No bacta tank, many hours of waiting
December 6, 2012 7:08 AM Subscribe
Medical-results-waiting-game Filter: How have you (or a loved one) dealt with waiting for medical tests and for the results? How do you stop yourself from pessimism?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm a twenty-something with some sort of breathing issue that's causing more and more pain (think icy burning sensation, all over the lung area.) I'm scheduled to have a CT scan tomorrow to try to sort out what the pulmonologist has decided is "a mystery" and unfortunately, I've already used my considerable talents at googling to discover that every road of "pain while breathing" leads to aggressive cancer medical pages and the saddest web forums (and probably bubonic plague, because googling symptoms is the worst.)
I thought I'd be calmer with dealing with all of this (clear x-ray, after all, no history of smoking, generally healthy) but instead I'm a nervous wreck. I can't stop thinking about it because I'm reminded with every inhale that something is wrong, which is only causing an elevated heart rate and insomnia. I'm upset at myself for putting off getting it looked at while it was still pretty ignorable. Since I can't get a room of puppies to play with until the test results are in, what can I do? What better ways of looking at this are there?
Bonus points: suggestions for how to mitigate pain while breathing (ibuprofen isn't working.)