Managing Acute Stress in the Days Before a Procedure

Managing Acute Stress in the Days Before a Procedure

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Managing Acute Stress in the Days Before a Procedure

As I prepare for a small diagnostic procedure this week, I’m noticing that my anxiety has skyrocketed. This is happening for two reasons. The first is that I have a full memory bank of physically uncomfortable and painful procedures that have made me quite sensitive. My years with illness have allowed me to develop a high pain tolerance, but they’ve also triggered my flight response. The idea of anything invasive makes me want to run…

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