Phobias are a type of anxiety disorder where one has a strong, irrational fear of something that poses little or no actual danger. Discuss topics including social phobias, claustrophobia and treatment options.
What can I do? I have only attempted to have my blood drawn 2 times in the last 32 years. The last time was 26 years ago. They were both unsuccessful. The last time I had a successful blood draw was over 36 years ago. I cannot remember as I was younger than 10 then.
I have never had a blood test in my adult life. I am now 46 years old, overweight 5’9” 300 lbs, out of shape, with high blood pressure, and probably other undiagnosed conditions as I avoid the Doctor at all costs because of my Needle Phobia.
I would rather die than have my blood drawn which will probably happen soon as my health has been degrading of the last few years.
I know they have Sedation Dentistry. Can I have Sedation blood drawn?
I feel your pain. I'm only 20 and in relatively decent health but I have similar anxiety towards getting my blood drawn. Even the thought of it can induce a panic attack. I would like more than anything else to be sedated while getting my blood drawn (preferably nitrous or some moderate anesthetic gas) but no doctor has ever been willing to work with me. I don't get it. What's so hard about making a small deviation from the standard procedure if it means avoiding extreme discomfort and emotional suffering for the patient? I'm more than willing to pick up the entire cost, even if my insurance doesn't cover any of it. I'm beginning to feel desperate as your situation has proved to me that if I cannot address this issue now and find a real solution (not "turn your head and think about something relaxing"), I will have to deal with the same problem when I am older and potentially dealing with more severe health issues.
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