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Examination

Discussion in 'Medical' started by Scott88, Jan 24, 2018.

  1. Scott88

    Scott88 Active Member

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    I didn’t really know where to post this, but if you read my last post you will understand a bit more what’s been happening with me recently...

    Anyway my gp is wanting to refer me to a specialist for some other health issue I have got but she said they will have to do an examination it will be just of my skin but I will have to get undressed and let the specialist look all over my body... I CANT do this ... when my gp told me and even now it is triggering so how am Earth will I be able to let them do that. Any help??
     
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  3. Bristol

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    You can get through it, ive got through some really crappy fertility tests in the lst 6 months that i never thought id survive. Your stronger than you think.

    If your able to tell the doctor that you find it difficult, whilst they cant change the fundamental way they have to do it they can keep you talking, keep you present and help to relax you. Treats for yourself and lots of them, pjs, blankets for when you get home again, plan out some sofa time, email your T after if it helps, it has helped me just to know there is someone waiting to hear from me.
     
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  4. Scott88

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    Thank you so for replying, and it’s ‘good’ to know you have been able to get through them.. I just know I can’t, I completly freaked and went into meltdown when the dr tried to take my blood pressure the other day I couldn’t even put my arm out I just froze, I just don’t know how I’m going to be able to do it. How was you when you had to get them done? How did you try to stay here?
     
  5. Bristol

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    It was really hard im not going to lie, flashbacks and all sorts but i survived it and now i have the next challenge of IVF but i think you have to try and seperate the past from the future. The doctors is a positive, they want to help its so totally different (hopefully) than what you went thru before and hopefully there is a big silver lining at the other side.

    I have a small toy turtle that i take to everything with me, he sees me through it all. You will do it, i know you will!
     
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    I have to be sedated to have certain tests done. I mean conscious sedation. Otherwise I would have to be hospitalized.
     
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    Totally understand where you are coming from. Perhaps ask staff to cover the parts of your body that do not need to be immediately examined.....just expose what needs to be exposed?
    Does your gp know of your past/ problem?.....maybe they can forewarn the specialist so that they can be best prepared?
     
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    I'm like Dharma Girl in that I have to be sedated and knocked totally out for procedures. My issue is with needles and or invasive procedures. Would a valium help you? Or how about asking for an all-female or all male team to do your examine, if you have a gender issue? I like illusionist's suggesting of draping your body. Would having a support person present be beneficial to you, helping to keep you grounded? My heart goes out to you. The anxiety and fear that builds is tough to keep control of. I have taken to informing the nurses, PA's, and Dr.s of my PTSD and how I may react. So far, with them in the "know", my treatment while in the hospital or offices has been much better. I am assuming you have done this. The Dr.'s know to keep calm and to wait when I go into a flashback and react like I'm being attacked. My episodes do not last long and when the flashback stops, I simply sit and cry. With them knowing my PTSD symptoms, helps to keep me from being embarrassed afterward. Another suggestion is to ask if you can wear a headset so you can listen to music during the exam, distracting you a little bit, from the stress. I wish for you surprising strength and control in facing and going through your upcoming exam!
     
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  9. Scott88

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    Thank you for your reply it means so much you don’t realise.

    I do have gender issues yes but I’m not sure if I could even handle a female coming near me at the minute, I don’t know if it would be worse having more people in the room I just don’t know, I recently completely freaked and had an epiosode just having to have my blood pressure taken, I froze and couldn’t allow the dr to touch me, music does kind of help a little bit, I just keep putting off this examination but I know I need to
     
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