Venocure in Dearborn and Brownstown is a mainstay of the medical community here. We diagnose and treat varicose veins and spider veins with methods that are effective and do not involve surgery. We also provide a number of cardiac tests for local physicians. These tests include stress tests, transesophageal echocardiogram, a treadmill stress test and a stress echocardiogram. We know that having to go through the cardiac testing process can be stressful in and of itself, so we thought we’d dedicate this week’s blog to tips for dealing with the stress that this kind of situation can bring to your life.
- Mindfulness is a type of meditation that is used by many to deal with chronic pain and worry. It uses practices from Buddhism but does not have to be used in any spiritual or religious capacity.
- Instead of having the goal of clearing the mind of thoughts, it is more about observing your train of thought without participating emotionally in it. For example, if you are anxious about an upcoming medical appointment, take note of where you are experiencing the anxiety. Is you stomach knotted, or maybe you are tapping your foot a lot. Or maybe your thoughts are running over the worst case scenario again and again. When you notice these things, you do not try to suppress them, but rather note them and greet them. Say to yourself, “Oh, hello stress, I haven’t seen you since last week, take a seat over there, next to fear.”
Stay off the Internet, or at Least Medical Sites
- Don’t go Googling your symptoms or any condition that your doctor mentioned as possibilities. It is their job to think of all the possibilities. Your job is to practice self-care and follow the advice of the doctor.
- If you do have a solid diagnosis, stick to real sites. The Mayo Clinic and WebMD are two of the better site. If you want to learn as much as you can, but want good information, ask your physician for reliable sites where you can educate yourself.
- Think about how lucky you are to be able to get treatment for any symptoms you are experiencing and that you live where high-quality medical treatment is available.
- Remind yourself that being concerned is normal but that you are doing what you should be doing and that it will all be a blur in your memory soon enough.
- Staying busy can be one of the best ways to deal with stress when you are waiting for medical results.
- Turn your attention outward by taking care of someone who needs your help.
- Spend time with people you love, and doing things you love doing. Silver linings don’t always just appear; sometimes you have to make them happen.
- Don’t waste a day. Enjoy you life and shower the people you love with love, but that should be how we all live every day.
If you need to call us to schedule a test or a procedure to treat a diagnosed problem, one of our helpful, knowledgeable staff would be more than happy to assist you.