Thyroid

14 posts
9 Sep 2012
Ok, so my doctor is pretty sure I have a low thyroid. But I have to have a blood test, and for some reason my irrational fear of needles has escalated, I ended up throwing up before I went in for the blood test, then they couldn't find my veins do I freaked out and left. I really need to sort it out, but I can't face going and having the blood test, is there any other way I could have a test? I've got all the symptoms, can't lose weight properly, sweat loads for no reason (even when its cold) and I'm pretty much always tired. I need it sorting because it effects a lot of things I do. help please
Posted 9 Sep 2012
It might be better asking your doctor these questions...

Posted 9 Sep 2012
Chrissie_Red
It might be better asking your doctor these questions...
I did, he was less than helpful, my doctors surgery is appalling x
Posted 9 Sep 2012
BaileyK
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BaileyK
Change surgery then?

Posted 9 Sep 2012
JeromeRazoir
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JeromeRazoir
You probably have a drop in centre near. Try them. You can do that without the hassle of changing doctors.

Posted 10 Sep 2012
frankpht
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frankpht
Try the NHS website. There maybe other ways to test but it may cost more money. Or you are looking for answers that aren't there. Your fear of needles as is my fear of spiders irrational. Yet I can get rid of spiders without killing them we need them to kill the flys. Though it has to be said spiders are more common than blood tests so I've able to build up the courage to use the glass and card. Perhaps some hypnotherapy is needed but who's going to pay for that. Cash starved NHS needle phobias doctors and nurses will think. Oh no so while you are off looking for an alternative. I would say if there is one you'd have got it. Urine tests or saliva are the only other tests I can think of.

Not trying to make you feel guilty but I know of a friend of mine with the same phobia. She needed an injection for pain relief before a certain procedure. Couldn't do and alas suffered the consequences. I hope you do find an alternative. You're probably thinking this guy's a right prick but that's all a needle is a little one. Or as it is called today a scratch. I can't see you saying I wish that little scratch would **** off.
I do hope things work out for the best. Damn phobias where do we get them from.

Posted 10 Sep 2012
clearview_photography
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clearview_ph..
frankpht

Try the NHS website. There maybe other ways to test but it may cost more money. Or you are looking for answers that aren't there. Your fear of needles as is my fear of spiders irrational. Yet I can get rid of spiders without killing them we need them to kill the flys. Though it has to be said spiders are more common than blood tests so I've able to build up the courage to use the glass and card. Perhaps some hypnotherapy is needed but who's going to pay for that. Cash starved NHS needle phobias doctors and nurses will think. Oh no so while you are off looking for an alternative. I would say if there is one you'd have got it. Urine tests or saliva are the only other tests I can think of. Not trying to make you feel guilty but I know of a friend of mine with the same phobia. She needed an injection for pain relief before a certain procedure. Couldn't do and alas suffered the consequences. I hope you do find an alternative. You're probably thinking this guy's a right prick but that's all a needle is a little one. Or as it is called today a scratch. I can't see you saying I wish that little scratch would **** off. I do hope things work out for the best. Damn phobias where do we get them from.


Well its difficult to disagree with that or understand it to be honest

Are urine tests just taking the peee??
Posted 10 Sep 2012
Hotfrog
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Hotfrog
Here's my two pennys worth. If you are suffering from an under active thyroid the least of your worries is needles ! My wife has an under active thyroid and by doing the blood tests they diagnosed the reasons behind that . I am not a doctor but if you are in a surgery that cannot take your blood then go to another. You wont know how well you will feel until they diagnose and put into place corrective actions. Good luck and bite the bullet over the needles
Posted 10 Sep 2012
I had a fear of needles so bad I used to pass out before I had them.I found these two things really helped:
diazapam (from my doctor)-10mg, on an empty stomach 40 mins approx before the blood test

Do not look at the needle at all and ask to lie down while the blood is taken.I found as long as I don't look I don't freak out.My fear was pathological but this meant I could have needles like a regular person.
If your thyroid is under active (mine is) losing weight is very tough amongst other things.But it can be done.However you need medication and its a serious condition that will worsen if not treated.You HAVE to bite the bullet and have this test, seriously I can't stress this enough, get through it any way you can.If your doctor is not sympathetic to your phobia and won't prescribe something to calm you change your doctor!Its a common phobia and not your fault.x


Posted 12 Sep 2012
Bob
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Bob
I have been aichmophobic since childhood after a dental needle broke in my mouth and the dentist screwed up its removal. It is something difficult to explain to anyone who has not suffered from a serious phobia, but these days most in the medical profession have a better understanding.

In the run up to Gulf War One it was imperative that I had a cocktail of injections and when I told the sister who was administering them that I had a needle phobia she was incredulous that I would willingly head off into the unknown to face the then very real threat of Scud missiles but I couldn't deal with needles. Jokingly, she  said something along the lines of: "You're a big roughie tougie boy and these little things won't hurt you". Then she held up a few. I promptly blacked out and it took her and the doctor twenty minutes to bring me round and get my heart rate back to normal.

The silly thing is that I actually carry my own sterile syringes and needles in my survival medical kit when working in remote or inhospitable places and I could play darts with them without blinking, but just a nanosecond glimpse of one in a doctor's or nurse's hands is likely to, at best, send my heart rate through the roof. This is particularly aggravating as I have to have routine blood tests at least every other month. However, so long as I don't actually see the little sods and the doc or nurse just gets straight in and does the business it's usually not too much of a problem; especially now that I have trained my mind to conjure up the image of a scantily clad Catherine Zeta Jones on a haystack on a warm summer day whenever nursey approaches me for my jabs.

I don't suppose that specific mind-over-matter technique will work all that well for you, unless you substitute CZJ, but it may be worth a try.

Bob
Posted 12 Sep 2012
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pammie
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pammie
When u go to get ur blood taken tell them ur fear ask if u can lie down to have the blood taken and also if you have struggled to have blood taken before tell the nurse they will appreciate knowing this and may use a small butterfly needle in the back of your hand ( if ur like me thats ur best vein) it's tiny You will barely feel it,

I have an underactive thyroid it was only found because I started loosing my hair I put my weight gain down to having a second child and being older. After some blood test I found out it was an underactive thyroid also Because of the thyroid problem I also suffer from a very high cholesterol, it is important you have the tests and get the treatment.

Unfortunately if u do have a thyroid problem you are going to have to learn to deal with your fear as they have to check your levels regularly to get the dosage right.

Good luck I hope all goes well

Posted 12 Sep 2012
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1311755/Yes-CAN-conquer-fear-needles.html

Posted 12 Sep 2012
I am so dam proud. Had my blood test taken last week, the nurse was brilliant and I'm going to go back to her personally when I have to have more blood taken. I didn't throw up, faint or panic or cry like the last few times, and I actually got it done!! I was given diasipam (can't spell it) before hand so I think that helped and I think the mini op a few days before that helped too. Turns out yes I have hypothyroidism (low thyroid) and I'm going to talk to the doctor about it on tuesday so I'm guessing they are going to put me on thyroxin, which means I won't continue struggling to lose weight and boob mass, my skin should hopefully clear up, I won't be constantly tired and moody my sex drive will be higher and I won't be constantly ill! Woooo I would literally dance but I have the most painful UTI so I've been told to stay in bed. BED DANCING FOR ME!!!

Posted 19 April 2013
Hugh
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Hugh
Well done.
Really brave!

Posted 19 April 2013
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