Learn how to use Mayo Clinic Connect
Request an Appointment
I'm undergoing several tests to find the reason for my intermittent hypoxia. I have to get an ABG tomorrow. I'm very nervous. Is it as bad as some of the stuff I'm reading online?
It totally depends on your phlebotomist – it runs from painful to a breeze. Some are true artists.
Its odd I wonder why they don't offer it all the time. My was done by a respiratory therapist and it was done in a pulmonary lab, maybe that had something to do with it.
Jump to this post
Interesting question! I asked the same question during multiple occasions with IV's being inserted. The reply was that the needle prick for the numbing med was just as uncomfortable as the IV insertion. – My experience is that it depends on the skill of the phlebotomist as to the discomfort.
@rosemarya– That's BS for IV's anyway and I'm with you, it depends on who gives it!
I'm going in a few hours so I'll let you all know. I will asking for a numbing agent if they don't offer it upfront. I am getting several tests done to find out why I have intermittent hypoxia. Thank you to everyone who responded. I hope I don't have a horror story to tell.
@tiss– It's not so hurtful that it's a horror show. You will be fine. The artery snaps back after the needle is withdrawn. Keep rubbing it, it will feel better.
Ok so i lived through it! Honestly, I’ve had venous sticks far worse than this. I just relaxed and breathed and in 4 seconds it was done. Also had a good phlebotomist!
I’m so glad to hear that. I was prepared to refuse another one if it ever came up.
Had a few done and it does depend who does it. Had one I thought I was going to die and almost pulled the needle out of me and her hand and 3 others that I didn't know they were doing it. I do have a tolerance for pain so the first made me want to never have another. Which I found out I was foolish.
Just had one 2 weeks ago – totally painless except for the normal needle stick.
I got my results. The carbon dioxide levels are in normal range but the oxygen levels are too high. So something is out of balance. Haven't seen the pulmo yet for an explanation. Except her nurse said the dr isnt worried about it.
@tiss Will be interesting find out what is causing the high oxygen levels. That the pulmonologist isn't worried as reported by her nurse is a good sign. Keep us posted
I don't know what to think. Dr is trying to figure out reason for intermittent hypoxia. My ct scan, pulmonary function tests were normal. Pulmo said overnight oximentary was normal but sleep drs said there were some irregularities. So next I'm having a sleep study done and a stress test that measures heart and lung function while exercising. C02 has 02 were a little off balance with ABG. Chest X-rays show hyperinflation but it didn't show test on the ct scan. Ct scan did show some coronary and pulmonary calcifications but I'm not sure what that indicates yet. This happened 3 years ago and I had a bunch of tests run and they never figured it out.
Create an account to connect with other patients and caregivers like you.Ask questions, get answers, and give and get support.Also follow blogs from Mayo Clinic experts.
Already have an account? Sign In