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    Old 01-08-2008, 04:28 PM   #1
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    Question Dr's Visit

    Okay--for those of you that have experienced anxiety at the doctor's office, I need your help. I have an appointment with the Hematologist on Tuesday and I'm already getting worried about the visit, not so much the blood count. That's crazy!!!! My question is, do I take Xanax now that I'm beginning to feel better or do I trust myself and not take it. I start to feel anxious just thinking about seeing a doctor. I think they have caused me to develop some sort of disorder because they never had any (good) answers for me. In the past if I didn't take it my BP shot way up and ruined my apt because they were so concerned about that, then I would get upset. I am not a baby by any means but I'm unsure of how to handle this since the anemia is resolved. Any sound advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance! FLFLOWERGIRL

    Christine--I would really like to hear your views on this since you have had similar events in the past according to your posts. Thanks.

     
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    Old 01-08-2008, 07:34 PM   #2
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    Flowergirl - If I were you, I would not hesitate to take the Xanax before a doctor's appt. I, too, get very anxious before doctor's appts...I take Xanax for anxiety a few times per month. I was very hesitant to use it before I actually needed it, but before I went to the gynecologist last month, I took a Xanax. My appt. was anxiety free and didn't even hurt as much because I wasn't all tense over it. So, yeah, take the Xanax and don't worry about it!!

     
    Old 01-09-2008, 03:48 AM   #3
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    Take the Xanax as my shrink would say!! You have to re-learn to "not" panic at the doctor and the only way to do that is with the Xanax.

    Right now, you are already having anticipatory anxiety which says you will probably have panic at the visit. Once you have panic at the visit this time, you will be more wary of it NEXT time.

    You may need to take the Xanax indefinitely. I know that while my day-to-day panic and anxiety is MUCH better, it is 10 times worse at the doctors now. To the point that for the first time in my life it is actually elevating my blood pressure. So, I myself, need to take Xanax prior to appointments.

     
    Old 01-09-2008, 08:25 AM   #4
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    Re: Dr's Visit

    Littlebunnyfoo--Thanks for telling me not to hesitate, because that's my problem I hesitate. I think that everything will be fine because I want it to be and I feel in control. Then it hits me and I feel so stupid and the appointment is focused on getting my BP down which goes way too high. I can get upset at home take my Bp and it's hardly up on a bad day. It's good to have the reassurance that I should take it. My husband says take a Xanax for WHATEVER, so I don't listen to him on meds LOL. I'm glad that you had an "anxiety free" appointment. I'm hoping for the same. Thanks for your reassurance. FLFLOWERGIRL

    Christine--Thanks for the words of wisdom from your shrink, that's funny. You are sooo right I have to relearn not to panic. I don't know exactly how that works. I do know that when I take Xanax my BP is fine if I take it 2 hours before I go so that it is really working for me well. It's just so weird to me because I'm not scared of the doctor or anything like that. I think they made me this way because I was really sick and saw about 10 doctor's and nobody knew anything other than I was anemic basically. I think that is what scares me the most. Well, I thank you for your words of advice which are much needed. I will take the Xanax and probably have a great day, especially if I get good news. I won't know about the ferritin results until the next day because my Hematologist does STAT blood counts and it takes more time for ferritin. Thanks again. FLFLOWERGIRL

     
    Old 01-09-2008, 09:47 AM   #5
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    Re: Dr's Visit

    Hey fflowergirl,
    I still get extremely anxious before/during seeing a doc, its whats known as 'white coat syndrome' (although i havent seen a doc wearing a white coat for about 15years -lol).
    If you think the zanax will help, then take it! I always end up with the runs before i go and see a doctor and get myself into quite a state about it.

    Make a list of any questions you might have and take it with you cause ive always made the mistake of forgetting the most important questions when im in the room (and generally end up babbling like a loony). Ive started to do this now when i go to the doctors/hospital and it helps.

    Take deep breaths and remember your not on trial and nobody will think bad of you if you get panicky.

    Good luck

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    Old 01-09-2008, 10:00 AM   #6
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    FLFLOWERGIRL--

    I also don't know why I get so wigged out about going to the doctor. On a conscious level, I'm certainly not afraid of them and, most times, I am actually looking forward to finding things out.

    But, I think like you, I've been going for so long and NOT knowing what is wrong with me that I start thinking that THEY think I'm nuts. I also have lost a bit of faith in the medical community because I do think that they miss a lot of things and want to throw antidepressants at you. I believe that my anemia diagnosis was *missed* for 2-3 years before it was accidentally found by a dermatologist (go figure). Oh, and the dermatologist did not even tell me about it. I only found out because I requested the lab work. So, I would say that I've lost confidence in most of my doctors.

    I think before I go to the appointments I start running this dialogue in my head that the doctor is going to dismiss me, or overlook things, or not take me seriously. Then I get all wrapped up and the anxiety starts.

    Like lindaslou, I also get the "runs" before each appointment. It's really awful. Many times I don't take the Xanax because I have to drive myself to the appointment or I am at work before the appointment. And I seem to need a good bit of Xanax these days to get me down.

