Anyone else have a fear of needles?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
8677 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I too get panic attacks with needles. I needed to give blood for a test a year or so ago, and the second they stuck me I went ghost white, blood pressure dropped and I couldn’t hold up my head anymore. Took them absurdly long to get 2 mL of blood out of me for a 5 mL test (There were other factors but I was panicking.)<br /><br />The dentist is a literal nightmare for me. Last time I went to the dentist for a root canal, they needed to numb me four times due to an infection. I panicked each time, they had to stop, turn the lights off in the room and let me calm down. Afterwards I sat in the car and sobbed for a good 20 minutes.<br /><br />I wish I could help you cope, because I don’t know how to cope. I hyperventilate, I cry, I go clammy and my body stops functioning, I get tingles in all of my extremeities and sometimes I sweat like I run a marathon. I’ve found that if I go inside my head that can sometimes help. Scream inside my head, about anything — That jackhole driver on the freeway I saw on the drive over, how much I’m mad my brownies didn’t bake just right, how I hate how expensive some groceries have gotten, how upset I am that the store down the street doesn’t carry my husband’s favorite soda, or why every time I go to the liquor store my favorite wine is sold out. Scream at the top of my mental lungs. It drowns out the world around me and I can let it, abit unwillingly, happen.


I’ve never had relaxant drugs but I highly doubt they would work. Needles hit me right in the lizard part of my brain, the primal, irrational fear.

Post # 4
946 posts
Busy bee

I did for a very, very long time.  Then I worked in healthcare for five years, and spent that time participating in the shot-giving process for a LOT of patients.  After that, it just wasn’t such a big deal any longer.  I even let my sister (who is now an RN) practice starting IV’s on me when she was in school.

Post # 5
10 posts
  • Wedding: February 2011

I know how you feel. I have panic attacks as well from needles. Its sucks because I get so embarrased when it happens, but there is nothing you can do about it. I would get dizzy, and once I even vomited all over my former dentist ((To be fair I DID warn him, and all he said was, you’ll be fine)). 

I’ve noticed with my needle phobia I do a whole lot better if my dentist or the person taking my blood is very careful. I dont know how to explain it, but if they slowly use the needle I do a whole lot better than if they just shove it in my mouth or arm like its not big deal. So far this has only worked with my new dentist who understands my panic attacks.

Also meds help to calm me down somewhat, but that only goes so far. I also notice that If I bring a bottle of water with me and drink it while my panic attack is in its early stages I can sometimes avoid having a total panic attack. Maybe its because my mind is focusing on opening the lid and taking gulps of water. I am still not sure why it helps but it sometimes can prevent them from getting too out of hand.

Post # 6
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - The Lodge at Mackenzie Place

I know EXACTLY how you feel.  It is a phobia, irrational and primal.  Unfortunately, not one that can be avoided with modern medicine.  Thankfully, the majority of medical professionals I have run into throughout my life have been patient and kind towards me and my fear, and I feel the march of time has helped me little-by-little.

So, really no helpful advice.  Just a vote of confidence that you are doing right by your health and wellness by getting your blood drawn.  You can do this, just go easy on yourself…phobias are the pits!

Post # 7
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m really and truly sorry you have to go through this at the mere hint of a needle, but I’m SO glad I’m not alone! It’s so embarrassing to have to explain to the nurse that’s about to stick you that you might very well pass out or at the very least have a panic attack. The last time I had to get blood drawn was during the application process for my job, and they had to take me back in one of the exam rooms and lay me down on a table so that if I fainted it would be no big deal. Everybody saw. I’m convinced people think I’m crazy but every time they wrap that band around your arm and say, “Now, be very still…” the loud roaring in my ears starts and I break out in a cold sweat. Maybe next time I’ll try taking an Ativan beforehand…

Post # 8
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I have a huge fear of needles as well, and the logic that goes through my head to help get me through blood draws is the fact that there are so many children and people who are sick who constantly need to get blood drawn and they are ok! Knowing that I am one of hundreds of thousands of people getting blood drawn gives me a sense of comfort.

