Needle Phobia When Going To Check Blood Sugar?
Afternoon. I want to ask. I’m 18. I was just checking my own blood sugar. I have a needle syringe so I don’t dare to inject my finger. So I was using a pin to stab my finger to bleed. Then the results of my blood sugar check 58. 58 was low while I did not experience symptoms of low blood sugar instead I experienced symptoms of high sugar. If I want to double-check, I don’t have the courage because I’m afraid of injections. So what is the problem? thank you
Hello Zahra, thank you for asking to HealthReplies.com.
Let me introduce myself, Dr. Rio will try to answer your question.
Regarding the story you are complaining about, you are experiencing a phobia. A phobia is fear of an excessive and usually harmless thing. In your case, you are so afraid of needles that you are trying to avoid this.
During a blood test, the lab officer will take a sample of your blood. There are several methods for taking blood samples. In the examination of blood sugar, blood collection can be done by two methods, namely using a syringe. for removal of the vein mediana cubiti, or peripheral blood using a pen.
Responding to examinations that you do yourself using a needle, it is a dangerous action because the needle is not a sterile tool so that the risk of infection. Chances are you are wrong in the method used so the results of sugar levels are not accurate. You should check yourself to the doctor, so that the examination is carried out by competent experts so that the risk of action is minimal.
Right now what you can do is:
Confront your fears, because the more you avoid, the more frightened your fear will be. Avoid taking action independently, because it is risky for you. Consult yourself with a psychiatrist if your phobia interferes with your daily activities. That's all the answers I can give, thank you :)