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#222903 - 05/06/08 06:22 PM Re: Overwhelming Fears Of Invasive Medical Procedures [Re: jcf1957]
pufferfish Offline

Registered: 02/26/08
Posts: 6875
Loc: USA
I had a colonoscopy a couple of years ago. They adjusted the anesthetic so that I was not aware of anything.

The prostate palpation occurs with the yearly checkup. I at one time had severe PTSD but a T helped me. His technique was quite simple.

The T asked me: "Are you aware at all that you are not really there (as a child)?" This broke the bubble for me. I was able to inject my conscious mind into that PTSD thing and that made the bubble pop - like the disguise of the Wizzard of Oz.

#222957 - 05/06/08 11:45 PM Re: Overwhelming Fears Of Invasive Medical Procedures [Re: pufferfish]
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Registered: 03/08/08
Posts: 56
Loc: Central Ohio
I work as a caregiver and this Friday I will be taking the gentleman to the urologist for a cystoscopy. The urologist said he will be injecting some numbing lubrication into the urethra and then will be inserting a probe to examine the prostate. This is not a rectal exam.

I have shared with my doctor both my childhood and adult abuse. He now mentions what he thinks he needs to check and I can tell him when I am ready for it. I find it easier when I decide when the time is right.

I can not drag myself to the dentist. I was working part time in retail when my dentist came in to shop. I told him I would like to make an appointment and explain my issues and why I have not been able to see him. In the midst of the conversation I began to tear up and feel shame. Of course I have never followed through.

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