Having blood drawn or providing a urine or stool sample may not be a pleasant experience for many of us. Chances are high that you may feel your heart racing, knots in your stomach, or palms sweating. This is normal as many of us suffer from types of phobias like hemophobia (fear of blood) or trypanophobia (fear of needles). Regardless if you experience any of these issues while going for a test, it is one of those necessary evils as they are an important part of the standard and preventive health care, which can provide important information to your healthcare practitioner about how your body is working. Medical tests also help doctors check for certain health conditions and diseases. They can also be used to check the proper functioning of your organs and show the effectiveness of treatments given. Overall, medical tests can help in improving the quality of your life or even save it. Here are some general tips on how to cope with pain, discomfort, and anxiety during the medical/lab test and make the experience less stressful.
Dealing with unfamiliar situations is challenging and can be stressful. The same is the case with undergoing an unfamiliar medical procedure. In case you experience a medical procedure that does not match your expectations or if you have had a bad experience, the emotional distress would be increased. So it is always recommended that you should ask your doctor about the reasons for conducting a medical test. One may also inquire about the procedure being followed during the test. Being proactive may help you improve your attitude and preparation for the test. Being well prepared may make you feel relaxed and comfortable during the actual situation. There are many questions one can ask their doctors such as:
Your doctor, nurse, or phlebotomist are the best to help you with these questions. In addition to that, when you order your test from Lab Testing API, you may search for the required test or you may check the lab testing categories available on our website. Each test has its specific test instructions and can be found under the “Testing Info” section of each test.
It is always recommended that you discuss your needs or inform the person handling your collection of any previous bad experiences you have had while undergoing a medical test. Chances are you might have felt light-headed or might have fainted while having your blood drawn. Providing the health professional responsible for collecting the sample with this information will help you come up with some strategies to use during the procedure and make your testing experience less stressful and more comfortable. Health professionals are trained to understand the needs of anxious, apprehensive patients and can provide the best solutions when approaching collection time.
Following some relaxation techniques during the medical/lab test can help you relieve mental tension and help you relax your body.
Lab Testing API offers a range of Blood tests that an individual can order themselves online, and all lab orders include a physician’s order.
The above content is purely informational, and it should not be considered as medical advice or a doctor’s recommendation. The websites of American Association for Clinical Chemistry, Healthline have been referenced to prepare this informational material.
Written by Dr. Shikha Sharma, Reviewed by Dr. Harshi Dhingra