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Jul 28, 2015 6:30 PM

Hi guys,
Just a quick question. As you guys probably know by now, I have had 3 big surgeries, 2 minor ones and a set of spinal injections. Just in this year alone. Is it possible to have ptsd like symptoms even if going to the doctor for the most minute reasons? At this point in time, I can't even go in the doctors office without having what feels like a freak out. No particular reason that I'm aware of. It just happens. No medicated for anxiety(been there, done that, don't want to repeat that process). Any ideas/comments/suggestions to get me over this hump?

Jul 28, 2015 6:36 PM

Completely possible. I couldn't even watch medical based TV shows.

Jul 28, 2015 6:38 PM

Sweetie, I still can't watch that. It freaks me the hell out already. Can't even watch an IV start anymore.

Jul 28, 2015 7:38 PM

I start cryy if I watch mine...

Jul 28, 2015 7:39 PM

Yes it's possible. My brother's blood pressure goes up every time... Called "Whit Coat Syndrome.". My mom would lose all coloring and turn ghostly white when needless were even mentioned. The more i get done the words i get. 🙏🌼

Jul 28, 2015 8:00 PM

Alright, so it's not just me then. I thought I was losing my mind. At this point, even the sight of blue OR scrubs sends my blood pressure soaring.

Jul 29, 2015 7:13 AM

Of course You could. It may be that your subconscious is relating any medics with pain, hence the panic reaction.
I feel the same way about needles. My pain levels max out for blood tests or iv's. It's so severe that they have to use butterfly needles (the smallest ones) because my veins go into clamp down. Last time I had an iv in it went in my foot since all the veins elsewhere had disappeared. When that fell out about twelve hours later, I had it put in a small vein next to my knuckle on my left hand. I get covered in bruises from all the failed tries and I dread to think what my blood pressure does during the attempts! Next time I'll get them to measure it.

Would speaking to a counsellor help? Or maybe a scent or item you can easily conceal? I had friends in uni that carried things around to lower anxiety during exams or speeches. Maybe you could adapt something to aid you in staying calm during stressful moments?

Jul 29, 2015 8:19 AM

Hmm that is a great idea P. Never even thought about that. Maybe I'll try to get my moms perfume on an item and carry that with me. Love the smell of her white diamonds and it's calming for me. Always equated that with a mommy smell.

Jul 30, 2015 6:20 PM

Many times it is hard to draw blood or start IV's because the person is poorly hydrated. If you drink plenty of water before it helps greatly. Also most larger hospitals have IV start teams so ask for that if you can. If you are having a procedure and cannot eat or drink before make sure the evening before you have a few extra glasses of water. Also a really warm blanket can help when applied to the IV site before the stick. Hope this can help someone.

Jul 30, 2015 6:37 PM

There's also C-PTSD (complex PTSD) which is similar to PTSD, but isn't so much a memory add much as what you're currently dealing with. My dad and I both feel anxious at the doctor clinic because of all the allergies that have been ignored, and drug accusations. It's now "what's the point?" and I feel like puking just walking by the clinic (which is literally 2 blocks away) and I walk past every day to get to my bus stop.
I don't know why, but needles don't bug me. I haven't had immunizations, just blood draws, IV meds at the ER/urgent care, and stuff at the dentist. My step mom freaked out about me getting blood drawn, but I was willing to go on my own and I called ahead since my dad was sick. She sent her dad to meet me. They missed the first time, but it stopped my CRPS pain for a month or two.

Jul 30, 2015 7:45 PM

Ferret, to be honest with you, I can't walk past my surgeons office without feeling like I want to puke or even walk in without feeling that way. I have to stop in the restroom and check how my stomach is feeling and then walk up stairs. Even walking into our local surgery center makes me puke literally. For me, it's the memories of stuff that has happened within the past 2 months. I literally have to get someone to hold my hand. That's how bad it is. Going to the ortho is worse. I literally have to will my feet to move.

Jul 31, 2015 12:14 PM

Amanda, I've had a similar experience, except not with surgeons specifically. I've come out of many appointments and told my family to hold onto me because I know if they don't, I will try to jump in front of a car and just hope that I die from it.
It sucks that so many people have bad memories from various docs and surgeons/specialists. I don't understand how anyone could easily trust their doctor. Then again, I've met 2 good doctors.

Jul 31, 2015 1:57 PM

LMB, It doesn't matter how much I drink the night before. I have ICS, overactive bladder and a overlarge bladder. Within 30 min max I have to urinate. After nothing to eat or drink all night I still go several times before the procedure is done. My hubby always teased that I knew every bathroom on the interstate! Lol I've been this way since I was a kid. 🙏🌼

Jul 31, 2015 4:35 PM

FB, that's why I have somebody going with me to this next ortho appointment. I'm just afraid that I'm going to say something and it won't be very nice at all. That's just how I feel about him.

Jul 31, 2015 7:39 PM

Amanda, I make my hubby go to all my appt with me, ever since last summer when docs would say one thing then do another. And our pcp is so afraid of losing our business because of my hubby standing up for both of us. We're biding out time to change PCP , waiting until after Mayo is completed. 🙏🌼

Jul 31, 2015 10:32 PM

Amanda, it's not only possible but it happens to be. A week before a doctor appointment I begin to get ill and very anxious. When I had to go for surgery, I'd go completely off the rails and cry and practically have a nervous breakdown!! People tell me I should be used to it and that since I've had it done, there's no reason to worry. Well, knowing what is going to happen makes it worse because you already KNOW it's going to be a nightmare!! Try to meditate and do deep breathing before or on the way to the doctor. I do it in the waiting room. It IS definitely a form of PTSD. You have to realize that any surgery is traumatic. So, it only makes sense you'd be more frightened next time you go. I'll be keeping you in my prayers and am sending gentle hugs! 💕😊🙏🏻

Jul 31, 2015 11:09 PM

I have anxiety attacks over procedures. Injections in the spine creep me out. When I see it on tv, I have to look away. They freak me out. Injection into my shoulder and back creep me out because they keep on hitting bone. I was fine when they were missing it but to feel the job almost makes me sick. I normally don't have anxiety too much over getting blood drawn but if they start fishing around moving the needle from one side to the other and back. It freaks me out and I want to shout. I instantly tell them they are done and to get someone who doesn't like to fish for blood.

The most lousy traumatizing procedure for me is an MRI. Having to go in a hole for 45 minutes and not move. It is just too much. I can't handle it. I imagine my nose needs itched. Then I imagine my hair is out of place and tickling me. Then I will begin to focus on some pain I am experiencing. But the worst part is focusing on my claustrophobia. It just gets stronger and stronger and every time I open my eyes it feels like the ceiling of the machine is getting closer to my nose. I feel less air. The music they put on helps overcrowd the loud machine and I need it but I need something to do deep breathes to. I break out in a sweat while in there. I take Xanax but it is not enough. Next time I am doubling it. I know with my body weight, I can take 2 mg. I don't take it most of the time but I have a high tolerance to it. I have so much stress over these parasites that I have had to learn to deal with my terror and anxiety without medication for the most part.

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