Anxiety a compulsive fear

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Over the last two months I have been reading threads or posts from people with some very real Anxiety problems.

One thing I have had reinforced here is the mumber of repeat medical tests patients seem to have undergone. In my past I have been on sevral Patient Partiipation Groups and various Mental Health Task Groups and the problem of Anxiety suffering persistant heath problems has been brought up and the cost and time taken by the repeat appointments with GP and Specialist has also been talked about.

Anxiety is not the only condition that demands such an extensive amout of inspection and reassurance.

What I really need to ask for my own interest is what does Anxiety Patients expect from GP and Hospital when you have been having clear results from these tests you undertake. When would you eventually feel nothing was wrong and be able to trust the medical profession.

Many test can be quite invasive and quite unpleasent, would you still expect several repeat tests before you would trust the diagnosis of your problem.

In my case I also suffer the same Anxiety that is slightly different to Anxiety that I see here. I go through tests to check blood and fluids quite often as my drugs effect my blood counts and cause bleeding in the gut.

Also I suffer problems with a congenital brain condition caused by the Opiates I am pushed to take. Also I will need to take Cancer medication for to reduce my immune system attacking my body. This can really cause me problems as they supress white blood cell count Some of the tests check the bowel and many patients with Anxiety need to be sedated. When you go to the dentist would you need sedation for your checkups and dental treatmnt

Believe me when I say, I look on Anxiety as a real psycological problem that needs to be addressed and I myself go through test that have a negative, result and then I wonder how much stress I am putting my body through when they also need to know what is going on.

I would  love to be young and healthy,  and sad to say I will need to take strong, possibly dangerous drugs for te rest of my life. I know my reasons and understand my situation, it is just I would love to know if your reasons are the same

BOB

BOB

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    Well I think having the tests and knowing nothing is wrongs helps deal with anxiety. For someone who has never dealt with anxiety and has day pain in chest or whatever and is concerned?? Thete going to go see about it that's normal.

    When I feel anxiety symptoms coming on I try and block it out and I know that's it's just anxiety so I don't need 2 go to hospital.. It's easier said then done of course...

    Sucks that your on meds for the rest of your life but I'f there helping you and you can live your life then...

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      Anxiety is a very real mental health problem and we all suffer at different levels. Generally I believe we should all be seen by CPNs and given the coping skills that can assist and reduc the stress we suffer.

      In my case I have a Chronic Medical Condition that meeds managed medications in the past by me, After a Suicide Attempt my medications are watched and supplied by my Wife, I now do not even order my scripts that is also dne by my Wife. I have no access to any of my drugs and if I am stressed or depressed I am seen in quick time then left for an extended period before been introducd to my new CPN.

      When I am strssed and depressed I use Relaxation Techniques and other pain control techniques. This helps me control my problems without reverting to repeat tests that in my case can be very invasive and uncomfortable. Broad spetrum blood tests are taken several times a year and I become Anxious about the tests themselves. I now try and avoid tests like the plague.

      In my case My condition will die with me and I am always looking at activities to control my mood. Even that is now becoming problematic

      As medications have effected my short term memory. I sometimes need to try to re file things into mid time memories so I remember.

      My initial question is just inquisitive beause of my aversion to tests that can be taken as routine.

      BOB

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      There is always problems been on medications over the long term, we have to make informed decisions as there an be serious risks over a long period of time

      I would love to be taken of some of the medications, although I need to function.

      I am a depressive, with anxiety and I cannot square a circle of having additional tests therefore it frightens me that my GP could withdraw tests when there is really something wrong. Because of past medical history.

      BOB

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    For those that are new to anxiety, I think tests are needed to help set their mind at ease. Many times one round of tests simply isn't enough. Back in my younger years there wasn't much info on anxiety and/or depression out for the public, no commercials and such. During that time I definitely had many tests done, and visited the hospital quite often. Nowadays, I just let whatever is going to happen, happen. The anxiety and depression are still with me, but I won't have tests unless absolutely nesasarry. Unfortunately, there's still many people putting their body through hell in hopes of a different result that will potentially explain away anxiety.

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      Hello Kim

      You should never leave a condition like anxiety alone and should always ask for treatment. The appointment with a CPN and GP therefore very important, we all need our concerns addressed and then control this situation we find ourselves in.

      Many hospital tests are very invasive and quite often many also have a risk of harm. It is this that I am interested in.

      I am due to go into hospital for sedation for a common treatment soon.in this case there is a slight risk and I am warmed before going in. I have no choice.

      I am trying to square of reasons here, when it comes down to hospital tests

      BOB

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      Depending on how much sedation is needed, it can either take you to an extremely relaxed state, or knock you out completely. Many times it's used for tests in order to keep the person calm, and still so tests can be done properly, and without hurting the patient. It a step above anastasia, yet stronger than laughing gas that a dentist might use. All in all, it feels like much more than a couple of beers. smile

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