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I have serious anxiety when going to the doctor; especially if I have to get a blood test. What can I do or take to make the experience better?

I have serious anxiety when going to the doctor; especially if I have to get a blood test. What can I do or take to make the experience better?

May: Rehearse the visit before appointment. Try role playing as a nurse or doctor and concentrate on the reason for the visit and expectations. May write down your history. You can also get desensitization or counsling/ anxity medication ...Read more

Anxiolytic (Definition)

Any medicine that makes a person less troubled by anxiety is "anxiolytic" ("lysis" is literally a loosening). The term is traditionally used for medicines but perhaps insight / behavioral treatments for anxiety or intervening in a crazy life situation (one of a physician's most helpful procedures) ...Read more


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Helloo. I am 33 years old. Am affraid to take blood test. I take half pill of Zoloft (sertraline) per day since two years for anxiety. And I smoke moderately?

Helloo. I am 33 years old. Am affraid to take blood test. I take half pill of Zoloft (sertraline) per day since two years for anxiety. And I smoke moderately?

Learn More About!: 3-5% of population estimated 2 suffer from needle phobia-"trypanophobia." it's poorly understood & its impact underestimated. Prevents many from seeking medical &/or dental care. Phobias generally cause heart rate & BP to rise + feelings of panic. But trypanophobia causes heart rate & BP to fall + fainting. Learn more & call 1) lab & ask how they handle this; &2) anxiety expert 4 help managing. ...Read more

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36 year-old woman whose mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 34 and a PALB2 mutation wonders if mastectomy is needed to lower her risk.....?

36 year-old woman whose mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 34 and a PALB2 mutation wonders if mastectomy is needed to lower her risk.....?

No!: Although the PALB2 mutation increases risk, preventive mastectomy is not recommended. There are other ways to decrease your risk including taking raloxifene or tamoxifen. See a medical oncologist to discuss this (and a genetic counselor!) ...Read more

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When I am hungry I have worse anxiety I have checked my blood test I don't have blood suger what can it cause it?

When I am hungry I have worse anxiety I have checked my blood test I don't have blood suger what can it cause it?

Depression: What you described is one of the symptoms of depression. Please see a doctor for an evaluation as effective treatments are available for depression.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Been feeling spaced out and detatched for months. Got told from dr it was derealization/anxiety. Also had blood test was fine. Wht else could this be

Anxiety disorder: Feeling spaced out, detached, anxiety, having derealization suggest at least an initial interview with a therapist to determine the background of these symptoms ; best possible directions. The therapist would review earlier history, family ; relationship experiences, possible trauma, ; stressful events. ...Read more

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I will be having a nonspecific (just a regular blood test) in a few days. Anything that might show a physical reason for my anxiety in the results?

I will be having a nonspecific (just a regular blood test) in a few days. Anything that might show a physical reason for my anxiety in the results?

Left over drugs: In your system. High levels of thyroid hormones. Anything that suggests you are about to get sick (colds, flu). Allergies. Anything that suggests poor nutrition and/or sleep. ...Read more

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I have very bad health anxiety so tend to assume I'm very ill when I'm not. If I had clear blood test last week, can I assume I'm relatively healthy?

Yes: This assumes you have an ongoing relationship with your GP and they have previously done any other tests that they thought might have been relevant for you ...Read more

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I have had 15 negative hpt, 4 light periods, and a negative blood test but I have severe anxiety so is it possible that it is psuedopregnancy?

I have had 15 negative hpt, 4 light periods, and a negative blood test but I have severe anxiety so is it possible that it is psuedopregnancy?

Pseudo pregnancy: Is when a woman thinks she's pregnant, has the symptoms, and emotionally or psychologically wants to be pregnant, but she isn't actually pregnant. 15 hpt's and 4 months of periods, yet you are still thinking you are pregnant. My advice is to see your doctor to make sure that you aren't pregnant. Then get some counseling to address your anxiety. Be well. ...Read more

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Could extreme anxiety during a blood test throw off testosterone levels?

