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My 1st question is: How to replace brown sugar for dibetic Medifast recipes? Many thanks for any comment. Another question I got... I had a routine EKG at my primary's office. I was sitting up, underwire bra on, in a metal chair. Just didn't seem right to me, but nonetheless dr said it show an "extra heartbeat" (PVC). She then referred me to a cardiac group for a stress test, saying this is what the surgeon is going to want anyway when he saw the EKG..

Thing is, apparantly they don't have a table big enough to fit me on close enough to the treadmill and/or they don't think I can stay on the treadmill long enough to give a good test. Soo..they want to do a "cardiolite" where they inject me with a drug which speeds up my heart while they do the stress test. I cannot have any seditives beforehand. Problem is, I have a history of panic attacks and one of my symptoms used to be feeling like I was having a heart attack, etc etc..

It's been almost 4 months since the EKG and my fear of dying from the test has put.

Surgery.

On hold. I don't know what to do. I can't get my mind around getting a shot and then feeling my heart racing. Please any advice, information would be appreciated. Normally, I'm able to just go on autopilot and overcome my fears, but not this time. The dr's have made it worse by saying "Oh, well think of it this way - if something goes wrong, you'll be in the best place to treat it." Ugh...

asked May 09 at 12:42

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I'm stumped. I'm not so sure what is the right answer. I'll do some Googling and get back to you if I bump into an good answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably know..

answered May 09 at 13:14

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Im only 28 years old and had an EKG come back abnormal. My cardiologist ordered an echostress test. It is honestly not that bad. I found out I had palpitations which have resolved by simply losing weight..

The way I would approach this is that is my heart. I need to do what I have to, to live and be around for my family. The other way to look at this is there are far more complications with any type of.

Surgery.

Than a "routine" exam. You have to take a leap of.

Faith.

, try to put these feelings aside, and open your eyes to realize that it is your health at stake..

Good luck sweetie. You will be fine...

answered May 09 at 13:32

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I have a history of anxiety and panic. The test affected me physically, but did not cause brain dysfunction......

answered May 09 at 13:39

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Panic attacks can really be a pain in the butt!! My fear of having one before.

Surgery.

Almost stopped me from doing it. But, I did it anyway and I am so glad!!.

I think desensitization helped me. I had to have "twighlight" anesthesia before a colonoscopy about a month before my gbs. I kept concentrating on the positives and reasoning w/myself about fears..

You will not have a heart attack. This test will help your heart health. Keep repeating similar statements that make you feel better..

Practice lying on your bed with your eyes closed and mentally walk yourself through the procedure. Praise yourself for being brave and taking control of your health..

You are strong! You can do this!! And you will feel much better after it's done!..

answered May 09 at 14:20

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Coffee.

, hi my name is Rhonda and I live in the Orlando area, in June, I had that same test done because of my size also. I used to have panic attacks thinking I was dying of a.

Heat.

AttackI can tell you I was scared too!, But I did it, it only lasts for a few seconds., if you go in this knowing you are going to be fine, this is not a heart attack,it is medically induced and what better place to be if something goes wrong than with your cardiologist. It was scary and racing heart but just breath it will be fine. GOOD LUCK please try...

answered May 09 at 15:36

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I was able to do the treadmill, but the other was an option. If you think about it, one of the big advantages of getting ready for this.

Surgery.

Is the very complete (although piecemeal) physical that we all get before the.

Surgery.

I, too, was found with a heart irregularity (thank you.

Avandia.

), but did not get the stress test until the surgeon required it. I was so scared about what they would find - and now I'm not scared anymore. It is so much better to know. There is a very minor chance that it could affect your heart negatively during the test, but as they said, the cardiologist is probably one of the best places to have it go wrong. If your heart is so weak that it goes bad during this test then it was probably going to go anyway. Please have the test - knowing is so much better..

Lin..

answered May 09 at 16:04

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I also had this test and I have panic attacks...I just figured hey if I was gonna have a heart attack at least I was with the right doctors. Seriously, it does not last long and there is a nurse and a tech right there with you. Most of us are afraid of the unknown but I promise you that tell you every step of the way what to expect which is really painless. It's our minds that scare the hell out of us. It's the doctor who wants to make sure we DON'T have a heart attack!..

answered May 09 at 16:25

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If you do not trust your doctor I'd say keep looking. I changed doc's pre-.

Surgery.

Because I cried because I knew in my heart there was something I didn't like and I refused to work with that doctor and boy was I ever so happy to have found my surgeon....#1 in CT, can reverse the GBS if necessary, never had a death etc etc.... there is nothing more easing then to know you trust your doctor/surgeon/nurses/techs because you know they will take care of you and help you through the process..

What prevented me from having a panic attack regarding the.

Surgery.

And the whole procedure was saying to myself .."This is only a part of the process, it has to be done, if not it wouldn't be necessary!"........ Gosh I probably said that tons of times, before.

Surgery.

, after, and still say it! Who cares what people think.....thinking positive can not hurt you ONLY HELP YOU! Whenever I got an IV put in, I would look away and think of something else completely not related to what was going on......

When you go for the test, which I think you should...it's a part of the process.... just keep thinking of positive happy things, about how nice life will be AFTER the.

Surgery.

Is over and done with but remind yourself that it is not easy and if it was everyone would do it.........

Keep up your spirits darlin and we are here for you!!!!!! XOXO..

answered May 09 at 16:59

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Look what massive amounts of fat does to otherwise normal human beings!.

LOL.

LU..

answered May 09 at 17:20

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Get your self a medical desensitization &.

Relaxation.

CD & load it on to an ipod. Listen to it every morning & again as you are falling asleep for a week or so. Bring it with you for your procedure and listen as you're prepped & waiting. Several of the surgeons I work with recommend these to patients who are anxious and they work. (Not only for decreasing anxiety - improved outcomes, fewer complications, decreased need for pain medications, shorter hospital stays.) Our local Kaiser gives them to every patient when a procedure is scheduled. I used one prior to my RNY cause I was terrified of general anesthesia..

You CAN remain calm & focused through a racing heart beat. The golden ticket is within reach, love yourself up and just do it!..

answered May 09 at 18:20

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