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Got my ct scan today

mollyfin

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That makes sense. I have to follow up with him regardless of the normal test results so I'll ask him about that when I finally see him.
 

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When you say “not ok” do you mean A) something was found B) not acceptable and shouldn’t have been said.
I mean that it is not OK for the tech to say that to someone who just had a scan. It could be interpreted as just a harmless sentiment. It could also be interpreted as ominous. Tech's are absolutely not supposed to say things like that to patients.
 

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Haven't been able to meet with urologist yet. Talking to gastro tuesday (I've needed to see one for years anyway) because it's when I could get a phone appointment. Seeing dermatologist tomorrow, totally unrelated, because I've started getting gross skin infections again. Maybe stress is part of that, or diet. I AM kind of a mess right now. But yeah I need to reschedule with the bladder doctor. Although that this point I think his answer will probably be "well I don't see anything so have you considered you're imagining it??" (I mean...to be fair...I wonder how many symptoms over the years have been caused by my mind...)
 

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One of the worst things you can say to someone with health anxiety is 'you don't look at all well!'. When it was said to me when in the middle of HA it took me days to get over it. Words are powerful and can encourage or discourage a person. 'Good luck' is an expression we use a lot in the UK, and it means what it says. 'Have a nice day' is often irritating. How do they know you could have a nice day?
Now it's pretty obvious that some have been Googling. A VERY big mistake!! In anxiety of any sort suggestion can have a powerful effect. You need to be guided by your medics and not Dr. Google. Does your doctor look up Google when you visit them? Once an idea is planted in the mind of a susceptible person it sticks. Suppose I told you you have Mississippi swamp fever! (Don't look it up, it's not there), and all the symptoms involved. I have planted it in your vulnerable mind and you begin to feel the symptoms. The mind is so much more powerful than we imagine. Medical words only have a meaning for someone trained in medicine.
 

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Once an idea is planted in the mind of a susceptible person it sticks. Suppose I told you you have Mississippi swamp fever! (Don't look it up, it's not there), and all the symptoms involved. I have planted it in your vulnerable mind and you begin to feel the symptoms. The mind is so much more powerful than we imagine. Medical words only have a meaning for someone trained in medicine.
I especially love this part, as it's so damn true. Oftentimes when someone "gets over" a fear (and they have anxiety disorder) it never truly goes away, it just falls by the wayside. It can crop back up any minute, because they're still aware of it. I figured this out over the years, not only through my own experiences, but also while observing others on all the forums.

I always tell the story about how my panic attacks "evolved" over the years. When they first began, when I was in my teens, they were severe but I could function without issue. I had a panic attack that lasted five or six hours in high school, and I still went from class to class, did my work, mingled with friends as normal, etc. But as I got older and learned about heart disease (and became irrationally convinced I had it) I can no longer function during even a moderate panic attack, let alone severe. Why? Because the things I "know" are always in the back of my mind.
 

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I was having horrible pain and I had every test under the sun nothing showed up. I went to a uro/gyno at a pelvic pain center and they did a bladder instill. After 6 months of numerous docs and tests found out I had Interstitial Cystitis and pelvic floor dysfunction. After a few weeks of physical therapy and bladder instills, I went into remission. Not all things are cancer. Sometimes it just takes time and a doctor willing to address your concerns. If the doc said it wasn't anything to worry about trust in that.
 
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