For as long as I can remember, it’s never been easy to take my blood. It can take as many as ten attempts, and I’m left sore and bruised afterwards.
My veins seem to hide away, and even when I spent three weeks in hospital a few years ago when very ill, and had to have blood taken and drips and tubes in me 24/7, it didn’t get any easier. I remember screaming out in pain when they started taking it from the back of my hand.
It’s not uncommon for me to leave a blood test with a cotton bud on both arms and a lot of bruising. And it’s not nice, obviously! Sometimes the nurse will go and fetch another nurse to have a go because the struggle to obtain my blood is so tricky, and so I’m left sore and bruised afterwards, while other people think I’m just a wuss, because they get it taken much easier. They don’t know the struggle!
I’ve been told that the nurse shouldn’t persist past three attempts, but as it’s not unusual to take five attempts before we get a little dribble of blood, I put up with it so I can at least have the blood tested. I’ve also been told that once the needle is in, it shouldn’t be moved around, but this happens. You’re meant to take it out and start again if necessary.
I wondered if there was a link between thyroid problems, poor circulation, adrenal problems etc. and issues having blood taken, so I asked in my Facebook group, and many replied saying they have the same issue. So I did some researching online.
I only had to google ‘problem having blood taken’ and links for thyroid sites came up. But nothing was conclusive. There doesn’t seem to be any known direct link.
I drink plenty of water, so it’s not dehydration. I walk to the doctors so I’m very warm on arrival and have blood pumping well. So it’s not that either! I’m not sure what else I can try.
It’s just such a pain. I won’t let it be taken from my hand again though, I know that much.
Do you experience the same struggle?
Written by Rachel, The Invisible Hypothyroidism
Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six WEGO Award Nominations, a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018. Currently studying to become a Life Coach, she has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community and has relevant qualifications and certificates in Diet and Nutrition, Reflexology, Motivational Speaking and Positive Thinking.