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Nervous for a Doctor’s appointment?

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The doctor I’ve had all my life (I’m 17) recently referred me to a gastroenterologist b/c he can’t figure out why I’m not going to the bathroom. I’m really nervous because I’ve never actually been to a specialist before and I am unsure of what to expect from them. It wasn’t until now that I would actually go to the doctors because in general, they give me a lot of anxiety. How can I combat being so nervous; I know they’re just here to help, but I feel like they won’t take me seriously because I’m a minor and they may pass off my issue as something simple.

Category: Tags: asked December 13, 2014

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Feeling nervous is completely normal when you visit anyone you don't know, especially a doctor. Remember to take water with you to calm yourself down, take deep breaths, and always try to have a conversation him/her. Remember to be honest and open, you're right when you say they're just there to help(:
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Hello! I understand how you feel about being nervous and anxious about switching doctors and such. I also get a lot of anxiety from going to the doctor's. However, you really have nothing to worry about. Try breathing deeply in and out, or even get a stress ball if you'd like. Like you said above, they're just there to help you, and they won't (most likely) brush off your problem, especially since it's a specialist. Stress balls in particular help me personally combat anxiety and nervousness, and I think it could help in your situation. Plus, they're pretty small, so you could really take it with you anywhere.
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It's okay to feel nervous but we try our best to make it comfortable for you. :-) And we take our Patients seriously. We most of the time act calm because we have to . And if we won't. It won't help us to help you at our best. :-) just chill okay? We got this. :-)