Iatrophobia is the medical term for fear of going to the doctor. Many people have anxiety and fear about going to the doctor. Some people have so much anxiety that they put off or avoid going to the doctor, even if they have a serious condition or injury that needs attention. Here are a few tips for not being nervous before and during your appointment with a pain management doctor.
Do Some Research
Look up your doctor and clinic before your appointment. Take a look at their website, online profiles, social media accounts, etc. That way you’ll have some general background on your provider – you’ll know what they look like, what their specialties are, and hopefully a good idea of what to expect.
Learn What to Expect
On that note, many providers and clinics will have some information on what you can expect during your appointment. Check out your provider’s website and see if your provider offers such information. If you can’t find it online, give their clinic a call and ask how to best prepare.
Take Your Mind Off of the Appointment
After you’ve done some research and learned what to expect from your appointment, try to take your mind off of it. Many patients who are nervous about an appointment tend to focus a lot of their attention on the appointment, which can make the anxiety even worse. Make plans with family or friends, get some exercise, play a game, or watch a movie. Do something healthy to take your mind off of the thing that’s causing you anxiety.
The pain management physicians at Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of MN have over two decades of treating Minnesota patients for all types of chronic and acute pain. We do everything we can to make each patient feel comfortable during appointments, and throughout treatment procedures. If you are living in constant pain, there are options to reduce your pain. Contact us today at our Edina pain clinic to set up your appointment and take steps to relieve your pain.