Navigating the World of Invasive Diagnostic Tests

By: Anasuya Basil, NC, Dipl. ABT, CST

August 5th, 2008 • Patient AdvocacyPrint Print

I’m grateful that there are many diagnostic tests available, because information about my unique structure is helpful in figuring out a therapeutic approach.

That said, sometimes I have found that in the interest of obtaining the right diagnosis, doctors want me to do many invasive tests and exams. When I go to take those tests, the examiners are often efficient. They may not, however, have time or insight to be aware of my feelings, when my normal personal boundaries are crossed for the sake of the tests.

Because of my past abuse history, including being injured by health professionals, I check in with myself, rather than automatically agree to every test or procedure right away. I listen to my doctors’ suggestions and ask questions about the tests, to find out how urgent or helpful they are.

I also take into consideration my situation and stress levels when I schedule tests. I may postpone tests a month or two if possible, because I know that the tests themselves are stressful.

I don’t believe in ignoring symptoms or avoiding diagnostic tests, to evade difficult health decisions. It is important to me to love myself enough to care for my health. It can be a serious mistake to avoid an important test. But knowing that tests can feel traumatic, I do my best to schedule them at a pace that feels manageable for me.

Anasuya Batliner, NC, Dipl. ABT, CST, helps people with chronic musculo-skeletal pain, depression, and hormonal imbalances reduce aches, eliminate mood swings, and ease discomforts of PMS and menopause. To assist each person on their unique pathway to a better relationship with their body, Anasuya uses holistic nutrition and therapeutic bodywork. She finds that clients make significant progress in their health when they learn to give their body what it needs. She is a compassionate practitioner, seeking to connect with the essential goodness of each person, and committed to enhancing the body’s innate healing power.

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