Can we just talk about medical PTSD for a minute?
When I was fresh out of surgery, I felt PTSD almost every time I walked into a doctor's office or the hospital. It was overwhelming each and every time. Now that I'm years out it's not as common but that means when it hits, I'm not prepared for it.
I recently had to do some medical testing for things that aren't IBD related and the moment I walked in my heart started racing, I had all kinds of flashbacks to similar testing in the past. It's a terrible feeling.
I had to internally talk myself down. It helps that I can logically identify when I am safe and not in a medical emergency, but the nervous system doesn't always know.
Any tips for when this happens? How to do get through it?