Going for a routine physical....
Posted Tue Sep 25, 2012 05:56 AM
My question is....should I bring this up with the Doc way before the exam begins or is the massive shrinkage from anxiety normal? For anyone who is a health professional or has this same problem, what do Doc's think when a man has such anxiety that his junk disappears? I hang out on nude beaches and have no problem, but the Doc's office clearly intimidates me. I'll get over the embarrassment but I don't want it to screw up my test results; ie heart rate and BP.
Anyone offer any insight or something I can do to relax before the visit? I have to fast 12 hours beforehand, therefore a stiff drink is out of the question. Thanks!
Posted Tue Sep 25, 2012 03:37 PM
There's also home testing kits available for blood pressure which some say are more accurate as they eliminate the 'white coat hypertension' you get when you see the doctor (elevated blood pressure when visiting the doctor because of anxiety) and give a more accurate reading to what your daily blood pressure is like.
I am assuming though that your problem is your genitals get essentially pulled/sucked up into your lower abdomen?
Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 05:46 AM
A blood test is so important; a veritable report card and can show up so many things...way too many to list. Be fortunate, many people cannot afford one.
EKG...get one...it shows up heart problems early.
A PSA test is important to help indicate prostate trouble. It is reported that one out of two guys will have some kind of prostate issue during their lifetime. Early detection is important. There are so many new cutting edge treatments available. A prostate check with a finger should take less that one minute...maybe only 30 seconds.
Many people are low on Vitamin D and do not know it...as much as 70% of the population! Vitamin D boosts your immune system to help you fight off all kinds of stuff. If it is low, buy some. It's cheap insurance. Getting vitamin D from the sun risks skin cancer. A tan now means that sun damage COULD BE already started. Five of my friends have skin cancer from sun damage.
A large percentage of the population is dehydrated...we just do not drink enough water. This can give you FALSE READINGS on a blood test...something you don't want. It can lead to other tests you do not need and cost money. With the very hot Summer here in the US, many people got dehydrated this year and were unaware of it.
You are probably not aware of it, but the general population loses 1% per year of their kidney function after age 40 from normal aging....that means at age 70...30% of it COULD BE gone, never to be returned....this even in a healthy person. Be careful what you ingest in your body...it all gets filtered through liver, kidneys etc. and over time, stacks up.
Plaque in arteries is a big problem as one gets older. Many of my friends have plaque problems associated with eating fatty foods and some with smoking. Some are on pills (prils), others on blood thinners. Blood thinner "can" cause muscular problems, low blood pressure and other problems. A friend of mine got a quadruple by-pass. Another has stents from weak artery walls. All those fatty foods and high use of salt add up to trouble as years go by. If you are on a healthy diet continue. If not, it is a good time to start.
Another product to buy to help stave off trouble ...is fish oil. It keeps the plumbing cleaner. I recommend 3-6-9 Omega from Vitamin shop. I never burp it as I do with others. People who eat a lot of fish seldom have circulation problems and, in general, live longer.
Weight control...With the onslaught of all these electronic devices now available, people just do not get enough exercise. The general population is getting fatter...and that by itself is a huge flag.
If you are worried about false blood pressure readings, get yourself a blood pressure machine and keep records at home.
And you are worried about shrinking junk...believe me, that is the VERY LAST THING on your Doctor's mind. Take care of yourself.
Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012 06:01 AM
Posted Fri Sep 28, 2012 04:55 AM
Not everyone has a nice body. My thoughts are....there it is....take a good look...hit him with humor...whatever.
Doctors are familiar with people that are shy about showing their bodies. They usually just have you uncover what they need to to get the job done. They really are not concerned about penis or testicle size and unless you have problems...they are not usually focused on your junk. With a prostate check, tell the Doctor "If you find any loose bus change, I'll split it with you." Realistically, if you have concerns about sores, growths, etc. anywhere on your body, that is the time to get an opinion. I had a little blotch on my back that bothered me mentally for weeks and everything I tried didn't help. The Doc said it was a fungus! Growing in the middle of nowhere and not a dark, moist place like fungi do.. Got a prescription, but never filled it. A little athletes foot spray and it was gone in a couple days. Very strange.
Posted Fri Sep 28, 2012 12:53 PM
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Posted Mon Oct 22, 2012 03:24 PM
I AM CONCERNED ABOUT THE OLE FINGER TEST