‘Scanxiety’ Among IPF Patients
Have you ever heard of the term ‘scanxiety’? While not an official dictionary definition, I use it to describe how I feel ahead of pulmonary clinics or medical appointments when I don’t know what to expect.
There may be some differences in what each of us experiences during a medical appointment, but there are likely a lot of similarities too. I know many of us endure pulmonary function tests (PFTs) and the dreaded 6-minute-walk test. Others may have regular scans like X-rays or high-resolution CT scans, whereas some patients don’t get these regularly.
Regardless of what your pulmonary clinic looks like, I would imagine many of you, like me, feel anxious about the results of those tests or scans. This is what I’ve coined the term: ‘Scanxiety’.
I wrote more about ‘scanxiety’ HERE, along with some tips on how to manage it as an IPF patient.
Do you experience ‘scanxiety’?
If so, do you have any additional tips to share on how you manage it?
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