Well, I had not been to a GP for about 25 years and had to go because I was feeling really bad (I had thyroid issues) . . . now, I go every year for an annual physical and get my prescription renewed and have a full slate of blood work . . . but I still have anxiety for about 4 weeks before and 2 weeks after but here is how I handle it (and this is me) . . .
First, if I have symptoms I do * not * google them as this only increases my anxiety, creates unfathomable scenarios, etc. and I tend to find and develop symptoms that I did not have previously;
Second, before I go for my physical (about 3 weeks before), I ask my doctor to give me my requisitions for my blood work so that the blood work is done before my physical and my doctor has the results right when I go for my physical.
Third, before I go for the appointment, I write out a list of the questions that I have and any symptoms so that I can maximize my time with my doctor and not forget to ask him what I wanted to know. I also write out any changes that have occurred including prescriptions from other doctors (such as when I had to take antibiotics for a tooth issue) or over the counter meds because at times I have to make extended use of Tylenol for a knee problem.
So, by doing the above, I feel that I am managing the situation and no, I do not lose all my anxiety, I just manage it . . . if you have not been to a GP in years, I would suggest that you go prepared for the history that they will probably take . . .by that, I mean have a list of previous illnesses . . . .if you have ever had chicken pox or whatever and if you can, the dates . . . . and do be honest about your reaction to finding out about your coworker because stress and anxiety can affect the results of some types of blood work and measurements . . . for example, your blood pressure . . . for me, if I am in an anxiousness/anxiety episode of any duration, I tend not to eat properly which gives me a borderline reading for anemia . . . .so, your doctor needs to know all of these things in order to make an appropriate assessment . . . .please do not be concerned if you actually have to come back for a second appointment because often a major assessment (i.e. a first time assessment) is fairly comprehensive and may take the equivalent of two appointments . . . As for your specific symptoms, your doctor is your best informant but it is not unusual to have one breast larger than the other . . . again, only your doctor will be able to advise you . . .
However, as for anxiety, if you have not had anxiety except for these last two weeks, you may be reacting to the situations that you have experienced in a compressed time frame: your abscesses, your coworker, going back to the doctor for the first time, etc. ) but if you have an ongoing worry and do feel that you are a mental mess, please consider asking for a referral to a trained professional for guidance . . . .they can help you to develop management techniques that will help you avoid and/or deal with these episodes . . . . here's to excellent mental and physical health for 2013 and keep in touch . . .take care, kc