I couldn't find a suitable category for this question but I hope to get some advise on this question. I recently had lab blood drawn for my hormones. It took 3 techs and 5 needle sticks before they got it accomplished all the while being "berated" for not drinking enough water. Now my family physician wants me to get blood labs done for my lipids. I was told to "fast" for it. I asked does that include water and was told only a small sip to get my routine meds down. Prior to my hormone labs I did indeed drink as much water as possible knowing everyone has a hard time getting to my veins. Now, I am told I cannot drink water for this lipid test. Is the limited amount of water so terribly important? What can I do with this problem that I have? I don't think I can stand to get stuck 3 more times again, much less 5!