Post # 31
I hope it’s not too late to say something!! I have absolutely severe, uncontrollable panic when it comes to needles.
I highly suggest using Emla cream!
You get a prescription for it from your doctor. It looks like a white, creamy, lotion. You put a thick layer on the spot you’re getting the blood taken from about 30-45 mins before getting it done. And it WORKS.
After about 2 years of using it, I don’t need it anymore.
But, I DO have my Fiance go with me every time I need to have blood work done. He holds my hand and we talk about stuff… like what we’re going to cook for dinner, or what we’re going to do that weekend, etc.
If he’s *not* with me, I tell the nurse ahead of time that I’m nervous, and she’ll bring in another nurse to talk with me/hold my other hand.
I wouldn’t suggest using Valium or other medication, because the panic could make it worse. Really, try Emla cream. I got an IV done and I felt *NOTHING* because I had used Emla.
Post # 32
I do have to say, the EMLA cream might help during by helping me not feel the needle, but the issue is not the pain. I completely freak out before, during, and even after getting shots. Honestly, for blood work I’d almost rather them slit a vein than stick a needle in me, so it’s definitely not the feeling of the needle I’m afraid of, it’s the needle in general
Post # 33
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Valium doesn’t work for everyone. Can you try Xanax before a blood draw? And ask someone you trust to go with you and distract you while it’s happening. My mom used to tell me silly stories because I had a huge fear of needles.
Another option may be for them to numb the area with a quick prick of an anesthetic before drawing your blood. That way the area is numb so you can’t feel the needle. They did this for me when they had to run an IV at the hospital once.
It’s intersting that a shot is fine but drawing blood isn’t. My dentist growing up knew I had a huge fear of needles so instead of giving shots of anesthetic, he would say he was only squirting numbing juice on my gums. It calmed me down enough that I had no idea he was actually giving me the shots.
Post # 34
I think I will try Xanax. And I will be asking either my dad or my SO to come hold my hand (my mom freaks out because I freak out and makes it worse). And a shot isn’t necessarily “fine” for me, because I am very likely to pass out did m from a shot (it’s an involuntary reflex), but they bother me less than blood work because they’re just in and out, done, but with blood work it takes longer and they have to find a vein first and everything.