sickiepoo

246d

I'm phobic of Drs and medication, therefore, even though my health is declining rapidly, I'm terrified to go get help.

Lung Cancer

Anxiety (Including GAD)

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  • QuestionQueen

    246d

    Are you terrified because you’re afraid of knowing what you have or just because you don’t trust doctors in general? It is hard work finding a doctor who you trust and who cares about you as an individual. But it is a must if you’re going to get better. ❤️

  • mimi777

    246d

    This is exactly how I feel. I would rather die in my bed without knowing if its cancer...without tubes. I'm too afraid to hear those words 🥺 and how many months you have. This is terrifying. Is this what you feel?

    • Suze

      246d

      people who get cancer do not necessarily die. Being proactive about your health is essential for your well being.

  • HeyReese

    246d

    Advocate for yourself to your doctor. You could start with, “I have a phobia regarding both doctors & medications. This is what I am (or aren’t) comfortable with: ______” Think about what you don’t like beforehand, and what makes you feel safer. For me, I like wearing my own clothes instead of paper gowns when we possible. I like leaving my undergarments on if I can for scans & hospital procedures. I take a stuffed animal with me to the hospital. I don’t like being hooked up to things. I’m getting better with IVs, but on bad days, I let my nurse/phlebotomist know that I don’t like being touched without them walking me through everything they’re doing and/or giving me a warning before they touch me. I tell my doctors the same. I want to know everything (I’m a scientist so I want data and step by step info). Some people would find that extremely overwhelming. Find what feels true to you & makes you feel the safest. I don’t like going to a new doctor ever. If you’re nervous, that’s okay. But let them know, because a good practitioner will listen.

  • Suze

    246d

    Always say up front you have an anxiety disorder. A compassionate dr will take note and move at your speed.

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