Patients afraid of needles... - page 4
Every often we get a patient that has a fear of needles. What do you do? What's your secret in calming these patients? Please share your most memorable experience with the community. ... Read More
May 8, '17Yeah - I have to give advance warning to the person taking my blood that I'm likely to flip out. I usually have to lie down.
Dec 26, '17I am one of these patients who is terrified of needles..and I mean absolutely totally terrified. Most people trivialize this fear and I have been made fun of through my entire life. I have had 3 children, going to the hospital at the time of birth with nothing. I have had an endoscopy with no anesthesia, IV. I have had even surgery with no anesthesia just a numbing shot which was bad enough, but no IV. I had multiple incidents of abuse by medical staff& others as a small child that by 5, I was having panic attacks, constant nightmares. I was threatened with shots to go through my entire body at 4 yrs. Others used my fear of needles to scare me so they could laugh at my reaction, even medical staff. I have gone to a therapist who said my fear was justified and ingrained. He said that I must go to medical personnel who had some compassion for my fears..and they are tough to find, as each further occurance, makes my fear more profound although I have found several who were very kind and then I can feel safe. The last time I had a procedure 5 years ago, they laughed at me. I tried to tell the nurse where needles hurt less for me and she said she was the boss so she did things which caused me significant bruising. They pumped me full of drugs (I tried to tell them that I have drug sensitivities) and as a consequence, I couldn't wake up, was sick for a week afterwards, and lost 6 pounds. Now I am twice as scared. And that is one of out of multiple bad experiences. I have nightmares from bad medical experiences almost every night and it takes me months to get it off my mind. Just going in that place for my husband's surgery took me a week to recover from. I have had blood gush out of me all over the walls from bad sticks, significant bruising which caused pain for a long time, I have been given drugs that I am allergic to, etc. I even got a buzzy and cream to help. My point is that although you may think these patients are just wimps or silly idiots, your attitude can make a difference between patients getting care they need or having their fears made worse. I have been trying for almost a year to get the courage to have an endoscopy and searching the country for a doctor who will understand my fear and be able to work with me. I can usually do most things that don't require needles or IV. My therapist said to give them instructions as to what helps me feel more safe. Sometimes that can backfire as they see me as being difficult, so they are meaner to me, trying to assert authority and that makes it worse when I am just trying to make the experience less anxiety inducing for me.
Dec 31, '17I'm deathly afraid of needles yet I have a tattoo, and plan on getting many many more. One of which is going to be a tattoo of my sinus rhythm for a personal reason and a reminder of my life experiences.
The one time I had an IV in me, my left arm went totally numb, and a separate time a nurse I'm pretty sure blew my vein. Months later it still feels pain putting pressure over that area
Both times were before I had my tats. The nurse just kinda said to me "Come on, you never got a tattoo before?"
Tattoos are a different kind of pain.
Now, on that tattoo though....Twisting patterns hurt. I am NOT looking forward to getting those T waves on me. The QRS complexes will be easy as cake
Jan 2I sympathize with you. I am one who is also afraid of needles. So, I have to find comfort techniques to make me less afraid. I take tylenol, use warm compresses on my arms, and drink water to bring my veins to the surface and help me relax before getting any shots, blood draws,or IV's. Sometimes after using those techniques I still have issues. It's different for everyone. You have to find what works for you. Good Luck.