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My doctor has scheduled several tests that involve my holding still for some time. I've explained to him that I cannot remain in one position for any length of time due to joint pain and muscle spasms/cramps, and asked if there was anything I could be given to help me get through these ordeals. His reply was that others have fared just fine without any medications, and I should be able to as well. Whatever am I going to do? I know the tests are necessary, but I'm scared to death that I won't be physically able to cooperate. This anxiety is keeping me awake at nights. Any suggestions would be gratefully received.
 

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Hi Cher,

I had asked the same question about getting my teeth cleaned at the dentist. They say sometimes people take pain killers just before their appointment to take the edge off.

I'm thinking maybe you should do the same. If you have a sedative or anxiety meds ask your doctor if you could take that just before your appointment to ease the pain.

Personally i think the doctor doing these tests is not very sensitive to your problems. So i would ask another doctor your GP or someone that can give you a better more sympathetic answer.


Good Luck
 

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Yes, I can identify with this one. I also struggle at the Dentist as I can't co ordinate breathing and swallowing at the right time. Also with other tests I used to be so twitchy before I was on good treatment and I also had a few seizures. It has been known for an arm to suddenly thrash out and hit an unwary Dr. Just reflex action.
For me, I found the answer was for either a hospital Doc. or a GP to prescribe a few Diazepam to be taken on these occasions. Most Docs. are very careful as they worry about addiction, but my Doc. is happy to prescribe them in small amount, say 10 tablets to be used as needed.

For a CAT scan you may be helped by a wedge under your legs. Your Doc. sounds rather insensitive. Is there another in the Practice who would give you the help you deserve.
x Lola
 

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Vote number 3 for insensitive doctor. Try calling where the tests are being held and ask the nurses there for ideas, maybe they can come up with something you're doctor can't/won't
 

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Cher,

I agree with finding a way to get a sedative for the tests. I also would hope you can get some medication for your ongoing pain to bring you relief. There are so many doctors who are so behind the times with these things. There could be a doctor at the testing facility who can prescribe you medication to be taken once you get there. If this is a specialist telling you that you don't need anything check with your GP/Pcp/Internist and see if they will help you out.

Let us know how things go.

Take care,
Karen
 

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Based on your responses, I've been researching other doctors in the area that are on my insurance. Though difficult for me to do, I know it's time for me to take back control of my own health care.

Thanks, everyone, for all the support and helpful suggestions. You're the best!
 
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