Could extreme anxiety during a blood test throw off testosterone levels?

Not really: Not unless you have been tense/anxious worried for a prolonged period. Testosterone is a steroid hormone (chemical largely bound to other components in the blood and has survises for several hours. ...Read more

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I got a blood test done and my doctor said there is nothing wrong with me but I still feel like there is and I'm very lightheaded is this just anxiety?

I got a blood test done and my doctor said there is nothing wrong with me but I still feel like there is and I'm very lightheaded is this just anxiety?

Anxiety: What is "nothing" to your doctor may still be anxiety -- which can cause all kinds of physical sensations like lightheadedness. S/he may have meant that your tests showed nothing seriously physically wrong, which is a relief. Next step is getting an evaluation for anxiety -- which you can get with a psychologist or psychiatrist. Effective treatment can then be provided, so you'll feel better. ...Read more

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What can cause high blood pressure if you have good blood test results of colesterol trygliceryd tiroyd etc. I'm 28 and have 155/96 I have anxiety : (?

What can cause high blood pressure if you have good blood test results of colesterol trygliceryd tiroyd etc. I'm 28 and have 155/96 I have anxiety : (?

Unlikely anxiety: High systolic BP can be caused by anxiety, but your high diastolic BP unlikely. BP may be due to kidney or hormone related problems. Needs to be worked up by your primary care dr. Or a BP specialist, possibly a cardiologist or nephrologist. ...Read more

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Insomnia. Postmenopausal. Blood test says FSH 164, Lh 44.6, total estrogens 69, progesterone 0.4. Any of these levels cause the insomnia or anxiety?

Insomnia. Postmenopausal. Blood test says FSH 164, Lh 44.6, total estrogens 69, progesterone 0.4. Any of these levels cause the insomnia or anxiety?

Menopause: Insomnia and menopause can be linked together! . By definition, no period for about a year means one is most likely through menopause. Symptoms can continue. There would be no reason though to follow labs as you outlined after the year. ...Read more

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Haven't been able to eat much at all due to anxiety and depression. Lost weight. What blood test will be off due to this?

Haven't been able to eat much at all due to anxiety and depression. Lost weight. What blood test will be off due to this?

See below: Tests may or may not reflect the degree of malnutrition. Seek an evaluation by a psychiatrist for an eating disorder, so diagnosis and treatment can follow. ...Read more

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What can cause high blood pressure if you have good blood test results of colesterol trygliceryd tiroyd etc. I have anxiety : (the numbers are 155/96?

What can cause high blood pressure if you have good blood test results of colesterol trygliceryd tiroyd etc. I have anxiety : (the numbers are 155/96?

Idiopathic: High cholesterol is not causally related to blood pressure. High blood pressure is usually without a known cause. Sometimes related to alcohol or anxiety and rarely related to other causes? Measure BP first thing in am for two weeks. Treat average. ...Read more

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22yr oldmale softyellowstools, upper abdomen/back pain, itching - blood test ultrasound, hidascan, all normal, fear of pancreascancer, anxiety??

22yr oldmale softyellowstools, upper abdomen/back pain, itching - blood test ultrasound, hidascan, all normal, fear of pancreascancer, anxiety??

Test for hepatitis: Pancreatic cancer is pretty rare in a 22 yr old. Hepatits, though, is pretty common and itching is often prominent. It may not show up on the first test. Keep seeing your provider, who is obviously doing all the right things. You should avoid all drugs, alcohol, and medications until this is sorted out. ...Read more

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M23. Anxiety, palpitations (mainly b4 sleep/after meal), mild dyspnea, fatigue, s-shaped scoliosis. Ecg, echo, blood test/pressure, lungs-ok. What can I do?

M23. Anxiety, palpitations (mainly b4 sleep/after meal), mild dyspnea, fatigue, s-shaped scoliosis. Ecg, echo, blood test/pressure, lungs-ok. What can I do?

