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So I've getting some tests done to figure out the root of all my headaches. They're very abnormal, and one of the tests I had to get done was a standard blood test. I had never gotten a blood test before and I'm also very squeemish when it comes to my blood. Other peoples blood I'm fine with, but I can't stand to look at my blood.

Anyways, I had to fast for about 12 hours, and I didn't eat for around 15 or so. By around the test, I was really hungry.

Long story short, I passed out a minute or a little less after getting the test done.

Pit, has anyone else ever passed out from a blood test? Similar stories?
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#3
No, never passed out. Its not so much blood that bothers me, rather seeing body organs like veins and muscles.
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#4
I only had a blood sample taken once. It felt awkwardly painfull. I didn't pass out, though.

A lot of people faint at the sight of blood, though. So you're part of a wimp community, if that makes you feel any better.
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#6
I passed out when I got an IV. It's called a vasovagal episode, you probably had something similar.

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#7
I never actually looked at my blood though....

I think it's just the idea that I could picture my blood being sucked into a syringe that made me cringe.
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I passed out once.

It was like a really bizarre drug trip.


This. Felt like being dragged backwards through the universe at lightspeed.

I also vomited everywhere
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I only had a blood sample taken once. It felt awkwardly painfull. I didn't pass out, though.


seriously? i have to give blood samples at every checkup
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#11
If I lose more than a drop of blood (minus nose bleeds) I pass out, so you're not the only one. And the nurse told me not to pass out again since it was hard to carry me to the bed. Sucks being a tall and bony person.
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#13
I don't get it- I'm the biggest wimp in the world, and the first blood test I had was 6 tubes, and I was fine.

It's different for everyone though, and it happens to tons of people. I wouldn't worry about it.
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#14
Same thing happened me 5 days ago, and i'm used to about 20 blood tests a year. I put it down to having not eaten that day, so i'd guess it'd be the same for you. Wouldn't worry about it dawg.
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#15
I volunteered during a blood drive on campus once and one kid passed out when they pricked his finger. So I wouldn't say you're the biggest wimp...
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#16
i almost did after donating blood. Some people are really sensitive to any sort of blood loss since it can cause your blood pressure to drop rapidly.
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#17
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I never actually looked at my blood though....

I think it's just the idea that I could picture my blood being sucked into a syringe that made me cringe.


15 hours without food can't have helped though, i'm sure this isn't completely out of the norm, I was fine when I had it done but a Doctor did it so I had a massive bruise.
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i almost did after donating blood. Some people are really sensitive to any sort of blood loss since it can cause your blood pressure to drop rapidly.

True, but since blood tests tend to require between 5ml and 10ml per tube, it's not a significant loss.
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15 hours without food can't have helped though, i'm sure this isn't completely out of the norm, I was fine when I had it done but a Doctor did it so I had a massive bruise.

Nurses will tell you they're better at taking blood and cannulating, but if they can't find a vein, who do they go crying to? A doctor. And who(in my experience at least) gets the vein first try? The doctor.
#21
I passed out from heat stroke once. When I came to, I drank some soda and went on with my day lol. I was like 10...
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True, but since blood tests tend to require between 5ml and 10ml per tube, it's not a significant loss.


yeah, but it can still cause minor problems (i.e. fainting, dizziness) in some people.
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#23
Blood tests actually make you more vulnerable toward passing out because of the sudden lack of blood that you experience. It's completely normal. Just ask for crackers and a bed next time.


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yeah, but it can still cause minor problems (i.e. fainting, dizziness) in some people.

Yes, but those problems are not actually caused by the drop in blood volume, which is too small to have a physiological effect.
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Nurses will tell you they're better at taking blood and cannulating, but if they can't find a vein, who do they go crying to? A doctor. And who(in my experience at least) gets the vein first try? The doctor.


