Doctor phobia, anyone have this besides me?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by jinlee, Aug 13, 2006.

  1. jinlee

    jinlee Member

    I have a two hour, new rheumatologist visit on wednesday and i am totally freaked out, stomach is in a painful knot. Maybe I need Dr. Phil to walk me through this.

    He is a specialist in fibro, myofasical pain syndrome, arthritis, etc. My brother has been to him and highly recommends him.

    I have white coat syndrome and then brain fog kicks in. I take a Klonopin before I go but by the time I drive all the way downtown, with all the traffic, etc., I usually forget even my phone number when the receptionist asks for it. I don't usually appear too bright at that point.

    I have every question written down, etc., so I will appear to at least have a brain.

    Does anybody have any tricks they use to make dr. visits not so traumatic? This happens to me every doctor visit I have ever had and I am 50. Yes, I definitely need a Dr. Phil session.

    Here is hoping everybody has a good day and behaves themselves!

  2. beeleaf

    beeleaf New Member

    Wish I had some good advice, cause I could use it, too. ;~)

    I'm like a deer in the headlights when I go to the doctor.

    There are a couple of exceptions. I'm pondering what's different about them. A big part of it is the doctor's personality. But sometimes I'm more on the lookout for that rapport, even enough to start it. Sometimes I have to really talk myself into trying to have a good time & remember that they are people. But at least it keeps me busy.

    I know that in my case, some really bad experiences have influenced my fear of doctors. But everything that hasn't happened yet is in the past. ;~)

    Good luck!

    bee
  3. punkrkanne

    punkrkanne New Member

    I'm the same way Jinlee. I usually forget things and I'm always scared the doctors won't believe me. My Mom has FB for over 30 years and back then a lot of doctors didn't believe in it. Luckly, now they know more about it and hopefully can help. I just fond out I have FB and I'm suppose to go to see a rheumotologist as well. I'm totolly freaked and haven't made the apt yet. I suppose writing everthing down is a good idea. I should do that. Don't drink too much coffee before you go, because you'll be all jumpy and more nervous(I've made this mistake before and they told me I had high pressure). Maybe have a friend or love one go with. I usually bring a book or magazine, so I'm distracted while waiting. Because, you know they always make you wait forever. Good luck. I'm sure you'll be fine.
  4. justlooking

    justlooking New Member

    I dread seeing a Dr. for the first time because I never know how they will treat me. I have been to probably 25 different Drs. since 1995 when I first started having symptoms (my first symptoms were migraines lasting weeks).

    It's amazing the variety of views out there amongst the Medical community on Migraines and FM is even harder to find a compassionate and understanding one.

    So yes I am always afraid to go to a new Dr. As a matter of fact I've put off going to the ER for chest pains before because I was afraid of how I would be treated because of FM and CFS.

    I don't have any tricks to offer because I avoid going to new ones if I can. I love my PCP and Pain DR so I hopefully won't have to go through looking again for awhile until my PCP, who is beyond retirement age decides to retire.

    HOpe you have a good appointment and find the Dr to be compassionate!

    Sincerely
    JL
  5. Marta608

    Marta608 Member

    What gets to me is when I try to hurry so they can move on quickly! Arrruuugh.

    Maybe it would be helpful to remember that we're hiring them, just as we would a vet for our pet or a mechanic for our car. They work for us.

    Marta