone ever taken Valium?