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I've just started chemo treatment on May 28 ~ treatment will be every 3 weeks, I had a PET scan and I had a panic attack, is this something that I will be having a lot of? I even took xanex to calm my nerves. :(

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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymes
    Survivant depuis 2007
    If you think about what is happening to us when we going through treatment, just about every one of us imagine we are in a life and death struggle. We are already in a mind-set of "fight or flight", then we are shoved into a little tube bombarded with x-ray or strong magnetic bla-bla, because our doctors are looking for MORE CANCER! It is no wonder every woman does not have a huge panic attack when faced with all of that! You are suffering the highest stress you have ever faced in your life. I have known other women who have had panic attacks while undergoing chemo, it isn't caused from the chemo itself but from the entire situation we find ourselves in. You are not really yourself during all of this treatment but rather on-the-edge of fear. I wouldn't worry this is the way you are going to be throughout your treatment because it isn't. As for the scans, you may have to face.... I would rely on a Xanax to take the edge off. Make sure you have someone to drive you to and from your scan appointment. Please do not add this worry on top of your treatment. LOTS of people are claustrophobic (and not going through chemo) it is ranked as one of those top anxiety things humans get. Hang in there....this really isn't a reaction or side effect of the chemo., it is a side effect of FEAR. You WILL make it, darlin' BIg hugs, and take care, Sharon
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  • Patricia Stoop Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    We can fight the anxiety or embrace it as part of this crazy journey. I've heard of many having panic attacks during scans or treatment so you are not alone! Holy moly you've been through so much on the last little while I'm sure!!!!! I actually find scans relaxing and try to meditate (focus on my breath or a healing golden light passing through my body from the machine.....) However I find waiting for the results very anxiety provoking and at my worst have taken the odd Xanax.... I also walk daily, meditate occasionally and snuggle my dogs. Counselling a bit early on when I was anxious too. Take care and take a moment to pause and breathe!
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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I don't think the chemo caused the panic attack. The chemo might have put your emotions on edge. I've walked out in MRI's with or without chemo and xanex. The only way I could do a brain MRI was IV adivan. I never could make ot through a PET scan. I was nervous when I went in but 1/2 way through the hour wait I was out of there. Until this cancer journey I never knew I was this claustrphobic. But enough about me I just want you to know you are not alone in this. Maybe your doctor can find another test.
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  • Selena Adamkiewicz Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 3C Patient
    I understand what you are going through. I too amclaustiphobic. I just had a PET Scan it was awful I felt nausead the whole time. I just kept my eyes closed and prayed. I too walked out on my MRI and that was with Lorazapam which I take for anxiety. I have my chemotherapy tomorrow that's why I am so anxious I can't sleep. But I know I have to do what I have to do to fight this for my family.
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  • anonymous Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I want to thank everyone for their feedback on this topic. I went for the bone scan and the techncian stayed with me the whole time...reassuring me...they actually didn't scan my head, it started right under my chin to the tip of my toes....piece of cake...I couldn't thank her enough! Thanks everyone I truly appreciate all the feedback!!
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  • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2009
    I closed my eyes and counted between each time the machine moved. It helped to focused on counting.
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