HIDA scan-Scared!!!

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   Posted 11/13/2006 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone!
I went to the GI doc today and she wants me to get a scan of my gallbladder. I have been feeling ill for quite some time now and I want to know what is going on so I can get to feeling better, but I am so scared! I hate that I have all of this anxiety! I know I have to do it and once it is over I will feel better, but I have to wait a week to get the test. I have bad health anxiety and I hate doctors, hospitals, etc.
Anyone else had this test? Any advice on how to deal with the anxiety?

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   Posted 11/13/2006 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I have not had the test but I think if you try to keep your mind ocuppied with good thoughts and other things it will be better for you in the longrun
Once the tests are done you will know what has been going on with you and then a tx plan can be made for you .
If it is a/p then it too needs a tx plan and perhaps some therapy to help you thru all this ......
A/P is a taker and will keep taking and taking til you have NO more to give it unless you learn skills and take back your life
Have a support system and great peeps like here to help you out
Know that we are here for you
Keep us posted please and try to think positive about all f this and the outcome I know it isnt easy but give it your best shot
Take care
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   Posted 11/13/2006 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for the kind words Lyn.
I just started seeing a therapist for my anxiety, so I do feel good about that. I just feel overwhelmed now. My anxiety is bad enough without real health problems! I do have meds to help me get through. I guess right now I have to take everything a day at a time and try not to think too much about what is going to happen!
You are so right about anxiety being a taker! I am really fighting to get my life back!

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   Posted 11/13/2006 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   

I've had a HIDA scan. This was after going to a GI for a swelling abdomen and nausea rather than conventional gall bladder symptoms (pain). My test came back negative and I had a cholecytsectomy (sp?), afterwhich they told me I had a small, benign tumor in my gall bladder. Most people have stones, I think. My surgery was almost a year and a half ago, and my symptoms have still not gone away. Last week I was finally told by another GI that he thinks my stomach episodes are really modified panic attacks.

The HIDA scan itself wasn't that bad. Like you, I was worried going in, but if what my current doctor says is true, most all of the discomfort I experienced was due to an anxiety attack. They'll administer a drug with a needle and that'll make you feel kind of weird for a minute, but again, it's not that bad...just kind of strange. I didn't get sick and it didn't cause me any pain. I would assume that taking this test wouldn't cause any discomfort that you normally wouldn't feel on your own, and the drug is actually to make sure your gall bladder is doing something while they're looking at it. I don't know for sure, though.

If you're like me you're going to worry regardless of what I tell you, but really, it's nothing. The facility I went to had a stereo in the room and even with my anxiety I was able to focus on NPR pretty easily. If you don't like the radio, bring your favorite CD.
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