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frog_of_destiny

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i have a lot of anxiety about going to doctor’s offices, and my father just told me today that i have an appointment this afternoon that i was not aware of before now. does anyone have any advice or coping skills that help them get through the experience in general? i’m going in for a check up on my chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis. specifically i hate being touched by people i don’t know and the doctor’s office is completely unpredictable; for example, i don’t know if i’m going to get an x-ray today, if i need an mri set up or if i’m getting my blood drawn. I don’t even know what the doctor is going to ask me ahead of time, i literally am so anxious right now. i can’t tell the doctor to be more aware of my needs because i don’t have a professional autism diagnosis (i am on the waiting list and i have a referral for one), i just don’t want to say that i do and then not have any evidence to back it up or for him not to believe me, so i don’t think i’m going to say anything. my father is going with me to the appointment, which is good because i would literally rather wither away than do this at all. i’m also changing hospitals after this appointment and it’s really freaking me out a lot. Does anyone have any advice?

    • hydroepilepic21

      449d

      No, but I am the same way. My mom doesn't tell me until the day before an appointment. It really gets on my nerves.

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One suggestion is to create a doctor visit care kit with items that help you stay calm, such as fidget toys or a list of coping skills that work for you. Another tip is to practice deep breathing or yoga breathing to help calm yourself down before and during the appointment. You can also try writing sensory poems to keep grounded by noting what you hear, see, smell, and feel. Bringing a comfort item might also be helpful in easing anxiety.

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