I have all kinds of phobias starting from childhood. Airplanes, job interviiews, dentists, but at the top of my list unfortunately,
is the fear of medical tests and of being hospitalized.
I think most normal people if they feel chest pain are afraid of dying and run off the ER. Not me, im afraid ill have to go to the hospital.
This sounds funny, but its also serious, because i am more afraid of being hospitalized than dying, not a good thing.
I recently had a colonoscopy. I was terrified to say the least. Meanwhile the anesthesiologist is telling me every step of the way. First you will feel the needle, then a cloudy feeling.... I told him to surprize me.
Ive cancelled many of the tests i should have. EMG. You know where they stick needles in you , leave them in, wiggle them around and then send current through them. Nope. MRI, just lay there motionless for a half hour or so in an enclosed space. Nope.
Some of it comes from a history of bad experiences with doctors. They could never help me all my life. In fact in a few cases, they almost killed me.
Most of the tests i fear the most involve time as i mentioned in another post. You must remain on the airplane for hours, tick tick tick, or sit in the dentists chair while they work in your mouth for what seems like decades.
Im also medphobic. The amusing part of this is that i smoke cigarettes. What an ass am i.