Post # 1
I am going to sound absolutly crazy here.. but I went to the doctor the other day and he wants me to go and get my throid checked because he thinks I may have hypothyroidism. He has sent me to go and get a blood test, but the problem is that I am absolutly terrified of needles. I know it sounds soo childish, and I was always hoping I would grow out of this fear, but nothing has helped. Whenever I have had to get needles I would always start sweating, shaking, and eventually pass out. I have avoided any needles the past 10 years (which includes high school needles, needles before going south etc..). I actually fainted talking to my Fiance about getting a blood test the other day.. So my question is, does anyone know if there is ANY other way of getting your throid tested other then a blood test?
Post # 3
There is a type of saliva test that may help with the diagnosis….
See if your doctor will go for it! 😉
Hope that helps.
Post # 4
the short answer is no- there is no other accurate way then a blood test
the long answer is you dont have to if you dont want to- as a patient you have the right to refuse ANY tests as long as you are aware of the risk/benefits… is a syncopal episode worth not finding out about a potential health problem to you? I know that getting bloods drawn is not a pleasant experience, but In My Humble Opinion its transient and without the blood test it will be impossible to diagnose hypothyroidism
Post # 5
I’m sorry you have to get a blood test! I am unaware of this test using saliva, so definitely look into that. But if you DO have to get a blood test, they need very little blood, the most “difficult” part is just when they wrap your arm for constriction (like a big rubber band) and it’s over quickly. I have a low pain tolerance as it is… but if you have to go this route, I suggest going with someone and not looking at your arm when they do it. AND BREATHE 🙂
Post # 6
@love108:Agree. I hate needles to the point of passing out as well. The key is distracting yourself. Talk about this discomfort with your doctor first, and on the day of, bring an iPod, focus on something on the wall in the opposite direction, and just repeat ‘breathe in, breathe out’ to yourself. Reminding myself to just focus on breathing really helped my needle anxiety. Best of luck!
Post # 7
The blood test is definitely the most accurate way to check your thyroid hormone levels, and it’s worth having done because having hypothyroidism is pretty significant. Can you lay down when they draw your blood? If I was drawing your blood and you told me you have fainted in the past, I would want to do everything I could to accomodate you 🙂 hope everything is fine!
Post # 8
The same thing happens to me, I usually “survive” the blood draw then pass out afterward. Just go get the blood work done, it’s not worth it to have a potentially harmful medical concern be untreated just because of a fear of needles. I typically let them know what happens and they often let me lay down for a while after the blood draw until I feel well enough to leave. See if your lab is willing to do that!
Post # 9
I will definitly bring the saliva test up to my doctor when I go see him this Wednesday. The last time I had a blood test I mentioned it to the nurse that I usually pass out and she just laughed and said good luck with labour (I was pregnant at the time) .. Long story short, I ended up passing out, fell on the floor and woke up in my own vomit with the doctor hovering over me (gross I know).. It is always so humiliating. My aunt who is a retired nurse just mentioned I might be able to get a nurse to come to the house, but I am not sure how I would do that.
Whenever I talk to people about this they usually just tell me to suck it up, so thank you girls so much for the advice!!
Post # 10
If it is the actual needle that causes you to panic, you can get an EMLA patch at the drugstore. It is a local anaesthetic that you apply about an hour ahead of the time you have the blood drawn. You wil hardly feel anything.
We use them for children in the ER all the time.
Post # 11
I used to have a huge fear of needles but I get so many blood tests that I’ve gotten used to it. Drink lots of water a few days prior and the day of so it’s easier for the nurse or phlebotomist can get good access. If you have hypothyroidism which I do have), you’ll need regular blood tests. I have them anywhere from 2-6x a year. The best way to distract is to be talking to someone and not actually look at the needle.
Post # 12
If I have it, ill need regular blood tests? Oh no.. He is pretty sure I have it, I have done a couple other tests so far (ultra sound and MRI) . No one ever mentioned regular blood tests though,I have done a lot of research about hypothyroidism, but every site seems to tell me something different.
Post # 13
I think you need to find a nurse who actually understands your problem. You’re not being a “baby” or a “wimp” and if someone isn’t willing to accomodate your fears, you should walk out. There are some amazing nurses out there who are so good at their job I promise you would be able to get over your fear of needles.
If you continue to have problems maybe explain this to your doctor and he can (probably) set you up with a home care nurse. They often have more time/patience/understanding (in my experience anyway).
Please don’t put off being diagnosed because of this, because it won’t make the disease go away.
Post # 14
@soon2bhis: So true. A caring and understanding nurse makes all the difference. My panic with needles settled down a lot after I had a wonderful nurse walk me through it at my college’s health service office. Finding nice people may take a little extra time, but it’s important to try to work through the issue and get a proper diagnosis.
Post # 15
Unfortunately Hun the best and most accurate way is a blood test. I’m in the same boat ATM getting mine checked out etc not fun but hopefully gave ua answered in the future.
Post # 16
I used to be terrified of needles too, passing out on the floor after having blood drawn and things like that. I can’t say why I’m over it now, but I try to focus on something else, talk to the nurse, look the other way and try to relax while it is happening. Unfortunately, I have had to get a lot of needles in the arm for tests, surgeries, etc so I have had to get over it.
A good nurse can get into a vein super quickly and you shouldn’t feel it much. Good luck, I hope you are diagnosed and treated for whatever is bothering you!