Anyone have both? I really HATE blood tests (usual sickness, fainting, dragging feeling up arm and chest, pain, cold shakes, etc) and yet have to have them every now and then to check iron, B12 and other stuff due to heavy periods. I have no other fears in life and I'm happy to jump from ridiculous heights, love spiders, snakes and all other 'freaky' creatures, don't mind getting injured doing extreme sports, flying, crawling into confined spaces or standing in wide, empty areas. I don't even mind needles or blood by themselves. I can sit through an open-heart operation on TV or clean up a wound in real life, and have voluntarily had injections in various places without a problem. Yet I'm utterly terrified of having blood taken!
I always insist they take it from the back of my hand rather than arm, as it doesn't hurt me as much (although still horrible), but I was wondering if anyone else had this added problem and what your coping methods are? I'm guessing many of you will have regular tests to check levels, so hopefully there will be a few people who also have this phobia (which I'm told is fairly common). My coping methods usually vary from fainting (can't feel anything if you're blacked out, right?), swearing at my boyfriend or whoever is brave enough to accompany me (I do warn them in advance and compensate them with gifts afterwards), asking one nurse to be really abusive towards me (she was a friend of a friend and knew I had a phobia, so agreed to this - it actually worked really well and I didn't feel as faint/sick as all my energy was focused on having a row with her and getting really pissed off)! But yeah, mostly I just feel crap hours beforehand, faint during, then feel even worse for the next couple of days/weeks! I like my blood. I don't have enough of it anyway, so want to keep the rest INSIDE of my body!
Any advice? I've recently added two new symptoms to my ever-growing list, so have to return to the GP for another session tomorrow and will likely need to book another blood test very soon (cry).