     
    Old 01-09-2008, 03:43 PM   #7
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    Linds--White coat is what they tell me, your right. This doctor doesn't have a white coat, he thinks he's "all that" and is going through a divorce and seems to have it out for middle aged women like myself. He told me I was hysterical and need a hysterectomy after one of my visits with him. He said that's where the name came from. He really is so arrogant. As you said, I made a list for him before and he just laughed at me and said that's great work but just a waste of time. I'm only going back to him to finish this up I hope. I guess that it doesn't help that my husband goes to the appointments with me either. I was too sick to take myself before. When my bp spiked with him it started going down before I left and his comment was at least we can get you out of here now. Thanks for the advice. FLFLOWERGIRL

    Christine--I hear your words loud and clear. I could have written your post exactly. When I was complaining of heavy periods 3 years ago my Hgb was 13, so I think that is when it was beginning to go down. It should be at a higher level than that I would think. That doctor only offered me the pill and I declined. I believe you when you say that the Dermatologist didn't give you the results, but that is not right at all. Thank goodness that you were smart enough to request your labs. I really have lost confidence with most doctors, they just don't have time to care. If they conducted their appointments the right way they would never get to retirement. But it can be a very scary thing knowing that your the only truly concerned person in the room. I did tell this doctor that I thought they were all missing something, he went down the list of procedures and tests and said something would have shown up if they were missing something. I hope their right. I just start getting anxious at the thought of seeing anyone. And, yes, my husband will be there again. I haven't even thought of what I want to ask at this point. What's my ferritin number? That's a given. Thanks for all the support, I really needed it and I feel so much better. It's great being able to talk with people on here that understand how you are feeling. Great advice too! FLFLOWERGIRL

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    Old 01-10-2008, 01:21 AM   #8
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    FLFLOWERGIRL - if the xanax is not going to affect your blood test in any adverse way i would say take it. Your doc sounds like he could do with a dose of xanax!!

     
    Old 01-10-2008, 08:29 AM   #9
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    Audrey--No it won't effect the CBC and I don't think I have a choice. Like Christine said, I'm already having anticipatory anxiety and she's right. So I will take it. I guess I hate to have to take something to do such a small task as going to the doctor. I've never needed anything before this experience happened to me. I just want to return to the "old normal" without drugs. And....yes, I do have some charming doctors. They have taught me a lot if you know what I mean. Each one so unique. Thanks for your reply Audrey. FLFLOWERGIRL

    PS-- Audrey, I wanted to tell you that I read an article the other day on hair. It said that the new hairs due to the deficiency don't grow as thick and long as before the deficiency. That freaks me out a little. This is why we have stray hairs all over. I didn't really understand it that way. When do they return to normal hair growth again? I also use sleek and shine and hair smoothing products, but they work really well. I even iron it and it looks fab when I do that. It makes my hair look like it did before the anemia. That is of course until the humidity hits it, then I look like I don't know what? FLFLOWERGIRL

     
    Old 01-11-2008, 03:22 AM   #10
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    FLFLOWERGIRL - I know that people do get their hair back to normal after dealing with low iron. My specialist constantly quotes '70' as the magic number and states that your ferretin has to stay at 70 or above. It then takes anywhere from 3 to 6 months to really notice results. For some people it can take 12months.

    I do know a couple of people who have had low iron for quite some time but it has not affected their hair. I'd say we are all individuals and at the end of the day we will all see results at varying levels of raised ferretin. It's summer here in Australia and i'm not moulting to the degree i have at this time of the year for the last 7yrs straight. I'm still shedding, just not to that scary "i'm going to be bald by the end of summer" amount that i used to shed and i know there is no way that i have reached 70. I can't wait to get my next test and see where i'm at. At the very most i may have reached 40, but that is after 2yrs of using some form of iron supplement or other and a lot of hard work.

    Actually i think it was littlebunnyfoo who once mentioned in a post that she had read that after ferretin gets to 40 onwards that you notice changes in hair shedding. I hope that is true as 40 seems a hell of a lot easier to get to than 70!!

    Wow, you iron your hair!! I'd be toooooo scared to attempt that. I'd be worried that i would burn what hasn't so far shed Might need one of your xanax before i attempt something like that

    All the best with your test and i hope you get great test results

     
    Old 01-11-2008, 04:16 AM   #11
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    Re: Dr's Visit

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    I do know a couple of people who have had low iron for quite some time but it has not affected their hair.

    This would be me!!! My hair has never been affected. Well, I should say that I haven't really ever had a shedding problem. When I started back on iron supplements and got out of having anemia, I did notice that I had less time between haircuts. So, my hair obviously started growing at a faster rate. But, my ferritin, at that time was still pretty low.

    Now, my mom, OTOH, she sheds MASSIVE amounts of hair. I remember when she was living with me while waiting for her house to be built and the bathroom was just crazy with hair. She was anemic during most of her 40s. Now that she is post-menopausal and her iron numbers and ferritin are fantastic, she's still shedding hair.

    So I do have to wonder, for each individual, how much of the hair loss is due to iron, your own hormone levels, or just you individual shedding patterns. Many of my friends who have no iron problems shed a lot of hair. But, I wouldn't say they are thinning or anything like that.

     
    Old 01-11-2008, 06:29 AM   #12
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    Audrey, yes - I read that at 40 your hair will let up on the shedding, but you need it at least 70 to see regrowth.

     
    Old 01-13-2008, 11:23 PM   #13
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    littlebunnyfoo - yeah i recall my doctor stating that once you get to 70 and stay there your hair develops a proper cycle of growth and shedding.

    I tend to agree with Christine, i think we're all individuals and what happens to one of us wont occur as a carbon copy on someone else. My doctor also mentioned that at 70+ our metabolic rate improves and i think he mentioned liver function as well. It gets a bit complex, but i guess our bodies run more efficiently and we tend to feel better for the long term, unless there is something else wrong, which is another matter altogether.

     
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