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    Blood Donation?

    Hi guys, I'm planning on donating blood next week at the Australian Red Cross and I was wondering if anyone here knows what it's like?
    On a scale how painful is the process? Does the initial jab hurt when they insert the needle?

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    Re: Blood Donation?

    You've never had a blood test before?

    It depends on the nurse. I've had some nurses/doctors be very sloppy and move the needle to much (which hurts like hell). It's not that painful, the initial stabbing is a little sting, then you just stay still and look away, and before you know it it's over. Needle insertion is like a 3 on the pain scale (from 0 - 10). Bee sting maybe, but doesn't hurt for nearly as long.
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    Re: Blood Donation?

    It's like a bee sting and your arm might feel a bit numb while the blood is being pumped out.

    Make sure you have a lot of water to drink beforehand. Also, make sure you had a decent meal around 2 to 3 hours beforehand as well.

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    Re: Blood Donation?

    I usually find pinching myself work. It distracts me from the needle pain with.... pain.... (?)

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    Re: Blood Donation?

    Thanks for the helpful insight guys!
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    Re: Blood Donation?

    Of course a jab of a needle is gonna hurt are you really asking that

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    Re: Blood Donation?

    But if you're asking me how much I get hurt from it probably like a 0

    I've had plenty of pain in my life a needle is nothing

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    Re: Blood Donation?

    Good job on planning to donate!

    You feel a sharp prick in the initial jab but after that it's really fine and you don't even feel the needle anymore. The people there are professionals so everything goes really smoothly. It's awesome donating + you get free food afterwards!

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    Re: Blood Donation?

    You're more scared of the idea of having a needle into you than the actual pain. In Australia etc, people are brought up by calling it 'the needle' and thus, has a painful connotation to it. However, in most other countries its just called an 'injection' or similar, just use mind over matter.

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    Re: Blood Donation?

    Quote Originally Posted by BandSixFix View Post
    You're more scared of the idea of having a needle into you than the actual pain. In Australia etc, people are brought up by calling it 'the needle' and thus, has a painful connotation to it. However, in most other countries its just called an 'injection' or similar, just use mind over matter.
    if needles were called something like flower petals, i would still be scared of it. It's not the name, it's how it looks

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    It's a 10 hurts so badly
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    Re: Blood Donation?

    You might also hear the blood gurgling out of your body. That was not a pleasant sound.
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    Re: Blood Donation?

    Tbh not even the needle hurts that bad. Just drink heaps and heaps of water, that way your blood flows out really easily.
    The experience is a lot more enjoyable if you have a couple of friends donating as well
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    Re: Blood Donation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Queenroot View Post
    But if you're asking me how much I get hurt from it probably like a 0

    I've had plenty of pain in my life a needle is nothing
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    Re: Blood Donation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Queenroot View Post
    Of course a jab of a needle is gonna hurt are you really asking that
    Nah it's just that there's obviously more than one type of needle so some would vary in "pain". E.g. A vaccination may be different to an IV insertion
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    Quote Originally Posted by Papercutter View Post
    Nah it's just that there's obviously more than one type of needle so some would vary in "pain". E.g. A vaccination may be different to an IV insertion
    Either way you're still going to feel the jab

    and tbh a vaccination hurts because they push that liquid against your blood flow

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    Re: Blood Donation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Papercutter View Post
    Nah it's just that there's obviously more than one type of needle so some would vary in "pain". E.g. A vaccination may be different to an IV insertion
    Blood test needles are actually alright. I had a contrast injection and the needle was thick (obviously hurt more ).
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    Re: Blood Donation?

    Cheers for the answers guys! It didn't hurt much at all and oddly enough, watching my blood flow through the tube into the bag was very calming.
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    Re: Blood Donation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Papercutter View Post
    watching my blood flow through the tube into the bag was very calming.
    Haha it really is!

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    Re: Blood Donation?

    I think I'm pretty much use to needles now because I've been getting blood tests like every week for a couple of weeks now

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    Re: Blood Donation?

    same

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