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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 10/21/2006 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Lately, I've been very panicky. just totally out of character for me.
At the Chiropractor, I get scared about traction. he says most people fall to sleep. They strap me in pretty tight so that it's hard to breathe, he knows I have asthma and I just get panicky.
Don't know how to cope and try to keep calm during the traction. It's just scary.
I need help with dealing with this, I need the traction to help get better (osteoarthritis). Plus I can only tolerate ten minutes before it hurts. I might have to have a second set of pain injections too.
How would y'all keep calm?
I've been through a lot this year and just wanna curl up and hide.
Sorry, Just need some advise please

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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 10/21/2006 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chartreux -- I'm sorry that you are feeling this way. I am terrified of the dentist. I do have to take anti-anxiety med for this (xanax). Of course, I am not dealing with a Primary and Psyche doc that don't prescribe benzos. Another suggestion would be to learn some controlled breathing techniques. The one I do is inhale to the count of 7 (abdomen must go up --- not chest) hold for 8, exhale slowly (like you are whistling) and repeat. You can't be tense when are doing this. Good luck next time.
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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 10/22/2006 5:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there
First ask tat they not have you so tight in there
second have inhaler with you at all times
If you have some fast acting med take it prior to going if not ask your doc for some
learn some breathing tech's to help out there are some good ones for asmatics ( daughter has as well)
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Take care and I know others will post it is the wknd so is a bit slower as you know
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