• i`m just scared of all the test and things i will have to go though ""

    Asked by beckyleu on Monday, February 18, 2013

    i`m just scared of all the test and things i will have to go though ""

    i was even scared of the colonoscopy "" and i`m one who don`t even like taking tylenol less i really have to "" and now i really have had to, and might have to soon get them to give me something a little stronger for the pain ""

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    • alivenwell's Avatar

      Are you scheduled for a resection? That usually requires surgery.

      over 4 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      My mantra throughout my colon cancer journey, "You gotta do, whatcha gotta do!" Just keep thinking, it's a small trade-off for a lifetime of happiness with your family and friends. We're all here to help you through.

      over 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      All my life I've had above average anxiety in medical situations. After my initial diagnosis I was terrified and could barely tolerate the most simple procedures. There is a psychiatrist at my cancer center and she helped me by prescribing anti-anxiety medication and giving me counseling. By now, I've had so many varied treatments (surgery, chemo, rads, all different kinds of tests) that many things are "routine" to me now and I'm much more relaxed than I ever used to be, even without the Rx.

      over 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Beckyleu, gwendolyn is right, if you suffer from stress related to therapy you can get a doc to prescribe an anti-anxiety med to take prior to any procedures, it is done more often than you realize. The worst part of a colonoscopy is the night before the procedure when you are at home taking the bowel prep. The procedure itself is painless and usually you are given a combination of drugs like versed and demerol so that you will not feel or remember anything even though you are awake during the procedure. It is called twilight sedation. I can tell you as a nurse who has seen many colonoscopies that although they tell you it takes about an hour, in reality a colonoscopy takes about 15-30 minutes. Most of the time is prepoing you into position and starting the IV and giving meds. Best of luck to you and try and relax, Carm RN.

      over 4 years ago
    • Beaner54's Avatar

      I can relate to your anxiety beckyleu. I think we all tend to fear the "unknown". I suppose anxiety meds are an option but I
      chose to work through it without them.
      I had a colonoscopy last Sept. and was scared about the pain. The IV drugs will put you right to sleep and you will not feel a thing.
      The prep you have to do the day before is way worse than the procedure. YUK

      wishing you peace and the strength needed for this journey.

      over 4 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      Suggest telling your doctor about the pain, as maybe they can do something to alleviate it. I started taking Alpha Lipoic Acid 300mg twice a day to help with the pain from hand and foot cramping during chemo. It worked the trick. I also had some pain in my calf muscles when climbing stairs and walking at like chemo 3-4 but that went away as well.

      over 4 years ago
    • RobbieFlores' Avatar

      Yes it is scary, so many tests. But we have to endure them so we can get better. I pray alot. That's my mantra. I've probably said 1,000 hail Mary's but it works for me. We all have some anxiety, don't be afraid to ask for help. Good luck :-)

      over 4 years ago
    • joyce1979's Avatar

      This is something you have to get through to get better, Take it one day at a time and accept all the procedures, tests, dr. visits, and meds as something you have to do to get better. Thank God we live in a time where treatment is available and you have a good chance of living a long life. Put your trust in God or Higher power, knowing you are doing all you can and it is up to the Universe (God) to do the rest.

      over 4 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      Before cancer, I rarely visited a doctor's office and did not take medications. After such a diagnosis, we are all thrusted into this foreign place of tests, procedures, and drugs - not easy at all. I am so sorry that you have to go through this. My faith in God helps me to get through it. Like the famous Footprints picture, I imagine that God is carrying me and that I am never alone, but safe in His arms ... Praying peace for you during this time.

      over 4 years ago
    • ElizaM's Avatar

      I hear you loud and clear. Never took aspirin for headaches until I hit diabetes 20 years ago, and am thankful I've been able to control that disease with medications. I think that broke me in, so to speak, to the idea that western medicine has its place in our lives. Chemotherapy is devastating - all those poisons bombarding our bodies, now I would probably not even consider it a second time since the quality of my life was at an all time low during treatment and not worth living. I am continuing to utilize all the alternative approaches I can, including TM, (copper control) to devastate the cancer producing cells, and mistletoe to boost my immune system, along with all kinds of other supplements and feel like I'm going to win this battle. I try my best to keep the western meds to a minimum considering the side effects that require other medications - it's a viscous snowballing system - and I'm learning to boost myself with healthy food and alternatives. Good luck to you - just know you aren't alone in this endeavor. Blessings and stick to your values - faith and great attitude can cure better than anything in the face of overwhelming odds.

      over 4 years ago
    • Nightengale's Avatar

      My friend told me "Time to put on your big girl pants and do what has to be done..." No one can know what it's like except those of us who have done it. Super scary! I never ever took anything in my body except clean water and good food before cancer. Crazy to start poisoning yourself all of the sudden. But i think my health was overall pretty good (except for my cancer-riddled abdomen) so maybe that helped me tolerate everything pretty well. And now post-treatment i haven't taken one chemical in my body for like 6 months and i feel great again. Woohoo! Would i do it all over again if i had to... you bet!!! Chemo saved my life and painkillers and other meds helped me tolerate chemo.

      over 4 years ago
    • trex's Avatar

      There is no shame in being afraid or anxious about new medical procedures. Cancer is scarey and in fact it scares me more than any test I have ever had in my life and I have had plenty. My Doctor/s have been incredible with reassuring me through any and all tests. I let them and my nurses know when I am anxious about anything at all. They are there to help you, and they will gladly do so but, unless you open up to them and let them know how you feel they cannot be of any assistance. Good luck on your journey don't be afraid to speak up.

      over 4 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      Anxiety is just part of this type of medical condition. Tests are necessary to minimize follow-up procedures. I tried to skip pain medicine as much as possible. It gets better.

      over 4 years ago

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