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Do IV's hurt?
I have never had an IV before and i'm terrified of needles.

Pinch the inside of your elbow with your finger nails for 5 seconds. Thats what it feels like.

As for your fear of needles...

Well, to first help this problem we need to find the fear. You obviously have trypanophobia. Trypanophobia is the extreme and irrational fear of medical procedures involving injections or hypodermic needles. Or commonly known as "needle phobia".

There are four types of Trypanophobia:
(.) Vaso-vagal
(.) Associative
(.) Resistive
(.) Hyperalgesic

Vaso-vagal: People who suffer from vaso-vagal trypanophobia fear the sight, thought or feeling of needles or needle-like objects. The primary symptom of vaso-vagal trypanophobia is vasovagal syncope, or fainting due to a decrease of blood pressure. Although most phobias are dangerous to some degree, trypanophobia is one of the few that actually kills. In cases of severe trypanophobia, the drop in blood pressure caused by the vaso-vagal shock reflex may cause death

-The best treatment strategy for this type of trypanophobia is desensitization or the progressive exposure of the patient to gradually more frightening stimuli, allowing them to become desensitized to the stimulus that triggers the phobic response.

Associative: Associative Trypanophobia is the second most common type of trypanophobia, affecting 30% of needle phobics. This type of trypanophobia is the classic specific phobia in which a traumatic event such as an extremely painful medical procedure or witnessing a family member or friend undergo such, causes the patient to associate all procedures involving needles with the original negative experience. This form of trypanophobia causes symptoms that are primarily psychological in nature, such as extreme unexplained anxiety, insomnia, preoccupation with the coming procedure and panic attacks.

-Treatments that are effective for this form of trypanophobia include cognitive therapy, hypnosis, and/or the administration of anti-anxiety medications.

Resistive: Resistive Trypanophobia occurs when the underlying fear involves not simply needles or injections but also being controlled or restrained. It typically stems from repressive upbringing or poor handling of prior needle procedures i.e with forced physical or emotional restraint.
This form of trypanophobia affects around 20% of needle phobes. Symptoms of this form of trypanophobia include combativeness, high heart rate coupled with extremely high blood pressure, violent resistance, avoidance and flight.

- The suggested treatment for this form of trypanophobia is psychotherapy, teaching the patient self-injection techniques or finding a trusted healthcare provider.

Hyperalgesic: Hyperalgesic Trypanophobia is another form of trypanophobia that does not have as much to do with fear of the actual needle. Patients with this form of trypanophobia have an inherited hypersensitivity to pain, or hyperalgesia. To them, the pain of an injection is unbearably great and many cannot understand how anyone can tolerate such procedures.
This form of trypanophobia affects around 10% of needle phobes. The symptoms of this form of trypanophobia include extreme explained anxiety, and elevated blood pressure and heart rate at the immediate point of needle penetration or seconds before.

- The recommended forms of treatment for this type of trypanophobia include some form of anesthesia, either topical or general.

As well as the specific methods recommended for a case of trypanophobia that is clearly of one of the four types, there are other treatments available, some more effective than others. As not every trypanophobic patient falls clearly into one of the four categories and there are both hybrid phobias and phobias of other, as yet unnamed classifications, it is best to research all available treatment options before coming to a decision as to which one will be effective.

Sorry for such a long answer, but I once had this fear and I understand how you feel. I had vago-vagal and resistive trypanophobia and i over came it by getting used to shots. It sometimes comes back to me, but i accept the fact that it may hurt.

Phew... now my head hurts, TwinTipZ

Yes they do. Depending on how long the needle is too. I got the long one and it hurt like HELL!

They sting for about a second. Don't watch and take relaxing breaths. Let the nurse or doctor know that you are terrified and usually they well be more sympathetic and use a location that is less uncomfortable.

A good doctor or nurse can minimize the pain of the insertion of a needle. I've had the best and the worst (one doc fumbled for veins and then injected me with something straight from the freezer).

Usually, the pain is only on insertion, and if you're lucky won't even be noticeable after it's in.

Kevin K
When they're in? No, you don't feel them, especially if they are shooting morphine into you. When they go in, just like a shot really, they're not bad.

Dea B
alot actually depends on the location and the size of the needle...

i too am terrified of needles and had never had an IV until this year and in the past month and a half i have had three...(two in my hand and one in my arm)... the first one in my hand(first ever) hurt for like 20 mins, but then it was ok unless i bumped my hand, of course after like 45 mins the pain completly went away(i was knocked out for my surgery) and when i woke up the iv was hte last thing on my mind cause my knee was killing me then

look away while its being put in and it may be hard but RELAX cause the more u think its gonna it the mire it will hurt

IV's aren't that painful, once they are inside you. But in the process of getting it in your elbow, it pinches a little bit.

The most painful part (and it's NOT that bad!) is when they poke the needle through the skin. There is a cream they can put on the area beforehand to help numb the spot. Once the needle is in the vein, it doesn't hurt anymore. The pain sensors are below the skin, not in the vein. Take a deep breath, because the more you tense up, the more uncomfortable it will be. Sometimes anxiety can make the veins even harder to find, so just chill--it only takes a second! Good Luck.


They pinch a little. The needle is actually plastic and flexible.
After the needle is inserted you don't feel anymore pinching.

no not soo much...nd it doesnt hurt like hell..

Depends on who is doing them and where they put it. it pinches going in. in the hand, the spot will get sore quick. anywhere else, just depends on the amount of movement of the area. the more movement, the sorer it is going to get.

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