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Coping with Test Pain, Discomfort, and Anxiety

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Nobody particularly enjoys having blood drawn or providing a urine or stool sample, but a medical test conducted on a small sample collected from your body can give your doctor information that can help save or improve the quality of your life. Most people get through their medical tests just fine even though they may feel some embarrassment, discomfort, or anxiety at the outset.

If undergoing medical tests makes you or someone you care for anxious, embarrassed, or even difficult to manage, read this article for some general tips on how to make the sample collection experience less stressful. Related articles in this collection include:

In addition, the article Collecting Samples for Testing provides an overview of the variety of body samples that may be used for testing beyond the more common blood and urine samples, such as tissue, cerebrospinal fluid, and sputum.

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