So needle phobic,I'm destroying my Health
I have a Thyroid problem and a goitre that is stopping food from getting down properly, preventing me from sleeping, as some nights it presses against my throat and keeps me awake, not to mention a lot of other symptoms.I am very ill,but more frightened of the needlework needed to treat me.
There are two main problems with Needle phobes. The physical and the mental distress it causes.
It is not the pain, but the pressing down on the vein as the needle goes in. Afterwards, the needle site feels raw, like a gaping sore, even though there's nothing to see. I spend weeks unable to stop reliving the experience in my mind,over and over again. I feel repulsed and violated.
I tried to overcome this by allowing a dentist to inject, as there was no vein involved. I got a trainee, who was so nervous, he stuck the needle into the tooth, half way up my face, My nose was in agony and he numbed up half my face. Unable to locate the pain, he then proceeded to drill one tooth, then another. In shock, I asked him to stop and had to go to the hospital to repair the damage and that's when it got worse. By now, I was as bad as ever and felt let down by the NHS. but it was about to get worse. Having being referred to be put out due to needle phobia, I arrived to discuss with the dentist, what would happen and to my shock and horror discovered that in order to get a lesser needle in my mouth, they would deal with my phobia by putting a needle into the vein in the back of my hand in order to sedate me! I got Ametop cream to put on the injection site beforehand ,believing that would do the trick. They slapped at the vein on the back of my hand, then commented on how big the vein was( a needle phobe does not need to hear that)I couldn't go through with it,but was held down, as the needle was put in.The pressure sensation was no different and the cream, no better than a placeabo. I came round,unable to remember much of the dentistry, but left 10 times worse than before I arrived. Now I have a serious thyroid problem I am powerless to have treated as all my gp offered was cream for the bloodtest.I would rather die. Do any of the healthcare professionals out there realise that there is a difference between a fear and an out of control phobia. They wont meet me half way and I am unable to do this. Using a needle in order to give a needle injection to a needle phobe is cruel. Good old NHS.