I've been having some weird dizzy spells/migraine stuff for a few years, and my doctors are still trying to get to the bottom of it. In the last week, I've had to get a CT with an IV and 2 blood draws for various tests, and will need another MRI with an IV next week. The problem is, I'm a "hard stick." Whenever I have blood drawn or an IV, doctors never can find a working vein without poking me 3 or 4 times, then calling for a more experienced doctor to try yet again, usually yielding little blood. Then twice I have blacked out in the middle of it. Not really from fear, more like a body reaction I can't control at all. Though I'm obviously a little nervous and anxious, knowing it takes a few tries. Once, I was stuck strapped down in an MRI, not allowed to move for 2 hours while they tried to find a doctor who could put in my IV correctly! (grr) I hydrate myself immensely beforehand, and put warm packs on my arms...not sure what else to do!
Obviously I try not to have blood drawn unless absolutely necessary, because it's such an awful ordeal for me. And now after having it twice already this week, I learn that because we're signing up for life insurance, I'll have to do one yet AGAIN. And I'm concerned that it won't be a very experienced person...
My question is, does anyone know any way I can get out of having to do this, especially considering I had a full blood panel last week? Has anyone successfully been able to send the company their recent tests instead? Any advice?
And I'm curious, as fellow migraineurs, how many of you are difficult sticks?