Still best to go to an actual blood taker, they have people who specialise in it in hospitals who seem to be better than both doctors and nurses.
#26
I had about 6 or 7 vials of blood drawn one time. That sucked. I didn't pass out, but I felt really woozy. I used to have epilepsy and they had to check my blood levels every couple of months because I was on a crapload of medication.
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#27
i passed out when they took my blood

i was on my way out actually and then just hit the floor, blacked out, and woke up with like 5 nurses around me with one holding my legs up in the air. i was so confused
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#29
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Still best to go to an actual blood taker, they have people who specialise in it in hospitals who seem to be better than both doctors and nurses.

Phlebotomists are usually retty good. And FYI most bruising from blood tests is caused by insifficient pressure being applied to the wound(often by people who simply bend their arm, which actually causes the hole in the vein to widen, and allows blood to leak out, causing the bruise).
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Phlebotomists are usually retty good. And FYI most bruising from blood tests is caused by insifficient pressure being applied to the wound(often by people who simply bend their arm, which actually causes the hole in the vein to widen, and allows blood to leak out, causing the bruise).


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Well, I get about 8 routine samples every month, an infusion every 4 weeks, and have had a very unusual year so far, in that I've only been admitted to hospital 3 times.
It's becoming difficult to cannulate me, as a result of the abuse my veins have suffered over the past 6 and a bit years, from phlebotomists, doctors and nurses.
EDIT: in all fairness, though, skill varies through all groups. Doctors these days don't get enough practice, because apparently it's "unethical" for medical students to practice cannulation on each other, but it's just fine for a fumble-fingered git who hasn't has enough practice to really hurt sick people.
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Well, I get about 8 routine samples every month, an infusion every 4 weeks, and have had a very unusual year so far, in that I've only been admitted to hospital 3 times.
It's becoming difficult to cannulate me, as a result of the abuse my veins have suffered over the past 6 and a bit years, from phlebotomists, doctors and nurses.
EDIT: in all fairness, though, skill varies through all groups. Doctors these days don't get enough practice, because apparently it's "unethical" for medical students to practice cannulation on each other, but it's just fine for a fumble-fingered git who hasn't has enough practice to really hurt sick people.


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#33
I had a blood test done on thursday. Didn't freak me out however seeing my skin being raised by the needle as it went in made me feel like getting licked by a lickitung.
#35
I just had a blood test last week... I rather enjoyed it.
Except the whole not eating part...
I always had it in my mind that they had to use a sucker thing, but they just poked 3 needles into my arm and the blood flowed in.
I like the feel of needles, my friends call me strange because of this
#37
It doesn't bother me at all to see my own blood or anything like that, I was more amazed by the fact of how fast the blood came out when they took the test...
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I'm on dialysis, so I get a number of tests done routinely(first Wednedsay of the month), covering a number of things(but usually 3 bottles pre and 1 post) including urea, electrolytes(Ca, K, Na, PO4, HCO3), serum albumin, inflammatory markers(CRP and ESR), and FBC; at the same time, I also get a sample taken for serum amyloid protein(which gets sent to a specialist clinic in London). There are also periodic checks on my ferratin levels, to check whether my prescribed ferrous saccharate should be administered or withheld.
The infusion I get is infliximab(or Remicade), and I get several additional tests 2 weeks after each infusion, to make sure I'm not coming down with anything, since it's afairly potent immuno-modulator. I get this because I have Crohn's disease, and until that is properly controlled, I can't get on the transplant list.
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I'm on dialysis, so I get a number of tests done routinely(first Wednedsay of the month), covering a number of things(but usually 3 bottles pre and 1 post) including urea, electrolytes(Ca, K, Na, PO4, HCO3), serum albumin, inflammatory markers(CRP and ESR), and FBC; at the same time, I also get a sample taken for serum amyloid protein(which gets sent to a specialist clinic in London). There are also periodic checks on my ferratin levels, to check whether my prescribed ferrous saccharate should be administered or withheld.
The infusion I get is infliximab(or Remicade), and I get several additional tests 2 weeks after each infusion, to make sure I'm not coming down with anything, since it's afairly potent immuno-modulator. I get this because I have Crohn's disease, and until that is properly controlled, I can't get on the transplant list.

Out of curiosity, what do you need to be transplanted into you? And I hope you get better.
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