Most routine diagnostic tests require a blood sample. Common as it is, this brief procedure is the thing that causes the greatest apprehension among people getting lab tests performed.
There are two main sources of this apprehension: 1) the physical one, enduring a needle stick and 2) the emotional one, seeing your blood being removed.
For most people, blood draws are not a problem, just a minor inconvenience. Others feel anxious and need some strategies to help them through the procedure. For a much smaller number of individuals, the physical condition of their veins makes the procedure harder, because their veins are sore from IV therapy, scarred from frequent venipunctures, or just hard to find and use.
This article contains tips on making your blood tests more comfortable and less stressful.
This article is part of a collection of articles offering tips for taking medical tests that also includes Coping with Test Pain, Discomfort, and Anxiety; Tips to Help Children through Their Medical Tests; and Tips to Help the Elderly through Their Medical Tests. Sources used in the development of this article are listed in the Coping with Test Pain article.