As you sit there on top of the exam table, you grab on to the slippery vinyl cushion with sweaty palms. Your feet dangle off the edge, and that barely there paper gown you’re wearing crinkles loudly as you fidget. Thoughts ping-pong through your mind while you wait: Should you mention that itchy rash? What about how you can’t sleep? And oh no—do you need to get any shots today?
Before you know it, the doctor walks in, presses the cold stethoscope to your chest, and the awkwardness level peaks. But instead of zoning out, take a deep breath (and not just because the doctor tells you to). This is your chance to take control of your health! We asked docs to address your biggest fears about visiting their offices, so you can get past them now—and use your visit to get your questions answered.