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How can I deal with increasing anxiety when I need to go for

How can I deal with increasing anxiety when I need to go for medical tests. I have nothing but bad negative thoughts and think the worst outcome. Does anyone else feel like this and if so, how do you deal with these negative thoughts? I try to think positive and once again the negative thoughts creep back into my head. It just drives me crazy. I would love to be a positive person. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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LadyO's picture
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Jan 12

I think anyone going in for medical testing has their doubts and worries. It's common for a person to get stuck on the "what-ifs" because they want to brace themselves for the worst case scenario. That's why, I believe, it's best to go to another kind of doctor to get a second or even third opinion. Just like people, not all doctors are the same and you will be pleasantly surprised to know of all the doctors out there who are treating patients with evidence based results, who do not follow the traditional line of thinking. They fall under the category of "functional doctor specializing in endocrinology" and these doctors don't treat the symptoms of a problem, they treat the root cause of the problem. And in the case of anxiety, two of the the main culprits are hormonal imbalance and chemical imbalance.

Finding your hormonal or chemical imbalances can be done through a saliva test. There are many endocrine disruptors that make their way into our bodies that will cause this upset of balance and that could very well be a cause of your anxiety. Anxiety also wears out your adrenal gland because it causes this gland to excrete large amounts of cortisol for extended period of time. And when that happens, the adrenal gland becomes fatigued from trying to work so hard that it wears itself out and can't produce the hormone the way it needs to. Thus causing an imbalance and you suffer for it. This information will help you understand the physical side to the anxiety issue, but there are other components involved as well. Such as: your personality type, your expectations, your fears and failures, your self esteem, your self worth, your purpose in life, broken relationships, self- image, emotional struggles, etc. These obviously require a different kind of attention that the others mentioned above.

Have you ever considered talking to a Christian therapist or counselor? Wise and godly counsel combined with the right expertise can be a powerful resource. A Christian will see you through a different set of eyes and help give you a picture of how God sees you. Treating the mental, emotional, and spiritual side to life's problems can be so beneficial to someone who is searching for answers.

I hope and pray you find the peace you are looking for. God is on your side.

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LadyO's picture
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Jan 12

Your desire to feel more positive in the face of life's uncertainties is one I have pursued also. And in the case of medical tests, I can certainly see why you'd have anxiety about them. The fear of the unknown is an ugly enemy and can consume us if we are not careful. Also, the feeling of not being in control of something can throw us into a state of stress and anxiety - and once again - fear is at the root of that too. It's interesting to note that "anxiety" stems from fear gone out of control. I read that in the Bible that the words "fear not" “do not be afraid” “do not fear” “be not afraid” in its various forms are repeated close to 365 times, according to author and pastor Rick Warren. That is pretty amazing to me! God must have had a reason for emphasizing that command! And as challenging as it can be for us humans to avoid the confining and gripping feeling of fear, God still calls us to trust in Him because he never intended for us to live that way. He wants to be our sustenance for healthy living. If I'm honest with myself, I have slipped into fear many times over the course of my life and the only way fear has diminished is when I spend time trusting God and believing He knows what He's doing with my life.

Next time you go to the doctor, take someone with you so you are not alone. Walking through these kinds of moments can be daunting and unsettling, so letting someone hold you up will be a source of comfort. You are never alone. God is on your side and is at work. My hope and prayer for you is that you will sense His presence and peace.

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Jan 13

@LadyO. Thank you for your reply. You do make some very good points and I appreciate you taking the time for some valuable insight. Some of your thoughts were spot on. Have a beautiful day.

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