My Extreme Fear of Needles Still Makes Me Cry at the Doctor's Office

Rant 14

needle in armAs we get older, there are some things you grow out of. An absolute hatred for coffee, for example. Or that phase of loving everything from Abercrombie & Fitch. Or ah-ha! Wearing bows everywhere (unless you're Snooki, of course).

Something I have yet to really grow out of, though? My fear of needles, as I was so wonderfully reminded of Monday at the doctor's office when a numbing needle was heading straight for my underarm and tears instantaneously started streaming down my face. Not just baby tears. Full-on crocodile.

What am I? One old scaredy cat, that's what.

It's hard to explain. I know, I KNOW! It's just a little needle. I am SO much bigger than this eensy silver stick. I also know that whatever is about to go down will only hurt/sting/tingle for a second. But THAT needle is going into MY arm and it makes me uncontrollably nervous with anxiety. I am out of control and I don't like it.

Every single time, I feel like I'm 6 years old again. I'm instantly brought back to one of the many times where I sat wailing in the doctor's office cuddled in my mothers arm's for a solid 20 minutes before she could calm me down enough to let the doctor give me the Mickey Mouse shaped prick. I guess I could just never understand why Mickey wanted to hurt me when, otherwise, he's so damn friendly.

As a brief side note -- have you ever had a bad prick? You know, the kind that makes you black and blue for days? Ugh, I dread them. Personally, I'm not really into being the experimental patient for the new nurse in training. Don't you think I notice you telling her what to do and when to do it?

Sigh. Okay. I feel a bit better getting all this off my chest. Will I ever really get over this? Eh, probably not. You better believe I'm trying, though.

Do you have a fear of needles? Am I crazy? You can be honest.


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Dagny Fitzwater

I had a SEVERE phobia to needles.  Until I had my first kidney stone attack.  I still hate them, but I know they mean the difference between severe pain and pain relief. 

B1Bomber B1Bomber

I was a big baby when it came to shots/needles until my son was born - I had preeclampsia and the meds I was on before, during, and after his birth meant they had to monitor my blood numbers every hour or two for several days. By the end of that week, I was definitely over it. I now know where all my good and bad sticks are and can even handle being the training dummy for the new kids.

Akash... AkashaGermaine

I am still terrified of needles. My sons birth made it worse: it took four tries to get the iv in, turned my hand and arm black and blue. I pass out when I see then coming so my doc has me turn around so I can't see it. It really does work.

BKozICan BKozICan

Up until the day I had my first child. I lost a lot that day--modesty, ability to sneeze without crossing my legs, oh, and my fear of needles.

nonmember avatar Stefanie

I have always been afraid of needles.when I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to do a biopsy. Holy crap I cried so bad that was not an itty Bitty needle, it's scary that was last year and I'm still getting poked and I'm still scared

mrssu... mrssundin

There are worse things then needles. My daughter is a champ has never cried during a needle poke yet. My other kids freak out ha ha.

Erin Dizzy Dwyer

Never had a fear of needles (i.e. the piercings & tattoos) but I tell you what when I went into labor it almost changed! They tried 9 times just to get an IV started! They had to get the Head of the Anisthistia (spelling is wrong & spell check won't fix it!) to get it and he even had problems! Over the next 19 hours they started 2 more IV's (all with difficulty) and gave me more then 3 epidurals....before my OB decided we were going to do an emergency C-section.... Really?!?! We couldn't have done this 19 hours ago? So needless to say I looked like a pincushion for a very long time afterward!

My real phobias are so silly but I can't shake (no pun intended) them! Aliens and Earthquakes! Since I was little I refuse to watch E.T. And just recently started eating Rieces Pieces.... My husband bounces his foot in the bed at night and if I'm not expecting it my heart will start pounding.... I'm nuts but I admit it lol

Emily Kolesar Fowkes

i dont like needles at all! no matter how much i pyshce myself up to go for it and just handle it like a big girl, i still have a full blown panic attack! i did learn that the hand hurts me less than my arm and that these b*tches in the doctors office can s*ck it when i tell them to take it from my arm.

godde... goddess99

Ah yeah you're crazy lol. needles don't bother me at all.

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