I have been recently told by my neuro and my Ent specialist they can't see me anymore because of my fear of the tests. I have had numerous mri's, ct scans, blood test, hearing test, ekgs you name it and my panic has gotten so bad that the doctors don't understand I can't keep doing all these test. I go into a panic attack just going to the dr and have fear of what they might want me to do. I had labs done and went into a panic attack so bad I had to hold my arm down just so they could draw the blood. Now the closest specialist that will take my insurance is an hour away and I can't go that far my anxiety won't let me drive that far for fear of having a vertigo attack so now I have no specialist to help me. It's like they didn't care enough to understand my situation. I already have depression and have no one to take me or go with me so I'm stuck. Has anyone else had this happen to them?
The menieres isn't causing the anxiety. The one thing you need is to see a psychiatrist and get that under control, so that you can function and see the docs you need to see and have the tests you need. Its not that they don't care, its that its pretty hard to understand when someone has so much fear they can't function. They don't see why you would refuse tests because of fear.
Hi Jean, I have anxiety and panic (as well as much of the other diagnoses you mentioned) and also my anxiety will get so bad it turn into panic with bloodwork. Scared out of my mind for no reason of needles. I have someone drive me to most of my dr appts and always take a Xanax before I get there. You need to let your physch know your medications are definately not working for you. Print out what you wrote here and share it with them. Also, I would guess you see a nuerologist for the vertigo. You also need to let him know that whatever meds he is giving you for that is definately not working. And if you can have someone drive you to your other dr appts, take your Valium before you get there and let these drs know that you are willing to do that in order to make the appts and have the needed tests done. That's just what I would do, a thought for you; and I would start with your physch asap. Hope things get better soon, sounds like you are going thru too much!
Just my two cents but get a benzodiazepine and take it before the test. Someone would need to drive you obviously. I have the same issue with blood needles etc. be glad the docs want to test you. Knowledge is key in situations like this. Then you know what is wrong or not wrong rather than assume and further aggravate your anxiety. Hope it helps you.
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