Our expert says:
Unfortunately the only way to get blood out is to draw it! BUT you do get a cream called EMLA that you can put on your arm to anaesthetize the skin. The doctor can then use a "butterfly needle" which means that he/she will only have to put in one needle and will be able to draw all the blood from that one place without you really feeling any pain. I would look for a lady doctor in your area, they are normally more sympathetic! You could even ask her to give you something to calm you down while waiting for the EMLA to work (like ATERAX.) You do need to have your symptoms looked at, and I hope that my suggestions will make it easier for you. Be assertive and ask the doctor straight if he/she will be willing to assist you to cope with your fear and don't be intimidated. You pay for the service.
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