Second, you need to ask for the butterfly needle! It is the tiniest needle possible used in a blood draw. Virtually painless! 

Third, Ativan. Take a bunch : )

Fourth, keep warm, drink lots of fluids, and have someone with you! I laid down on the table, my FI held my hand and looked in my eyes the whole time. 

Finally, have a reaction! I sometimes will yelp or laugh like a crazy person, but it makes it bearable to be able to vocalize how I’m feeling. Tell the nurse or whomever is drawing your blood that you might cuss and scream!

Hope this helps! The mental battle is the toughest part. 

Post # 9
2460 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I do and it’s so bad it’s ridiculous! I really need to get blood work done and I’ve had the paperwork for over 6 months but it’s not going to happen. If I even try to psych myself up to go, I freak out and feel a full blown panic attack coming on. It sucks.

 I have taken Ativan in the past to get a needle and I find that it works, but my doctor won’t prescribe it for a blood test. Ugh!

I wish I had some advice for you OP, but since I’m so bad myself but I wanted to let you know that you’re not alone. 

Post # 10
8518 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m not scared of needles, and even when I was a kid I had no problem getting shots or blood drawn. But I absolutely cannot stick a needle in myself. Diabetes runs in my family so I need to check my sugars every now and then, and I seriously have to pump myself up in order to do it. I’m not scared of the pain, I know it barely hurts, but I still cant make myself do it. Its weird.

Post # 11
9525 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Needles don’t both me and I don’t really have any other phobias. It sounds pretty significant and will definitely continue to be an issue – perhaps your GP can refer you to a psychologist who specializes in overcoming phobias?

Post # 12
4719 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m like a child when it comes to needles. I am absolutely terrified. In fact, we had it done for our life insurance a few months ago and I had a mild panic attack and sobbed hysterically through the whole thing while my DH videoed it because he thought it was hilarious. The poor nurse who came to our house to do it, I don’t think she knew if should laugh or be worried at my behavior. I started crying while she was asking me questions filling out my paperwork, and the hysterics started when she got up to walk towards me. It’s pretty ridiculous. I know it isn’t extream pain, it’s just a legit fear of needles.

Post # 13
38 posts

I’ve always detested needles! I don’t know where my fear came from, but I remember being little going in for some sort of shot and I ended up screaming! I sacred the other kids too… so the nurse asked my mom to bring me back closer to when they were closing so that I wouldn’t scare the other children. It got so bad that whenever I saw a pencil or pen I would scream and faint.- it’

Now- as an adult- it’s still bad. I don’t do vaccinations- unless there’s a pill or a shot up the nose I can take. And when I’m in the hospital (for some sort of pain or whatever) I flat out refuse needles. I don’t care if it works ‘faster’- I’d rather not deal with fainting and making a fool out of myself.

Post # 14
1878 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Valparaiso, IN

Ugh. I HATE needles! I’m the same as you. I used to take halcium for it. I’m trying to get to the point where I don’t need it and initially I’ll be fine, I won’t be thinking about it. But as soon as I get to the doctors or whatever I turn pale, get dizzy, ugh I hate it!

Post # 15
4581 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I do! I do!! I don’t know what freaks me out about them, but it’s not good.

For my yearly, every time they ask me which arm I want my blood drawn from I always tell them neither! I think the worst was the day they said I had to get some booster shot, and I figured that they’d let me come back to schedule it… nope… did it right there. The panic set in! THEN, I had to get my blood drawn. As soon as they were done, I booked it out there as fast as I could and sat in my car for a good 20 minutes calming myself down.

However, back in college, someone in my dorm had gotten Tuberculous so everyone had to get the shots for them… 2. I went ghost white after getting the first one, and my friends were like WTF is wrong with you?!. We had to come back a couple months to get the second one, and that one I went on my own (school was out), and was fine. I think it was cos the nurse did a good job with it… but still. I hate ’em!

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