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Mike, Before I found this site I felt so alone and then I read your mail and realized you were facing the same exact horrible fears as me. Believe me, I can relate. I was having so many health problems that were escalting bc of my DREAD of the doctors, specifically needles, and blood tests. I'm only a 29 yr old woman but I've worried enough for a whole lifetime. I finally found a doctor who lets me decide how much I can take. I don't even get my blood pressure taken. So over the past two years I've been seeing her for basic things like an earache or a cold. I just wanted to tell you that somewhere out there is a doctor for you who wll work with you and your condition. You may have to go through a few bad seeds but don't give up.
I haven't been too a dentist since I was 17 and now my teeth are bothering me. For the past month I have been calling offices trying to find a so called "pain free" dentist who would work with me at my pace. I'm TERRIFIED but I know it has to get done and I'll have a big weight lifted off my shoulders when it's over. I think the "what ifs" and the worrying is just as dreadful as the pain in my teeth. After speaking with 5 different dentist offices I found one who said they will just give me X-rays and have the doctor look at my teeth w/ no needles, scrapers or anythng. He's going to give me an evaluation and we'll just talk about it. My appointment is in a month. Don't give up on finding a doctor or a dentist- Do you have any friends or family who can explain your situation to the doctor before you even step foot in the office. That's what I did and it really helped. If I can do it, you can too. When i was a younger my mom said to me God helps those who are brave. Last time I was waiting in the doc's office I must have said that a hundred times in my head and prayed for courage. Keep taking little steps and build up your confidence. Good luck- Lee