Diet and lifestyle: Assuming that your blood work including a thyroid function are normal. I recommend you eat a healthy diet and exercise on a regular basis. Avoid simple carbohydrates, alcohol, and excessive caffeine intake. ...Read more

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I did blood test, everything normal but platelets slight high 481, it is serious? Do not have any indications. Just use ZOLOFT (sertraline) for Anxiety since 8 year

I did blood test, everything normal but platelets slight high 481, it is serious? Do not have any indications. Just use ZOLOFT (sertraline) for Anxiety since 8 year

It is not bad: I think your blood is fine. Platelets tend to fluctuate by 50 to 100 thousand if checked a few months apart. As long as they are remaining below 500, 000, you do not need to worry about them unless you notice changes in other blood cells too. You can get a repeat CBC done in a few months, just to be sure. ...Read more

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Can ECG and blood test find this problem (cardiomyopathy)? Made ECG 4 times and they listened with stethoscope. I have really unregular heartrhytm. Cause of anxiety? And can anxiety cause heartfail?

Takotsubo?: People who have had a tremendous emotional shock may suffer from a "stunning" of the heart muscle ("takotsubo") but the onset is spectacular and this is not mere anxiety causing heart failure. Many people have an uneven rhythm and this is little concern if the ekg rules out serious disease and there are five or fewer flipflops per minute. Caffeine can worsen this. What does your dr. Say? ...Read more

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Had prtctd sex 26days ago usd plan b, bled 2weeks later, pregnancy tests negative includes blood test, dr says its periods, pregnant? Have anxiety

Had prtctd sex 26days ago usd plan b, bled 2weeks later, pregnancy tests negative includes blood test, dr says its periods, pregnant? Have anxiety

You should not: Be pregnant given the full menstruation that you experienced after the plan B. I would not be too concerned. Make sure you use protection as always and require it of your partner as well. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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Convinved I have a heart problem. Ekg and blood test normal. I was told its anxiety. Is it a common worry that I would think they just blew it off?

Convinved I have a heart problem. Ekg and blood test normal. I was told its anxiety. Is it a common worry that I would think they just blew it off?

Health Phobia: You MAY have a health phobia, an irrational fear of something that is possible but not probable, especially if you have been examined by your doctor. Consider getting a second opinion and then a mental health pro such as a clinical psychologist to learn ways to manage this situation and anxiety in general. You can do it. Peace and good health ...Read more

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Left/upper rib cage pain for 6 weeks, rib cage sticks out. Any ideas? Docs say posture/anxiety related. Blood test shows low platlet count. X-ray soon

Left/upper rib cage pain for 6 weeks, rib cage sticks out. Any ideas? Docs say posture/anxiety related. Blood test shows low platlet count. X-ray soon

X-rays is the answer: If there is swelling and pain, x-rays is the best way to check if there is underlying bone tumor. In that case both symptoms will be increasing progressively. ...Read more

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I've had several ECG chest xrays CRP blood test and a negative troponin test I do have ectopic beats can this be anxiety related?

I've had several ECG chest xrays CRP blood test and a negative troponin test I do have ectopic beats can this be anxiety related?

Yes, but: Mild cardiac abnormalities like this can also be caused by sleep apnea. Sounds like a holter monitor and a sleep study would not be bad ideas.
Thyroid studies should also be done. ...Read more

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How to treat anxiety symptoms (tinnitus, constant lightheaded) that caused by to many drinking caffeine? How to check if I'm overdose? Blood test?

How to treat anxiety symptoms (tinnitus, constant lightheaded) that caused by to many drinking caffeine? How to check if I'm overdose? Blood test?

Taper off caffeine: There's no blood test (that I'm aware of) for caffeine, and the best thing to do for chronic overdose is to gradually decrease your use over a number of days or weeks. (if you stop all at once, you may get bad headaches or other withdrawal symptoms.) decreasing the caffeine is the only "treatment" that makes sense. If your symptoms persist without caffeine, see a doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more