Survivor since 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