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I had a blood test done today but Im so scared of them and needles just wanted some advice
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What kind of advice?
You've already had it done! Done, over, finished! Needle has been already and come out again.
Unless your scared about your results?
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Sorry yea I know but I have to have another in a month which seems ages off but I always dread sitting in the waiting area and going in is just a nightmare. Plus Im having the thyroid profile checked won't all this panic affect the results (adrenaline in the bloodstream etc?)
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just look away before the needle goes it, you'll feel the pain alot more if you're looking at it
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urgh
i had a ganglean on my hand and they said the needle wouldn't hurt, and I didn't mind, BUT THEN IT WAS AGONY. apparently, my mum had lied to me as i would've been nervous had I known it was going to hurt.
OOh, actually i just realized the tone of this post.
uhmm...
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Ive had so much blood taken in the past im used to it now. I think you just dont need to think about it! Its over quickly and as long as you dont focus on it, it shouldnt hurt to much.
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If you really don't like it, ask if you can have the anaesthetic cream for next time you go. I found it really helped when I went for my second one (but it didn't stop the problems they had with finding a vein in the first place, and they still poked the needle in my other arm to check if they could get blood out of that one first )

Not matter what, don't look at the needle. I made that mistake last time, and was so fascinated I couldn't look away, despite it making me feel really sick.
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I used to be petrified of them.

It took a long time, and can sound extraordinarily difficult if you're nervous, but I've found that being physically relaxed is crucial. If you tense up, it'll hurt a lot more. It's a mental trick more than anything.

Now, I focus on that whenever I have one, and - genuinely - don't notice it. I even watch for interest, and the most painful part is taking off that ******* duct tape like stuff they put on afterwards to stop the bleeding. :shifty:

You'll get there too.
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im more worried about the outcomes tbh....
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I used to be petrified of them.

It took a long time, and can sound extraordinarily difficult if you're nervous, but I've found that being physically relaxed is crucial. If you tense up, it'll hurt a lot more. It's a mental trick more than anything.

Now, I focus on that whenever I have one, and - genuinely - don't notice it. I even watch for interest, and the most painful part is taking off that ******* duct tape like stuff they put on afterwards to stop the bleeding. :shifty:

You'll get there too.
Thanks, its weird but I think that if I relax I'l faint lol. I never look but it still makes me feel sick and lightheaded, its probably all psychological. Yeah getting that tape off is a lot more painful lol.
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Thanks, its weird but I think that if I relax I'l faint lol. I never look but it still makes me feel sick and lightheaded, its probably all psychological. Yeah getting that tape off is a lot more painful lol.


It's nervewracking, I know, but you'll be fine provided you don't trick yourself into feeling pain before it's there. :p:

Invert the trick, and concentrate on relaxing physically. And make sure the bint who puts that tape on does it gently.
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I have had that many flipping blood tests done I'm just immune to them now.
I am such a sickly person! HAHA.

Honestly though, I find that it isn't actually that painful if you just calm yourself down, it just feels like a kind of ache. Just don't look at the needle, look out the window or at the wall or something and think about something else.

Make sure you have a glass of water nearby to drink afterwards, as I always find I feel like I'm going to faint after I have a blood test
(That's probably to do with me though as it is part of my problem etc etc)

Pulling the tape off does suck, I agree.

However, I reckon the worst is when you get a thick inexperienced fool taking your blood and they can't find your vein. So they stab your arm millions of times until they find it and you end up with ugly bruising all over your arm.
Silly people!

Oh well.
Good luck with any future blood tests, and results.

I had my latest results on Wednesday, and tbf they sucked WAY more than the actual test
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I have had that many flipping blood tests done I'm just immune to them now.
I am such a sickly person! HAHA.

Honestly though, I find that it isn't actually that painful if you just calm yourself down, it just feels like a kind of ache. Just don't look at the needle, look out the window or at the wall or something and think about something else.

Make sure you have a glass of water nearby to drink afterwards, as I always find I feel like I'm going to faint after I have a blood test
(That's probably to do with me though as it is part of my problem etc etc)

Pulling the tape off does suck, I agree.

However, I reckon the worst is when you get a thick inexperienced fool taking your blood and they can't find your vein. So they stab your arm millions of times until they find it and you end up with ugly bruising all over your arm.
Silly people!

Oh well.
Good luck with any future blood tests, and results.

I had my latest results on Wednesday, and tbf they sucked WAY more than the actual test
Thats bad that they have to try a few times before they find it, then again I guess some arms are harder to locate it. You ok? Hope your not too unwell my mate found out he had hyperthyroidism 2 weeks ago through a blood test.
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Good luck for the results... not sure what the test is for but can hazard a guess x
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If you want a tip, WATCH.

I have to watch any kind of medical procedure being performed on me, not just because i'm interested, because if I DIDNT watch, I would probably pass out.

All it is is a needle, it's not going to bite you, or harm you, you'll be left with a very small pinprick mark at the end, etc. You wont even lose that mcuh blood (< 100ml).

I'm a blood donor, and I give a fair bit through a fairly large needle. You get used to it eventually
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i was afraid of the needle and it turns out its the ONLY thing i didn't think about.. I went to donate blood and I'm so scared of needles, to the point where I can't ever LOOK at needles, not on TV or in movies or anything.. and the blood donation needle i HUGE.. i didn't feel a thing.. but then I fainted cos of my blood pressure :p:
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Thats bad that they have to try a few times before they find it, then again I guess some arms are harder to locate it. You ok? Hope your not too unwell my mate found out he had hyperthyroidism 2 weeks ago through a blood test.
Yeah it is pretty bad when they can't find the vein...
Only the stupid ones can't though

I'll be ok hopefully, I found out I have anaemia, but not the one which can be corrected quite easily by taking iron tablets. There is something wrong with my red blood cells so I have to go for injections every 3 months, and if it doesn't improve I may have to get a blood transfusion

Oh well, I'll be fiiiiiiine
I am sorry about your friend
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Ask if you can lie down when having the blood test - then you won't feel as faint. Whenever I've had a blood test I have and also breathe deeply.
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I used to be terrible with blood tests. I always had a panic attack and would faint. Now it doesn't bother me (much to my mum's amusement!) I make sure that I chat to the person taking my blood, and keep talk to distract myself. I make sure I look away and usually there are things you can look at in the room. It's over so quickly. I used to get light headed and eventually asked to lie back afterwards which really helped. The nurses who take blood are used to people being frightened of blood tests, so tell them and they will help put you at ease. If you are nervous in the waiting room, why not take someone with you? They can look after you afterwards too if you are feeling a bit woozy.

It does get easier - but hopefully the results will show that you don't need any further tests.

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