(Closed) blood test to get thyroid checked

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
15 posts
  • Wedding: February 2011

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
3968 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@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
519 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
474 posts
Helper bee

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 # 10
46470 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
2522 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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 # 13
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@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
1346 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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
18641 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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!

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